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Blogger William Orem wrote on Oct. 25, 2008 @ 21:45 GMT


It’s Halloween time, and the blogosphere is thick with ghosts. (Not those ghosts.) They seem to be staging a comeback as well in popular media, perhaps as a sign of the general anti-science trend that’s been befogging American culture for much of the last decade. Gone, however, are the drafty houses and niter-encrusted mausoleums that used to be the favorite haunts of our nearly...

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Plato wrote on Oct. 28, 2008 @ 16:50 GMT
"The supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience".Einstein

William declaring one's position and defining it as "being" will not reduce the thought that somehow even in "such a declaration" you might have offered sound advice? Okay, you were influenced by, etc?

This is not my perception, but one that could be pervasive out there no matter how wrong it was "in some views" for one to entertain the physicist and his allegations as to consciousness at a quantum,level. But for a price, your agenda?

Secondly, such a distinction too, infinite regress reductionism, one still has to contend with interacting with the world and always the pursuance for knowledge and truth that one seeks such a formate that points to possibly Plato's success.

At what constitutes ideas, ideal, and their formation to methods of discerningly testable methods to such a cause, is not unwarranted. Needless to say, it is very difficult traversing new ground. Yet objectively it finds it results as tried and tested method.

The dimensionality of geometry pulled into higher dimensions?

At which level do you think Dali can be compared to see that such a thought about conviction of E8 maybe has it's relations to dimensional thinking? See added picture below.

Artists are sometime better equipped then the scientist to see how such a new idea can be transformed into a "viable sociological ascent to views on religion and Dali would be no exception regardless of his was in life. "Dynamical triangulation" to some cubist revolt to seeing the world in new ways.

I think most know of the difficulty.

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Eric S. wrote on Jan. 10, 2009 @ 03:25 GMT
I feel your pain, RE the lecturing physician that invoked "Quantum Mechanics" as a springboard into the absurd and unprovable. I've found that many otherwise-rational people have a metaphysical soft spot somewhere, some particular topic that suddenly lights up the eyes and brings out the crazy.

You are absolutely right that any new, difficult-to-grasp theory can serve as this springboard for people, like the radio ghosts you referenced, or the resurgent belief in the metaphysical properties of magnets.

I think Quantum Mechanics is especially susceptible to this though, because of its connection to "uncertainty". To the layperson, QM often is interpreted as some version of "Scientists have finally discovered that they [scientists] can't really be certain about the fundamental nature of the universe." In other words, even more than radio and magnets, QM *appears* to explicitly open the door to metaphysical speculation.

On a side note, I've seen "Einstein's theories of relativity" invoked in the same soft-headed way by well-meaning cultural theorists: "Einstein proved that everything is relative, so therefore [insert any statement you like about cultural relativism]"

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