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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Turtles all the way Through

This comic is based on a anecdote physicists tell each other. Apparently it really happened but no one really knows whose lecture it happened at. Nowadays they use the phrase "turtles all the way down" to refer to any circular argument that avoids a cause by explaining the cause with itself.

This, among other things, was the topic of conversation tonight at the Art & Science Cabaret, which was a lot of fun. Basically a particle physicist, a cosmologist, and a biologist got up in front of us and explained current scientific theories and then let us ask them questions. I love that this event occurred. I love even more that it happened in 2009 and that there were a lot of people there. I wish I had been born 13o years ago so that I could make elaborate ground breaking scientific discoveries in my parlor. They used to have these elaborate shows of "scientific wonders" where people could display their optical devices for the public. If only.

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