Science does not happen until after assumptions are made regarding the nature of knowledge and being.
Your epistemology defines what you believe can be factual. Your ontology defines what you believe is possible. Until you decide that your senses can be trusted in any sense, you cannot have science. What you decide about what can be trusted decides what science you are able to pursue. Until you realize that observations are repeatable and follow reliable patterns (not a metaphysical truth most of humanity has held historically, many still do not hold it to be true), you cannot pursue any science. The nature of what you believe can be known and inferred from your models, observations, and experiements will determine what hypotheses you can make and test.
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