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Listen! You’ll Hear It! (Reductionism Fails)

Listen! You’ll Hear It! (Reductionism Fails)

There is a school of thought that says physics is the ultimate reality; that everything reduces to subatomic particles mindlessly subject to natural law. The story is told—I don’t remember where I heard it—of two young women sitting in the front row of a concert hall, holding the score for the music the orchestra was about to play. The conductor saw them, and he stepped off the podium, leaned over, and whispered to them, “You will not find it in…

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Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

Something In the Air: Science’s Supposed Superiority To Religion

I got an email recently from “Loren,” who sought to inform me, Science is knowledge of proven facts, religion is a belief system based on unproven theory. The matter is closed, science is alive and growing where as religion is based on ancient history. That’s all she wrote. (I know both men and women named Loren, so I’ll take a random guess at it and use female pronouns. If I’m wrong on that I’ll make the correction, with apologies.) I’ll…

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Radioactive Decay: Evidence That It’s Not Random or Uncaused

Radioactive Decay: Evidence That It’s Not Random or Uncaused

For me this is mostly off topic and definitely out of my field, but several commenters here in the past have had heated disputes over quantum indeterminacy. Here’s more fuel for your discussion. According to a Stanford University press release, radioactive decay seems to be influenced measurably by something our sun is doing. But there’s one rather large question left unanswered. No one knows how neutrinos could interact with radioactive materials to change their rate of decay. “It doesn’t make…

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