The point, I take it, is to understand how nature works. Part of that is knowing how to do calculations, but another part is asking deep questions about what it all means. That’s what got me interested in science, anyway. And part of that task is understanding the foundational aspects of our physical picture of the world, digging deeply into issues that go well beyond merely being able to calculate things. It’s a shame that so many physicists don’t see how good philosophy of science can contribute to this quest. The universe is much bigger than we are and stranger than we tend to imagine, and I for one welcome all the help we can get in trying to figure it out.
Carroll, a Cal Tech physicist, defends the value of philosophy in science in a recent article. Recently, scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson have publicly slammed philosophy as “futile” and claiming that it has no place in answering the Big Questions about the nature of the universe.
What do you think? Does philosophy have a place in science today? Why or why not?