posted on Apr, 13 2011 @ 01:59 PM
Originally posted by traditionaldrummer
The fundamental problems with this paper are as follows: the author presumes psi abilities exist, then he also presumes that such abilities can be
explained through quantum electrodynamics. Then he blinds us with science, or something that resembles it.
At some point though he needs to either produce or refer to a verified case of someone demonstrating the existence of "psi abilities". THEN we can
figure out the mechanism responsible for this heretofore unseen set of abilities. Until then I don't see how this paper has any degree of legitimacy.
Agreed...its a good starting hypothesis..great, now to further this, he needs to set up experimentation to prove or disprove his hypothesis, then move
onto theory, more testing, double blind studys, etc...
there is alot in initial scientific hypothesis that is set on presumption...you could go as far as to say all science starts and still rests on
presumptions based on other presumptions.
Consider it...if all things were needed to be known before you could even start a hypothesis, then we would have never have gotten anywhere
considering we started from no knowledge to begin with.
Read some Hawkins stuff...some consider him a fairly clever chap in regards to cosmology, however, if you read his books (lets say, a brief moment in
time) you quickly realize he does the same exact thing. He starts off with presumptions and assumptions, builds off of that with even more
presumptions, and then makes his points.
He backs up alot of his presumptions with likelyhoods of course, but it still is unproven and unverified foundations he builds on top of.
I think Hawkins is a pretty brilliant chap whom may lean towards truth moreso than fiction, however, he is not infallable and everything he states
that the scientific community takes as gospel may indeed be one day proven false.
And people will cheer when that happens...not because hawkins is an idiot, he was brilliant, but because uncovering new and formerly considered
mystical areas is the point.
Presumptions...its required in science...its what science stands on, and it is arguably why science even exists.