On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
> In fact I do agree often with John Clark, but then he exaggerates also > very often the point. > I've told you a million times I never exaggerate. > > The church was asking to Galileo to present his view as a theory or > conjecture What do you suppose would have happened if Galileo asked the church to present its views as a theory or conjecture?! Actually Galileo was not tortured but he was shown the instruments for it, as the worlds greatest expert on mechanics at the time he certainly understood how such machines operated, as a result he publicly apologized for his scientific ideas and said in writing that the church was right, the Earth was the center of the universe after all. I certainly don't hold this against Galileo, instead I look at it as yet another example of the man's enormous intellect. Only 20 years before, another astronomer Giordano Bruno, said that space was infinite, the stars were like the sun only very far away and life probably filled the universe, but Bruno was not as smart as Galileo, he refused to recant his views. For the crime of telling the truth Bruno was burned alive in the center of Rome so all could see, according to custom green wood was used because it doesn't burn as hot so it takes longer to kill. I imagine Feyerabend would say that the church's verdict against Bruno was rational and just too. > Galileo did endorse the "modern" view of naturalism, Another reason Galileo was a great man. > > and that science *has* to be naturalist If there are things about the universe that are not naturalistic (and there might be), that is to say if there are things that do not work by reason then science has nothing it can say about them, so yes science *has* to be naturalistic. >and this *is* a scientific error (as comp illustrates) which has not yet > been corrected (excepting the study of comp). I don't know what that means. John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.