At 5:12 AM +0100 4/14/98, Pamela wrote:
>Yes, thank you for the references. But again, if you wish to use these to
>support your own hypothesis that there is no such thing as a silly
>hypothesis, then you should find support for this claim in one of these
>books, wouldn't you suppose, and quote that?
>It works the same way for a scientist proposing a hypothesis, even a silly
>one. It is his/her job to make the claim, and then PROVE it. I think the
>references you suggest would support me on this. :-)
This is primarily about Neil's hubris and has nothing to do with science,
Aine or whatever. This has been brought up before too and I am sure is in
But science does not necessarly work that way. Einstein is a perfect
example. He dealt only in hypotheses and let others prove him right or
wrong. Many hypotheses are made by people without the interest or
wherewithall to PROVE them. They leave that to others. Theoretical physics
is only the most obvious example.
Besides, why should I do the work for you or others when I know _it would
be better for you to do it yourself_? A quote here or there proves little.
One must draw ones own conclusions. I simply pointed to a starting point.
An example opposite to Einstein would be the work of A.L Hodgkin (and later
his buddy Huxley) who proved how the nerve impulse worked and reported in
an extraordinary series of papers in the 30's & 40's. He started with an
hypothesis and did a series of experiments that proved them absolutely, no
stone unturned. The results can be found in any intro physiology book. BUT
(and that's a big but), nothing can describe the beauty of his perfect
science. Only by working one's way thru his papers (which is a big
undertaking that took me about a year when I was active in this area) can
one appreciate this beauty. I could not possibly instill it by providing
quotes. I can only say that it is worth the effort. In this web world I can
only say it; believing it or not is your choice. If you were my grad
student, OTOH, you would do it if you wanted to stay my grad student.
(Before anyone asks for the refs-- they are packed away in storage-- look
up the Hodgkin-Huxley hypothesis).
Now if you're talking about simple statements like Aine was the local name
of the Goddess at Cnoc Aine, a quote from an authority is helpful.
But if you are talking about more complex ideas like, Aine and the Lady of
the Lake are related, than authority becomes much less relevent. I see a
relationship because.... is sufficient because there is no authority. If I
see it and you think it's silly, fine trash it. I would only offer it as a
condiment. (BTW, I don't really see much of a relationship; this is only an
Just some early morning, pre-coffee thoughts,
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