Science’s First Mistake

A video for the weekend. I’ve got internet access again. I’m not sure how active I’ll be on the blog, though I do have something I’m working on. A real post–hopefully for this coming week.

For those interested in science and philosophy (and the nature of reality) this lecture is wonderfully interesting and informative.

Science is a perpetual search for new ideas, but this says nothing of how correct it is. Professor Angell argues that no matter how elaborate, sophisticated or subtle a scientific description may appear, it always generates paradox. Science, the formal enterprise for probing the nature of reality, is awash with such paradoxes, from zero and infinity, to causality, particles and gravity. Reality emerges from our systems of observation, but Ian argues that paradox is a fundamental property of observation within emergent systems. As a scientist and philosopher, Professor Angell challenges us to recognise that as we seek scientific rationality, ultimate reality, concluding formulae or final identities, we will find, or even generate, paradoxes.

Science’s First Mistake: Delusions in Pursuit of Theory by Professor Ian Angell

See also: Science Was Wrong: Startling Truths About Cures, Theories, and Inventions “They” Declared Impossible

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