Thursday, March 29, 2012

Noam Chomsky on the Limits of Science

    Take, say, physics, which restricts itself to extremely simple questions. If a molecule becomes too complex, they hand it over to the chemists. If it becomes too complex for them, they hand it to biologists. And if the system is too complex for them, they hand it to psychologists ... and so on until it ends up in the hands of historians or novelists. As you deal with more and more complex systems, it becomes harder and harder to find deep and interesting properties.
From this interview about his new book in which he suggests "that many components of human nature are just too complicated to be really researchable" — Everything Was a Problem and We Did Not Understand a Thing. Too bad he doesn't follow the line to where it ultimately leads...

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Here's a cool interactive sliding scale about the scale of the universe:

Where's Waldo?

March 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Also, try this one on for size:

Nothing exists.

Even if it does exist, you cannot know it.

Even if you know it, you cannot communicate it to anyone else.

March 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

Thanks... nicked it for my blog.

March 31, 2012 at 4:58 AM  

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