> FYI. For what it is worth, I came on this reference to methodological
> naturalism as an assumption by scientists doing science. The concept
> seems to be much older than some people think.
> "Whenever it is possible to find out the cause of what is happening,
> one should not have recourse to the gods.
> Polybias, ca 204-122 B.C.
> As reported in THE THEORY OF THE MORAL CONSTITUTION IN ANTIQUITY,
> 1954, by Von Fritz.
Very interesting quote. This does not explicitly rule out events with
indeterminable causes (outside of scientific enquiry), but does appear to
express a very ancient version of the "god-in-the-gaps" perspective.
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