3.4.1 Worldviews: Metaphysical Components

But if mosaics are in a state of near-constant change, what features of mosaics are stable enough to allow us to identify distinct, relatively stable “worldviews” within the flux of the process of scientific change? (Barseghyan et al., 2018).

This lecture by Dr. Barseghyan zooms out and identifies overarching characteristics of each worldview. These assumptions and beliefs span questions about the nature of matter, free will, and the existence of God. Follow along with the chapter here:

Read: Chapter 11: Worldviews: Metaphysical Components // University of Toronto Open E-Text

Guiding Questions:

  • What happens to scientific anomalies?
  • Is science incompatible with religion?
  • What is the scientific community’s current position on whether God exists?

Video Credit: Barseghyan, H. (2015). Lectures on History and Philosophy of Science. Lecture 10. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffLLdkIheYY.

Online Text: Barseghyan, H.; Overgaard, N. & Rupik, G. (2018). Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science. Available at https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/introhps/.

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