[LINK] The Problem with Higgs Boson - Was Balance the enemy of facts
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Oct 21 14:37:44 AEDT 2011
>On 21/10/2011 2:14 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> At 12:57 +1000 21/10/11, Tom Koltai wrote:
>>> ... when the
>>> validity of various belief systems several millennia old are about to be
>>> possibly disproved.
>> Comfortable as I am with the analysis that precedes that clause, Tom,
>> I just have to register by disapproval of that last bit.
>> The fundamental belief system of practitioners of big science is that
>> they deserve lots of money, forever (or until the other big bang,
>> whichever comes first).
At 14:24 +1100 21/10/11, Paul Brooks wrote:
>Point of nitpicking order Roger - Brian Schmidt's Nobel Prize a few
>weeks ago was for
>research proving (as best we can) that the universe is accelerating
>its expansion, and
>will end in a whimper - there won't be another bang.
Ah, but that's just *current* science.
One of the corollaries of scientific assertions being subject to
falsification is that many of them are subsequently falsified, or (to
be fair) subsequently refined, or subsequently shown to be a special
case rather than generically true.
(Presumably that aspect of the theory of relativity that postulates
the speed of light as a limiting factor is ripe for demonstration as
a special case).
But yes, I was indeed playing loose with language (:-)}
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
mailto:Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au http://www.xamax.com.au/
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
More information about the Link