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The “Top Twenty Greatest Hits of Science”. The Universe is regular and predictable . One set of laws describes all motion

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The “Top Twenty Greatest Hits of Science”

  • The Universe is regular and predictable


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  • One set of laws describes all motion

  • there are actually very few LAWS of nature – Newton’s observations that ‘a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest remains at rest’ are as fundamental as science gets!



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  • Everything is made of atoms form

  • …and ultimately nothing BUT atoms. Here metaphysics = physicsif it’s not measurable, predictable and controllable, it doesn’t exist!


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  • Everything-particles, energy, the rate of electron spin-comes in discrete units and you can't measure anything without changing it

  • Heisenberg’s statement about peering into the atomic world has had ramifications for many other humanistic science too, like anthropology and psychology


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  • Everything is really made of quarks and leptons arranged

  • What!?!?!Now wait a minute –Just when I thought I knew what the world of science was all about !!!There are SUB-atomic particles?And Quarks come in ‘flavors’ like, “up quarks” and “down quarks” in addition to ”charmed” and “strange” quarks???!!!

  • You bet.Suddenly the world of physics is revealed to NOT be a naive realism, but a complex metaphysics, not at all different from the comlexities of Aristotle or Aquinas.Be sure to check out those links about “Science Literacy”!!!



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  • All life is based on the same genetic code of life

  • ALL life. You, Me, the birds, bees plants and trees – all made from the same stuff:

  • A 4 letter alphabet: DNA = ACGT (adenine cytosine guanine thymine)

  • http://health.discovery.com/minisites/dna/zb_genome.html


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  • All life is connected of life

  • Not only a statement about ecology, but our relations to each other, and all sentient creatures.Note – that Utilitarianism seizes on this commonality, that all creatures with nerve endings seek pleasure and avoid pain. THAT’s ‘natures law’ according to them. Thus, Utilitarians are often advocates for animal rights, seeing as animal pain is not qualitatively different form human pain.


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