Re: Science as Idea & Meme

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue 17 Jun 2003 - 23:52:54 GMT

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    At 09:10 AM 17/06/03 -0400, Reed wrote:


    >"A true causal chain can be traced all the way back to its source."
    >If you mean "it must trace it's predictions to it's axioms" that makes
    >sense. But, if you're demanding that a causal chain must link everything
    >from the infinitesimal to the infinite, that's an unreasonable restriction.

    Maybe not in all cases. The lumpiness of the universe that led to the formation of clusters of galaxies is believed to have resulted from quantum fluctuations when the fireball was tiny. Then again, some people think the entire universe came from a quantum fluctuation in a vacuum.

    Keith Henson

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