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The New Organon (Novum Organum) or; The True Directions Concerning the Interpretation of Nature (mobi) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521563994
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  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: MobileReference (December 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L9KUS8
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Francis Bacon (1561-1626), was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He also wrote Essays: Or Councils, Civil and Moral.

"Organon" was the name given by Aristotle's followers to his works on logic. By proposing a "New" Organon, Bacon was suggesting a new method for finding out truth, that was completely different from the classical Greek and Medieval Christian deductive models. Bacon asserts, "Aristotle... corrupted natural philosophy by his logic: fashioning the world out of categories,; assigning to the human soul... a genus from words of the second intention; doing the business of density and rarity... by the frigid distinction of act and power; asserting the single bodies have each a single and proper motion, and that if they participate in any other, then this results from an external cause; and imposing countless other arbitrary restrictions on the nature of things; being always more solicitous to provide an answer to the question and affirm something positive in words, than about the inner truth of things..." (LXIII, pg. 60)

He states in The Great Instauration [i.e., restoration], "I therefore reject the syllogism, and that not only as regards principles... but also as regards middle propositions... therefore, I leave to the syllogism and these famous and boasted modes of demonstration their jurisdiction over popular arts and such as are matter of opinion... yet in dealing with the nature of things I will use induction throughout, and that in the minor propositions as well as the major.
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What can is say about this great work of Renissance scientific philosophy? To start with, it is a somewhat difficult read. But the kind of difficult read I like. Basically, when reading this book you must forget the past 350 years and put yourself into a state of mind that existed before modern science had accomplished anything, back when it was theoretical only. You have to be forgiving because Bacon did not have the benefit of all the knowledge that followed, yet he imagined the lengths to which human knowledge could go, and the benefits that could be achieved, by stacking little bits of knowledge on top of little bits of knowledge, until a critical mass of knowledge was accumulated and could then be used to interpret nature - to use nature's code to generate practical technology to ease the suffering of human kind and provide helps and pleasures otherwise unknown.

Sometimes when I was reading this I thought bacon a genius, sometimes a child, sometimes a prophet, sometimes a fool, sometimes a time traveller. I found his organization very disorganized. Maybe it's just me. If I have the time, I'll chart his organization and see if it makes any sense that way. After reading the New Atlantis, Great Insturation, Essays, and Sylva Sylvarum, I would say to start with the Great Insturation, then the Novom Organum and then the New Atlantis. If you are really dedicated, read the Sylva Slyvarum and Essays before the New Atlantis. Basically the New Atlantis kind of puts this all together in the most authentic piece of science fiction ever written. But I think it would make more sense if I read it last (I read it first, and it did inspire me to read all the others so maybe I am wrong here).
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How could anyone not like Francis Bacon?
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manthano on March 23, 2014
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Francis is the bad boy of science - the guy who started it all. The scientific method. 1620
Hey, its great for killing people (Newton's cannon balls), and good for medical malfeasance (Pasteur and Koch)
but not so good for curing cancer.

See Karl Popper.
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