From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Continuing Equation Question
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 22:26:08 +0100
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
Reply-To: John Woodgate
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 05:20:51 +0000 (UTC)
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I read in sci.electronics.design that Christopher R. Carlen
wrote (in <3D7E47DB.firstname.lastname@example.org>) about
'Continuing Equation Question', on Tue, 10 Sep 2002:
>Do you think that modern cultural influences will tend to decrease,
>increase, or have no effect on the frequency of such great minds arising
>in the world anymore?
It seems likely that the minds that do arise will have a much higher
probability of surviving to adulthood and receiving an appropriate
education. Reading John Evelyn's eulogy on his infant son, Richard, one
wonders what the course of history would have been had he survived.
>Or is the inherent complexity of nature such that the complexity of the
>science needed to understand it approaches infinity, thereby resulting
>in the probability of their being anybody that can understand it
It does not seem so: AFAIK there is no suggestion by Hawking or anyone
in that league that their abilities exceed those of Newton and others in
the past. They are standing on the shoulders of later giants than Newton
did, that's all, but one of the giants is a very strong, dumb one called
Furthermore, there seems to be no evidence that Haldane was right in his
conjecture that 'the Universe.... is queerer than we can imagine.'
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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