Metrology is not about the weather. Part I – How to weigh a potato

Keywords: philosophy of science, measurement, ISO, NIST, standards, accuracy, precision, philosophical foundations When someone buys a pound of potatoes, how do they know it weighs one pound? A likely answer is that the produce scale said it was. But that assumes the scale is accurate. Is it? And how do we know? The answer toContinue reading “Metrology is not about the weather. Part I – How to weigh a potato”

Is there anything supernatural?

Keywords: philosophy of science, physical reality, philosophical foundations, nonphysical, god, ghosts, ch’i, chakras, soul, spirits, magic There are lots of things that are said to be supernatural; things like ghosts, gods, and magic, to name a few. Can these things truly be supernatural? I’m not the first to come up with or present the typesContinue reading “Is there anything supernatural?”

The Scientist’s Skepticism

Keywords: philosophy of science, foundations of doubt This is a note on the article The Scientist’s Skepticism by Mario Bunge. It was reprinted upon his death this year in Skeptical Inquirer Nov/Dec 2020. Bunge writes that the scientist’s skepticism “is constructive, not just critical.” This is very consistent with my theme of starting from doubt;Continue reading “The Scientist’s Skepticism”