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Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Ross Andersen - Technology

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Ross Andersen - Technology
"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable." It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that we live in. It is hard to know what events will seem important to them, what the narrative of now will look like to the twenty-fifth century mind. In January, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and Director of the Origins Institute at Arizona State University, published A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, a book that, as its title suggests, purports to explain how something---and not just any something, but the entire universe---could have emerged from nothing, the kind of nothing implicated by quantum field theory. By early spring, media coverage of "A Universe From Nothing" seemed to have run its course, but then on March 23rd the New York Times ran a blistering review of the book, written by David Albert, a philosopher of physics from Columbia University. Related:  Philosophie et Physique Quantiquearguments 2

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% « ACEs Too High Jim Sporleder, principal of Lincoln High School THE FIRST TIME THAT principal Jim Sporleder tried the New Approach to Student Discipline at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, he was blown away. Because it worked. In fact, it worked so well that he never went back to the Old Approach to Student Discipline. This is how it went down: A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. “Wow. The kid was ready. defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. Whoa. And then he goes back to the teacher and apologizes. “The kid still got a consequence,” explains Sporleder – but he wasn’t sent home, a place where there wasn’t anyone who cares much about what he does or doesn’t do. Before the words “namby-pamby”, “weenie”, or “not the way they did things in my day” start flowing across your lips, take a look at these numbers: 2009-2010 (Before new approach) 798 suspensions (days students were out of school)50 expulsions600 written referrals First. Second.

Quantum Mechanics - Interpretations and Reality Back to Index Why another page on Quantum Reality? Many years ago when I was at university I alternated between the Mathematics and Physics departments for various subjects. The Physicists were an impressive lot, demonstrating mastery of Electromagnetism, planetary orbits, heat transfer and the like. But then I would cross over to the Mathematics department where I would be assailed with pathological examples of functions and sets that defied common sense. I decided to investigate Quantum Reality. I am not a historian or philosopher, and this has influenced the work. It can be argued that that the views of Bohr and Heisenberg have become mainly of history interest; arguing over who-said-what hardly advances the Physics. This investigation began as a survey (almost everything in the first part of this document can easily be found elsewhere) but in the end, it was almost impossible not to be persuaded by one particular viewpoint. This document is divided into three parts: Contents 1. 2. 3.

New Proof’s for God's Existence - New Cosmological Argument Such was the name for a talk recently given at UT Dallas by Robert C. Koons, a philosophy professor from UT Austin. Actually Koons is currently a visiting scholar at Princeton but took time out of his busy schedule to make a special trip to the Dallas area to speak on our campus.1 I was originally wondering whether or not Koon’s requested title might be over-stating the theistic case by claiming to be a “proof.” Wanting to be conservative in our claims, I added this footnote on our poster used for advertising the event: “’Proof’ in the sense that the conclusion follows out of logical necessity if the premises are granted. In retrospect perhaps this was probably unnecessary as everyone should know that even a valid proof is only as good as its premises. So what is this “new proof?” Here is a video of Koon’s recent presentation on the UTD campus. Summary Here is my rough attempt to summarize Koons’ arguments but you really need to see the video for details. Does everything have a cause?

Paul Fussell: Remembering the author of The Great War and Modern Memory Photo courtesy of U.S. Army. Last semester, once a week, I carried a heavy black bag with me down to Philadelphia to teach an English class at the University of Pennsylvania. The bag in question is a bike messenger sack, the kind you carry across your back, with a strap that latches smartly, with a little sealtbelt-like buckle, at your sternum. It’s big to begin with, but like Snoopy’s doghouse, or maybe Dr. If you’d asked me at the time why I was loading up my Tardis and suffering the unique pleasures (delay, flame-retardant décor, microwave odors, bad cell-phone etiquette) of domestic rail travel, I would have said: “”Paul Fussell.” Fussell had written a guide to poetic form and an equally fine critical life of Samuel Johnson when, in 1975, he broke out as an intellectual celebrity with The Great War and Modern Memory, which won the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. I was a twenty- one-year-old second lieutenant of infantry leading a rifle platoon.

Bouddhisme : conceptions du réel et physique quantique. Qu’est-ce-que la réalité ? Les modes de pensée du monde moderne sont prêts à répondre de quatre facons différentes entre lesquelles elles oscillent : 1. Les religions juives, chrétiennes et islamiques parlent d’un dieu créateur, qui maintient le monde. Il représente la réalité fondamentale. S’Il était séparé de ce monde d’un seul instant, le monde disparaissait du meme moment. 2. 3. 4. Le bouddhisme rejette ces 4 conceptions de la réalité. Les choses dépendent d’autres choses, avec lesquelles elles ne sont pas identiques, mais elles ne tombent pas en morceaux objectifs et indépendants, elles ne sont ni objectives ni subjectives. Mais il y a un modes de pensée moderne qui a des points communs. La physique quantique est arrivée à un résultat qu’elle exprime avec les notions clé de complementarité, interaction et du phénomène d’intrication [anglais : entanglement]. compte rendu : (Visited 1 078 times, 1 visits today)

Aquinas and the Best of All Possible Worlds [ Topics | Questions | Bibliography | Links | Bookstore ] Aquinas and the Best of All Possible Worlds It is understandable that many people with theistic convictions maintain that the present world and all its contents is the best or only possible world. Since we believe as a general principle that a person who does not choose the best choice available to himself when he is able is not as good as he could be. Applying this principle to God, it would be reasonable to suppose that God, being perfectly good, will choose the best option open to him. Many theists seem to have been led through this line of reasoning. In the analogy between a prudent man and God, what applies to the prudent man does not apply to God. Aquinas, in dealing with the issue God's freedom in the Summa, grounds his assertion that this is not the best of all possible worlds in divine freedom, and indeed he explains divine freedom with a reference to this principle. Return to the Thomistic Topics Page

Steven Pinker on the false fronts in the language wars Nature or nurture. Love it or leave it. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. If you didn’t already know that euphonious dichotomies are usually phony dichotomies, you need only check out the latest round in the supposed clash between “prescriptivist” and “descriptivist” theories of language. This pseudo-controversy, a staple of literary magazines for decades, was ginned up again this month by The New Yorker, which has something of a history with the bogus battle. According to the sadly standard dichotomy, prescriptivists believe that certain usages are inherently correct and others inherently incorrect, and that to promote correct forms is to uphold truth, morality, excellence, and a respect for the best of our civilization. Descriptivists, according to this scheme, believe that norms of correctness are arbitrary shibboleths of the ruling class, designed to keep the masses in their place. These antagonists, to be sure, are not made entirely out of straw. E.B. Could E.B.

Philosophy of probability My views on the philosophy of probability are contained in a book "The Search for Certainty. On the Clash of Science and Philosophy of Probability". Free preview: preface, contents and introduction (PDF, 191kb). Visit the book Web site at World Scientific and buy the book. The book is also available at Amazon. See my blog related to the book. The slides of the October 23, 2006, talk at the Department of Statistics, University of Washington, "De Finetti's ultimate failure": PowerPoint, PDF. The slides of the October 13, 2008, talk at the Department of Statistics, University of Washington, "Philosophy of probability and its relationship (?) The slides of the August 25, 2013, talk at the 59-th World Statistics Congress (Hong Kong) titled `Statistics and philosophy of probability - six degrees of sepration': PDF. I find the following "new prisoner's paradox" and its follow-up dealing with some ethical questions entertaining.