Sunday, August 29, 2010

Is our science unique to us?

It has been suggested that aliens come to earth would be more interested in our music and art than in our science. This is based on the idea that science is objective and that there is only one correct ("true") model of reality whereas arts are subjective and unique to their creators.  I think that this is an exaggeration.  I have argued (, philosopher, changing what science is) that 2 or more theories are better than one and that we all live in somewhat different realities from those of other people (,  philosopher, alternate realities).  Aliens would then like to learn of our unique categories and models of the world.  This is not to say that there aren't views of the world that are wrong.  There are.  Rather, I am just saying that what is true of the world is richer than was once thought and that what we know about the world is always approximate/incomplete.

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