Objects – Just what are they?

When Isaac Newton formulated his Principia, he described the motion of objects and how objects interact to lead to his theory of gravitation. So what are objects?

Objects are independent self enclosed clumps of matter defined by a closed 3D surface in 3D space. Objects are perceived because there is space between them.

Hence Newton’s Law(s) apply to the motion of objects (bodies).

But Newton’s Laws cannot apply internally to a heterogenous object such as a layered sphere comprised of layers of different density since none of these internal layers can move independently to or from the others. For example a human being is structurally a skeleton surrounded by soft tissue covered by a 3D skin. There is no gravitational attraction between the flesh and the skeleton, for example.

Crucial to this argument is that I have defined what gravity is not, thus leaving an almost infinite other possibilities of what it could be.

This is termed ‘negative’ thinking in which one slowly identifies what something is by establishing what it is not.

Positive thinking is the opposite and determines what a thing is, and thus automaticaly excluding any alternative descriptions.

Negative thinking, in this sense, is the scientific method, while positivism is the operation of the religious mind.

Science becomes problematical when religious minds involved themselves with the scientific method.

Drilling a geophysical anomaly and discovering that the interpretation is false (see previous posts) is negative thinking in the sense that we have determined that the anomaly, in the case of the gravity anomaly, is not what was interpreted. There therefore remain many alternative solutions to the anomaly to be discovered.

The religious mind will, in this case, assert that the geophysical anomaly is caused by a 5000m by 400m layer of hematite ore without testing it with a drill hole. This is the logical fallacy of arguing from authority.

You should therefore be able to recognise other religious pronouncements involving the misuse of the scientific method, and the language of science. It is very common in cultures that are faith-based.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s