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Pentcho Valev

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Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:42 AM
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Fierce doublethink in Einsteiniana:

Lee Smolin, November 1, 2013: "I argue that temporal naturalism is empirically more adequate than the alternatives, because it offers testable explanations for puzzles its rivals cannot address, and is likely a better basis for solving major puzzles that presently face cosmology and physics. (...) Temporal naturalism assumes there is an object observer independent distinction between present, past and future. This violates the relativity of simultaneity, which is supported by ultra-precise tests of special relativity. (...) But, as discussed above, there is a formulation of general relativity, which is empirically equivalent to the older one, shape dynamics, that has a preferred global simultaneity because it trades the relativity of time for a relativity of scale. Hence temporal naturalism can be consistent with all the experimental tests of special and general relativity."


"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies - all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge ; and so on indefinitely, WITH THE LIE ALWAYS ONE LEAP AHEAD OF THE TRUTH."

Pentcho Valev

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