Saturday, 10 September 2016
The Metaphorical Event
But, if the Event is unexplained and unrepeated, then what else can academics do but "prove" that it never happened? We explain an event by demonstrating that it instantiates a law. We explain a law by demonstrating that it instantiates a more general law. We cannot explain but must simply accept the most general laws. Either every event instantiates a law or most do. If a few do not, then those few are inexplicable. And, if they are reported but never repeated, then how can we verify that they even occurred?
For science and technology to work, most events must be law-governed but there is no need to insist that all are. We continue to seek, and often to find, explanations. At any time, there are (as yet) unexplained phenomena.