Andrew Wilson

Systems Developer, local government

About Andrew

Languages

English, German

Areas of Expertise

Music, Programming

An idea worth spreading

XML, an idea worth spreading that, in itself allows people to spread ideas

I'm passionate about

exploring how ideas are transferred from one person to another.

Universities

University of Dundee

Talk to me about

Biochemistry, Physics, Music, Mathematics, Anatomy, Memetics, Game theory, Futurology, Computing, Networks, Robotics, Physiology

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Andrew Wilson
Posted 5 months ago
Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?
I have to disagree. Understanding how something works makes it all the more beautiful for me. Not only that, but the explanation quite often leaves even more questions which leads to more research and more understanding.
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Andrew Wilson
Posted about 1 year ago
Dan Dennett: The illusion of consciousness
"According to our concept, grounded on the reported aspects of consciousness experienced during cardiac arrest, we can conclude that our consciousness could be based on fields of information, consisting of waves, & that it originates in the phase-space" What? They can't conclude anything like that. They are basing their "conclusions" on nothing more than hearsay.
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Andrew Wilson
Posted over 1 year ago
Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?
A good life isn't measured in quantity, It's measured in how it is lived. Did you enjoy it? Did you help others because you wanted to rather than through fear of some kind of eternal punishment? To measure the truth of a religion by the longevity of it's followers is crass and a complete misunderstanding of life in the first place.
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Andrew Wilson
Posted over 1 year ago
Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?
Science theories become more refined. It's very rare that a scientific theory is overturned (even Einstein didn't overturn Newton, he refined it for the extremes). Try reading Asimov's essay on the subject: The Relativity of Wrong. http://chem.tufts.edu/answersinscience/relativityofwrong.htm
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Andrew Wilson
Posted over 1 year ago
Robin Ince: Science versus wonder?
"spirit is different - with an explanation it simply doesn't work." I other words "how dare you try to question my beliefs, I'm quite happy believing what I believe". Scientists have to give up cherished beliefs all the time when the evidence goes against them. Why can't you do the same?