What science is

I particularly enjoy this description of what science is:

In a Kim Hill panel discussion on Radio New Zealand, Paul Callaghan explains: “…Science has a particular way of operating. It’s based on observation with requirements of consistency. And one of the important things about science is that it is prepared to abandon or modify facts or theories in the light of better experimental evidence. So so long as other ways of knowing – either systems of knowledge, for example, or belief systems – want to work by that paradigm, then we can call them science….”

But is it science? Radio New Zealand
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/butisitscience/audio/2504597/but-is-it-science

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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