The dangers of non-empirical confirmation

Carlo Rovelli 1, 2
Abstract : In the book "String Theory and the Scientific Method", Richard Dawid describes a few of the many non-empirical arguments that motivate theoretical physicists' confidence in a theory, taking string theory as case study. I argue that excessive reliance on non-empirical evidence compromises the reliability of science, and that precisely the case of string theory well illustrates this danger.
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Carlo Rovelli. The dangers of non-empirical confirmation. String Theory and the Scientific Method, Dec 2015, Munich, Germany. ⟨hal-01461387⟩



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