Educators, Philosophers, Artists, Political
speak about "Navigating Uncertainties" to answer the question: "How do you discover and correct errors
in your beliefs?" Some have
said that the most dangerous things are not what you do not know, but
what you think that is so, but isn't so. In the hard sciences:
physics, chemistry, and biology there is a method for discovering and
correcting errors in scientific beliefs, this procedure is sometimes
called "the scientific method." In mathematics there is a
procedure called "proof" that when applied correctly generally never
introduces errors in the first place, but only produces absolute
certainty within the confines of the self consistent system that is
mathematics (even if there are questions that can be ask, but not
answered within the mathematical system Gödel's
incompleteness theorem). In
political science, ethics,
morality, and other value based systems how are errors in belief
discovered and corrected? The answer to this question is
very important; and our survival as a species may depend upon getting
the answer to this question and in application of this procedure in
these important value based systems. Likewise, is it even possible to
have beliefs that never need correcting in art or music, or is art and
music belief free and only a matter of aesthetics?
belief free in no way diminishes the importance of art and music,
in fact, it may even point to a greater value in art and music to human
being than is generally realized.
Links to look at before the event and afterward, too.
Some article in the Wilkapeadia.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 6:30PMin the Health Science Building Room 122 at 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Montgomery College, Takoma Park.
Web page by Dr. Harold Alden Williams.
Last changed 5:45PM November 23, 2006, after giving thanksgiving and eating Thanksgiving dinner! A small correction where ever was changed to never occured on 3:38PM EST, Sunday, 3:38PM, April 19, 2009.