Philosophical Fallibilism, Incomplete Knowledge and a Science of the Unknown

Such a principle (of Fallibilism) should indeed be taken as implicit to science and (indeed) all ordered systems of knowledge or organisational practice. The indefinitely extensible essence (and raison d'etre) of all material, biological, cognitive, cultural and technological systems is irreducible; it is simultaneously strength and vulnerability in (and as) everything we build, cultivate and…

Unanswerable Questions: Science, God, Infinity

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1510, Vatican.  Michelangelo's Divinity reaches back from an artfully-obfuscated human cranium and brain to create Adam. It is indeed at the level of (such) Universals - in which questioners become objects of their own self-introspection that we observe an endless referential circularity and recursion without end.Foundational work in logic…

Why do scientific theories become more complex?

"Bonini's paradox is the name given to the problem that emerges when a model of a phenomenon is just as hard to understand as the phenomenon that it is supposed to explain."University of Alberta's Dictionary of Cognitive Science A critical point of reason here, and one for which we may all be fairly poorly furnished, as…

Cognitive Eugenics

A cognitive eugenics born of genetic testing (and selection) for intelligence is almost upon us. Except - intelligence is not only a matter of genetics. Environmental influences, opportunities, sociological feedback mechanisms, the creatively adaptive development of unique cognitive methods - these are all factors in human intelligence. Cognitive eugenics - let's call it what it…

Yet another “Crisis in Cosmology”

More cosmological enigmas are upon us. The statement that "disparate observed properties of the Universe appear to be mutually inconsistent" is awesome. It is endlessly entertaining that we are all so constantly surprised to discover that these discontinuities and (apparent) logical enigmas arise. When they do emerge as artefacts of observation, it suggests that radical…

The Worst-Case Climate Scenario is Occurring

Don't be fooled into a false sense of security by the fact that a worst-case climate apocalypse is intimately terrifying on a scale exceeding any story that humanity ever told itself and is so far beyond our limited experience that we more readily characterise it as myth or fiction. At the scale of disaster we…

The Great Unknown

It is only an immature psychological and cultural status which seeks certainty and completion in all things and in so doing, generates endless entropy and confusion. Science has no logical endpoint.