about henry mulder (1939-2009)
Mulder was a lifelong student of the philosophy of science. He studied the subject both in formal and informal settings. Philosophy of Science takes one beyond the scope of specialized disciplines which is where most science is practiced to the arena of the generalist. This area which is deemed to have little practical value is usually left to the various emeriti to ponder and perhaps ruminate about as a means of inspiring young scientists.
In addition to his formal training at the college and university level, Mulder spent a lifetime reading and studying much of the material that exists on a wide range of subjects. Whether it be on the theory of knowledge by such notables as Descartes and Popper or the educational methods of someone like Jean Piaget, he delved into and pondered on these topics.
George Santayana, the Spanish-American philosopher is quoted as saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." This is usually cited as an admonition that you ignore your history at your peril. That may be a little melodramatic, but it is probably true that many wrong headed decisions both personal as well as institutional can often be traced to a lack of historical perspective.
It was Hank's fondest hope that this site with its thoughtful essays as well as links to some of the more enlightened sites on the Internet would in some small way foster a love and understanding of science in all its facets. Increasing human knowledge is not some idle task pursued only by cognoscenti for personal satisfaction. It is the very thing that defines our human being.
No amount of study by one individual, whether in a formal setting or as a lifelong quest, can possibly yield all the answers. Hank hoped this site would entice others to join in and share their passion for a reasoned discourse on all aspects of the subject.
Though my father passed away in 2009, our family decided to keep this website alive so that others might continue to read and learn from his words. Thank you.