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Posted by pmb on February 13, 2000 23:25:54 UTC

: YES! Finally, a man after my own heart.

It's nice to meet you too. :-)

: I completely agree with you that science needs to ask why, for if they don't understand WHY, they can't even hope to caclutate HOW accurately.

It's a lost talent I think. But as someone commented in another post, every answer which can be given gies rise to another question of why?

Do you know the answer to any question which starts with "Why?" which isn't based on something else?

: Calculations like E = mc2, and a lot of present theorys do seem to be correct, ...

It's correct to a very high level of precision. But beyond that, who knows? There are quantum limits to keep in mind too.

: .. I don't disagree with most of them, but they do not pry deep enough be considered as a basis for the existance of this continuum. They try to calculate things that they don't understand,

What does "understand" mean to you? To me it means that we observe nature and then from those observations we learn how nature works. By this I mean that we can make predictions etc. To me that is what "understand" means.

:..and it leads them to have a bunch of different choppy theories, for example relativity and quantum physics, that are not unified.

Choppy? If, by this, you mean that we don't know everything then you're right. We don't. But we try in the best way we know how to an that is a personal thing. Each person tries according to his or her talents.

: You're the man, I didn't know anybody thought like this. I thought that I was in a WHY world by myself.

Gee! Thanks! I get a lot of guff for being different. But I'm not really that different at all. But almost everry scientist I've ever met is like this ... but not on the internet. I was actually flammed of of a forum for having a certain opinion on the concept of mass.

At another forum someone mentioned that we don;t know "how" something or other. I'm not quite sure what he's thinking about. What may be a "how" question to one person would be a "why" question to another.


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