Since the old ‘Rand and Popper’ thread is moribund since July, I’d like to begin again, with a new twist.
Perhaps some of you might know of Feynman, while others not. Well, not only was he a remarkable Physicist, he was also a wonderful teacher, as my own father can attest. And although he passed away three years prior to my birth, his presence still serves as sort of a grise immanence around our house.
Now although Feynman insisted that the lingua franca of science is math (hence my early start, sort of like intellectual drown-proofing!), he was also an amazing explainer of both the material and of what he considered science to be as an enterprise.
Feynman is easily accessible on Youtube. Here, the best place to begin might be ‘Math and Physics, in which he more or less offers up an ontology.
Also, of course, you can easily find Surely you’re joking...his semi-auto biography….replete with cargo cult explanations, Japanese ‘politely’ doing the Dirac, safecracking, whatever!
Lastly, as it’s quite well known that Feynman hated philosophy, my ontology remark would not have sat well with him. Yet in truth, he was constantly badgered by his students—but once only per!-- that his statements did, indeed, constitute a philosophical position.
Harrumphing away, he’d warn them; on the second occasion he’d make them do the Dirac for homework.
I’ll post within several days, as study weekend begins tomorrow at 8, and I’ll need to collect my thoughts. Hopefully, others will have already posted, as I’m interested as to what Objectivism has to say about Sir Richard.