Seattle now rivals San Francisco for secular-progressive nuttiness. The city fathers are allowing public nakedness in city parks, nude bike riding, and in Fremont, a Seattle suburb, they actually put up a statue honoring Lenin, the father of communism. That sounds like a perfectly reasonable idea, especially in such a cloudy place — it would increase the exposed surface area for enhanced synthesis of vitamin D. And the statue is lovely.
Artwork by Sidney Harris. Introduction We are about to take up some of the more speculative topics, like space combat and star travel.
To make things work, we will have to bend, and perhaps even break some of the theories of physics. But you have to do it responsibly, remaining true to the spirit if not the letter of the laws of science. Otherwise your SF world will degenerate into a self-contradictory mass of putrid fantasy pathetically trying to cover up with scraps of ridiculous technobabble.
There is some good reading on this topic at StarDestroyer dot net.
In particular beware of pseudoscience. There are a few areas where the problem crops up again and again. They are all where the theories of science are inconveniently preventing the writer from doing something they want, and the writer is getting petulant about it.
The most common ones are: In a recent thread on StarDestroyer. I suspect that most of these wannabe writers are getting their first introduction to 'putting the science in science fiction' in the format "you can't do that.
It's pretty depressing when every cool idea you ever have is getting shot full of holes, especially by someone who talks down to you. At some point, the natural reaction is to say "F it, I'm never going to get anything done if I keep listening to this guy drone on about all the things I can't do!
People can only juggle a limited number of important points in their head at a time; if you pile enough rules and confounding variables on them they start rejecting some of them simply as a defense mechanism.
So I think a lot of them are rejecting science because of a marketing failure; science is presented to them as a list of things they can't do.
And the list is so long that they can't possibly remember all the rules, which makes it even more off-putting.
Talk to people about what they can do, or suggest what they should do, and they'll be less inclined to rebel against your advice than if you tell them they're wrong and dumb. Most people prefer to be left with some ideas that are at least as interesting as the ideas that get shot down by the power of SCIENCE!
Simon Jester Simon makes a very good point, one that I fret about since this entire website appears to be composed of "you can't do that. Blogger Matterbeam is doing his best to come to your rescue. His blog Tough SF is full of analysis trying to find parameters for your science fiction universe that are both [A] reasonably scientifically accurate and [B] dramatically fun universes to set your stories in.
The first few entries are aimed at space combat that is not more boring than watching paint dry. Having said all that, you will find me unsympathetic if the reason that you are upset with the science is because it is preventing you from recreating Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, or whatever other unscientific Hollywood media SF that you happen to be fixated on.
If that is the case, you'd be better off avoiding this website entirely.Journal of Youth Studies 17 (7): Russels, and Thompson Simmons, R., L. Russels, and R.
Thompson. the induction of psychological autonomy in the face of the profound economic and political heteronomy that characterizes the condition of worker. Mar 12, · Bertrand Russell’s Inductivist Turkey. It’s a lovely critique of induction, but I don’t think it’s reasonable to say that there is no role for induction in science.
I’m sure there’s a deductivist chicken that can be shown to be equally absurd in the extreme. It’s moving back and forth between the two (in the forms.
on induction I N almost all our previous discussions we have been concerned in the attempt to get clear as to our data in the way of knowledge of existence. What things are there in the universe whose existence is known to . Brouwer's "Unrealiability" paper. Download. Brouwer's "Unrealiability" paper In this paper “rouwer for the first time objected to the idea that the Principle of the Excluded Middle is valid.
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Now we can prove Proposition ) Thus S = N by the induction principle.3 by (1. let S denote the set of all y ∈ N such that x + y = y + x.
For all x. Now assume that x ∈ S.2) By the induction principle.1) Thus S = N.5 (Commutativity of Addition).