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Unformatted text preview: Mechoptronics Yann D. Staelens, Ph.D. Wednesday, August 26th 2009 AME 341a Science for Engineers How do we know? Contrast two types of thought: Plato (classical Greek philosopher, 400BC): internal, rational thought is the only way to discover universal forms. Hume (Scottish philosopher, 18th century): one can only experience. Knowledge is impossible. This dichotomy is still basic to many current arguments. Related questions: Is there a difference between opinion & fact? Opinion: person's ideas and thoughts towards something. An assessment, judgment or evaluation of something. Fact: something that is true, something that actually exists or something that can be verified according to an established standard of evaluation. Can you go from one to the other? An opinion that has been proven or verified becomes a fact. How do you define ... Science "Effort to discover and increase human understanding of how the physical world works." "Person that engages in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge. Individuals who u...
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