Formal Academic Summary

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Hill 1 Lauren Hill Dr. Rhonda Dubec English 1031 (W 2007) 15 January 2007 Formal Academic Summary John Brockman has assembled What We Believe but Cannot Prove as a compilation of responses from scientists to the question, “What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?” (Brockman xi) The introduction to the book by Ian McEwan discusses the concepts of truth and proof within a scientific context. McEwan asserts that proof is “beset with all kinds of human weakness, as well as ingenuity” (xiii), which he supports with several citations of falsified proof from literature and life. He claims that truth is difficult to distinguish in many situations, particularly with various influences. Science’s beauty and stylish appeal draws us to believe it is the truth, as it
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Unformatted text preview: explains much of the world around us. But science does not exist without imagination and abstract inspiration from unverified beliefs. The apparent paradox of uncertainty in a belief and science as a certain truth is false. Science involves much guesswork, then experimentation to be proven or falsified. McEwan observes that different areas of study unify when unfamiliar knowledge is desired. The Edge website as well as What We Believe but Cannot Prove , are vessels for this unity of knowledge as a third culture. Works Cited Brockman, John, ed. What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty . New York: Harper Perennial, 2006....
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