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November 27, 2011

The nature of scientific law

by Neil Rickert

When I hear other people talk about “laws of nature,” I recognize that their view of science seems to be quite different from mine.  It is not that they call them “laws of nature.”  Rather, it is what people say about scientific laws that leads me to see a difference.  For example many people conclude, on the basis of science, that there is no such thing as free will and that the universe is governed by deterministic laws.  I am unable to find any basis for those views.  So here, I present my own understanding of science.

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