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More on Proofs

Feb 13, 2002 06:43 AM
by Gerald Schueler

<<<So, perhaps soon your opinion about the proof of "theosophicl ideas" might also be "outdated" ... When Suprstring/M-brane theory completes its 8-fold 
path and links up with ABC theory, resolves the anomalies between classical, relativity, and quantum physics, closes the last gap between nothing and 
something, delineates the "ultimate division of time," accepts the "reality" of the seven fold theosophical, metaphysical, and psychological 
interpretation of universal truth, and presents a 5-fold Grand Unified Field theory of Everything (GUFTE) -- that all scientists will be forced to agree was all there, fully synthesized in the original theosophical teachings -- hidden "BETWEEN the lines and IN the words" of the SECRET DOCTRINE (1888 facsimile edition). >>>

The above is a good example of Laplacian thinking. Somdeday we will fill in the gaps of our knowledge, unite all fields of scientific study, and know everything. The closest to this, so far, that I have seen is probably Ken Wilber's The Theory of Everything. Steven Hawking assured us all that the GUT was "just around the corner." That was over 20 years ago. And so it goes. A pipe dream, but a nice one, and one that appeals to our human minds.

Once upon a time it was proved that the earth was flat and that if one walked far enough, one would fall off. The "proof" was in the fact that those who tried it, never came back. Then it was proved that the earth was round. This round earth was proved to lie at the center of the universe with the sun and planets revolving around it. Later it was proved that the sun was in the center, and that the earth revolved around the sun. Then it was proved that the earth revolved around the sun by the force of gravity. But then it was proved that gravity is not so much a force as simply the warping of the space-time continuum. And so on. You will not find a scientist today using the word "proof." And with very good reason.

Jerry S.

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