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Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2017 at 7:41am

Another day, another pair:

Inspect every piece of pseudo-science and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.
--Isaac Asimov

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
-- Albert Einstein, to Eric Gutkind, 1954

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 11:14pm

Rovelli, in Anaximander, says of today: "False certainties are preferred to uncertainty."

It describes well the two doses of authoritarianism I swallowed, the first in an ethnic German home and the second in Catholic schools.

Your take?

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 10:39pm

Daniel, Carl, Bert, Spud,

If one of us will start a discussion on distrusting authority, we might find that we have something in common.

BTW, Bert, Rovelli's book about Axanimander (sp?) might be the first one in English. In a few minutes I may have a sample on my Kindle.

Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2017 at 10:24pm

Carl, you rock!  You too BB!

Spud, I felt the same way about school as Einstein!  But he started to distrust authority much earlier than I did.  For me it started when I was about 35.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 10:14pm

Ok, Bert, maybe a poet can figure what you'll see at

http://web.ncf.ca/an359/einstein-dostoevsky.html

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 9:57pm

Bert, the link took me to Amazon but I saw no reviews.

I saw two suspect remarks.

"...the scientist they’re calling the next Stephen Hawking.” —The Times Magazine

"...a closer look at the mind-bending nature of the universe." —best-selling author at NYT

The Big Bang universe does bend minds.

* It's entirely deductive and exists only in Bangers' minds. Because it cannot be tested, it's pseudo-science.

* It bent Hawking's mind. Though he did so as insider humor, he sought an explanation from the Pope.

If you were a scientist following the BB closely, you too would know it's in trouble. Some of the claims for which Bangers are seeking funding would flabbergast you.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 9:18pm

...science and poetry ... are two tools to open our eyes to the complexity and beauty of the world.

Carlo, they are two tools but I love science and tolerate poetry.

I also do only one job at a time, so I'm wondering why I would use two tools at a time.

Bert, I've read a bit of Dante and a bit of Einstein. If I click on the link you provided, will I see any likenesses in a mind as religious as Dante's and a mind as non-religious as Einstein's?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2017 at 7:44pm

. . . great science and great poetry are both visionary, and may even arrive at the same intuitions. Our culture is foolish to keep science and poetry separated: they are two tools to open our eyes to the complexity and beauty of the world.

Carlo Rovelli explaining how Dante presaged a key discovery of Einstein's

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2017 at 6:28pm

Hear, hear Albert!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 27, 2017 at 6:12pm

 

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