A new way to explain explanation (David Deutsch)

David Deutsch is a physicist at the University of Oxford and the writer of the very interesting book The Fabric of Reality: Towards a Theory of Everything which I highly recommend. David Deutsch is a member of the Quantum Computation and Cryptography Research Group at the Clarendon Laboratory and he is considered to be an authority on the theory of parallel universes.

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2 thoughts on “A new way to explain explanation (David Deutsch)

  1. manblogg says:

    Great talk, thanks for sharing. I will add the book you recommend on my “books to read” list. I find the subject directly relevant to the discussion we had with Dimitris at his blog about the “power of mind” of the ancient man compared to the one of the modern one. Drawing a parallel from David’s ancient Greek myth example, I support that evidence shows in essence that the “good theory ability” of the authors of the Genesis (and all other religious scriptures in general) in their futile attempts to explain their world at the time was several magnitudes inferior to the one of modern man.
    Regards from NY

    • epanechnikov says:

      Thanks for your message manblogg. You are right to say that this interesting talk is related to the discussion we had with Dimitris. The body of human knowledge in ancient times was full of metaphysical statements but lacked sufficient empirical content. The range of its statements was extremely wide and hence the early theories used to be almost unfalsifiable (see ancient Greek myth of Persephone). Thus those theories were not extremely useful in helping us understand how the world really works.

      Despite that, I tend to believe that thinkers like Aristotle or Plato demonstrated an insurmountable level of originality in their works. That is probably because they attempted to think about the universe as a whole and took less things for granted. What we have to bear in mind is that “A dwarf on a giant’s shoulders sees farther of the two.” (however note that I would probably be naive to imply that modern scientific contributions are just dwarfs)

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