Object-oriented is a contested term from software language design to ontology. Originally coined to describe the programming language Smalltalk by Alan Kay, one of the key designers of the language, its use has not only migrated to software languages that have very little in common with Smalltalk, but even to philosophical ontology via Graham Harman’s… Continue reading What is Intended by the term “Object-Oriented”?
Ontology as the focus of primary logic is concerned with description and classification. Aristotle introduces causality, which of course is intimately bound up with explanation, within physics (although he uses it freely in his discussions on other positive sciences such as biology and economics). His logic does not consider causality or by extension explanation at… Continue reading Ontology and Science: Understanding vs Explanation;
The ridicule of Cliven Bundy (the rancher trying to claim free use of land that is not his) should give pause to a number of scientists and ‘believers’ in science. One cannot base something on a rule without tacitly admitting the implications of that rule, as well as the implications of anything that rule itself… Continue reading Time for Cosmology to Give Up?