Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Descriptions are not Explanations

Describing an event, a process, or a motion does not necessarily explain it. Even if our descriptions come in the form of mathematical equations that yield a certain predictability, does that mean we have achieved knowledge of reality? Like Ptolemy’s geocentric system, our theories can “save the phenomena: without achieving accurate knowledge of reality.
R. C. Sproul, The Consequences of Ideas p. 105.

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