|From:||"Toby Considine" <tobyconsidine@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Sun, 27 Jul 2008 16:26:54 -0400|
To me this conversation points more to the problem of trying to extend an ontology across domains. Much was made of physicists being slow to accept atomic theory. But with what we now know of physics, it could be argued that they were correct, even if not for the reasons they thought.
Just as Newtonian mechanics is unable to deal with the complexities found in quantum mechanics, chemical atoms have little to do with modern physics.
Quantum mechanics is much richer, much more complete, and more accurate, if you want to speak from some sort of absolute truth. But honestly, if you want to build a house are drive a car, you will be far better served by ignoring quantum mechanics and relying on Newtonian than if you try the other way around.
In a similar way, atoms have given way to wave forms, with no certainty and no actual atom to work with. If you follow string theory (and I know, maybe we shouldn't) than even the certainty of wave forms instead of matter becomes suspect. Arguably, atoms are mere simplifications for the poorly informed. But whether fabricating plastics or cooking up Meth in your country single-wide, you will be better served thinking about atoms than about mathematically trevealed truth.
On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 1:29 PM, Wacek Kusnierczyk <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." -- Alexander Graham Bell
Chair, OASIS oBIX TC http://www.oasis-open.org
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