The Logic of Proof

  Jan 24, 2018 Scientific theories-or, for that matter, theories of any kind-are “if-then” statements. If a theory is true, then certain events can be observed. If Relativity is true, then starlight passing near the sun will be bent twice as much as Newton’s theory predicts. If evolution is true,…

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Dying And Flying

  Oct 5, 2017 Changing your beliefs feels like dying. Whether it’s religion, politics, or science, letting go of the complex of ideas that provides an orderly explanation for your life and your experiences seems like falling into chaos and oblivion. It seems suicidal even to loosen your grip on…

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Wanted: Cosmo-centric Ideas

  Aug 22, 2017 Currently accepted theories have evolved a long way toward catastrophics from their ancestry in uniformism. Assumptions of actualism and gradualism-that present-day processes acting over long times could explain the changing morphology of rocks and species-have been displaced. Impacts from space have broken the continuously gradual action…

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Truth or Fashion

Aug 7, 2017 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 not…

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