|Prediction, philosophy: statements about the future are about the conditions under which one is willing to give them credibility. Among other things, this is an assessment of the methods used. See also regularity, causality, reliability, reliability theory, explanation, projectability, induction, deduction, certainty, methods, future, extrapolation, statistics, probability, natural laws, truth values._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
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Explanation/forecasts/theory/Kauffman: Difference: a tide table predicts events, but does not explain them.
Newton's theory predicts and explains events.
Darwin: in the opinion of many, his theory has little predictive value.
GUT/Great Unifying Theory: our final theory of physics should provide explanations, but also no predictions._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Der Öltropfen im Wasser München 1998
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity