Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Clarke's laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
I happened upon these in the context of a review on a book examining the historical development of the science of anthropogenic warming and tropical cyclones. In particular, the first point was being aimed at Dr Bill Gray, who did much of the founding work on how tropical cyclones form, but now is insistent that human activity is not affecting those processes.

These points are worth pondering, especially as I get older. Hmmm.

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