John Holbo, in aÂ recent post at the ever-entertaining Crooked Timber, challenged his readers to “write a song â€“ or poem â€“ expressing as clearly as you can, with extra style points for keeping it intelligible to an 8-year old â€“ your favored philosophy of science.”
Here is my contribution:
A Limerick for Computational Epistemology
Science finds a normative naturalist foundation
Where logic meets mechanism in computation
Whose relevance to Man
Is supplied by an ‘aught’ implying a ‘can’
And to truths we may converge without termination.
This admittedly fails on the count of intelligibility, but it was a fun exercise nonetheless.
Update:Â Another entry of mine:
I admit that Logical-Empiricism left me impressed
Though early forms couldnâ€™t pass the verification test.
And Constructive Empiricism
Is not without lyricism,
But I find a variety of structural realism the best.