Math, truth and the puzzle of physics

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Epistemology, Science3 Comments

Link to Albert Einstein quote about math As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. One of the ideas taught here is that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  General semantics teaches that all knowledge is provisional. Anyone who … Read More

Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin, Carson and Hansen

Bert BigelowEnvironment, Politics, Science15 Comments

Most readers will recognize the first three names in the title. A little head scratching might drag up Rachel Carson. But not many people will know that last name. Read on to find out what these five people have in common, and the identity of the last individual. Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) When Copernicus was in his early forties, around 1514, … Read More

Is consciousness easy with a paradigm shift?

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, Science4 Comments

Atlantic magazine article about consciousness I’ve often discussed that I think human cognition has errors. Science, logic and philosophy are processes that reduce the number of errors but we will never know if there are errors of omission that we will never be able to detect. This article in The Atlantic magazine mentions this in a discussion that a paradigm … Read More

Computers, Brains and Accountability

Bert BigelowPolitics, Science, Social Issues5 Comments

I spent a good part of my working life programming computers. I started in the late 60’s, almost fifty years ago. Back then, computers were the size of houses, and the programs were punched on cards. Data storage was on magnetic tape. Processors were slow and memory was small. But in the early 70’s the microelectronics explosion happened. Memories grew … Read More

Creation deites and resulting claims

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, ScienceLeave a Comment

It may seem like all religions do or should have creation myths, but some are very different from others. Some religions Hindu view time and the universe as infinite.  Existence simply exists without creation.  Hindu offers multiple origin myths  but they are all starting points for events within the infinite and usually turning points of cycles not something from nothing … Read More

Direct personal observation and the problem of instrumentation

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, ScienceLeave a Comment

Sometimes people have direct personal observations that can not be confirmed by instrumental detection.  Over time the number of examples declines but it does not appear to be converging on complete coverage. Across time there has always been a majority percentage of people who have no direct personal observations of spirits.  Across time there has always been a minority percentage … Read More

Complete coverage by science not guaranteed but widely believed

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, ScienceLeave a Comment

I’m currently doing a series of articles that lead us into the regions of ambiguity.   The previous posts where about accuracy of data and expanded coverage of science over what direct personal observation affords.  The next two posts are about limitations that come with instrumentation and thus the limitations that come with the instrumental approach in science.  Then we’ll have … Read More