Perspectives on Science

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Philosophy 123
16 May 2011
Perspectives on Science
Bruno Latour believed that science was ultimately too subjective and was therefore fallacious. Science has a farcical notion of what constitutes fact and reasoning. “It is forced to explain one marvel with another, and that one with a third” (Latour 217). Determining what is considered a fact is itself a highly subjective exercise. Tribal people in many remote parts of the world attribute their entire existence to reasoning which would be considered outside of the realm of factually- based science. However, these beliefs are also based upon facts. The difference between science and tribal knowledge bases is elucidated in the...
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.....f the fallacy of science that Latour posited. When patterns are seemingly discovered, anomalous occurrences throw the entire analysis into the ambiguous haze of the unknown. Latour, however, may have actually described one of the beautiful aspects of existence without any true science to rest upon: it is always an adventure. The ultimate answers always seem to be just out of reach and the fallacy of science only provides incomplete answers.
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