Jumping For Joy

April 15, 2020 Halton Christian “Chip” Arp (March 21, 1927 – December 28, 2013) When our son was 2 and 3 and 4, he liked to climb up on high objects-the table, the refrigerator, the roof-and jump into our arms. When we weren’t available to “play catch”, he would climb…

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Really?

February 26, 2020 What’s “reality”? For science, for the past century or more, it’s “what’s out there”, “the given”. And we get to know it by looking at it. (I say “looking” to mean all sensation.) To get to know it better, we need only to look closer. To that…

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What Science Says

July 9, 2019 It’s common to hear people refer to “what science says.” The usual assumption is that “what science says” is said indefeasibly. But the term ‘science’ has two conflicting senses: science as currently-accepted theory (CAT) and science as method. To conclude that method inevitably leads to CAT and,…

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Truth or Fashion

  Jul 5, 2018 If currently fashionable theories are Ultimate Truth (or at least smart ideas) and myth was stupid superstition, where is the dividing line? Was Ptolemy stupid and Newton smart? But General Relativity is not just an improved version of Newton’s theory, it’s different: Einstein’s stretchable space-time is…

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What Science Says

  Jun 6, 2018 It’s common to hear people refer to “what science says.” The usual assumption is that “what science says” is said indefeasibly. But the term ‘science’ has two conflicting senses: science as currently-accepted theory (CAT) and science as method. To conclude that method inevitably leads to CAT…

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