What’s in a narrative? In policy, everything or nothing | International Institute for Environment and Development
“About what one can not speak, one must remain silent.” The last line of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus tends to resonate with scientists, sceptics, atheists, and other fans of rationality”
Here I go again, but I think its important. I am at least however willing to concede that not only am I entirely unqualified to espouse an opinion on these matters, whatever opinion I may espouse could be entirely wrong. The again, I may just happen to be a brain in a jar?
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The epidemiological framework which supports a scientific understanding of the natural world (empiricism) is reasonably moderated by the thrust, if not the letter, of logical positivism.
The framework which supports this claim is cultural in nature and can be reasonably expressed as constituting cultural knowledge. A reasonable.
A successful culture is one that manages to recognise dissonance between the two and harmonise and adapt the cultural narrative to suit.
I suppose purists would argue that this adaption process negates the premises but if adaption is not a scientific ‘truth’, I don’t know what is.
Still no need for “…all of metaphysics and theology, they [logical positivists, rightly] dismissed as meaningless nonsense.”