Truth, Selection and Scientific Inquiry

  title={Truth, Selection and Scientific Inquiry},
  author={Stephen M. Downes},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
In this paper I examine various ways in whichphilosophers have made connections between truth andnatural selection. I introduce several versions ofthe view that mechanisms of true belief generationarise as a result of natural selection and argue thatthey fail to establish a connection between truth andnatural selection. I then turn to scientific truthsand argue that evolutionary accounts of the origin ofscientific truth generation mechanisms also fail. Iintroduce David Hull's selectionist model… CONTINUE READING