[Dixielandjazz] Re: reality/truth
Sun, 4 Aug 2002 04:58:48 EDT
In a message dated 31/07/02 12:27:34 GMT Daylight Time, email@example.com
<< In the speculation method we assume unobserved things exist and then we go
about trying to prove their existence. That is just plan foolishness and is
completely unrelated to scientific methodology. >>
Unless you are refering to `Angels on a pin` type speculation as assuming
unobserved things exist then you are on dodgy ground. Most of the atomic
particles have been `assumed` or `deduced` entirely on the basis of other
phenomena. Which is itself probably based on similar assumptions.
Incidentally it seems to me that we are probably in the same position with
atomics as the Ptolemaic astromers were with explaining the movements the
planets. Every time the theory did not fit the facts they changed the theory
and finished up with planetary orbits running in little epicycles to make the
observed motions match up.
Not until Kepler said `Put the sun, not the Earth in the middle ` did
everything simplify and fall in to place. I think something similar may be on
the cards for atomic theory Suddenly there will be a basic shift and it will
be found that all the odd particles, mesons ,quarks,.muons etc will be
But what the hell do I know?. I`m a drummer.