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August 07, 2011

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yip asimov's essay is imo one of the best reposts to ppl who don't actually understand science, scientific thought and the scientific method.

Its all about relative truth, rather than absolute truth, but not that postmodern relativism flake nonsense where everyone's truth is equal.

Thoroughly enjoyed Isaac's essay.
Never thought of science that way!

I loved his take on different degrees of right and wrong, especially his examples he gave on teacher and kids answers, (9+5=2 lol )also on the point of 0.0000862 difference on the earth’s curvature compared to it being flat. I was one who use to think they were eejits, thinking the world was flat but after reading Isaac’s essay, I have a different view. So it’s not a complete sphere either. That is news to me too!

Science then can be applied to anything and everything in our lives. All the truths we come up with are relative and keep changing with experiences, no matter how subtly - sometimes by huge degrees and sometimes by very little degree, depending on openness and honesty, a willingness to see there could be a more refined truth than the one we are holding. We could view our lives as one big scientific experiment - learning something new or not with each and every experience.


I am getting 'more right' as the days go by. lol


Marina

"I am getting 'more right' as the days go by."

--Does this mean, getting 'more left' is not so good?


"...a willingness to see there could be a more refined truth than the one we are holding."

--a more or less refined 'relative' truth or discovery, than the one we are holding. How firm should we be holding on to a truth? Nothing wrong with holding and letting go.


[Me]"I am getting 'more right' as the days go by."

[Roger]--Does this mean, getting 'more left' is not so good?


I meant right Roger, regarding 'right and wrong'. After reading Isaac's essay I am dropping wrong from my vocabulary regarding myself and now seeing 'movement' as different degrees of being right.

But when you ask if 'left' is not good, I say oh no, no, no, no. Of course left is also good. If you are leaning too far to the right it is good to counteract this with a movement to the left - unless that is, that you don't mind falling flat on your face. [And vice versa]

Also when dancing, it is good to sway both to the left and the right to keep the olde balance......

This song will keep you in good balance of things regarding left and right and a wee drop of coffee thrown in.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUQUut_xgw


Rog, you say:

"--a more or less refined 'relative' truth or discovery, than the one we are holding. How firm should we be holding on to a truth? Nothing wrong with holding and letting go."

How firm should we holding onto the truth?
That is an answer we can ask and come up with ourselves.
It all depends what you are holding onto though..... I wouldn't like to hold onto a piece of hot coal even for a second! And that’s the truth! :)

Marina

Marina,

Good points made...

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