Thursday, September 14, 2006

Why science isn't superstituous

Gregg Easterbrook in Slate Magazine
Today if a professor at Princeton claims there are 11 unobservable dimensions about which he can speak with great confidence despite an utter lack of supporting evidence, that professor is praised for incredible sophistication. If another person in the same place asserted there exists one unobservable dimension, the plane of the spirit, he would be hooted down as a superstitious crank.
Well duh. One of these two can do the math and show his work.

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