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Nothing Can Be Known For Sure?

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on July 27, 2001 18:33:05 UTC

Mario,

Where did I ever say that? When your math teacher says "x is the unknown", is that equivalent to saying x can never be known for sure? I think not. It is nothing more than a starting point for logical analysis.

You can solve a lot more problems when you attack them in the abstract than you can if you try to stick to arithmetic: popping an answer out of your imagination and then checking if it works! That is the way children try to do math. It is a very slow and error prone procedure.

All I am doing is putting an abstract handle on the problem scientists have been trying to solve since they started. I say, "here, why don't you try this, start with what you *know* and solve for reality?" And they say they already know what reality is.

Have fun -- Dick

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