A Question for Professor Van Till

Paul A. Nelson (pnelson2@ix.netcom.com)
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 12:03:03 -0600 (CST)

Dear Howard:

Would you show how the "Robust Formational Economy Principle," or the
RFE Principle, differs in application from methodological naturalism,
MN, for any particular scientific research problem?

I ask because the two principles, for any empirical puzzle I can imagine,
appear functionally identical. Thus, a scientist guided by either principle,
whatever his philosophical views, will be choosing from the same limited
set of explanatory tools, namely, natural regularities and chance.

In what practical respect does the RFE Principle differ from MN?

Paul Nelson