Thread: Just Because *I* Can't
8/09/2008 6:53pm, #161
Oh, and since I'm on a library kick...
Originally Posted by Telum
8/11/2008 2:28am, #162
Originally Posted by JKDChick
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Lets have two theories: 1) All objects fall at the same rate. 2) Objects fall in direct proportion to their masses
Mass(kg) Time to fall 5 meters(s) (average, 10 trials)
Now, we can see that 2) does not fit the data. But does that prove 1?
The answer is no. There are more theories (infinitely many). Perhaps objects fall according to some sinusoidal function of mass. Or according to the iterated logarithim of mass, or any arbitrary function.
So all we can say from this experiment is that it is very unlikly that objects fall in proportion to their masses. We then choose the simplest theory that explains the data, which in this case, is that mass has no influence on acceleration due to gravity. (Which is wrong, but the error involved is orders of magnitude less than we can detect)
Any suggestions as to particular books?
8/11/2008 11:26am, #163Originally Posted by Telum
It seems logical to me that I can solve the problem of being told to go read some Popper by going and reading some Popper. Maybe I'll learn some things I hadn't thought of, or maybe I'll pick up some terminology to better describe my own ideas, or maybe I'll fall asleep halfway through and give up. Either way, at least I won't lose any more acquaintances over it.