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And where exactly are these people 'a little versed in astronomy'?

I can present billions of people who only know the existence of the universe through photographs they have seen. Most of these people cannot connect what they have seen with their daily lives. The photographs are as important as wallpaper.  A background to the lives that are important to them.

Where I disagree with many here at ET is in how to 'sell' different ways of  thinking. Personally I don't hold a great deal of confidence in any of the explanations, but I do enjoy the holding of those positions, in a vague kind of support for intellectual biodiversity.

There is a tendency of science to become increasingly monolithic - until the appearance of the paradigm-changing theorem that sends all previous knowledge to the back of the bike sheds.

The exciting bit of science is always that transition.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 06:44:38 PM EST
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