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Re: Evidence For Alien Visits To Earth?

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




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