No Profit in Belief
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01-09-2015, 06:30 PM
RE: No Profit in Belief
(31-08-2015 09:29 PM)Airportkid Wrote:  The moment you ascribe causation to it, you've shut yourself out of acquiring useful knowledge of a phenomenon. Ascribing causation to this force, even if it's correct, bars dissection of mechanism, bars ascertainment of effect, and "knowing" "goddiddit" leaves you helpless to apply the knowledge usefully.

I think Hume would take this even further to apply to natural forces as well. C.D. Broad said "induction is the glory of science and the scandal of philosophy". But it has proven quite useful despite any questionable underpinnings.

#sigh
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