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Naturalism vs formalism: A thread.

(Or: How I learned to stop worrying & love informality)

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#science #philosophy #whyiliketheideasthatilike
TL,DR: naturalism is a basic commitment of scientific explanation, & formalism a tool that can help achieve it – yet people too often prioritise the latter over the former.

Elaborating on comments I've made here before, in conv w @IrisVanRooij, @JCSkewesDK, @wgervais, et al.

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One preliminary comment.

Usually I try to avoid "I know what I'm talking about" comments – you should just let your arguments & ideas do the talking! – but in this case it seems worth mentioning.

I have a degree in Pure Mathematics. This is not math-phobia.

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