Poetry Questions About Reading
Well due to the fact that in some respects am socially retarded and can't deal properly in group situations after coming home from my lecture I still didn't have answers to many questions I came up with while doing the reading.

When Quantum mechanics was dismissed in the beginning … then it and relativity took over Newtonian physics … u 4309050 Good example. More examples? Jason right-o what if the decision to favor one idea over another has nothing to do with us? information might itself be some sort of life system, spreading through us as a medium for its survival. the theories that arrive in our world through us, then fall out of favor could be the extinction branches of its evolutionary path. eg. the geocentric view of the universe = the dodo. Maybe it's a hyperfungus… say the spores of calculus have been developing this fibrous network in us, little scout shrooms popping up now and again in whatever culture, checkin out how favourable the environment is waiting for the right conditions… then humanity rains and pop! pop! pop! mushroom bloom… one of them blooms in leibniz' brain and one of them blooms in newton's brain, but they're the same hyperfungus. which prolly bloomed in a bunch of other people's heads too but maybe they got eaten by psychonaut hyperdeer http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=dfd_1252275103 …mara murphy

- Good question. I think we can see (by looking at examples) that whether theories are accepted has _something_ to do with us … but it's good to consider all the other things that might influence it as well, including the idea you mention. Jason
When DNA was proposed as the coding language for genetic information it was poorly received because it only has four variants (nucleotides) as opposed to the more popular candidate; protein which has vastly more variants (amino acids) at >20. Hamish Ryan
If you want to read some controversial ideas about the way pet theories and personal bias can obstruct scientific endeavours then I recommend the brief piece I found today (18/03/08) at - http://zencomp.com/greatwisdom/ebud/ebdha264.htm
I am not in complete agreement with all the statements in this article, but I heartily approve of its theme (not necessarily its conclusion). I also like controversy which is part of my reason for suggesting it. A word of warning: This article doesn't meet the typical credibility criteria of being 'peer reviewed' and found in a 'reputable' scientific journal. Nonetheless it should provide food for thought.
This article claims that non-rebirth/non-reincarnation has been disproved, but not accepted by the broader scientific (or lay) community. Hamish Ryan
The idea that information itself my play a role in its own survival and propogation reminds me of a concept proposed by biologist Richard Dawkins called "meme thoery". Essentially, he suggests that ideas, or "memes" act like genes in a biological system (memes throughout the social/cultural body), and that some memes survive while others are discarded and go extinct, if you like. The idea could be extended to say that those "memes" that are called "scientific truths" may be conceived as such for no reason other than that they have successfully propogated throughout the social body through various means. A variant of this idea was proposed by Thomas Kuhn. He called scientific truths "paradigms" and contended that these paradigms were at least partly the result of the cultural and social conditioning that produces bias, thus bringing into question the popular perception that "science" is about discovering refutable truths, and is therefore the most veracious truth seeking excercise ever undertaken by humanity. Ben Bassett u 4842720
Good. According to Kuhn, a paradigm is not just the _result_ of cultural processes, it's his name for a cultural process itself (one that produces typical or "normal" science). Jason