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Quote:Give me Noethers Theorem any day!We live in the day of 'pop sci' and 'pop phyz' marketing, advertizing dollars, BBC/hisory/discovery channel special programming, 'bling theory', and despirate needs for funding and magic money.I'm curious if there's an element that these wonderful computer simulations and baloney aren't completely deceitful. It's as though the computers do the thinking and we are somehow supposed to suspend our disbelief like any other fictional movie. I've lost track of the time spent trying to steer good minds at the university level and below to just try and spend their valuable time studying the very boring and exacting stuff we do know about.That is the crux. Is it fiction? Yes it is fiction. Is it Science fiction and therefore a more educated confusion on a higher level and therefore not deceptive or confusing? All depends on who is trying to understand - I wish to heck folks we preface statements more often with "we think" or "we do not know, but hypothesize..."Perhaps the most unfortunate type of 'relativism' is this constant bombardment of the unproven yet wonderfully fleshed out with computer models and fancy animations. This I mean a more philosophical relativism that treats truth as something negotiable and inconsistent. There is a crushing excess of pure fantasy out there and I am far from convinced it is a good thing for any of the sciences.Much of what we have that we can trust was initiated in a human mind and 'proven' with the same minds in the framework of math and scientific method. All the building blocks were pre-computer and pre-fancy digital animation. My point here is that if it is garbage is there really a difference in if it looks pretty and has been fabrized rather than equated to 'yellow journalism ' of the tabloid press? "Taboid Physics". An animation or model that blends quasi facts to create pseudo science where science once stood - and the science was "we don't know". Not knowing ins't a bad thing, it's honest.I do agree that there is a sort of institutionalism of it all and at school not wise to disagree with the 'prof' if he's a fan of one direction over another.