Someone here recommended a 1983 book by Milton W. Monson Sr. called Physics is Constipated. I found it on Amazon but it was only printed in limited numbers and was priced at $100. That’s a bit spendy, but I put it in the shopping cart anyway, and left it there. A while later I was purchasing something else and found that the price had been slashed to $50, and I impulsively bought it. That was months ago.
Here it sits right in my reach, but is otherwise beyond my reach. It is 659 pages, each littered with algebraic computations … many years ago I had decided to take the GRE so I could go to grad school and was studying my high school algebra early mornings. I found that I could still manage the basics. Had I ever taken that test, I probably would have passed that section. But it is tedious and unrewarding. I have many times told people over the years that as a CPA I do not do math. I do arithmetic. (I never attended grad school, by the way. That was just an ego trip.)
I’ll never make it through this book, as the algebra is far more than basic. But it could be a valuable resource for someone with better math and science chops than I possess. So I offer it, first come, for free to any reader who wants it. Let me know in the comments, using your real email address, and I will contact you. And don’t worry … domestic postal rates for books are very cheap. I will mail it to you.
Sorry … can’t do international.
PS: Not only can I not do math, but I am apparently blind too. Check out the first comment below. This cannot be coincidental.
6 thoughts on “Physics is Constipated”
A physics book by someone with the initials MWM? It’s a trap!!! (Just kidding)
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That’s hilarious! Nice catch.
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Physics is an art form with its own (not common) language. Art = illusion.
Excerpt from Strawman, p.77, Clint Richardson, 2016
“Science, since people must do it, IS A SOCIALLY EMBEDDED
ACTIVITY. It progresses by hunch, vision, and intuition. Much of its
change through time DOES NOT RECORD A CLOSER APPROACH
TO ABSOLUTE TRUTH, BUT THE ALTERATION OF CULTURAL
CONTEXTS THAT INFLUENCE IT SO STRONGLY. Facts are not pure
and unsullied bits of information; culture also influences what we see
and how we see it. THEORIES, MOREOVER, ARE NOT INEXORABLE
INDUCTIONS FROM FACTS. THE MOST CREATIVE THEORIES
ARE OFTEN IMAGINATIVE VISIONS IMPOSED UPON FACTS; the
source of imagination is also strongly cultural.”
—Stephen Jay Gould, introduction to “The Mismeasure of Man” (1981)
“And so, when our ego might be subdued enough in order that our spiritual Being is emergent without such constrictions of language and other art forms, we may finally acquire the most important knowledge of all, which is that we know almost nothing of what is Real in the eternity of all Creation as one Unending Being (verb). And while an actor may pretend to know his character and an observer may pretend to know empathetically his subject, this pretended knowledge is of course always false, no matter how experimentally predictable it may be. Scientific knowledge is never a True knowledge of Source, only a mutual acknowledgement (theory) of description and reaction.”
I will go with you a certain length, in that cosmology and dark matter could be entirely bogus, based on things we cannot see, feel, or touch, and created by mathematicians staring at computer screens. The same could be said of quantum physics, except that we have chemists and chemical engineers who rely on the science and produce tangible results. Evolution science is dead in the water, as there are too many contradictions. Climate science, real enough, as been corrupted by politics.
But there is always engineering. Without them and their science, what do we have? No roads, bridges, skyscrapers, sewage treatment, airplanes and automobiles. That is real and applied science with tangible benefits that have transformed our lives. It is more than creative imagination or cultural constructs. It is quite real.
The book found a new home.
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There is “Science” and then there is science the technocracy have merged the two. One being darwinian bullshit while theyve turned the other into an authoritarian and non objective means of bookkeeping.
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