5Ws of the Universe
Who, Why, What, Where, and When
Starting in the Planetarium at 2pm March 3, 2003
hopefully a dialog and not a monologue
The two nonscientific Ws : Who and Why
you, are they, are them, is he, is she, is God or Gods. Your
answer to this question will determine whether it is even sensible to
ask why! Who is tied up
with personhood and identity. In a totally existential
world view who and why are most likely nonsensical.
for what purpose? What is the self motivating interest?
The Three Scientific Ws: What, Where, and When, Knowledge but not
wisdom resides here.
13.7 billion years after creation
according to WMAP.
First stars formed after only 200 million
year not a billion or so after creation as previous
thought. Having a beginning has spawned a lot of human
philosophical and religious thought see the creationism
link in Wikipedia.
Questions, dealing with mechanism and answerable by experiment and
Problem in Science, what is science and what is not science.
Issac Newton in his work "Mathematica Principles of Natural Philosophy"
clearly understood that why, purposes, were not part of experimental
philosophy, see the translated quote in theWikipedia article on
the book, Hypotheses
non fingo ("I feign no hypotheses").
Where does Mathematics
fit in? I thinks that mathematics is the self
consistent abstraction of reality. What do you think mathematics
is? I do not think it is a science, directly since you can not
answer its questions by appealing to what, where, and when
I thinks it is very useful, a type of language, the Queen of the
sciences, in a patriarchal
view of things. Mathematics has "proofs." Science has
mearly plasubility arguement and hopefully is an approximation method
had arrives closer to the truth as it changes and evolves in time.
of Mathematics in the Wikipedia
Other uses of Why, Who, What, Where, and When:
This stuff is written by Dr. Harold Williams, last up dated 8:23PM
on March 31, 2008.