Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What Is Water?

"It is a straightforward fact, corrections to it are endlessly ignored, but it is simply false to say that water is H2O unless we are speaking very, very loosely" — Water Is Not H2O. "The idea that water simply is H2O is one of those false reductions that people can't seem to get out of their heads."

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5 Comments:

Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Man is a featherless biped.

October 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Plato was right, or at least righter than Darwin.

October 18, 2011 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Water is not H2O. True.

Nor is it a complexity as explained in the article, because if it was, then substance is nothing more than a complexity of accidents. And bread is what we consume thinking it is Christ because the complexity of accidents are the substance.

What water is, is water. What water has are characteristics that God in his wisdom made knowable to us. Characteristics knowable to us in a simplistic manner so that we could manipulate matter for the manufacture of goods for our use.

Characteristics are not substance.

October 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

"Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting over."

October 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Reminds me of Vonnegut's ice-9.

October 19, 2011 at 2:53 AM  

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