Thursday, February 02, 2017
Indirect proof

I was a member of AAAS back when I was working in acoustic stuff and occasionally serving as co-author on research. Seemed like a useful credential, but it wasn't.

I still get their emails.

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Today's email: "Science has no borders."
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Now is the time.

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The email gives us a hypothesis.

"Science has no borders."

Okay, let's test that hypothesis by examining some major branches of science.

Physics is about particles and forces and gradients. A particle is an object with borders by definition. Forces are defined around and between objects with borders. Gradients create a flow across the border between objects with borders.

Chemistry is about combinations of elements. Each element is made up of atoms which have borders, and you can't form compounds unless the parts and the mixture are all contained in tanks or pipes with borders.

Biology is about cells and organs and organisms and leaves and stems and stolons and seeds, all of which have extremely well-defined borders.

Geology deals with rocks which have borders, and with strata which are the borders between "nations" of rocks.

Astronomy deals with the motions of planets ... nuff said.

Well, we failed on that level. Let's get more abstract.

Geometry? Measuring the lengths and volumes of shapes made of borders.

Math? Processing those measurements in equations that have two sides separated by a =wall=.

Economics? Analyzing gradients and flows of money between nations that have borders, or between bounded entities like humans and corporations.

So. We've listed most areas of real science, and all of them are incurably bordery.

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Therefore: AAAS must be talking about something that isn't real science.

Fake science.

QED.

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