On 29 Sep 2013, at 11:58, Alberto G. Corona wrote:
I knew yesterday that the reason why Percival Lowel (and many
others) saw canals -and life- in Mars is because at this time the
Panama Canal was being constructed, and this novelty captivated the
imagination of the people. everithing had a solution with a canal.
And everything could be solved and explained with mechanics and
electricity, the technology that helped to construct the channel.
Therefore the Martians was an electric civilization that launched
It is necessary to explain what I want to mean?. People throw in
novel technologies and theories whatever they have unexplained or
unsolved, but also their hopes.
But at the end of the day these solutions vomit back what was put in
with still new questions. The net effect is the rephrasing of the
ancient questions with a new language, passed trough the filter of
the solution that dominates the uthopic mind of the people. That
language, the one of the particular science that dominates the
landscape assures that the ancient questions are reduced to match
the particular aspect that can fit in the theory.
I personally prefer the original, naked questions as the first ones
that though about it, as they appeared in their mind, without the
filter of any theory.
I think that you are just saying that you prefer philosophy than
science. I have no problem, it is a question of taste.
In science we prefer precise theories, so that we have the means to
improve them or to abandon them.
Of course some scientists sometimes talk like if their theory were
true, but this means only they do bad philosophy and misunderstand
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