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Too Bad They Didn't Give A Thorough Response

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Posted by Harvey on May 13, 2002 14:26:51 UTC

Bruce,

Their comments are perhaps the natural reaction that comes to mind when reading sophist physics, but it is a missed opportunity that they didn't become very specific in their reply. From my perspective, people like Dick continue to gain adherents because the responses are not thorough enough because of the obvious reaction. However, false concepts such as creationism were able to gain adherents from more open minded people because the scientific response was slow. Now, of course, creationism is well debunked by outstanding contributions from many scientists, but if the reaction would have been sooner then this sort of thing might never have become as popular as it did.

I don't imagine Dick's model will ever gain that kind of fame requiring real thorough responses, but I think that such situations are real opportunities for Science to better explain itself to the public. That is what I enjoy about Dick's 'model', it has an inherent misunderstanding of science, and the correction to that misunderstanding moves at the heart of science and its success. Of course, a correction to Dick's approach will never convince an Aurino (who like Dick is pretty much sold on their own misguidings). But, it will convince others who are not as solipsist in their view of the world.

Warm regards, Harv

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