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Comment: Re:Wait a sec (Score 2) 772

by Ambitwistor (#47112009) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

You're confused about fundamental vs. derived theories in science. As another poster said, when you start asking questions like why do natural laws exist?, "this is not the realm of science": it's philosophy.

We can explain evolution in terms of more fundamental mechanisms: selection, mutation, etc. With gravity, there is (currently) no underlying theory. And if we found one, you'd just ask why that theory exists. At some point, you hit the bottom, and it doesn't mean you understand the theory "less", it just means you've finally reached something that isn't describable in terms of something else.

Watch Feynman's attempt to explain this in the context of magnetism to understand this better.

Comment: Re:The silence for the Whales will be deafening (Score 5, Funny) 178

by Ambitwistor (#47007671) Attached to: Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

And wow! Hey! Whatâ(TM)s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ⦠ow ⦠ound ⦠round ⦠ground! Thatâ(TM)s it! Thatâ(TM)s a good name â" ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce