RE: Bruno's argument - Comp

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 11:25:48 +1000


Perhaps I have misunderstood if you were presenting an alternative theory:
it's easy to misunderstand the often complex ideas discussed on this list. Could
you explain your theory, and how it could be immune to being proved wrong?

Stathis Papaioannou

> Stathis,
> you (of all people) underestimate human optimism and self confidence. "MY
> THEORY"? the 'others' maybe, they become proven wrong and false, not mine!
> Then again where is an acceptable evidence? to whom?
> Ask Goedel, ask Popper, ask all people who 'think' differently.
> Bruno has different evidence for his position in his reply to my question
> today than I had when I asked it.
> Not even a (confirmed?) "Pysical"experiment is 'evidendce'. wHO do you call
> a 'scientist'? the one who accepts an evidence, or who does not?
> Best wishes
> John M
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stathis Papaioannou" <>
> To: "John M" <>
> Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 7:22 AM
> Subject: RE: Bruno's argument - Comp
> John M writes:
> > Earlier we lived in a telephone central switchboard, further back in a
> > steam-engine. Not to mention the Turtle.
> > The 'cat' specifies IMO ignorance without prejudice.
> Very droll, very true! But what, then, must we do? Scientists come up with
> the
> best theory consistent with the evidence, with a willingness to revise the
> theory
> in the light of new evidence. They might not be quite as willing as they
> ideally
> should be, but that's just human nature, and they all come around to doing
> the
> right thing eventually. It would not be very helpful if we all thought, "I
> know that
> whatever theory I come up with will almost certainly be proved wrong given
> enough
> time, so I won't bother coming up with a theory at all."
> Stathis Papaioannou

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