22 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Other Disciplines Mistake Scientists as having No Imagina...

The whole question of imagination in science is often misunderstood by people in other disciplines. They try to test our imagination in the following way. They say, "Here is a picture of some people in a situation. What do you imagine will happen next?" When we say, 'I can't imagine,' they may think we have a weak imagination. They overlook the fact that whatever we are allowed to imagine in science must be consistent with everything else we know, that the electric fields and the waves we tal...
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When, in reality, they are not allowed to imagine beyond what is reality.

22 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Beauty is More Important than Accuracy

I think that there is a moral to this story, namely that it is more important to have beauty in one's equations than to have them fit experiment. If Schroedinger had been more confident of his work, he could have published it some months earlier, and he could have published a more accurate equation .... It seems that if one is working from the point of view of getting beauty in one's equations, and if one has really a sound insight, one is on a sure line of progress. If there is not complete ...
Folksonomies: mathematics beauty reality
Folksonomies: mathematics beauty reality
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Interesting argument: beauty in an equation is more important than having it completely fit the reality.

30 MAY 2013 by mxplx

 Butterfly effect

life might be emerged on earth because of some speck of organic dust carried on by a random meteorite which decided to hit up on earth on the right spot which have all other stuff for sustained evolution ,with out that single meteorite nothing would have ever happened or will ever one know about nothing happened
Folksonomies: reality
Folksonomies: reality
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It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world meaning that the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part.

08 APR 2013 by ideonexus

 Human Scientific Achievement is Greater Than the Magic of...

And Harry raced back up the stairs and shoved the staircase back into the trunk with his heel, and, panting, turned the pages of the book until he found the picture he wanted to show to Draco. The one with the white, dry, cratered land, and the suited people, and the blue-white globe hanging over it all. That picture. The picture, if only one picture in all the world were to survive. "That," Harry said, his voice trembling because he couldn't quite keep the pride out, "is what the Earth look...
Folksonomies: science magic reality
Folksonomies: science magic reality
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None of the Wizards have gone to the moon. Rational Harry Potter baffles them by showing them a picture of the Earth from space.

19 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 Post Modernism Leads to Totalitarianism

There is objective truth to be learned by observation, and the knowledge gained gives power that other "ways of knowing" have not. But the more dangerous problem with postmodernist thinking is its a priori nature. Not truth, but a political goal has to be served—in this particular case the goal of openness, or tolerance without judgment. But without acknowledgi objective truth, all arguments become rhetorical and therefore can go on forever—and we are either paralyzed by it or we must res...
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When facts are relative and belief makes reality, then the best strategy is to hold to your belief uncompromisingly.

11 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 At Best Science Can Only Model

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work—that is, correctly to describe phenomena from a reasonably wide area.
Folksonomies: reality modeling
Folksonomies: reality modeling
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And work on improving those models.

08 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Empirical Reality is All Probability in Mathematics

The stone that Dr. Johnson once kicked to demonstrate the reality of matter has become dissipated in a diffuse distribution of mathematical probabilities. The ladder that Descartes, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz erected in order to scale the heavens rests upon a continually shifting, unstable foundation.
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A response to Johnson kicking a stone to prove reality.

31 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 Questioning Reality is Futile

All possible truth is practical. To ask whether our conception of chair or table corresponds to the real chair or table apart from the uses to which they may be put, is as utterly meaningless and vain as to inquire whether a musical tone is red or yellow. No other conceivable relation than this between ideas and things can exist. The unknowable is what I cannot react upon. The active part of our nature is not only an essential part of cognition itself, but it always has a voice in determining...
Folksonomies: empiricism reality
Folksonomies: empiricism reality
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It's all we have to go on, so make the best of it.

18 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 The Bible is Fallible, Nature is Not

For the holy Bible and the phenomena of nature proceed alike from the divine Word, the former as the dictate of the Holy Ghost and the latter as the observant executrix of God's commands. It is necessary for the Bible, in order to be accommodated to the understanding of every man, to speak many things which appear to differ from the absolute truth so far as the bare meaning of the words is concerned. But Nature, on the other hand, is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws i...
Folksonomies: nature bible reality scripture
Folksonomies: nature bible reality scripture
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Gallileo argues that we must accept what we see in Nature, even if it conflicts with the bible.

17 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Truth is the approximation of thought to reality

...reality is a system, completely ordered and fully intelligible, with which thought in its advance is more and more identifying itself. We may look at the growth of knowledge … as an attempt by our mind to return to union with things as they are in their ordered wholeness…. and if we take this view, our notion of truth is marked out for us. Truth is the approximation of thought to reality … Its measure is the distance thought has travelled … toward that intelligible system … The d...
Folksonomies: empiricism reality
Folksonomies: empiricism reality
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Our growth of knowledge is an "attempt by our mind to return to union with things as they are in their ordered wholeness."