God versus Particle Physics: A No Score Draw by John Davies PDF

By John Davies

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The booklet offers the conclusions of a psychologist looking to make experience of up to date particle physics as defined in a couple of well known technology texts and media articles, written by means of physicists, looking to clarify the workings of the sub-atomic international.

The money owed, it truly is argued, are a) jointly specific and contradictory, and b) metaphysical or magical in essence. subject matters of the ebook comprise: a dialogue of ways we permit physicists to invent issues that experience no perceivable traits, because they need to be there simply because another way their preconceptions are improper or their sums don t paintings; that, from a mental point of view, modern thought in particle physics has an analogous homes as the other act of religion, and a similar barriers as trust in God; and that physics has now reached some extent at which more and more physicists study their very own mental buildings instead of something that is unambiguously there or real.

It encourages humans to invite uncomplicated questions of the sort we frequently use to query the lifestyles of God; equivalent to the place is he/it?, convey me?, Do it then, while did it happen?, How are you aware it exists?, etc, and means that humans take a leaf out of Dawkins textual content, The God Delusion, yet use it on high-end physics up to to non secular dogma: turning water into wine is an insignificant conjuring trick in comparison to generating a whole universe out of nothing."

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But as we have seen, commonplace logic, right or wrong, leads to a barrier when taken to its internally logical conclusion in the case of the Big Bang; a barrier beyond which empirical science fails and resorts to the fantastic and inexplicable, and only the possibility of metaphysical speculation remains. Science at present is highly speculative, not to say cavalier, about the birth of the universe, even [1] It is nothing more than the orderliness of the retreating planets that leads to the assertion of a common point of origin, and which makes a central ‘big bang’ seem seductively obvious.

And we will never know if, what, or how much we are missing. Perhaps there is another way of pondering on this question. We have evolved, so far as we can tell, in an environment to which we have selectively adapted over a long period of time, and that environment is the one provided by the Earth. As long as we are on the Earth, we are adapted to, and adapting to, it. When we are somewhere else, such as the Moon, or Mars or Jupiter, we are no longer adapted and struggle to survive. Moreover, that evolutionary/adaptation process, which is specific to the planet Earth, involves not just our fleshly [8] It is worthwhile mentioning the other obvious point, that science proceeds by developing and refining previous knowledge into new theories and predictions, so at no stage is scientific knowledge ever complete or totally ‘true’, but always wrong or incomplete.

In that context, Occam’s razor becomes a serious impediment that is best ignored, and the need for demonstration and replication mere tedious rubrics made up by lesser mortals. Meanwhile, unperceivable, conceptually impossible, and undemonstrable speculation is the real way to conduct the search for truth. Knowing and thinking There is a difference between ‘knowing’ lots of things and thinking about things. One marvels at the general knowledge of those amazing people who win on TV shows like Mastermind, who seem to know just about every fact about almost everything.

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