Approaching Truth

Quite a nice quoted from Bertrand Russell, via Ken Perrott at Open Parachutes:

I like the implication that absolute certainty is something beyond the realm of science. I don’t think that certainty is a state which humans can reach, and I think the past century’s worth of philosophy and science bears that out.

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  • The Other Weirdo

    I like it.

    But is that a launch tube on a battlestar? Kinda looks like one from BGOS.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      I would guess a particle accelerator.

      • The Other Weirdo

        You say “particle accelerator,” I hear “Launch when ready.”

    • kessy_athena

      Ahhh! Now I have the theme music from the original Battlestar stuck in my head! Thanks a lot, Weirdo. ;)

      • The Other Weirdo

        It certainly sticks with you. I haven’t watched in years and I still remember it. Though that might be because I watched Airplane II half a year ago.

  • mikespeir

    While psychological certainty may be possible, justifying it is quite another matter.

  • JohnMWhite

    This is of course the ideal we aspire to, but there is a tendency, even among those of us who espouse similar feelings on science, to get very angry when somebody comes along and suggests something contrary to the consensus.

    • Harrison Gross

      I’m usually okay with something contrary to the consensus, but they need a reasonable hypothesis, and some sort of experiment to show which thing is the case. To show up and spout nonsense that is contrary to scientific consensus isn’t helpful unless you can explain what is wrong with the current theory, or why your theory is more complete.

      • Michael Mock

        No, see, you can only understand that your way of looking at things is wrong if you already accept that your way of looking at things is wrong.

        …Pardon that. Feeling a bit cranky and cynical today.

        • Michael Mock

          I should clarify that I’m feeling cranky because I’ve just run into that particular little Catch -22 again. Apparently I can’t understand the clear evidence for God’s existence precisely because I don’t already believe He exists. Which says to me that, as an unbeliever, there’s no way for me to come to belief – so if you’re trying to convert me, you’ve pretty well gone and shot yourself in the foot, haven’t you? Still, annoying…