Quote:No, I have better things to do (which at the moment is the creation of the eighth edition of my textbook). And so should you. Rather than trying to convert me, why don't you just do your work and convince your fellow mathematical physicists through equations rather than hand waving?
Quote:I just saw an advertisement on Public Television in which a student lauded the advantages of using Virtual Physics Laboratory (online).
What are the chances (realistically and seriously) of running across anomalies while using virtual laboratory study tools?
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Quote:Science progresses when anomalies are recognized, and preconceived notions are abandoned.
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Quote: Quote:Science progresses when anomalies are recognized, and preconceived notions are abandoned. Not all scientific advances are revolutionary. Some, and probably most, are evolutionary. As Newton wrote, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Quote:I just saw an advertisement on Public Television in which a student lauded the advantages of using Virtual Physics Laboratory (online).What are the chances (realistically and seriously) of running across anomalies while using virtual laboratory study tools?Otto
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Quote:This topic is one of the most interesting, imo. However, I wish it wouln't be confined to astronomical issues. If we accept to speak truely, without using the forked tongue of the snake, in all fairness we must be aware that soon or later, we'll hit the wall of political correctness, i.e with private email etc.I got 3 or 4 private mails already (i bet drl beats me on that easily) and i don't wish to irate the establishment further, but this is inevitable when you speak about anomalies (hmmm, isn't that one anomaly in itself?).A nice one to start: given Consciousness infinite ability to understand almost everything from biological to cosmological, from the past to the future, we would expect its algorithmic complexity (the shortest program that can produce consciousness) to be accordingly infinite.That is, IF we didn't know how 'consciousness' came to be, and had to guess, based on the above definition of 'infinite awareness', the shortest code to produce it, we would probably guess that an infinitively long, or complex, program would be necessary. Yet, we know that only 3 billions nucleotides in the human dna produce Consciousness. That's some sort of an anomaly isn't?Even if we consider the ever increasing number of human beings on earth, 7 billions, that is still a finite number.So, either the algorithm complexity to produce 'consciousness' is not infinite, or the limitation to fit it inside 3 billions nucleotides is beside the point. Some may say Time is relevant: with infinite time we'll know everything. Other, like in 'The Fifth Element' (Eric Besson's movie) believes that "Time is NOT relevant, only Life matters". Which perhaps means that the Operator for Life contains an infinite. Any opinion?