Philosophy and Science: Metaphysics
Science and philosophy have a central importance to Erfavlins. Bot may not equal an Erfavlin philosopher
in prowess, but Bot likes to have a go nevertheless!

This section addresses some of the more philosophical aspects of science. Every science eventually runs
into philosophical speculation at its fringes. In the end, no amount of empiricism has yet enabled us to
dispense with the interpretation of the information obtained from empirical investigation. Interpretation is a
process which is inherently subjective, at least in part.

This section is really about metaphysics. The word 'metaphysics' has many shades of meaning and some
people do not even like the word! However, let me give a functional definition that shall be adhered to
here. Metaphysics is literally the 'physics of physics' in much the same way that metadata is 'data about
data' and meta-analysis is the 'analysis of analyses'. In this sense metadata is data, meta-analysis is
analysis and metaphysics is physics, but a of certain types. Essentially metaphysics attempts to look at
the overall structure of physics in an attempt to see the wood for the trees! It looks at the underlying
principles, entities and laws that govern the elements of physics. Metaphysics does have a certain
supernatural or mystical meaning to some, but here we shall focus on logical analysis and refrain from
invoking forces outside the spheres of science and rational logic. This is not to say that our analysis will
be strictly scientific, since we shall be concerned with logic that may arguably be considered even more
fundamental than science itself.

It seems to me that physicists spend too much time avoiding philosophy (despite the inherently
philosophical nature of many aspects of physics) and instead 'hide' behind their equations (yes we do,
although there are good reasons for this to be fair!). However, let us try to interpret equations
philosophically rather than mathematically and see what happens! The truth is that the math is in many
ways easier than the philosophy, at least the rules of mathematics are better known! Indeed, computers
can do maths, but can they philosophise? Certain aspects of mathematics have run way ahead of
empirical observation. String Theory is one such example. Though extremely impressive mathematically,
String Theory has yet to be properly tested by experiment. Sure, it predicts gravity, but then it was
designed to do so! Perhaps the problems that String Theory aims to solve, principally the problem of
gravity, might be better solved by a fresh perspective on the nature of the physics involved. That might
be saved for an essay in itself! Click on the links below to view Bot's philosophical essays that also draw
upon science:
An essay on causality and being.