07 Sep 05
“Jävla haschiga svenskjävel, åk hem!“
I attended this mandatory course in science theory, or philosophy of science, this week. I believe this subject is sort of a favourite of mine. The question of how to obtain knowledge is central to me. I think I've been known to defend scientific methods quite aggressively from time to time. Most of the times, it has been really unneccessary, and I've been ashamed of my behaviour. I've despised all sorts of pseudo-science, astrology etc. for quite a long time now, so I think it would be time to take a different position on the issue. I don't think it's wise to go around a be angry at people all of the time. Many sceptics do this. And sometimes, it's hard not to erupt in a loud burst of anger. Consider this:
We were talking about crop circles. You know crop circles, these beautiful, large works of art made in a field by cutting or bending some of the wheat or rye whatever they are cultivating. It was a sort of and introduction to the whole subject of science theory, and the professor put up a list of different explanations suggested at the time (crop circles were at their height of popularity in the 80's). He categorized them into three groups: natural, supernatural and unlikely, but natural. The question wasn't about what it was that actually had caused the circles, but how he had been able to so easily categorize the explanations. But he asked if someone believed that there was a supernatural explanation. This swedish reggae/etno guy started to speak. He said something like this: “It could be anything, I don't know. I haven't read in on the subject. I, for one, think it's highly likely that they are the result of a military conspiracy, but I don't know.“ Okay, I thought, it could have been worse. I don't know much about crop circles myself, but I didn't share his obvious opinion that the crop circle phenomena hasn't been sorted out yet. Then, later he added “Physicians are so locked up in their thinking. I watched a documentary on Discovery Channel about an explosion in space. If it had actually happened the way they thought it had happened, EVERY theory made up by man could be proven false. These scientist are so locked up, they can never phatom that they could be all wrong, that everything they believe in was wrong“. It wasn't so much what he said, but the way he said it. He obviously thought that he is SO critical in his thinking, that he has seen things every scientist on earth has missed out on, that he sees through this big web of lies. I have a very hard time to accept this poor attitude. It's one thing if you believe in something. But it's another thing when you've watched a couple of episodes of x-files, read on some websites and then go on to claim you're thinking critically whereas others are just swallowing these pre-packaged truths. And this just because you're too lazy to actually bother to try to get things straight. Sometimes I just want to yell something mean at him.
written by Mattias
Physician = läkare
Physicist = fysiker
Confusing, jag vet.
Och det heter fathom inte phatom. Det låter hiphop-relaterat.
posted by Samu
Cats on Phire – Phatom THIS!
posted by Mattias