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Thought for the Day: “False sciences” make the method come first

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Methodical Realism Philosopher Étienne Gilson (1884–1978):

A scientist never begins by defining the method of the science he is about to initiate. Indeed, the surest way of recognizing false sciences is by the fact that they make the method come first. The method, however, should derive from the science, not the science from the method.” – Etienne Gilson, Methodical Realism. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011, p. 100.

Evolution does not exist in order to make Darwin right. One thinks here of molecular evolutionist Dan Graur’s war cry: “… if ENCODE is right, then evolution is wrong. ENCODE argues that there is not much “junk” in our DNA. Graur disagrees.

How about: Either ENCODE or Graur could be wrong but the facts are never wrong.

More from Gilson. More on Gilson

See also: Junk DNA: Dan Graur (junk!), ENCODE team (not junk!), and the science media


The Big Bang: Put simply, the facts are wrong.


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