Pleasant article for this subforum

Discussion in 'Alternative Theories' started by iceaura, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    https://aeon.co/ideas/what-i-learned-as-a-hired-consultant-for-autodidact-physicists

    I just caught a good mood from it.
     
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  3. Keronjit Registered Member

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    Yeah, I just read it. Great article so far. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  5. Ultron Registered Senior Member

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    Interesting article.
     
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  7. Ultron Registered Senior Member

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    This part of the article shows the crucial point why is current physics in quagmire:

    Sociologists have long tried and failed to draw a line between science and pseudoscience. In physics, though, that ‘demarcation problem’ is a non-problem, solved by the pragmatic observation that we can reliably tell an outsider when we see one. During a decade of education, we physicists learn more than the tools of the trade; we also learn the walk and talk of the community, shared through countless seminars and conferences, meetings, lectures and papers. After exchanging a few sentences, we can tell if you’re one of us. You can’t fake our community slang any more than you can fake a local accent in a foreign country.

    It shows what is important in todays physics - it is not about the right theoretical prediction and experimental confirmation anymore, it is about the right (mathemathical) slang you use and about the social connections. Only in such fundamentally flawed enviroment such abominations as M theory can flourish and get financed.
     

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