Or maybe the things thinking does to a mind. Some things we learn assimilate quickly and other things don’t assimilate at all. In between are those almost demonic things that assimilate a bit. They make sense but you can’t quite see where the logic lies. Something in your mind says ‘Yeah, I see it, but I’m not going to tell you what it is yet.’
Those things cannot be dismissed out of hand along with ‘the moon is made of green cheese’ or ‘fairies wear boots and you’d better believe it’ or ‘vote for us and we will actually do what our manifesto promises’. These are all obviously nonsense.
Some things get into your head and fester. Some people can just dismiss the things I have to leave in the ‘maybe’ pile and I am seriously envious of those people. They will have much tidier minds.
Mine looks like a 1950’s lawyer’s office. Somewhere among the stacks of paper is a huge wooden desk with drawers containing nobody-remembers-what.
The thing about the scientist mind is that it is supposed to be utterly detached from the experiment. That scientist must be utterly disconnected from the thing they are observing so as to not influence it in any way.
This is, if Carl Jung and many other clever people are correct, impossible.
Roobedoo left a link to a, at first glance for a pure scientist, very strange blog. It has fired neurons long dormant in that ‘worry about this later’ mode.
If everything is connected in a Unified Theory then the observer is not separate from the observed and can never be. The creation of a Unified Theory cannot happen while scientists regard themselves as outside observers because if outside observers can exist thern the total of reality cannot be unified. Those observers/scientists are part of the reality they are observing.
They – we – influence that reality and it influences us, and what we see of it. Try to ignore that part of the equation and it can never balance.
Scientists (and I am one) go to great lengths to make sure that we deal only in logic and facts and that we are not influencing any experiment we set up. Except tobacco scientists, Green God Cult scientists and the other fakes for whom setting up the conclusion first is the Right Thing to Do. Real scientists try to be entirely outside the experiment and to have no effect upon it.
But… we are part of the world we study. Can we truly be entirely separate? Can we ever claim to have had no influence at all on the experiment we devised? Isn’t that an oxymoron?
I’ll have to continue this one tomorrow. The mind still fires but the connections to the typing fingers are failing.
It’s not so much what whisky does to the mind, but what whisky does to the connection between mind and fingers.