Physicist David Deutsch explains explanations.
There are tons of gems in here, so watch it for yourself. When I discovered the video, I realized it fit well with my previous post.
- Deutsch view of what makes something “science” challenges the normal way people think of it. He, in my opinion, is correct that science is not directly related to prediction, empiricism, testability, or induction. He doesn’t cover the myth that science is based on the ability to falsify things, but that should be added to the list. Note: pay attention to the word “direct” here.
- What do you think of the idea of explanations being better or worse based on ease to vary them? (I am still trying to mull that one other.)
- What do you think of his view about all problems having solutions?
- I loved his examples of “a wizard did it.”
- In this view, what is the proper relationship between science and theology?
- Can the rule of “easy to vary” being a “bad explanation” apply to theology? Can we tell good from bad theology that way?