Universe and humans, scientific method, direct knowledge and conjectures, anthropocentrism, fundamentals and overlay, zone of uncertainty
The ultimate purpose of this essay is to persuade humans to adopt a new, more objective perspective of their relationship to their environment, including the universe, but the odds of approaching, let alone reaching, this goal during my life are close to zero. Therefore, I limit my goal by examining the perspective held by scientists in the field of astrophysics for two reasons: they spend most of their professional activities in astrophysics and they do that by employing the scientific method. The first part of this essay presents a brief description of the scientific method and its product, the current perspective, followed by the reasons why I believe the present perspective is faulty. The second part offers a step-by-step construction of a new perspective which will not only help astrophysicists in their work but might also, gradually and at least occasionally, help all humans see themselves and their environment in a more objective manner.
Schwarz, Henry G., "Humans and Their Environment: A Proposal for a New Perspective" (2023). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 88.
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