You know, I'm not sure I would want to have a discussion with this man. It seems like he might be somewhat dishonest and perhaps not telling me the truth. It upsets me a little, frankly.
Yeah, but I wish you hadn't pointed it out. Whiskey and baleen missing the point has been great.
Apparently a Pelican eating a cellphone is far too subtle for people to detect I was continuing the joke.
Actually, I like the way this thread turned out.
In all seriousness, I loved his answer, which is why I dig Feynman despite the fact that all the math and physics and everything else go over my head for the most part.
Oh, and also, I think this video is the ultimate "fuck you" to anti-science types, though they could never sit still long enough to watch it or absorb it, because ultimately the message of what's being said here is "complex science requires complex answers" and it gets old that so many people assume that if an ordinary layman person can't answer something, therefore it has been disproven. i.e. creationists who think that joe blow on the street being unable to answer a question about evolutionary science means all science everywhere is destroyed.
I don't think the problem with "anti-science types" is not understanding things. I've had a creationist tell me that science was useless because it can "only explain what happens" and not why it happens, "why" to this person obviously meaning God.
It doesn't really matter what information you can explain, because it all just fits under their framework of a supernatural world. "Miracles" was not exaggerating, some people really do see every single thing as irrefutable proof of God.
Hot lava, snow, rain and fog
Long neck giraffes, and pet cats and dogs
All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot.
Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings,
He made their brutish venom.
He made their horrid wings.
All things sick and cancerous,
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.
Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid--
Who made the spikey urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!
All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small,
Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.
I agree Hooker. Every time people miss the point of that joke is a triumph for mankind. Every time they catch it is representative of its failure.
|Scrotum H. Vainglorious |
I'm already gettin' pissed.
His answer is, and I'm paraphrasing a bit here, "It's complicated."
|asian hick |
Feynman pinched the ass of my professor's girlfriend when the guy was an undergrad at CalTech.
|Oscar Wildcat |
Fucking quantum mechanical exchange force between electrons with parallel spins in ferromagnetism, how does that work?
Someone's in a pissy mood...
This is just 7 minute way of saying "if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
"My scientific knowledge lacks a slack-jawed yokel equivalent, so your question is not answerable in you terms."
I love this man so much.
I prefer Einstein's,
"It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid."
I agree with that, actually. I would love to take a barmaid through time and have him or her explain to Einstein that we have this thing called the Large Hadron Collider which is gearing up to try and create its own big bang in a future where scientists are saying that they might be able to create another universe.
He would probably ignore all of that and stare at the time machine's tits.
I fucked a magnet once, it was complicated
Okay, but how does he explain everything chillin' underwater? Please.
1:57 - Feynman subtly grabs his wiener and re-adjusts his pants.
He's such a horny old slut
Maybe I should watch this again, but my initial take on it is that he's being an elitist dick.
He seems to be saying: "Since you don't have a background in science, there is no way I can communicate to you what I really know."
If anything, this type of response is what causes the redneck/ICP hatred and distrust of science. This type of answer makes science appear to be some dogmatic and esoteric discourse available to a select group of people. If scientists want the public to appreciate what they do, they should at least attempt to translate their work into an accessible language for non-scientists. An informed public should be an end in and of itself, but it's also necessary to sustain government funding of important scientific research.
The claim that a 'why' question is invalid strikes me as completely disingenuous. Hume demonstrated more than 200 years ago that it's impossible to prove causality, but that never stopped scientists from asking 'why?' since the question nonetheless leads to new, if partial, knowledge.
At the risk of starting a flame war:
I agree that some meaning is lost in translating a complex mathematics/physics issue into layman's terms, but I think it's dangerous to claim that no meaning can be conveyed in this process.
Buying into that claim means no one but math and physics geniuses will understand anything about the latest advances in quantum theory. Last time I checked, one did not need to be a nuclear physicist to learn at least the basic issues underlining Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. If you are claiming math is the only way in, then most of the population, including most well-educated people, would be barred from any of Heisenberg's knowledge. Because efforts have indeed been made at translation, most educated people nowadays understand--on a non-technical level--that the universe is not the perfect clockwork Newton envisaged. I think that knowledge has value.
The elitist argument that "you're too dumb to understand this complex math stuff we do" is, in fact, part of the reason people--including savvy businesspeople--unquestioningly trusted mathematically complex derivatives and credit default swaps in finance. Had an attempt been made at "plain English" understanding, maybe someone--perhaps even the math gurus themselves--would have realized these things were pieces of shit.
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