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Old 26th February 2011, 08:49 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by immaterial View Post
Well at least we have to have faith in our own ability to reason. For without that ability, there would be no science. And we can't really test our ability to reason, can we, for the only tool we have to create such a test with would be the very same reason we're trying to test. That would be circular reasoning, literally.
A better tern for what you're describing is "expectation." It appears that we can reason, and we expect that we'll continue to be able to do so. "Faith" connotes strong, persistent belief despite absent or contrary objective evidence, which is the opposite of what science requires.

One only needs to provisionally accept a few basic things about reality in order to practice science, and none of these requires faith.
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