Science with a question mark

Posted on July 28, 2007. Filed under: Science |

I’ll admit to having had a clandestine love affair with the Muse of Science for a long, long time. I took things apart to see how they worked, I did experiments in my parents’ kitchen, and I could look at bugs for hours. (Fortunately, I didn’t take THEM apart). I don’t know how far I’ll get with this category, but let me say, categorically (hehe) that I am not a trained scientist; I’m a layperson, civilian, non-scientist with a degree in (gasp!) Humanities. So how come I have a “Science” or even a “Science?” category on my blog? Part of the answer is that I’m one of those folks who believe that Science and Spirituality meet, complement each other, and at the end of the day, are pretty much the same thing. Since I’m posting this in the Science? and not the Philosophy area I’d better talk about which kinds of science I like, and why, and stretch their parameters as far as I can.

Well, these days people can hardly talk about Science and Spirituality together in the same sentence without mentioning theoretical physics, or quantum physics or New physics. I can hear the groans coming from some legit. scientists, and I don’t blame them a bit. We new-thought, new-age, airy-fairy angels have appropriated a perfectly legitimate branch of science, and are using it to further our own questionable agendas!

While I do think mystical experience is “real” (what is reality?), I don’t think we need to be “lost in space” mentally or to abandon science to discuss it. Terms like strange matter, charm quark, and nontrivial topology delight me. I know science is supposed to be fun, but whimsical? Why not?

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