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The Scandal of Induction

You collect data from numerous experiments
Measure my response to stimuli

You collect data to form a corpus
Impressive and oh so quantitative

You then construct a theory to explain your data
And pat yourself on the back

But there are endless, mutually exclusive theories
That explain that same data
The scandal of induction

You stumble upon a watch and infer design and aim
Then look at the universe

You stumble upon the analogy: the universe too
Must have a designer and a purpose

You then construct a theory to explain the design
By reference to a god

But there are endless, mutually exclusive theories
That explain that same data
The scandal of induction

(For example)
You collect data to say, “My lawn is wet”
Then conclude it must have rained last night

I collect data to say, “My lawn is wet”
Then conclude a pack of dogs urinated on the lawn

She collects data to say, “My lawn is wet”
Then concludes the water pipe is leaking

For you see, there are endless, mutually exclusive theories
That explain that same data
The scandal of induction

But this does not mean that any theory can be used to support any data
It merely means that there is no truth, only evidence

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