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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. We tend to think of our time as one uniquely shaped by the advance of technology, but more and more I suspect that this will be remembered as an age of cosmology---as the moment when the human mind first internalized the cosmos that gave rise to it. Over the past century, since the discovery that our universe is expanding, science has quietly begun to sketch the structure of the entire cosmos, extending its explanatory powers across a hundred billion galaxies, to the dawn of space and time itself. I know that you're just coming from Christopher Hitchens' memorial service. I closed with an anecdote, a true story about the last time I was with him.

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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. Is God Real? The Case from the Transcendent Laws of Logic My criminal cases are largely circumstantial in nature. I seldom have eyewitnesses who can identify the suspect directly or tell me exactly how the killer committed the crime. Instead, I have to carefully build cumulative, circumstantial cases on the foundation of many interconnected pieces of indirect evidence.

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: 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.

The “no self-defeating object” argument A fundamental tool in any mathematician’s toolkit is that of reductio ad absurdum: showing that a statement is false by assuming first that is true, and showing that this leads to a logical contradiction. A particulary pure example of reductio ad absurdum occurs when establishing the non-existence of a hypothetically overpowered object or structure , by showing that 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.

A Note on Holding Truth in Common You will often hear people say things like: "What is true for you may not be true for me". What they mean to imply is that there is no single truth that we hold in common. Just as beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, so is truth. This is called Subjectivism. 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.