The Limits of Our Technical and Mechanical Apparatus – Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 8

I wrote in the previous part of this series of blog posts about the limits of our objectivity, and illuminated some of my thoughts on how our mental apparatus might be hampering us in our quest for progress, both scientifically speaking and in terms of general living standards. And I’d like to just take a … Continue reading The Limits of Our Technical and Mechanical Apparatus – Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 8

The Limits of Our Objectivity: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 7

We can only perceive the world as our mental apparatus allows us to do so. Immanuel Kant explored this notion in great depth in his three immense critiques (Pure Reason, Practical Reason and Judgment). He separated phenomena (what we actually see and experience) and noumena (that which we can’t see or penetrate but exists independently … Continue reading The Limits of Our Objectivity: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 7

The Highlights Reel Proposal: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 6

I often think about what happens to us when we die. Sometimes it’s makes me feel intensely anxious - will I suddenly wake up again trapped in a box in the ground for all eternity? Will I be chained to a big wheel of fire and carry out manual labour tasks for Satan in the … Continue reading The Highlights Reel Proposal: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 6

Time Travel, Thermodynamics and Heat: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 5

“At the precise moment heat is produced, the process is irreversible: the past differs from the future,” writes Carlo Rovelli in Reality Is Not What It Seems. “It is always heat and only heat that distinguishes the past from the future.” I find this fascinating - the notion that heat is inextricably tied to our … Continue reading Time Travel, Thermodynamics and Heat: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 5

Dark Matter and Fluctuating Spacetime: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 4

I realise that the things I’m about to propose are hokum - total nonsense. Some would say not worthy of such speculation. But sometimes it’s fun to dream - to imagine; to make wild and unsubstantiated assertions. They’re not intended to harm or upset anyone - and I’d be surprised if any of these do … Continue reading Dark Matter and Fluctuating Spacetime: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 4

Religion, Knowledge and Intelligence: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 3

I'd just like to qualify this next section by admitting that, for the first couple of pars, I’d been reading Nietzsche and Rovelli and then decided to note down some thoughts after drinking a bit. So it begins with something of a mild drunken blast. But I have opted to publish it because I still … Continue reading Religion, Knowledge and Intelligence: Science, Silliness and the Nucleus of Niceness – Part 3