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Posted 21 days ago
Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war
Combat is a primal thing. Like sex, it cannot be properly described from the outside. The altered state of mind he describes is quite real. The brotherhood of serving together does bind those who serve together, but those who do not undergo combat operations are still separate from those who do.
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Posted 3 months ago
Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter
"Even when we observe repetitive appearances that does not mean that we have proof that we see some portion of the objective world." If this is not the case, then what would you accept as proof? The sun comes up every day in the east. At least at this point in human's history, the day that fact becomes untrue is the day that humans cease to exist. "Every living form has its own unique perceptions which [are] intimately involved in creating its one-of-a-kind reality, invisible to others." "My point is that we can experience only our own absolutely unique human reality." Many people say things like this: I find this type of argument when talking about hard sciences a statement that really means "I didn't agree with your conclusions despite the evidence to the contrary." Sight isn't deceptive: it is our understanding that permits us to (accidentally or not) deceive ourselves. As for 'fantastic but badly simplified ideas': one has to start somewhere. When I describe the biochemical process to my daughter of exactly how food gets turned into energy by the body, I must make allowances for my 10 year old's lack of knowledge about organic chemistry, enzymatic rates of reaction, and similar issues. If I simplify things for her, is this necessarily make what I am saying wrong? Of course, but a human being lays there before learning to crawl, crawls before walking, etc. Perhaps we are talking apples and oranges. You are talking about humanity and humans as experiential and experimental creatures, from perhaps even a Jungian perspective. I am a hard science person. If there is an oversoul, you'll have to prove it to me.
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Posted 4 months ago
Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter
I am wondering about the target of your question. Is it someone on the board or is it Dr. Burchat? I am also wondering about the purpose of your question. As for human sense-perceptions, since we ARE all human, we cannot perceive something in any other way, no matter how hard we try - even as we extend our perceptions across the entire spectrum of light, not just visible light. You seem to imply that there is little reason to do this kind of research because what we 'know' will be forever limited by our perceptions. That does not invalidate our knowing; neither does it invalidate the attempts to extend, expand, and refine what we know. And Phenomenology (Husserel) is interesting, but at least as nebulous as Epistemology... If you are a skeptic, just come out and say so. And I submit that many scientists do not have the patience for the deeper subtleties of epistemology past its usefulness in the scientific method, subject-object problems, and attempting to overcome confirmation bias.