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>From: "Larry Tremblay" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Interesting...
>Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 20:09:39 -0500
> > LOL. Yep, sure does. That was the point. I'm not *totally*
> > insulated from the irony of my own statements, you know.
> > ** okay. i guess the problem is that you come off that way . . . while
> > possibly not allowing others that latitude.
>I'm lightening up a bit. The slack it out.
> > True, there's no definitive "proof" per se, only shades of
> > given the complexity of the subject under study - the human brain. ;)
> > ** or the universe? i think that it may be easier to understand the
> > brain that it is the universe around us . . .
>Hard to say really. The brain is a 3-pound universe all its own.
>At least the universe is 'out there' for us to study, whereas the
>study of the brain is a seriously recursive [like looping] and
>unimaginably complex endeavor. Not uncrackable, but difficult, to
>say the least.
> > by the way, have you noticed how string theory seems to be approaching
> > of the mystical traditions? i also seem to recall that many physicists
> > been ardently religious . . . (not that i am, mind you)
>Yes, I've read and studied most of the literature on the subject of
>Super-string theory (or so-called 'theory of everything'), and it
>appears to approximate (at times) the mystical speculations of a
>'hidden reality' or 'other planes of existence'-type stuff.
>The jury is most definitely out on that one. The magnitude of the
>gulf between matter at the sub-atomic particle level versus what
>we experience our own macro-atomic (i.e., molecular) level is vast
>indeed. It's almost like two different worlds - and for all practical
>purposes, they are.
>As I understand it, quantum events have no "real" effect at the macro
>level due to the strong forces of the molecules that make up our bodies
>and the 'hard matter' world around us. Otherwise, things would be flying
>apart all over the place. (Given there was a place to begin with.)
>True, *some* scientists are religious, but most are either agnostic or
>devote atheists like Carl Sagan and Einstein (despite his protests about
>not believing that "God plays dice", in regards to Quantum Mechanics).
>The great thing about science versus religion is that the future is
>always open, and that all theories must continually hold up under
>intense scrutinity. On the otherhand, religion is a closed book,
>it's dogma rarely (if ever) open to questioning and revision.
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