The first that it is crazy. On the surface panpsychism goes against common sense. As Goff stated in his research paper titled, Panpsychism, panpsychists often receive incredulous looks of disbelief when they bring up the idea that electrons have consciousness (Goff 6-7). The idea that panpsychism should be dismissed just because it seems to go against common sense is just unfair. There is a long history of scientific theories being ‘crazy.’ Take for example Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.
A simple question then led to an answer that is still being uncovered today. That question: “What is everything up there?” Two-thousand years later, some questions have been answered. Many still remain. However, the process in which these answers have been obtained has not been simple. Many times throughout history, astronomers have believed the answer was in sight and tenaciously believed the idea, only to discover they were wrong years later.
Within the cases detailed in Jennifer Kahn 's essay, “Notes from a Parallel Universe,” and Oliver Sacks ' essay, “Scotoma: Forgetting and Neglect in Science,” there are many similarities, largely in the reasoning behind the initial failures of newly presented and highly controversial theories. Standing chief amongst them is the credibility and scientific standing of the theory 's author. Take, for instance, the case of John Frederick Herschel. Herschel, an outsider of the realm of physicians to which he theorized, had no reasonable scientific standing in medicine. As a result of this, his ideas about an observable “Geometrical Spectra,” (Sacks, 143) were scoffed at or ignored by the physicians of his day.
While in the future Aristotelian physics would turn out to be completely incorrect, his original ideas and theories were critical for developing modern science as we know it today. However, it was not until humanity accepted the flaws in Aristotelian physics that science made any progress toward finally understanding the universe. While Aristotelian physics was completely wrong in a multitude of ways, it was still needed to form a basis of the modern method of discovery. Furthermore, the majority of theories in the history of science are incorrect at first. Historically, this has been the method of progress in the sciences.
For centuries humans have sat outside and looked into the night sky and wondered why or how. It’s been on the minds of simpletons, philosophers and scientists alike since the beginning of time, and yet no one really has a definite answer. However, all this discussion and debate has lead to some interesting discoveries, and those theories that have stood the test of time have included both scientific and religious perspectives. One of the most famous and widely accepted of these theories is the Big Bang theory, yet even through its acceptance, it is also somewhat misunderstood. One on these misconceptions is that it explains the universes origin, a statement that is not quite true.
The process of how our senses actually work might be able to be explained by emergent theory, but the qualia is too complex. Consciousness is especially resistant to explanation in physical terms due to the inherent differences between our subjective and objective modes of
In the very beginning people thought that Earth was the center of the universe, but they were terribly wrong. The first instrumental
For many years time travel was the stuff of science fiction. This was all just part of the world’s imagination until recently. Scientists now believe that the current laws of physics allow us to travel though time. They believe that we can now travel back to see our founding fathers sign the declaration of independence. We could travel to 2999 to witness the birth of the next new millennium.
and this chain will continue, explaining one phenomenon as an effect of another. The story is in fact the triumph of human reason. However, if we rewind the story long enough, we find ourselves reaching a dead end – “In the beginning was the big bang.” A beginning is where there is no before. However, how can something be when there is no prior? The question of the origin is further complicated when we see how finely tuned the universe is.
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