- Feb 20, 2006
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- Queensland, Australia
What does uniformitarianism assume?jckstraw72 said:i know wikipedia isnt always the most reliable source, but here's the page on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniformitarianism_(science)Ebor said:"Beginning assumptions"? Sometimes in scientific work, something new is discovered, where the reaction might be "Wow, what is *that*?" or "That was weird. Why did that happen?" or to use a vernacular "Cool! Look at that! What else can we find out?" Some of the basics of genetics came from the work of the Christian priest Gregor Mendel working with plants. He noticed things and then carefully experimented. What "assumptions" do you think he had?jckstraw72 said:i know they dont just make wild guesses. if you accept their foundational assumptions then the rest of their work makes perfect sense. its the beginning assumptions that are guesses with which i disagree, and thus i do not accept the interpretations of the evidence that stem from those assumptions.Ebor said:Do you have any training in a science? Your sentence makes it sound as though scientists make wild guesses and put forth ideas or hypotheses that aren't based on real data. That's not how it works.jckstraw72 said:the other thing we could do is admit that science just cant really know the past as well as it thinks bc their hypotheses are based on assumptions.
Other times scientists get new results that they don't expect or that don't fit their hypothesis. Good science doesn't ignore it or throw it out if it doesn't "fit their assumptions".
On what information do you base your idea that science has an "assumption of uniformatarianism" please?
and youre the only person ive ever encountered that questioned if science has that assumption -- the other people (plenty of science majors and what not) have admitted the use of uniformitarianism but have sought to prove its not an assumption or sought to justify the assumption.