Empiricism

In philosophy, empiricism is a theory that states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience. It is one of several views of epistemology, the study of human knowledge, along with rationalism and skepticism. Empiricism emphasises the role of empirical evidence in the formation of ideas, rather than innate ideas or traditions. However, empiricists may argue that traditions (or customs) arise due to relations of previous sense experiences.

Empiricism in the philosophy of science emphasises evidence, especially as discovered in experiments. It is a fundamental part of the scient
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
A Treatise of Human Nature
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
Leviathan
Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
The Essays
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals
Speculative Empiricism: Revisiting Whitehead
Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology
Metaphors We Live By
Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized

Experiments are never used to generate new paradigms, but to provide data to be interpreted by the current prevailing data, the “establishment” paradigm. Scientists claim to support a falsification principle, and to strenuously attempt to falsify their theories. This is the uttermost self-delusion. Scientists in fact go to tremendous lengths to defend their paradigm against falsification, and to deny that any falsification has taken place even when the data is unambiguous that it has. Scientists ...more
Thomas Stark, Extra Scientiam Nulla Salus: How Science Undermines Reason

Imagine a DVD movie with a “mind”. Would it understand that it’s actually a DVD (Form) and not the movie (Content) it contains? The Content is far more appealing and vivid than the Form, which is why we live in a Mythos world rather than Logos.
Mike Hockney, Mind and Life, Form and Content

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