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For better or worse, science works. It has given humans dominion over the earth
It is now within humanity’s capacity to either destroy the ecosystems we depend on for our survival or make the world a better place to live.
What is it about the epistemological foundations of science that makes it so much more effective helping us to understand the world than are philosophical systems based on faith and belief?
This talk introduces the epistemological work of Sir Karl Popper, focused on his later work on evolutionary epistemology. I argue that Popper's evolutionary approach to epistemology explains how science works, and why this is a better system for building reliable knowledge about the world than are systems ultimately based in justification and belief as guides to "truth".
Caveats: I am not a student of philosophy and am not familiar with much of its literature. From my background as an evolutionary biologist, I have extended Popper’s ideas in a number of areas as I have explored the biological roles and nature of knowledge in living systems.
The presentation (if downloaded) includes links to my publications expanding on ideas presented here.