Re: [humanism-174] Radiolab episode

From: sheri p.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:59 PM
I liked how the gentleman said, "Hey - There could be a Brian from another universe and if we met right now, he might laugh and say, 'You are still using math????'".

That was a great point.  It is not necessarily utilizing the tools we currently have, but rather finding new ones.




On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM, Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
12-step programs have a phrase that I think fits here:  progress not perfection.  I do not need to know everything, but I do need to strive to know everything! 
 
Are there walls in the way?  Obstacles that are beyond our current tools or capabilities? Certainly.  Will those walls ALWAYS stand in the way of learning more? Maybe, maybe not. 
 
Looking backward in time and history, there will probably always be questions that can only be answered with guesses, ideas, and more often than not "Not a clue!" 
 
The obstacles do not negate the accomplishments; nor do they prevent us from striving, guessing, and idea-producing!
 
I'm cool with that!
 
Tim Campbell 
 
In a message dated 6/18/2013 1:35:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:

This was very good!  They talk about:

 The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

In this short, Jad and Robert talk to a writer and two physicists who are all grappling with versions of the same enormous question: is it possible to understand everything, or are we chasing an impossible dream... one built on questions that always lead to more questions?

Jenny Hollowell kicks things off with her gorgeous short story "A History of Everything, Including You." It's a powerful tale with a sweeping scope -- the history not just of one couple, but everything that led to them -- distilled into a poetic crush of just a few pages. The piece was born out of a sense of frustration Jenny felt about trying to account for "everything" in order to understand her life. And in many ways, her solution speaks to an eerily similar moment of uncertainty in physics. Inspired by an essay written by physicist and novelist Alan Lightman, Robert pays a visit to Brian Greene to ask if the latest developments in theoretical physics spell a crisis for science -- where we find we've reached the limit of what we can see and test, and are left with mathematical equations that can't be verified by experiments 




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