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Is Philosophy dead?

Was it buried beneath pragmatic scientific discourse? Stabbed through the heart by the stake of probability. Is there any room for conjecture in the button down business of modern scientific thought? In the world of proof, what is the point of pondering?

I sometimes chuckle and think philosophers and theologians are off in a corner somewhere playing chess, while the scientific community is haphazardly reinventing our reality.

Is there truth in the evident, or are we chasing our own tail?


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  • Sep 23 2013: Philosophers are people, who admit they know nothing, but explain everything.
    Scientists are people who know everything but cannot explain anything.
    • Sep 25 2013: Interesting! May we define philosophy as attempts to reconcile material with spiritual realities?

      What is philosophy to a person adamantly concluding there is nothing spiritual or there are no spiritual realities?

      How is philosophy useful for persons who adamantly conclude all answers might be found in science and material studies but cannot explain everything, as you say?

      Mysteries abound! Who will find the answers or the pathway to answers without philosophy?
      • Sep 25 2013: Mark, I don't concern myself with spiritual things except to say I believe in God and have seen the evidence. I only believe in philosophy that is logical to me and can be explained. I have no faith or religion. I also do not believe in science that can not be proven. As far as I am concerned if there is no proof it does not exist to me.

        My original comment was meant to be joke but the more I rewrote it the more truth it took on.
        • Sep 25 2013: Therefore, the need for philosophy!
        • Sep 25 2013: No science can be "proven". All science is provisional and temporary. As I explain to collaborators: All models are ultimately wrong, but some are temporarily useful.
    • Sep 25 2013: Why spread such lies about science? Scientists certainly do not claim to know everything. Science wannabes and cheerleaders might make this claim, but scientists don't.
      • Sep 25 2013: Like I said it was originally meant to be a joke. In my own experience the scientists that I love and admire the most (Einstein, Tesla, Newton & Da Vinci) all admit they know nothing. It takes years of work and experience to discover that but without it they get nowhere.
        • Sep 25 2013: And what of the actual working, professional scientists of your direct acquaintance? What are their fields and beliefs?
      • Sep 25 2013: Bryan if you have some information you think I would benefit from, send it over. What have you published? Maybe I am missing some important discovers that you have made. Enlighten me.
        • Sep 25 2013: And what of the actual working, professional scientists of your direct acquaintance? What are their fields and beliefs? I can be found in PubMed, mostly working alongside DK Lahiri.
        • Sep 29 2013: Most of scientist I ever met are egocentric, extremely biased, and have no clue about life outside of the lab. The argument is pointless. There is no science without philosophy, same as there is no theory that cannot be disproved at some point. Empirical evidence has the value, but it cannot be systemically studied without philosophical idea. The subject of discussion is nonsense. Interestingly enough, Bayesian and classical statistics have philosophical discourse, not mathematical.
      • Sep 25 2013: Bryan Maloney I will have my professional working scientist friends check out your working professional scientist colleagues, friends, relatives and accomplices and if I find anything that interests me I will get back to you.

        I've read part of your resume and I'm happy you are doing great work with Alzheimer's which I am beginning to suffer from also but you may want to lighten up a bit, sometimes a spoon works better than a hammer. I am retired and on disability but I have been studying computers and how the brain functions since 1967. I have no degrees or interest in them and yet I have been teaching everything from children to Professors to Buddhist monks for most of my life. My interests are varied like yours and my principles based in philosophy.
        • Sep 25 2013: I will take your refusal to directly answer my direct question as a sign of fundamental ignorance on your part of how scientists actually think.

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