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Thomas C King

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  2. I don't know that much about art. But are you saying some schools of art have actually formulated hypotheses in the scientific sense of being able to predict something, and then attempted to refute them? That could be the case, I hypothesise that these abstract shapes will be pleasing to 90% of people, for example. I'd consider that science of art though. Or do you mean that schools of art have defined hypotheses, but using a non-scientific (or an artistic) definition? If anything, I'd consider art to be closer to mathematics than science. Because you might have some first-principles, and aesthetics are very important, as in mathematics.
  3. Well, the usual high-level definition of Science according to the Philosophy of Science, is a process of forming hypotheses and trying to disprove them. Hypotheses are hence disprovable and precise statements. A non-empty set of related hypotheses that are routinely not disproven and has a satisfactory explanatory power, is informally a theory. But theories (what is and is not) are subjective. I don't know what art is, but I've never heard an artist talk about disproving a hypotheses. That said, I'm sure there is a 'science of art'. It is possible to have a science of anything that is subjective in the sense of something like aesthetics so long as the hypotheses are about that subjectivity. Technology, I think, is sometimes design science (which includes "proper" engineering), sometimes unscientific "engineering" (e.g., people purely writing code without applying the scientific method), and sometimes art and aesthetics.
  4. I can believe that. "More likely", I am more likely to visit Slough if there is an art gallery there, and I don't even go to galleries. Not much more likely, just more likely. Probably around .0001% more likely. But still unlikely, below 5%. You can say all sorts and still be correct with precise/pedantic semantics.
  5. On the Oxford, a fisherman shouted at me for stopping because the next fisherman along hadn't lifted his rod or suggested that he would. I now realise, I'm meant to just trust that in a row of ten or so anglers each one will lift their rod at the last minute... The K&A is much nicer so far. When I started boating a year or so ago I blindly adhered to 'slow down' signs, then got blown into another boat, yelled at etc. etc. Too many variables to have a one-size-fits-all rule, easiest just for everyone to chill out.
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  11. Ohm my god, these jokes are terrible.
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