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July 27, 2011


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Lord Kelvin, Giver of Laws, Loves You http://zapatopi.net/kelvin/

Kelvin was wrong about some things (evolution and the age of the earth for example) but he did leave us the great highway to knowledge we call Thermodynamics. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Thomson,_1st_Baron_Kelvin "Circa 1896, Lord Kelvin was initially skeptical of X-rays, and regarded their announcement as a hoax. However, this was before he saw Röntgen's evidence, after which he accepted the idea, and even had his own hand X-rayed in May 1896." This is obviously not a closed mind and far from a "wind bag."

Tesla invented AC voltage transformers and motors, AC power transmission, and the Tesla Coil, but his "Non-Hertzian Waves" didn't work out. He didn't understand Maxwell's Equations which completely describe electro-magnetism. Kelvin was initially skeptical regarding AC power but again was convinced by evidence.

As Michael Shermer says you should keep an open mind but not so open that your brains fall out.

Here we go again...I maintain that healthy skepticism is not the enemy of Buddhism. Scientific skepticism is a process for discovering the truth rather than blanket non-acceptance, the red herring advanced above and previously on this blog. I am a scientific skeptic AND, based on the evidence available to me so far, I am inclined to believe that the Buddha's enlightenment is real AND I am eagerly studying Dharma in the hope of entering the Path described there.

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