Scientific Method

In a world that is not directly understandable we find that we sometimes disagree with others as to the facts of the things we see in the world around us.

We also find that there are things in the world that are at odds with our present understanding. One must ask a meaningful question or identify a significant problem, and one should be able to state the problem or question in a way that is conceivably possible to answer it. Any attempt to gain knowledge must start here. Scientific method refers to the process by which scientists, collectively and over time, endeavor to construct an accurate, reliable, consistent and non-arbitrary representation of the world. Read more…

10th Apr 2014: Schizophrenia; Reflections by an Insider by Kenneth Wilson

Come along to The Counting House at 7pm for a talk by Kenneth. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…

Title of talk:

Schizophrenia: Reflections by an Insider

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

1. I’ll begin by introducing concerns over the viability of ‘schizophrenia’ as  a term. The condition that this traditional term refers to is real, in my opinion, but the term comes with so much stigma that the diagnosis is almost as bad as the condition itself – therefore I’d like to advocate a much less stigma-laden term. I don’t know what the new term is to be but I think we need one.
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10th Apr 2014: Why Don't People Vote? By Helena Catt

voting

Come along to The Counting House at 7pm for a talk by Helena. Share a crust of bread, and discover what she knows about voting habits…

 

Title of talk:

Why don’t people vote?
 

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • Voting turnout is in decline across all western democracies.
  • Who is not voting?
  • What do we know about the reasons for this decline?
  • What can election administrators, educators and voters do to encourage greater participation in elections?

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Euan’s Guide by Kiki MacDonald

Euan’s Guide is a disabled access review website set up by Euan MacDonald and his sister Kiki.
Euan is a powerchair user and the pair were finding it very difficult to find out information on disabled access, and so they decided to set up a website to help solve this.  Euan says “the goal of Euan’s Guide is to provide a friendly, honest & empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, remove the ‘fear of the unknown’ when visiting a venue for the first time.”

Science and Knowledge

There are other methods of discovering and learning knowledge about nature, but science is the only method that results in the acquisition of reliable knowledge.

Reliable knowledge is knowledge that has a high probability of being true because its veracity has been justified by a reliable method. Reliable knowledge is sometimes called justified true belief, to distinguish reliable knowledge from belief that is false and unjustified or even true but unjustified. Read more…