"And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake… You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave, then let him leave. You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love."
"The point, I take it, is to understand how nature works. Part of that is knowing how to do calculations, but another part is asking deep questions about what it all means. That’s what got me interested in science, anyway. And part of that task is understanding the foundational aspects of our physical picture of the world, digging deeply into issues that go well beyond merely being able to calculate things. It’s a shame that so many physicists don’t see how good philosophy of science can contribute to this quest. The universe is much bigger than we are and stranger than we tend to imagine, and I for one welcome all the help we can get in trying to figure it out."
Carroll, a Cal Tech physicist, defends the value of philosophy in science in a recent article. Recently, scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson have publicly slammed philosophy as “futile” and claiming that it has no place in answering the Big Questions about the nature of the universe.
What do you think? Does philosophy have a place in science today? Why or why not?
I think fundamentalism of all kinds is dangerous. I have a lot of respect for Neil deGrasse Tyson, but if he thinks science can answer all questions unaided, he is acting like those who think the Bible or any other holy book is the only book we need.
As humans, we have limited abilities to perceive and understand a complex universe. The more viewpoints and methods we use, the more nuanced picture we get, which is more likely to closer to reality.
As a Christian and an engineer who relies on science, it makes me so sad when people refuse to see outside their discipline. As a professor, I make a point of working with professors from as many different disciplines as I can, including philosophy. Those collaborations have resulted in the best work of my life.
African American is a specific ethnicity. Not everyone who is black is African American.
People need to get that.
Who the hell invented the word “smexy” and what the fuck does the letter m in it even stand for