Saturday, July 05, 2008

PS to The End of Theory?

" 'If Darwin had had a computer on his desk,' [the ruddy-faced nonlinear economist W. Brian Arthur] exclaims, 'who knows what he could have discovered!' What indeed: Charles Darwin might have discovered a great deal about computers and very little about nature.

~ John Horgan, From Complexity to Perplexity, SciAm June '95

6 comments:

QUASAR9 said...

lol

QUASAR9 said...

Mind you nowdays I guess you can fit out a lot more about Nature from computers, than DArwin ever saw or knew.

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,

I don't think we have to be concerned for Darwin or science for as he said:

"False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness"

-Charles Darwin

That is of course we continue to question both our facts and our views which of course is truly the backbone and thereby strength of the method.

Best,

Phil

Andrew Thomas said...

"If Darwin had had a computer on his desk, he'd probably be checking his Facebook and watching videos on YouTube instead of doing work - just like the rest of today's students at university."

Bee said...

*lol*

Plato said...

If Darwin's perception was to to excel from it's current state, it might evolved a further potential about nature?

Any model development excels the view to include new possibilities just as our vision of the cosmos can be changed, as I wrote in the previous post on this topic.

Lagrangian views in the dynamics of the cosmos can be further reiterated in how we see satellite travel, and paints for us, "a landscape" that excels current views in regards to gravity.

This may in concert reveal "bulk perspectives" that while only in it's infancy in theory, helps us to see where the "end of a theory" becomes a new platform for developmental views of what was once an "ole an view" of the reality around us.

So we say to convince us, Glast now paves the way? New platforms, are already forming whether one likes to disregard "the micro perspective" some theories help us to see.