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I am glad Gail brought up the point.
I learned a little more.
Gary

On 29 May 2004 at 2:26, Scott Maxwell wrote:

> Gail:
> 
> I would argure that the "old way" (before the days of engineering
> calculations, etc), buildings were commonly "empirically tested". 
> That is buildings were constructed in ways that "pushed the envelope"
> and the buildings (i.e. old Europeon churches, etc) were then
> "empirically tested"...in otherword, if they did not fall down or have
> parts that collapsed, then that construction method was continued.  If
> they did partially collapse or completely falldown, then "lessons were
> learned" and things were no longer built that way.
> 
> So, the point is that you CAN "empirically test" things per your
> enclosed "definition" ('"empirical"  means you can see something
> happened,  but you're not quite sure why it happened').  Now, one
> could argue that is no longer the case.  But, then someone else could
> argue that in some, if not many cases, research testing could really
> be "you see something happen, but not quite sure why it happened", but
> have some theories (and so maybe you do further testing to attempt to
> prove those theories).
> 
> So, while I would not have necessarily called it "empirical testing"
> myself, I can certain "see it" as such.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Scott
> Adrian, MI
> 
> 
> On Fri, 28 May 2004 GSKWY(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
> 
> >
> > I agree with all of the definitions.  Basically, "empirical"  means
> > you can see something happened,  but you're not quite sure why it
> > happened. Or you expect it will happen, but you are not quite sure
> > why it will happen.
> >
> > Still, I don't think you can "empirically test" something.
> >
> > Gail Kelley
> >
> 
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