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Desc:This is my favorite metaphor for the philosophy of science.
Category:Educational, Science & Technology
Tags:science, physics, Philosophy, feynman
Submitted:Baldr
Date:12/01/07
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Comment count is 7
Smellvin
Does this mean we can play chess now?
kiint
you should check out the Feynman lectures sometime....
takewithfood
I think the scientific method is to learning the rules to chess through observation as religion is to arguing over what happens when you land on Free Parking.
Repomancer
Feynman was gone too soon. Playing the bongo drums while waiting for the Trinity test should have guaranteed immortality.
glasseye
An amazing fellow indeed.
pastorofmuppets
Doug Hofstadter once used "Bongard Problems" to make the same point. Each problem is made of two sets of 6 cards with simple patterns drawn on the cards. The solver must figure out the very simple idea which separates the sets.

For instance, set I might only have shapes made from of three line segments, while set II has shapes made from four line segments.

Overgeneralizing, which Feyman mentioned, is just one of the challenges the cards make explicit. Another is the need to simultaneously see the patterns at multiple levels of abstraction. It's hard to explain, but I hope anyone who's interested in this sort of thing would check them out.
Old_Zircon
This guy and Zappa.
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