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Topic: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions For Genuine Scientific
Research - Response To Greeno

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GS Chandy

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Re: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions For Genuine Scientific
Research - Response To Greeno

Posted: Nov 8, 2012 2:28 AM
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I believe that, in general, it will take a lot more thinking and doing (intellectual maturity on our - i.e. human - part) to get to the stage where we're capable of correctly identifying the 'necessary and sufficient conditions' of any state, situation or condition involving complex human/ societal issues and interactions.

Our 'science' and 'scientific thinking' has reached the stage where we can, in many cases, identify such conditions for specific matters involving mathematical statements and proofs, and the like (this includes much of physics also, I believe - and perhaps good bits of other 'hard sciences').

But we're a LONG way from being able to do that for complex societal issues involving human psychological idiosyncracies, etc. At the current stage of our intellectual development, we generally get ourselves all tangled up with arguments about things like "PUT THE EDUCATION MAFIA IN JAIL!", "BLOW UP THE SCHOOLS OF EDUCATION!", and the like, which take us nowhere near resolution of the underlying issues and problems that such desires represent.

I suggest we should first work towards identifying the things in general that "MAY CONTRIBUTE" to other things specifically with regard to a 'Mission' we desire to accomplish: We're capable of doing that fairly effectively right now. In due course we may become knowledgeable enough to identify the 'necessary and sufficient' quite correctly.

I have, in other posts at this forum, described some tools that may help with enabling us clearly to understand "CONTRIBUTIONS". (These tools are NOT quite 'sufficient' to enable us clearly to identify the 'necessary and sufficient' - but enough of this kind of intellectual effort may well help us become knowledgeable enough to start understanding and then perhaps even correctly identifying the 'necessary and sufficient' in more complex matters than mathematics).


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