Explaining How The World Works
When it comes to explaining the simplest things, we can get caught up in complications and go off in tangents. In their 2012 question, Edge.org asked a group of thinkers and scientists a simple question in the hope of getting some simple explanations. What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? The responses were compiled in their latest book, This Explains Everything, which contains dozens of explanations of scientific, psychological and philosophical concepts ideas.
In our series covering this book, we have compiled 5 of the explanations that make you think and look at everyday occurrences in a new light.
Here are 5 Interesting Facts That Try To Explain Everything:
1. The Scientific Method – An Explanation For Explanations
“Humans are a story telling species. Throughout history we have told stories to each other and ourselves as one of the ways to understand the world around us. Every culture has its creation myth for how the universe came to be,….At one extreme, creation myths discuss the origin of the universe, and for thousands of years one could take the position that this will never be more than a story—how can humans ever figure out something that complicated and distant in space and time? ”
For me, the scientific method is the ultimate elegant explanation. Indeed it is the ultimate foundation for anything worthy of the name “explanation”. The scientific method of testing stories and giving them a form of credibility can change this from something more than a mere story, something testable and reliable. “Human culture contains much more than science—but science is the part that actually works—the rest is just stories.”
2.We Are Dreaming Machines That Construct Virtual Models Of The Real World
Dreaming is so similar to waking, that you can’t trust any sensory information as proof of your existence. You can only trust the fact of thinking or, in contemporary words, the fact that your brain is active… The only difference is that while dreaming, your brain is not perceiving or representing the external reality, it is emulating it and providing self-generated inputs…The waking state is a dreamlike state guided and shaped by the senses, whereas regular dreaming does not involve the senses at all…We are basically dreaming machines that construct virtual models of the real world.”
3. Sexual Conflict Theory