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Novum Organum II

In 1620, the British politician and philosopher Francis Bacon published Novum Organum (New Method) and formalized the previously scattershot methods of scientific experimentation into a method able to be replicated. In due time, the Western world would build an intellectual empire on the basis of Bacon's concepts of scientific research. The West's university and its scientific and medical systems all stem from Bacon's philosophy. But after nearly four hundred years; it is time for something new again. In mathematics, theoretical physics, and philosophy, a quiet revolution has begun. Thinkers who can study across disciplines and form analogies, who take seriously the History and Philosophy of Science and its problems of metaphysics and epistemology, have been making impressive breakthroughs. These methods have been, up until now, as random as the process of experimentation was in Bacon's day. This timely book has come to formalize these methods, build upon Bacon's scientific research model, and to ultimately go beyond it.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The First Novum Organum Chapter 2: The First Part of Novum Organum in Context Chapter 3: History as a Connect-the-Dots Game Chapter 4: Paradigm Shift Chapter 5: Novum Organum's Impact Part II: The New New Method Chapter 6: Everything Analogy Chapter 7: Model Dependent Realism Chapter 8: Mathematics Chapter 9: Examples From the Field of Analogy and Consilience Conclusion: The New New Atlantis References

About the Author

Dr. Chris Edwards is the author of two books of philosophy, one of which has been translated into Polish, and he is a frequent contributor on the topics of philosophy, law, logic, theoretical physics, and education to the science and philosophy journals Skeptic and Free Inquiry. His original connect-the-dots teaching methodology has been published by the National Council for Social Studies. He is the author, most recently, of Teaching Genius: Redefining Education with Lessons from Science and Philosophy.


Chris Edwards has written some of the most popular and important articles in the history of Skeptic magazine. In this book, his nimble mind traverses across a wide range of topics with a unique skeptical perspective. -- Michael Shermer, publisher, Skeptic Magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Believing Brain

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