Reading the Music of Science

Is nobody inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers, so you are reduced to hearing--not a song or a poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.

Perhaps one of the reasons is that you have to know how to read the music. For instance, the scientific, article says, perhaps, something like this: "The radioactive phosphorus content of the cerebrum of a rat decreases to one-half in the period of two weeks." Now, what does that mean?


it means that phosphorus that is in the brain of the rat (and also in mine, and yours) is not the same phosphorus as it was two weeks ago, but that all of the atoms that are in the brain are being replaced, and the ones that were there before have gone away.

So what is this mind, what are these atoms with consciousness? Last weeks potatoes! That is what now can remember what was going on in my mind a year ago--a mind which has long ago been replaced.

That is what it means when one discovers who long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms, to note that the thing which I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance. That atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, then go out; always new atoms but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.


People aren't amazed by scientific discovery because, maybe, they don't understand it.

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 The Value of Science from What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Feynman, Richard (1988), The Value of Science from What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character, W.W. Norton and Company, Retrieved on 2010-11-13


01 MAR 2011

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Nothing is Fun Until You\'re Good at It > Conclusion > Reading the Music of Science
This fact is one of the reasons people don't enjoy science, they haven't learned enough about it to appreciate it.
23 MAY 2011

 Science Requires Effort

Enjoying Science Requires Effort > Emphasis > Reading the Music of Science
You must learn the language of science and love nature to enjoy and appreciate it.
Folksonomies: science education wonder
Folksonomies: science education wonder