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Do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find the truth?

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Anna Markmann 11.03.04 Do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find the truth? After a confrontation with this question a lot more questions seem to "pop out"- What is truth? What is the truth? What is scientific thinking and does it automatically lead to a truth or the truth or the truths? Can truth or truths be found? Do we need to know the truth? ... The amount of connected questions increases proportional with the amount of time you spend on finding an answer to the main question. This is because there are so many assumptions in this concept. Therefore a need of defining key words occurs. Though defining terms is very central it is highly problematical and difficult. After thinking of what the most important concepts in this question might be and deciding on truth and science, I interpreted truth as a temporarily not falsified concept or idea with respect to certain factors. ...read more.

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So do actually need then to satisfy the human desire of finding the truth? On one hand we can not satisfy this desire practically, but on the other hand truth and science play a major role in our every day life (even if we would just write down a list of all the science we believed and trusted today, it would several pages long), since human beings are based on their beliefs, we are satisfied if we at least try. This is why science interferes with "scienceless" subjects such as history, arts and religion, too. One point of view is that there is a lot of science for example in the arts: our perception of paintings that follow the golden section principle, beauty, or music scales seem harmonic, but can be seen as pure mathematical concepts. ...read more.

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or falsified and the process continues starting again with observing experimental data. Seems to be too clear and transparent in the first place, but there are also clearly a lot of problems, limitations and uncertainties connected to this process: paradigms and categories can distort your observation and are influenced by knowledge, language, culture, gender, age, etc. Moreover there can be a lack in creativity and induction be present. As well as falsification is an almost unbreakable vicious circle. To conclude: I am not able to answer this question adequately in my point of view, because no concept is just black and white as discussed above, contains errors and limitations, hence there are partial truths which may count as the truth after combination, so that I just can say that I need so many other mentioned and not mentioned concepts that I do not know how to do justice to this complex question since there are so many paradoxes. 1 ...read more.

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