For those of you familiar with thought experiments, this will be familiar, for everyone else, just play along. And defend your gut instinct (or well-reasoned instinct preferably).
You are sitting comfortably in an armchair when a sudden puff of smoke delivers a small black box with a big red button. An attached card reads: Hello, I am advanced time device. I have been primed to the period surrounding the burning of the Library of Alexandria. If you choose to press this button, every man who would have participated in the razing and burning of the library over its many years will be consumed in a spontaneous combustion before they can do any damage. There are no survivors. The library is saved, but you will have to destroy the entire lineage of thousands of people, of which you may be one. How do you choose, but choose wisely?
Ran across this article-with-a-terrible-title today, talking about modern science and the testability requirements of empiricism.
"Whether the fault lies with theorists for getting carried away, or with nature, for burying its best secrets, the conclusion is the same: Theory has detached itself from experiment. The objects of theoretical speculation are now too far away, too small, too energetic or too far in the past to reach or rule out with our earthly instruments. So, what is to be done? As Ellis and Silk wrote, 'Physicists, philosophers and other scientists should hammer out a new narrative for the scientific method that can deal with the scope of modern physics.'" ... See MoreSee Less
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