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The deepest question of all, I think, is how to live a good life. And science just can't touch it. That's what's wrong with science. We get DVD players and aspirin and cool gizmoes and spend billions on particle accelerators and rocket launches, but those nerdy guys and gals can't tell me what a good life is, can they?

That's why I can run around arrogantly making fun of those nerdy guys and gals. They get the billions, but they don't have a frigging clue what's really important.

Not saying that I do, of course. But at least I know how truly worthless those particle accelerators are in the larger scheme of things.
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On 2011-10-19 09:30, stoneunhinged wrote:
The deepest question of all, I think, is how to live a good life. And science just can't touch it.


I think you need to do more research on Behavioral and Social sciences Smile
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Maybe.

Then again, maybe you should start reading Plutarch. LOL!
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Though not really a scientific question, I think the deepest question is Why are there things, and not nothing?
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The deepest question in all of science?
How low can you go?
You know why don't act naive.
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You do use pomade, right?


Keep it on my chifferobe.
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Thank you for all the great content in this section!


? deep is sentimental.
Science: To find the best model that conforms to what is known and also offers the best predictions about what one might find ...
is IMHO not so much about deep but extensive/expansive.

It's like the difference between a portrait that may affect the viewer and a rainbow that just is and affects you in its own way even though you know about refraction etc... IMHO.
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Thank you for all the great content in this section!


? deep is sentimental.
Science: To find the best model that conforms to what is known and also offers the best predictions about what one might find ...
is IMHO not so much about deep but extensive/expansive.

It's like the difference between a portrait that may affect the viewer and a rainbow that just is and affects you in its own way even though you know about refraction etc... IMHO.


There's some stuff in social psych about how attempting to explain why you like something causes you to make different choices than you normally would. The idea being that this sort of introspection doesn't work so well on intangibles.
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Nobody expects the spanish inquisition!!!!!



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I guess we could go looking for topics like "How does that number make you feel?" or "Does this color have an opinion?" - though to be serious ... there are many awkward and difficult questions to explore in science. From matters of consent, self knowledge all the way to "how close to what I call human is that thing?" type topics.

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The deepest: WHY?
(also the deepest in philosophy--and in the minds of 4-year-olds)
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Jonathan, when I ask my iphone 4s "what is the meaning of life", it (depending on how Siri is feeling that day) says "42".


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Wow that package got there fast! Who says the USPS can't deliver? Smile

Enjoy Siri. Are they opening up the API so you can have Homer Simpson do the talking in the same way as TomTom did?
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On 2011-10-19 09:30, stoneunhinged wrote:
The deepest question of all, I think, is how to live a good life. And science just can't touch it. That's what's wrong with science.


That's not what's wrong with science. Most scientists KNOW that they can't touch that question. Smarmy undergraduates are another matter altogether...
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On 2011-10-19 09:30, stoneunhinged wrote:
The deepest question of all, I think, is how to live a good life. And science just can't touch it. That's what's wrong with science.


That's not what's wrong with science. Most scientists KNOW that they can't touch that question. Smarmy undergraduates are another matter altogether...


***! My jokes about Canada are coming back to bite me on the ass! Smile


Plutarch... That's the dog from the Disney cartoons, right?
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Deep: Why do people keep seeking sentimental answers from a subject that's designed to only address matters of measurement?

Pavlov was measuring salivation, not how much the dogs "liked" the food.

Do you really imagine you'd feel comfortable in a universe where a candle would light or a proton would decay depending on how deeply you were experiencing a desire to push a red button on the wall?
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On 2011-10-19 09:30, stoneunhinged wrote:
The deepest question of all, I think, is how to live a good life. And science just can't touch it. That's what's wrong with science.


That's not what's wrong with science. Most scientists KNOW that they can't touch that question. Smarmy undergraduates are another matter altogether...


***! My jokes about Canada are coming back to bite me on the ass! Smile


Plutarch... That's the dog from the Disney cartoons, right?


You know I love you critter.

John
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The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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You too man.

I've realized the answer to what is the deepest question in all of science! And I know the answer to the question!
The deepest question in all of science is:
"What is the pressure at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench?"

Answer:
8+ tons psi.
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