Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Turn down your freakin bass. If you knew anything about waves, you'd realize how much further low frequencies carry. I can't think with all that noise. Granted, I can't really think anyway, but that's an internal problem that doesn't concern you.

So anyway, here's my quote of the day.
"But don't confuse progress with perfectibility. A great poet is always timely. A great philosopher is an urgent need. There's no rush for Isaac Newton. We were quite happy with Aristotle's cosmos. 55 crystal spheres geared to God's crankshaft is my idea of a satisfying universe." -Arcadia, Tom Stoppard

I like it even though I don't entirely agree. We needed Isaac Newton because his theory was true, at least, on large scales. It helped demystify nature and explain natural laws mathematically. Calculus messed things up a bit with infinitessimals, but it was worth it. I like calculus. It's better than this linear algebra bullshit. Anyway, the point about the quote is that a scientific theory doesn't really tell us what its consequences are for human nature. That is the philosopher's job. An integrated view of existence that MUST incorporate science and cosmology. Poets (exclusing the ones with postmodernist tendencies) also give us perspective and insight into issues relevant to our daily lives. But the speed of light and curved space-time really have nothing to do with how I should live my life or what value I find in everyday things.

On the other hand, you gotta throw out your quaint, picturesque theories when they are proved false. That's dishonest, that's self-delusion, that's faith. Rid yourself of it.