THE RELATION OF SENSE-DATA TO PHYSICS:
Physics is said to be an empirical science, based upon observation and experiment.
It is supposed to be verifiable, i.e., capable of calculating beforehand results subsequently confirmed by observation and experiment.
What can we learn by observation and experiment?
Nothing, so far as physics is concerned, except immediate data of sense: certain patches of color, sounds, tastes, smells, etc., with certain spatiotemporal relations.
The supposed contents of the physical world are prima facie very different from these: molecules have no color, atoms make no noise, electrons have no taste, and corpuscles do not even smell.
If such objects are to be verified, it must be solely through their relation to sense-data: they must have some kind of____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Philosophy of Science. Contributors: Arthur Danto - Editor, Sidney Morgenbesser - Editor. Publisher: Meridian Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1960. Page number: 33.