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Que es Unreal Blog,en?

Tell us a little about why you started your blog, and what keeps you motivated about it.

As my writings started appearing in different magazines and newspapers as regular columns, I wanted to collect them in one placeas an anthology of the internet kind, por decirlo así. That’s how my blog was born. The motivation to continue blogging comes from the memory of how my first book, El universo Unreal, took shape out of the random notes I started writing on scrap books. I believe the ideas that cross anybody’s mind often get forgotten and lost unless they are written down. A blog is a convenient platform to put them down. Y, since the blog is rather public, you take some care and effort to express yourself well.

Do you have any plans for the blog in the future?

I will keep blogging, roughly at the rate of one post a week or so. I don’t have any big plans for the blog per se, but I do have some other Internet ideas that may spring from my blog.

Philosophy is usually seen as a very high concept, intellectual subject. Do you think that it can have a greater impact in the world at large?

This is a question that troubled me for a while. And I wrote a post on it, which may answer it to the best of my ability. To repeat myself a bit, philosophy is merely a description of whatever intellectual pursuits that we indulge in. It is just that we don’t often see it that way. Por ejemplo, if you are doing physics, you think that you are quite far removed from philosophy. The philosophical spins that you put on a theory in physics is mostly an afterthought, it is believed. But there are instances where you can actually apply philosophy to solve problems in physics, and come up with new theories. This indeed is the theme of my book, El universo Unreal. It asks the question, if some object flew by faster than the speed of light, what would it look like? With the recent discovery that solid matter does travel faster than light, I feel vindicated and look forward to further developments in physics.

Do you think many college students are attracted to philosophy? What would make them choose to major in it?

En el mundo de hoy, I am afraid philosophy is supremely irrelevant. So it may be difficult to get our youngsters interested in philosophy. I feel that one can hope to improve its relevance by pointing out the interconnections between whatever it is that we do and the intellectual aspects behind it. Would that make them choose to major in it? In a world driven by excesses, it may not be enough. Entonces de nuevo, it is world where articulation is often mistaken for accomplishments. Perhaps philosophy can help you articulate better, sound really cool and impress that girl you have been afterto put it crudely.

More seriously, aunque, what I said about the irrelevance of philosophy can be said about, decir, physics as well, despite the fact that it gives you computers and iPads. Por ejemplo, when Copernicus came up with the notion that the earth is revolving around the sun rather than the other way round, profound though this revelation was, in what way did it change our daily life? Do you really have to know this piece of information to live your life? This irrelevance of such profound facts and theories bothered scientists like Richard Feynman.

What kind of advice or recommendations would you give to someone who is interested in philosophy, and who would like to start learning more about it?

I started my path toward philosophy via physics. I think philosophy by itself is too detached from anything else that you cannot really start with it. You have to find your way toward it from whatever your work entails, and then expand from there. Al menos, that’s how I did it, and that way made it very real. When you ask yourself a question like what is space (so that you can understand what it means to say that space contracts, por ejemplo), the answers you get are very relevant. They are not some philosophical gibberish. I think similar paths to relevance exist in all fields. See for example how Pirsig brought out the notion of quality in his work, not as an abstract definition, but as an all-consuming (and eventually dangerous) obsession.

En mi opinión, philosophy is a wrapper around multiple silos of human endeavor. It helps you see the links among seemingly unrelated fields, tal como cognitive neuroscience and special relativity. Of what practical use is this knowledge, I cannot tell you. Entonces de nuevo, of what practical use is life itself?

Fantasma de Gravedad

Ha pasado un tiempo desde mi último post. Estaba leyendo Zen y el arte del mantenimiento de la motocicleta nuevo justo ahora, y llegó a la parte donde Pirsig compara creencias y supersticiones científicas. Yo pensaba que iba a parafrasear y compartirlo con mis lectores. Pero es quizás la mejor manera de pedir prestado sus propias palabras: “Las leyes de la física y de la lógica — el sistema numérico — el principio de sustitución algebraica. Estos son fantasmas. Simplemente creemos en ellos tan a fondo que parecen reales. Por ejemplo, parece completamente natural suponer que la gravitación y la ley de la gravedad existía antes de Isaac Newton. Sonaría a nuez a pensar que hasta el siglo XVII no había gravedad. Así que cuando comenzó esta ley? ¿Siempre ha existido? Lo que estoy conduciendo a la noción de que antes del comienzo de la tierra, antes se formaron el sol y las estrellas, antes de la generación primaria de nada, la ley de gravedad existía. Sentado allí, que no tiene masa de su propia, ninguna energía de su propia, no en la mente de nadie, porque no había nadie, no en el espacio, ya que no había espacio, ya sea, no en cualquier lugar…esta ley de la gravedad todavía existía? Si esa ley de gravedad existía, Sinceramente, no sé qué cosa tiene que hacer para ser inexistente. Me parece que la ley de la gravedad ha pasado todas las pruebas de la no existencia no es. No se puede pensar en un solo atributo de la no existencia de que esa ley de la gravedad no tenía. O un solo atributo científica de la existencia que tenía. Y sin embargo, sigue siendo "el sentido común’ a creer que existía.

“Bueno, Mi predicción es que si se piensa en ello el tiempo suficiente se encontrará dando vueltas y vueltas y vueltas y vueltas hasta que finalmente alcanzar única posible, racional, conclusión inteligente. La ley de la gravedad y la gravedad en sí no existía antes de que Isaac Newton. Ninguna otra conclusión tiene sentido. Y lo que eso significa es que esa ley de la gravedad existe en ninguna parte excepto en cabeza de la gente! Es un fantasma! Somos todos nosotros muy arrogante y engreído acerca corriendo por los fantasmas de la gente pero igual de ignorante y bárbara y supersticiosa acerca de nuestro propio.”

[Esta cita es de una versión en línea de Zen y el arte del mantenimiento de la motocicleta.]