Posts Tagged ‘science’


In experiments on 07/07/2011 at 11:32 am

There are two ways that a theorist goes astray: (1) The devil leads him by the nose with a false hypothesis. (For this he deserves our pity) (2) His arguments are erroneous and sloppy. (For this he deserves a beating). (Einstein, letter to Lorentz, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Princeton University Press, (Princeton, NJ, 1987-2006), volume 8A, p. 88)


The Chaos Monster

In fallibilism, skepticism, the ancient greeks on 22/06/2011 at 9:28 am

In Jungian terms, the uncanny breaks down our expectations for how the world is to operate. When we attempt to understand things, we can only see them through our own filter. If you have a hammer, everything you see is a nail. Our preconceived notions of what is normal break down, and when they are violated, we realize how fragile our epistemic assumptions are: the world isn’t full of nails. We’re left disturbed, unsettled, or shaken. We’re confronted with the irrational and the breakdown of fundamental order of the world. Without something to hold on to, we’re left fumbling in the dark.

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