Monday, September 24, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Zombie salmons, Ig Nobel prizes, "Proof"...

Pink Salmon Veer IgNobel Prize_COSMOS Science MagazinePhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-09-24]: The full list of 2012 Ig Nobel (a parody of the normal Nobel prizes, which awards weird and funny scientific researches) winners was announced and the list included some really interesting cases. The Neuroscience Ig Nobel for 2012 was granted to Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller and George Wolford (US) for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere - even in a dead salmon. [source:  BBC News] It is true that modern scientists with a good laboratory and some fancy mathematics can prove everything!  (except the existence of God, for a weird peculiar reason starting from "dog" and finishing with "matism"...) Even dead salmons being alive... If we can indeed prove everything, then what is the meaning of "proof"?

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