page was originally posted for discussion within Oregonians for Rationality
of that organization's booth at da Vinci Days celebration in Corvallis,
Oregon, July 15-16, 2000. It is now being linked from our Web
site because of its general interest.
This page shows a handout that demonstrates that science is "not always what it seems," and usually requires "second glances" before it's understood.
Things are not always what they seem.
There’s something a little (or a lot) wrong with each of these statements. What might it be?
and make sure you aren’t facing backward, seeing only the old, limited visions.
New Vision and Old Vision
New vision adds new perceptions. The great changes we see today come from new ways of seeing past old edges of human comprehension. Do you program computers and use “If___then___”? In the older views, “If A, then B” is often seen as the same as “If B, then A.” Newer views see them as very different. In this new view, we easily see what’s wrong with, “Galileo had a new, revolutionary, idea and was persecuted for it. I am being persecuted for my new idea; therefore, my idea is revolutionary, like Galileo’s” The new view sees that that mistake as an imaginative version of turning “If__then___” backwards.
From Leonardo, to Galileo, to Shakespeare, to Einstein, to Picasso, to Stravinsky, to today’s visionaries peering past the edges of human comprehension, people peer with new perceptions of the obvious...the “obvious” right in front of us that goes persistently unobserved. New vision finds ways to see.
It takes a lot of second glances, to see how those statements are looking
into the future facing backwards. (See inside for some
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