Rollin' Like Sisyphus

One If By Land, Two If By Inference

Posted in State Of The World by Huckleberry on January 23, 2013

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At least it’s a house. Plus, in the long run, we’re all dead. An economist told me so…

There is a problem with the way we look at the world.

But you know this already.

We don’t want to take the time to look at the essences of a thing. Popular culture and our contemporary political and academic existence is nothing more than a haphazard grab bag of incoherent references wallowing in an inchoate understanding of anything. We infer the answers rather than effectively investigating them because, well, it’s just easier. The human mind is already set to a default propensity for syllogism, and as anyone who’s taken PHIL 1A can attest, even false logic often appears structurally sound.

The problem with logic, and by that I mean logical deduction, and by that I mean, basically, inferring an answer to a thing, is that it’s easy, it’s lazy, and it’s usually wrong.

For example:

A) Whackjob with a gun kills 10 people

B) Whackjob wouldn’t have killed 10 people if he didn’t have a gun

C) Ban guns!

In a vacuum, this syllogism is structurally sound, but we know it doesn’t bear the weight of even five minutes of factual investigation. Whackjob without access to a gun could have easily killed 20 people with a bomb instead. The media, the pundits, the politicians, the “free” thinkers and pseudo-scholars love inferring their way to the answers for all of the unsolved mysteries of our time because it’s easy, their lazy, and the inferred answers are simple and wonderfully one-dimensional.

Do I really mean lazy?

Yes.

You can sit in a room, stare at a wall, and construct all of the inferred logical deductions your heart desires, but at the end of such a session, you have nothing to show for it. This manifests in the sciences, both soft and hard. Almost the entirety of evolutionary biology is built on logical inference. And, more to the point, it is the reason why I’m not really a practicing physicist at this point. Newtonian/Einsteinian physics uses observation, calculation, and revision to achieve an incredible level of precision and understanding of the natural world. String theory and all of the attendant super-symmetrical models it relies on are derived almost universally from inferred logical multi-tiered syllogisms.

Newtonian/Einsteinian physics put a man on the moon and split the atom.

String theory gave me a headache.

The story of the previous century is one of mankind advancing beyond its ability to see. We discovered the quantum world, and have yet to devise a technology that can allow us to adequately explore it. Instead, the best and the brightest of the time, and ever since, constructed a growingly complex and absurd artifice to explain that which cannot be seen or suitably experimented with.

The only way to verifiably prove the efficacy of string theory, M-theory, Kaluza-Klein multi-dimensional space, and the glut of contemporary physical postulations requires two conditions to be met:

1) Some form of technology allowing for the visual examination of quantum space on the sub-Planck level

2) Ensuring the said form of surveillance does not interfere with that quantum space as its being observed

When this is possible (and someday it probably will be), if the constituent bits of the universe are in fact tiny strings that vibrate at varying frequencies and amplitudes to form base sub-particles, AND if those strings CANNOT be broken down to anything less, AND are not themselves constructed of something even smaller, then hey, string theory and super-symmetry it is.

In the meantime, all of the maths in the multi-verse cannot prove a damn thing, and all the King’s horses, and all the King’s inferences cannot keep it together til then…

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