Novum Organum

In 1620, Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum was published. Though the work might be succinctly described as Bacon’s views on empiricism and inductivism, it is far more than a list of experimental steps to be followed. It is an entire epistemology and philosophy—possibly the epistemology and philosophy which underlay the Scientific Revolution.

In light of its value as a rationalist text, its historical influence on the progress of science, and its general expression of the philosophy and vision which guides LessWrong 2.0, the moderation team has seen fit to publish Novum Organum as a LessWrong sequence.

Book 1

Novum Or­ganum: Introduction

Novum Or­ganum: Preface

The Inad­e­quacy of Cur­rent Science (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 1-37)

Idols of the Mind Pt. 1 (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 38–52)

Idols of the Mind Pt. 2 (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 53-68)

13 Causes of Bad Science (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 69-92)

The Ba­co­nian Method (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 93-107)

Rea­sons for Hope & Ob­jec­tion Preemp­tion (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 108-130)

Book 2

Na­ture’s Hid­den Pro­cesses and Struc­tures (Novum Or­ganum Book 2: 1-9)

Tables of Pres­ence, Nearby Ab­sence, & De­grees of In­ten­sity (Novum Or­ganum Book 2: 10-14)

A First Sketch of the Na­ture of Heat (Novum Or­ganum Book 2: 15-25)