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The limits of the sciences in identifying causes and scientific laws

Scientists do not often question the scientific methods used to generate the causes and laws in their particular scientific models. This research project investigates these scientific methods, and their related complex theory and strong assumptions, biases and limitations. Better understanding the limits of using particular methods in science such as mathematics and statistics is important for research and policy, because these methods all lead to some degree of biased results and scientists using them often misguidedly claim to establish strong causal relationships. By combining theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis, this research project aims to help disentangle the links between the actual methods applied by scientists and the causal effects and scientific laws they claim to identify in their models. 

Alexander Krauss is a Marie Curie Research Fellow on the project 'The limits of the sciences in identifying causes and scientific laws' financed by the European Commission. He has also taught at the University College London. His postdoc research focuses largely on the limits of science and scientific methodology. He has a Bachelor's in Philosophy, a Master's in Philosophy, as well as in Political Science, and a PhD in Development Economics.

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