Physics and Philosophy: Is There a Common Ground?

In a famous remark touching on the difficulty of grasping physics at the quantum level, the late great physicist and science communicator Richard Feynman wrote, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” [1] I boldly differ with Feynman on this point. Thousands of people, including even some non-physicists, understand at least the basics of quantum mechanics reasonably […]

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Science Communication in Crisis (Part 3): Solutions

To say that the general public’s penchant for credulity and gullibility is dangerous is no overstatement. If our country as a whole is to continue functioning properly, let alone to flourish and progress, the general public must become much better at critical thinking than they are now. Critical thinking must be insisted upon by university professors of all academic disciplines, […]

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Science, Values and the World

The central aim of science is to demythologize our intuitions about the natural world, to convert the irrationality of discovery into the rationality of justification. A judicious mixture of both creative inspiration and rigorous testing is essential to the success of this massive human project. Values in science, so controversial to so many “hard scientists,” have their freest reign in […]

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