Experiment, Demonstration, and Proof 020810

Experiment, Demonstration, and Proof 020810 - February 8,...

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February 8, 2010 STS 2011/SOC 2100 1
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Systems of organization, control, purity that are set apart from “the natural world” More than just “observation,” rather intervention Takes an enormous amount of work, resources, skill 2
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Does it match with theory/other experiments Well designed Skill of experimenter Reputation/credibility of experimenter Other credible witnesses Replication 3
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Evidential context consists of the elements that may be used to make meaning (interpret) out of what is observed Important to understanding support for experimental results Importance (and challenge) of reliability Experiments, as observations, are active, skill and theory based Need to understand process and practices of experimentation 4
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Whigs: intellectual and political group in Britain in 19 th Century e Wrote English history as a story of the gradual, but inevitable triumph of the beliefs of the ‘good guys’ over the beliefs of the ‘bad guys’
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