Flavio Matani (flavius_m) wrote,
Flavio Matani

now reading...

I've just finished Lee Smolin's 'The Trouble with Physics' and I'm halfway through reading 'Parallel Words' by Michio Kaku. Now, I'm only a musician, only barely managed to pass my maths and physics exams in secondary school (and had to re-sit them a couple of times). These two can't both be right, the arguments by each on why M-theory, string theory in general &tc are either close to giving us an understanding on how the world functions or on the other hand they are just clever but meaningless intellectual games, are compelling in both cases- but for one outside those fields of knowledge it may become an act of faith, not entirely unlike a religious one, in that there is no way that one can verify any of those statements.

The same is of course true of much in the modern world around us, of the information and the news we receive, which are always inevitably biased and coloured by somebody's agenda and, much as we can read between the lines, in the end you have to make a judgment for yourself on what you believe is true, but this will also carry its own bias and the baggage of personal prejudice and personal history, which may make more likely that you take one side or another on issues or distrust politicians or journalists or believe in them (or some of them) or think there was never a moon landing or that the reptilian overlords from outer space are already with us and living in Buckingham Palace Road (whatever happened to that Icke guy?) and whichever of those will seem perfectly reasonable to us but reason will only have played a small part (in some cases a very, very small part) in them.
Tags: stuff, thinking aloud

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