“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Some Other Ideas Not in Line with Dialectical Reason

“ ‘In 1972, Mr. Fang and colleagues at the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui province published a paper titled ‘A Solution of the Cosmological Equations in Scalar-Tensor Theory, with Mass and Blackbody Radiation.’

‘This innocuous-sounding article met with a furious response from leading theoretical circles of the party,’ The China Quarterly recounted in a 1990 article. ‘Fang et al. had broken a longstanding taboo by introducing the Big Bang theory to the Chinese physics world. Insofar as the Big Bang contradicted Engels’s declaration that the universe must be infinite in space and time, Fang’s paper was tantamount to heresy.’ ”

[Why? Because Fang didn't cleave to the necessity that there must be something historically prior to the moment he alleged was the “Big Bang,” thus resorting to the evil nothingness that, etc. See my previous]

NYT obituary of Fang Lizhi

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