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Now this evidently involves something of a paradox. Method implies the adjustment of means to ends; and the question arises of how means can be adjusted to the end of a knowledge which is not yet acquired. ) 8 The answer to this puzzle is the heuristic structure. Pre-scientific thought tries to understand 'the nature of' light, heat, weight, and so on; and 'the nature of ... ' is expected to be the same for all data which are similar. ' Once the initial difficulties are overcome, and the basic insights are reached, there comes a moment when all the data fall into a single perspective, sweeping yet accurate deductions become possible, and predictions on the basis of these regularly turn out to have been correct.
If such processes exist - and so far we have only considered their theoretical possibility - the difficulty of investigating them evidently increases with the number and diversity of the separate intelligibilities involved. In such cases, deductions have to be restricted to the short term, and predictions confined to indicating probabilities. To illustrate the difference between systematic and nonsystematic processes, one may take as examples the motions of the planets and the vagaries of the weather.
For events must be defined if they are to be assigned any frequency but unity. ' It has already been explained that mere reference to experience will not do for defining conjugates once science is sufficiently advanced. 'So pure conjugates will be used in defining the events of scientifically significant statistical laws. ' It may be added that indeterminacy is a general characteristic of statistical investigations, which presuppose that 'the concrete cannot be deduced in its full determinacy from any set of systematic premisses'.