Enlightenment?

Enlightenment?

Theories, Blind men-Elephant And Peer-Review

A. Theory, the first of several definitions:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theory

The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.

B. Enlightenment, a philosophical movement of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enlightenment

C. The tale re the blind men and elephant:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant

D. Peer-review:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peer%20review

A process by which something proposed (as for research or publication) is evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field.

E. AAAS peer-review:

Hope For 2011 Science?

http://universe-life.com/2011/06/11/for-a-scientism-culture/

F. What kind of enlightenment can re-evolve in a counter-enlightenment culture, in which scientific theories postulated by “blind men” are selectively “certified” or “rejected” by an omnipotent blind-men trade-union-association?

Dov Henis

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