Free politics and current events Kindle books for 20 Feb 18

What is scientific truth?

by J Horsfield @ Hearts Minds Media

What is truth? Scientific and moral truth – Our responsibility to all life.
by Hearts and Minds Media
What is a scientific truth?
Philosophers talk about the correspondence theories of truth: subjective, deductive, and inductive (scientific) truth.
– Is scientific truth constant or changeable?
– Is scientific truth all that is measured by experience?
– Scientific truth converges towards religious truth?
– Is the truth all that we believe, or do we have a greater responsibility?
How scientific knowledge changes.
‘The ideal of completely correct knowledge is a concept. Scientific knowledge keeps changing, and our ideas about truth change too. Dr. Terry Halwes’
It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man’s blessings. Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours; concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labour and the distribution of goods in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
· Albert Einstein, speech at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (February 16, 1931), as reported in The New York Times (February 17, 1931), p. 6.
There are many philosophical and historical theories as to how scientific consensus changes over time. The history of scientific change is extremely complicated, and there is a tendency to project “winners” and “losers” onto the past in relation to our current scientific consensus, it is very difficult to come up with accurate and rigorous models for scientific change. This is made exceedingly difficult also in part because each of the various branches of science functions in somewhat different ways with different forms of evidence and experimental approaches.
Most models of scientific change rely on new data produced by scientific experiment. Karl Popper proposed that since no amount of experiments could ever prove a scientific theory, but a single experiment could disprove one, science should be based on falsification
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Asian Centuryâ?¦ on a Knife-edge: A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia’s Recent Economic Development

by John West

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the ‘Asian Century’ by examining the Asia’s rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.
The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employing a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, combining economic, social, political and geopolitical perspectives. Written in an accessible style, the book offers students, business, government, and civil society players powerful insights on Asia.

Charismatic Christianity in Finland, Norway, and Sweden: Case Studies in Historical and Contemporary Developments (Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities)

by Jessica Moberg

This is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licenseThe history of Charismatic Christianity in the Nordic countries reaches as far back as Pentecostalism itself. The bounds of these categories remain a topic of discussion, but Nordic countries have played a vital role in developing this rapidly spreading form of world-wide Christianity.  Until now, research on global Charismatic Christianity has largely overlooked the region. This book addresses and analyzes its historical and contemporary trajectories in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Through a selection of cases written by Nordic scholars from various disciplines, it demonstrates historical and contemporary diversity as well as interconnections between local, national, and global currents. Highlighting change and continuity, the anthology reveals new aspects of Charismatic Christianity.

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