Jake's Science Site

Philosophy

Once I began college, I was equally interested in philosophy as I was in science. I ended up choosing science for the immediate research opportunities, but I continued studying philosophy on my own. I have always been concerned with truth and knowledge: how did I know what I was telling other people was true? To answer this I first had to question what I knew, which lead me to the philosophy of skepticism. A field which openly questions the ideas of knowledge and how we obtain it. I freely distributed a few articles I wrote about skepticism and even maintained a blog on skepticism. You still might find these floating around on the internet. Indeed I am a radical skeptic. I have yet to find a convincing argument on what is true. This does not mean I am without opinions, I just realize my opinions are not truths.

Why am I posting this on a science site? Indeed for many years I never connected my philosophical hobbies with my scientific work. When a science teacher would claim a certain equation was reality, I would think in the back of my head that they wouldn’t say this if they truly knew philosophy. It seemed like science was working on a philosophical frame work with so many assumptions on reality that it would be too easy for skepticism to dismantle. Then when I began writing scientific papers, I quickly learned from my advisors to never write that a result proves anything. Their uneasiness in claiming they have proved something, made me think that they were skeptics in some way too. Indeed many of the modern skepticism movements begin with science. So I began researching the connections between skepticism and science.

I am currently writing a philosophical article about skepticism and science. Many of the modern movements tend to give the impression that scientific principles are first and that skepticism results from it. But historically skepticism existed prior to the establishment of science as an organization. And there is other arguments to say that skepticism may have helped generate science. It now seems to me that science exists not in spite of but due to skepticism. In the article I am writing I describe in more detail of how skepticism is connected to science and use this to offer an explanation to why science is organized the way it is in modern times.