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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on October 14, 2002 15:26:39 UTC

Hi Aurino,

I probably haven't seen everything you have said about me as I have not been following anything here closely anymore. But, no matter, none of it is important anyway. In my humble opinion, most everything we think we know is bull. Personally, I find it astonishing that I can be sure of anything. What can I be sure of? Why, that reality can be seen from a perspective such that physics must be true (at least most of it as the scientist present it), such that chemistry is true (at least most of it as the scientist present it), such that biology is true (at least a lot of it as the scientist's present it), such that medicine is true (some of it anyway as the scientists present it). And maybe some of the other fields could also be seen as true (maybe down the road as they get more of their inconsistencies worked out).

What I think others cannot accept is that all of this "proves" absolutely nothing (in fact nothing they know proves anything): what is, "is" and any explanation you want to give it is just that, an explanation and no more. The most useful aspect of an explanation is that it makes remembering (or predicting if you prefer) the probability of seeing any particular event easier to do. If your explanation serves your purposes, fine but don't try to convince me you are right. "Right" just isn't an applicable word: every explanation is just another way of seeing things, no more, no less; the best you can say about any explanation is that it is internally self consistent. Beyond that it is just another story.

I think what I have discovered is indeed truly amazing; however, it contains within itself the fact that communication of the idea is of little real consequence: i.e., it will happen or it will not happen and the world will go on either way. Why do I try to communicate? Because it is something I do, but I certainly do not worry about it. You, of all people, should know that there are aspects of life much more important than understanding it.

Have fun -- Dick

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