Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Limits... Inherent or secret wishes?

Science is good at creating "limits" we cannot overcome.
It has been doing so for thousands of years.

Not so long ago, we did not even believe we can surpass the barrier of... sound (thus "barrier").

But we did.

Now we do not believe we can overcome the speed of light. But there are already many examples where that speed is surpassed. For example we have observed a laser pulse which travels faster (see nature.com/nature/journal/v406/n6793/fu ... 277a0.html) or we know that electricity travels much faster than photons in void. Of course every such example is accompanied by a kind of... "disclaimer" that states something like "OK, we have superluminous speeds but the Theory of Relativity is not violated because this is an exception which cannot transmit information at speeds faster than light" (or something similar to that). But such disclaimers do not change the essence: that "some things" can surpass c. I have found some more examples (e.g.newscientist.com/article/dn2796-speed-o ... b-kit.html) but I guess these would suffice for now.

Another great example of a "limit" we cannot surpass is the Uncertainty Principle in quantum mechanics: We cannot know the speed and the position of a particle at the same time! Can't we? Again some fade indications that this "limit" can be overcome are already starting to show... (see sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/13030 ... 154958.htm)

Why don't we learn from our mistakes?

Why not have as "limit" that "there are no limits"?

My opinion is that most people actually WANT limits imposed on them. They are too afraid to go out there and explore. They are too afraid of having real power. Thus they welcome any idea of "inherent limits" which they cannot surpass. They give them the excuse they crave for...

What do you think? What limits do you wish for?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Why is philosophy boring?

Why are people bored of philosophy?
Why do most people prefer a soccer match than a good philosophical conversation?

I believe that this happens for a simple - yet surprising - reason: because people are AFRAID of philosophy!
Yes, I believe that people are truly and genouinly scared of the implications philosophy answers may have in their life. People are afraid to discover things or to explore questions, the answers to which may not be of their liking.

Not too many people like discomfort.
And philosophy is surely a good way of puting you out of your comfort zone...

Waiting for your thoughts...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Higgs boson - Should Science be separated from State?

A Higgs boson-like particle discovery was claimed at LHC [BBC News].
Do you think that such "discoveries" (see "Higgs particle and Science as the new Religion" for more on that) should be funded by the states? Should tax paying people pay millions of Euros for researching things some scientists imagined and which will actually never have any practical applications? Should we fund the research for other parallel never-to-be-seen universes? Should we fund the research for invisible never-to-be-seen black holes (see "Science hypocrisy and dogmatism in a Black Hole" for more on that)?
Why don't all those people who cry out against Church, also protest against their money going into research with no goals, no deadlines, no specific output?
Should we give money to "conduct research for the sake of research"?
Can we doubt a new religion at its peak?
We really miss a mind like Nietzsche’s (yes you ignorant human! Nietzsche was against science – see Nietzsche, an irrational believer!) or Feyerabend (who claimed that science should be separated from the state)...
Read the "State – Science separation: Is it time?" article for more on that...
Looking forward to your thoughts!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Time - How can you tell?

How can you tell that time exists?
Is it just because you see the branch of your clock moving?
Is it because you defined time to "exist" ?
How come that the most subjective thing ever, has become the greatest tyrrant of human thinking?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Colours - Does red "exist" ?

Most people think "red colour" exists.
But could that be true?
Most animals (e.g. many insects) do not see colours at all.
If "real" is what the majority sees, then could it be that colours do not even "exist" ?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Religion and Science Unification - Is it possible?

Can everything be measured? Can everything be replicated in a lab?

The Interacademy Panel (IAP – Global network of Science Academies) stated on 2006: “Human understanding of value and purpose are outside of natural science’s scope. However, a number of components – scientific, social, philosophical, religious, cultural and political – contribute to it. These different fields owe each other mutual consideration, while being fully aware of their own areas of action and their limitations”

Would you say that (exact) science has limitations?
Would you say that religion has limits too?

Could they coexist if both acknowledged these limits?

Read the Religion and Science Unification article for input so that the discussion can begin.

Contribute to the discussion by writting a comment below.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Theory of Evolution - Does it have limits?

What is your opinion about Theory of Evolution?
Does it have limits?
Does it apply to everything related to life?
Is it heavily dependent on definitions?

Read the Evolution and Intelligent Design - The way to an agreement article for input so that the discussion can begin.

Contribute to the discussion by writting a comment below.