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Science, a subset of Philosophy

Science is a subset of philosophy. Science believes in measurement. Scientists measure objects, energy fields, heat, a lot of stuff to which humanity has access through their senses. Scientists also deduce, with math. And they do what is called abductive reasoning, in other words hypothetical explanation: this morning the grass outside is very wet, therefore it must have rained last night.

Scientists can adhere to a variety of ideas and remain scientists. Some scientists are religious. Some might belong to a school of thought called dualism, which accepts reality as both spiritual and material. And there are those who identify themselves as adhering to the "philosophy of science."

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