A WORD ABOUT METHOD

big-data-2Philosophy has to reject the method and starting point of the natural sciences. This isn’t because we believe the scientific way of going about things is misguided but because gaining access to certain features of our existence requires a different way of going about things. If we are now concerned with developing a method, the method we develop has to be conducive to the phenomenon under investigation. It should not do violence to it. For example, not all aspects of experience can be determined mathematically. Much gets covered over and distorted thereby, even if in other ways such quantification is most helpful. If physics and chemistry start with quanta, with magnitudes (bits), a new method might attempt to start with the whole. Is such a thing possible? Let’s try.

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