posted 11 years ago by Ben Cordero

There are some words that can provide a large contrast to different people, yet still mean the same thing.

For example, "empirical". Def: Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment.

If a philosopher[1] finds empirical evidence for their theories, it is considered a great accomplishment. It is reassurance that the threads of thought they weave can come together to make a t-shirt.

Conversely, if my physicist friends find an empirical formula, even if it fulfils science[2], there is still a feeling of uneasiness. Until a mathematician friend can come along to formalise what is no less than universal suspicions, there is always some doubt.

[1] my philosopher friends, please correct me if I am wrong.
[2] testable, repeatable, consistent results.

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