Pasteur quote

From: John W Burgeson (
Date: Fri Dec 28 2001 - 13:49:40 EST

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    A Metanexus article today includes this quote: "In one short sentence he
    (Pasteur) proclaimed a motto for Science: "Do not posit anything that you
    cannot prove by experimentation."

    A somewhat similar statement was made by Lord Kelvin: "When you can
    measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know
    something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot
    express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory
    kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you
    have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science."

     It would seem that a strict demarcationist might, on the basis of these
    two statements, have some difficulties with the Grand Evolutionary
    (microbe to man) theory. How would such a person be answered?

    John Burgeson (Burgy)
           (science/theology, quantum mechanics, baseball, ethics,
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