Two bird’s eye views of the goal of science

According to the philosophy of materialism – the goal of science is to formulate clear and distinct interpretations of each and every phenomenon.

According to the philosophy of mathematical nihilism (MN) – the goal of science is to formulate comprehensive interpretations of each and everything. By comprehension is meant thorough understanding. According to MN, the interpretation is clear and distinct only if the nature of the phenomenon is sufficiently simple as to allow it. MN argues that such phenomena are the exceptions to the rule, and that materialistic scientists achieve their goal of clear and distinct interpretations of EVERY phenomenon only by extensive exclusion of valid data points and sometimes entire data sets, relegating them to the no man’s land of “outliers”.

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