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Comment 19 by VrijVlinder

Science is philosophy and philosophy is science ....When science is done with an inclusion of intangible aspects of reality it is called natural philosophy.

We need to be careful here! I think an important point, is that "science" was named "Natural Philosophy" in the centuries before the name "science" became used.

Science has since gradually branched into different parts - physics, astronomy (via astrology), chemistry (vis alchemy), biology etc which were studied as separate fragments before the more extensive modern studies of recent decades joined most of them up.

The wooists however have hung on to the "Natural Philosophy" name, and pretend that there are "intangible residual woo-factors which remains in it, - separate from the objective sciences into which it has divided.
There is of course genuine philosophy associated with objective science, but wooists will make every effort to mix and confuse the two, in order to drag the debate into a wooist argument rather than a scientific debate.

The history and philosophy of science (HPS) is an academic discipline that encompasses the philosophy of science and the history of science. Although many scholars in the field are trained primarily as either historians or as philosophers,

I, personally would treat "philosophers of science", who are not also scientists, critically with suspicion.

So teach about everything properly without personal bias. This is wishful thinking because we can talk about teaching about gods or not however, but not teaching about the lack of gods.

Not really! At school level, unless you are teaching something to do with history or social structures involving religious activities or interventions, just get on with the science of how things work in the natural world and ignore the religious side-issues.

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:17:16 UTC | #949390