Category Archives: Induction

The Eternally Existing, Self-Reproducing, Frequently Puzzling Inflationary Universe

The Eternally Existing, Self-Reproducing, Frequently Puzzling Inflationary Universe Since I cannot comment at Sean’s Blog either,  I might as well comment here too:) 27.   Moshe Says: October 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 am Igor, I am not sure I understand. We … Continue reading

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How Time Ages the Pyramids

Chanticleer – A Pleasure Garden Believing that something must be true about the world because you can’t imagine otherwise is, five hundred years into the Age of Science, not a recommended strategy for acquiring reliable knowledge. It goes back to … Continue reading

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David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation

When you are told that carrots have human rights because they share half our genes — but not how gene percentages confer rights — wizard. When someone announces that the nature-nurture debate has been settled because there is evidence that … Continue reading

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TED Talk-Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman

I decided when I was asked to do this that what I really wanted to talk about was my friend Richard Feynman. I was one of the fortunate few that really did get to know him and enjoyed his presence. … Continue reading

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Intelligent Life in the Universe?

While Drake’s equation is a good basis for systematic investigations of signals from extraterrestrial intelligences, I care little about the admittedly scarce possibility that we ever receive positive news from our SETI searches. I care more about the fact that, … Continue reading

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A Yearning for Truth

Beauty, Plato wrote, is not easy to define, but something that “slips through and evades us”. For this reason, many logic-oriented philosophical approaches tend to divorce and even oppose truth and beauty. “The question of truth”, wrote logician Gottlob Frege … Continue reading

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A Correlation in Perception

James Cameron’s AVATAR This post will indeed seem quite odd. But as I told Phil I wanted to explain a principal behind all the language I used here as if it would appear to another if we assume another perspective. … Continue reading

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Brief Glimpses of the Sun

Mathematics and Science: Last Essays 8 Last Essays But it is exactly because all things tend toward death that life is an exception which it is necessary to explain. Let rolling pebbles be left subject to chance on the side … Continue reading

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William Thurston

Xianfeng David Gu and Shing-Tung YauTo a topologist, a rabbit is the same as a sphere. Neither has a hole. Longitude and latitude lines on the rabbit allow mathematicians to map it onto different forms while preserving information. William Thurston … Continue reading

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Mathematical Structure of the Universe

Although Aristotle in general had a more empirical and experimental attitude than Plato, modern science did not come into its own until Plato’s Pythagorean confidence in the mathematical nature of the world returned with Kepler, Galileo, and Newton. For instance, … Continue reading

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