Friday, February 16, 2018

Retrospectively Yours

Yesterday Marcus was out running with a Mark Twain Play: The Million Pound Bank Note.  After only a few minutes it became clear.

that the original movie called Trading Places clearly has linkages to this Twain Play and also perhaps also to The Prince and The Pauper

How is it possible that I have praised and recommended and discussed this movie with UK and American friends but nobody every corrected my lack of understanding. I even talk to financial friends of the Eddie Murphy Rule.

In the UK
I believe that we do not tend to focus on great American literature.   I do recall studying Catcher in the Rye   and that has proved very useful in understanding many American cultural references and films.

For example, Mel Gibsons' Conspiracy Theory   

[True fact: Whilst living in New York City I used to try to frequent that Barnes and Noble used in Conspiracy Theory in homage.  (sic)]

Life as a Patchwork Quilt

I think for most of us; it's like we are assembling a large Jigsaw Puzzle of knowledge.  And it seems no matter how intelligent we think we are, as the Patchwork becomes more complete, there is always an opportunity for us to stand back and examine a section a new.  And think  aha,  now I really understand.

The Admission of Innocence / Ignorance

In 2018, more so than in 1918 or 1618 there is a lot more to know and understand.  Life and existence is truly complicated.  Still the temptation to say, and say loudly

Yes, of course I've always known that

when in fact you only now uncover a new and perhaps obvious nugget of knowledge is strong to the many. It takes confidence & self assurance to instead declare

- I just didn't know, or
- I did not know that until today

So as a test, when you previously read my 2018 Valentines Day message, you did of course already notice the reference to Charles Darwin,  or did you?

Science says I can never [absolutely] know

Feynman on Scientific Method 

It's a common mistake to think that Science knows all the answers. In fact Scientists and the Scientific method

- continue to test any Explanation against new evidence that could at any time overturn or prove wrong any established theory.
- by so doing, whilst Scientific facts stand one can never say with absolute certainty that it can and will always be the given and recognised de-facto Scientific Explanation.
- A scientific theory cannot be proved correct, only most likely, but can certainly proved wrong

Religious Truth

Asking Marcus to determine why the Religious or Religions believe that their words from one or more sacred books as the whole truth is a tough one, since I don't think that they are.    I attempted to find some supporting links.

God’s Peculiar Glory: How We Can Know the Bible Is True

Is the Koran True?

How do you know the Torah is True

Sikhism and Sikhism

I summarise my view with help from Sean:

Sean Carroll: Nailing Everything

In Summary
When you have become older, & sufficiently wise you can at last state in public:   

It's very embarrassing [to me], but you know,   I never knew that [until now].

Scientists  recognise that they can never prove their theories correct, only incorrect, and also the limits to their current knowledge.

Many Religious people are convinced that the words of their Religions holy book, even if in direct contradiction to Evidence, or 2018 thinking, are correct, and that statements made are not allegorical.