The dangers of non-empirical confirmation

Carlo Rovelli
In the book “String Theory and the Scientific Method”, Richard Dawid describes a few of the many non-empirical arguments that motivate theoretical physicists’ confidence in a theory, taking string theory as case study. I argue that excessive reliance on non-empirical evidence compromises the reliability of science, and that precisely the case of string theory well illustrates this danger.

Read more at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.01966v1.pdf

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