A sharper image: the quest of science and recursive production of objective realities

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https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2020v24n2p255

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scientific ontology, Eigen-solution, sharp hypothesis, epistemic value, objectivity, circularity

Abstract

This article explores the metaphor of Science as provider of sharp images of ourenvironment, using the epistemological framework of Objective Cognitive Constructivism.These sharp images are conveyed by precise scientific hypotheses that, in turn, are encodedby mathematical equations. Furthermore, this article describes how such knowledge is pro-duced by a cyclic and recursive development, perfection and reinforcement process, leadingto the emergence of eigen-solutions characterized by the four essential properties of preci-sion, stability, separability and composability. Finally, this article discusses the role playedby ontology and metaphysics in the scientific production process, and in which sense theresulting knowledge can be considered objective.

Author Biography

Julio Michael Stern, University of Sao Paulo

Bachelor (1981) and M.Sc. (1983) in Physics from USP - the University of Sao Paulo. M.Eng. (1990) and Ph.D. (1991) in Operations Research from Cornell University. Liv.Doc./ Priv.Doz. (2002) in Computer Science from USP. Full Professor (2010) of Applied Mathematics at USP. Member (2019) of the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy. 

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