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"Observational" vs "historical" science. The true difference

Postby the_ignored » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:48 am

Ken Ham implies that archaeology is "observational" science, while of course, paleontology is "historical" science:

I’m often amazed that we continue to hear skeptics claim that the Bible is full of fairy tales, yet real observational science shows again and again the Bible’s history to be true in even the smallest detail.

Why is that? In both cases, the people digging up the relics or fossils were not there to see the events in question.
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Re: "Observational" vs "historical" science. The true differ

Postby Jessica » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:20 pm

I thought historical science was stuff that was considered no longer science. Like the aether. Or maternal impression. Or miasmas.
Or the world being created six thousand years ago in six days. . .

Yes, come on, yes.
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Re: "Observational" vs "historical" science. The true differ

Postby zilch » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:47 pm

Of course, strictly speaking, all science is historical science, in a way: the results of science are always in our past. It's just a question of how far in the past.
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Re: "Observational" vs "historical" science. The true differ

Postby E-lad » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:32 pm

To Ham: It's the method, stupid. Yours is ass backwards.
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