Against the Excesses of Quantum Gravity: A Plea for Modesty

Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S424-S441 (2001)
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I argue that all current research programs in quantum gravity conform to the 17th century hypothetico-deductive model of scientific inquiry, perhaps of necessity given the current state of technology. In so far as they do not recognize and advertise the shortcomings of the research method they use, they do a disservice to the integrity of science, for the method admits of far less certainty accruing to its products than one would be led to believe by the pronouncements of researchers in the area.

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Erik Curiel
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