05 January 2005


Rivet Pep Squad has taken time out from her busy blogging about parties she's been to, parties she's hosted, parties she's recovering from, and parties she's planning on attending to tell us that Edge magazine has asked a bunch of famous smart people "What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?"

They've got wacky ol' "proof is for sissies" Rupert Sheldrake ...

I believe, but cannot prove, that memory is inherent in nature. Most of the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.
... and "quantum mechanical engineer" Seth Lloyd of MIT at the other end of the epistemological spectrum.
I cannot prove that electrons exist, but I believe fervently in their existence. And if you don't believe in them, I have a high voltage cattle prod I'm willing to apply as an argument on their behalf. Electrons speak for themselves.
There's also stuff about computer programming, evolution, religious experience, and how children respond to television. And that's just the first page of answers --- there are nine more.

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