Re: Re Scientisms

Anders Sandberg (
23 Nov 1999 18:54:59 +0100

The Religions disperse, kingdoms fall apart, but works of science remain for all ages. (Words carved on stone astronomical observatory erected by Ulugh-Beg, Tamerlane's grandson, in Samarkand in 1528-29)

Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of human intellectual tradition.

"We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know
enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species."

I wonder why I wonder why.
I wonder why I wonder I wonder.
I wonder *why* I wonder why
I wonder why I wonder!
--Richard Feynman

Don't mind me ... I'm just sitting here marvelling at the thought that we live in a world where a respectable scientist can use a phrase like
"third-quantized baby universe field operator" in cold blood :-)

I keep thinking maybe we're living in a Doc Smith novel. Ross Smith (

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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