From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul> Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:44:49 +0100 Archived: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:25:07 -0400 Subject: Re: Evidence For Alien Visits To Earth? >From: Joshua Laudermilk <joshua.laudermilk.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:22:31 -0400 >Subject: Re: Evidence For Alien Visits To Earth? >>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 01:20:03 +0100 >>Subject: Re: Evidence For Alien Visits To Earth? >>Not all physicists share your confidence: >>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100909004112.htm >>It really is better to regard the laws of physics as a set of >>best available approximations and generalisations. What is >>'best' and what is 'available' change over time as information >>accumulates. >>we don't know what we don't know... <snip> >I am confident that there are no universal laws, and that the >farther we leave this region of the universe, the more the laws >of physics break down and eventually vanish. If there are >sapient extraterrestrials that are or have in the past visited >earth, they may be from a different part of the universe or a >different universe altogether, where the so called laws of >physics that we observe are not observable for them because >from where they are, such laws are not the same or not even >existent. Should this be so (as it may) then the only way for 30thC physicists to think about it will be in terms of meta-laws that determine or permit that the meta-universe has this type of structure. You may say that no such metaphysics need or could exist if the structure is radically probabilistic in the sense of 20thC quantum theory, such that a particular state obtains here and now for literally no reason. But in my opinion this would be a conjecture and a hostage to indefinite fortune. It is by no means sure today that nothing underlies (or overarches) quantum mechanics, although that convention was drilled into us through the 20thC. As our own Ray D. so often tells us, the unexplained action of inertia is alone sufficient guarantee of the fact that present physical theory only "fits where it touches" (though I don't follow him in his contempt for those who heroically knit and darn day by day the imperfect woollens we are forced to wear for want of god-given damask robes). My own prejudice is that the probabilistic fairy tale will not ultimately satisfy the human mind. I would go so far as to say that if human imagination can find no intelligible causal foundation in nature then it will, through technological/ intellectual annexation of nature itself, ultimately develop the capacity and the will to become (or to reveal itself as having always been) the means of constructing/eliciting such a foundation out of whatever it finds. "We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to return back where we started/And know the place for the first time." Martin Shough Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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