On 07 Jul 2012, at 15:31, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:

My comments to Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, especially to the statement from the book

“Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”


I am not so much in favor of "professional philosophers", which does not mean that some of them do good ... science (like Maudlin, Slezak, even McGuin: it is real reasoning).

But that statement looks like the blind arrogance of physics, which ignores the mind body problem systematically for years.

Consciousness might be the grain of sand which will remind us that we might try to be a bit more modest.

To say that scientists have become the bearer of the knowledge quest is a truism becoming false when the scientist put a problem under the rug.



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