George:

Thanks for this delightful story (..ies?) 
I met Chaitin once for a brief chat and did not like
him: he was too sharp for me (though very friendly). 
His quoted idea is something I will keep to use it
against closed-minded physicists (or provide it to
open-minded wifes of them).   

John Mikes

--- George Levy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> There is a great article entitled "The Limts of
> Reason" by Gregory 
> Chaitin in the March Issue of  Scientific American
> page 74. I quote:
> 
>      "So perhaps mathematicians should not try to
> prove everything.
>     Sometimes they should try to add new axioms.
> That is what you have
>     got to do when you are faced with an irreducible
> fact.....
>     Physicists are willing to add new principles,
> new scientific laws,
>     to understand new domains of experience...
> 
> 
>  This caused me to think about unprovable physical
> truths or impossible 
> measurements. A simple one includes a nice
> reflective component: "what 
> do you look like in the mirror with the eyes
> closed?"
> 
> I tried it on my wife when she was in a good mood.
> "Darling", I said, 
> "did you ever think about what you look like in the
> mirror with your 
> eyes closed?"
> "I know what I look like," she said. "I can imagine
> it."
> "Yeah, but you don't really know for sure."
> "I can find out by taking a photograph of myself
> with my eyes closed, if 
> I wanted to, but that would be a really stupid thing
> to do."
> Ah ha! Now we are getting somewhere, I thought.
> Maybe I could squeeze in 
> the concept of simultaneity a la Einstein.
> Then I turned to her and gave her the coup de grace,
> "Yeah but you won't 
> know what you look like at the precise time you look
> in the mirror."
> She looked at me straight in the eyes and said,
> "George, you are giving 
> me a headache!"
> 
> The moral of the story is: do not experiment or
> argue with your wife. 
> You always come out the loser, even if you win.
> 
> George
> 


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