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physics will become the directing forces behind new discoveries, not experiments, material ontologies, and telescopes. 3 The laws of change themselves might not be dependent on predictable results; they might produce different predictions in different environmental universes. For Hoyle, the search for

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science

about the underlying nature of human experience and about the physics which underlies such predictions. Some very fundamental levels of physics involve probabilities, but we know quite a lot of about those, too. Given the facts and the theories, we understand what is going on. We must always remember

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science

and obviously inadequate. Then, through a variety of theoretical techniques, including the skillful use of predictions, they refine their analogies, sometimes to high levels of sophistication. 37 Unfortunately, as clockworks so vividly illustrate, any number of quite diverse mechanisms can produce

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science

,” 130 but these laws which cannot be used to give firm predictions are nonetheless useful: “… whenever it is sufficient to know how the great majority of the human race, or of some nation or class of persons, will think, feel, and act, these propositions are equivalent to universal ones.” 131 Such is

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science

, not so that a good world can exist but so that that it can be understood as a world, the goodness of which is ethically required. One reason (requirement) for the scientists who study the world, as well as human experience and divine intervention, is that patterns, which enable prediction and

In: Idealist Alternatives to Materialist Philosophies of Science