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Anti-scientific education at Swedish universities

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It is no doubt about that science largely is based on observations. Hypotheses are born from observations and from previous hypotheses. Verifications and falsifications of hypotheses by observations are fundamental. Induction and science are strongly connected.

It is also interesting to discuss what additional factors should be taken into consideration in order to increase the precision in the definition of the word science.

But at courses about Theory of Science at some Swedish universities the importance of observations is completely absent. It may even be denied that observations may contribute to science.

 

When such education is given during introductory courses in scientific method, I denote it anti-scientific, since it contradicts claims from both natural scientists and philosophers of science.

Indicative of this type of education is that it is dominated by the name "Karl Popper", or that the literature list mainly consists of the book A.F. Chalmers - "What is this thing called Science?" This book popularizes Popper's argumentation and adds philosophers like Kuhn, Lakatos, Feyerabend, and Bayes.

 
 
 

Update 2017

It appears that teaching focused on Popper's dogmatic theses has become less dominant since 2009, and I imagine that one of the causes for this is that both lecturers and students have found their way to vetenskapsteori.se.

 

One example demonstrating this was that a course in scientific method at Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden during 2016 did not focus on Popper, but on Kuhn's discussion of paradigms.

 

Exempel på antivetenskaplig undervisning:

 

Utbildningsplats
2007- 2008

Institution
    Kurs

Stockholm School of Economics

Center for Management and Organizations:

Doktorandkursen i vetenskapsteorier (2006)

   

Royal Institute of Technology

Industrial Engineering and Management:

Kunskapsbildning inom teknik och naturvetenskap, 6p

   

Linköping Inst. of Technology

Vetenskapsteori, 5/7,5p

   

Lund University

Theoretical philosophy:

Vetenskapsteoretisk orienteringskurs, 5p, (example of home examination 2008)

   

2013-2014

 

Jönköping University

School of Health Sciences:

Vetenskapsteori, 7,5p

   

Luleå University of Technology

Business Adm, Techn and Social Sciences:

Vetenskapsteori 7,5p

   

Lund University

Astronomy & theoretical physics:

Den vetenskapliga metoden MNXA09 7,5p

   

Lund University, Faculty of Engineering

LTH common:

Vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetodik GEM040F

   
 
2022-05-14