I love Brust’s novels, but I usually find his philosophizing to be unpersuasive. Every once in a while, though, he drops a gem. I think his point here is indeed disputable (there is a difference between falsifiable in principle and falsifiable at the moment), but I also think that there is more philosophy in science than some would like to think. We still call them Ph.D.s for a reason.
I know science–both the discoveries and method of–are important to me. I know that I believe we ought to deduce natural laws from the facts, as opposed to imposing them on the facts. I know tha.…..