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January 23rd, 2006
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Date:January 23rd, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I spent several hours of dinner on Friday discussing whether use of arguments based on experimental psychology put one into the same moral bin as people who claim that reality is socially constructed; I'm not sure any conclusions were really reached other than that society is socially constructed and reality isn't.

I find your first example interesting, as it was experiments involving fringes - stripes of light - that proved the wave nature of light. The experiments that prove that light is made of particles are slightly harder. The thing is, both models for the behaviour of light are true. But the model that light consists of rays which emerge from the eyes of observers is not true.

I'd just like to point you at http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Facility/4118/misc/three.html , which is part of a longer, glorious essay on error in philosophical understanding from David Stove.
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Date:January 23rd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Grr, that's the second time LJ has logged me out without me noticing.
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Date:January 24th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, which version of what browser, and what operating system, are you using?
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Date:January 25th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
it's all LJ's fault, nothing to do with browsers or operating systems. it's to do with the stuff they've put in place due to the recent gaping hole in IE.

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