Ser Martin Swain,
How threatened you are. No where did Ser Pale.Pink. ask for esp, nor
gloss over anything.
Do you even know who Feynman was? Richard Feynman? Anything there?
I have built logic circuits for special needs. I know how computers
work - really. Could I build a complete computer? Uh, no, it takes
semiconductor fabs full of people to produce each kind of chip
I have spent most of my life working with special problems in the
domain expressible - mathematics ("the language with which God has
written the universe"). And yes, I do in fact use mathematics to
communicate with others of my kind - as there is no answering someone
who so phrases the question as "beyond physical experience." I can
solve most questions of special relativity in my head, but confess that
general relativity gives me headaches, and I'm fortunately able to
I use a microscope many times a year, professionally, and know its
theory of operations, including down to the study of why different
materials refract light differently. Can I build one? Doubtfully, as
my hands shake and I shouldn't be trusted to grind lens. Could I
supervise its building? Oh, yes.
In an effort to understand the universe better, I have endeavored to
understand my own brain and sensory organs better, both as physical
systems and as information-processing constructs. If this sounds like
hocus-pocus to you, then I suggest you try to get the old MIT Press
catalogue and see what you've missed on the info side, for epigenisis
of brain chemistry, I suggest you include a study of neurobiology
including work by Eidelmann (Columbia University), and for perception
please include works by Jaymes, especially The Origin of Consciousness
in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.
As far as helping you understand Feynman, one - just one! - of his
contributions was the creation of the Feynman diagram used to express
quantum processes, and together with his proof that we can't tell a
forward-in-time electron from a reverse-in-time positron, coupled with
the breakthrough work of Ter Horst, allowed us to break a loggerhead in
quantum physics that plagued us for decades.
Ser Pale.Pink.'s question is one I'll have to devote serious time to,
because it's very much worth it and not at all an easy problem.
Suppose we could perceive radio waves? Suppose that for our entire
existence, we had a completely different perspective of the cosmos, one
that didn't enter our consciousness until radio astronomy came along,
and suppose that understanding of the sky and the universe we live in
were *commonplace*? How might we be different? Would we have produced
the electronic world we have now if we perceived radio? What if we had
an electromagnetic sense that somehow just made ionic chemical
processes somehow completely intuitively obvious? We could experience
the outer shell state of atoms and immediately perceive what molecules
were possible? What then?
It is you who needs to find out exactly what the box is, Martin, and it
is for all of us to thank Ser Pink for asking us a really great