I'm not really all that mysterious

There's More Than One Way to Think about It

I find it funny that the thing the scientific method and quantum physics and biology taught me is that duality, diversity, plurality is reality. There isn’t one right answer to anything. Reductionism can be useful, but it’s not reality. And anyone who says it is is trying to sell you something.

So basically, if you tell me that there is only One Right Answer, I automatically assume that (1) you haven’t really given it much thought (2) you probably have no idea what you’re talking about. Reality is messy. You can develop ideal models and estimate, calculate, elide and cherry pick data that don’t fit the model, and, sure, this can uncover the outlines of some underlying process, but the model is not reality.

I still think of myself as an empiricist. Theories can be derived from empirical data, but they’re still just models of reality rather than reality itself. Reality encompasses all those theories we can imagine, and all of the even more numerous theories that we can’t.

I guess you could say I’m a radical skeptic who aspires to practicality :D

…there is a Great Truth, but whatever you believe isn’t it. Or, the way Hawking and Mlodinow seem to put it: who cares about The Truth, can you actually accurately predict things with your beliefs?

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