Now according to Wikipedia physics comes from the classical Greek and refers to the knowledge of nature. In modern times it is understood to deal with the matter of matter and motion. Or the matter and energy. It could be said to be the science of what is and how it works.
Now meta has a number of meanings, all of which are valid in their specific circumstances, though I think that for us the word as used in meta-analysis, which is a study of studies. In the case of metaphysics—meta-physics if you prefer—you could think of it as the physics of physics.
Or, an understanding not of how reality is as it is, but an understanding for why reality is as it is.
With that in mind we can go on to the next post in this series.
We tend to interpret things as we insist they have to be interpreted. In Ars Magica the original authors, Mark Rhein*Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, interpreted the world of Mythic Europe as presented by what they read on the subject. Which means they followed the interpretations of those who insisted that what people in Renaissance days said was going on
In science we get interpretations based in large part on what the interpreter prefers to be right, whether it is or not. As an example we have people insisting that since Gravity as to be a force, it means that gravitons must exist. Which means that any results we get from experimentation has to point to gravitons.
Or, cats have to rub against people and things in order to leave their scent. That cats do this is because it feels good is anathema to these people, for only Humans can have such feelings. Hate to tell you this bub, but Darwin told us we aint so different from other animals as you insist.
What does such misinterpretation get us?
Road blocks. Road blocks and red tape. What we get are delays in how our knowledge progresses. All too often we get occasions when we have to go back and correct our mistakes, for more often then you’d like what we think we know has to be corrected.
There are people who insist that domesticating an animal is a matter of training, when it is far more a matter of breeding. The California Grey Fox was domesticated back before the white man came. The North American Bob Cat and the Raccoon are in the process of being domesticated, for there are individuals in both populations who can and do tolerate associating with Humans, and even go so far as living with them. Zoological Puritans aside, any animal comfortable living with us will live with us and your laws aint worth rotting meat.
Then you have the Tasmanian Devil, who insist on treating us as though we are replacement mothers. Same as with dogs, cats, and even horses. But we keep insisting they have to be wild animals because that’s how we insisting on interpreting them.
We see things because that’s how we want to see them. Seeing them another way scares us because we hate being insecure. So you get people who insist that the Sasquatch can’t exist because the very idea of the animal’s existence scares them. Got news for you, but existence don’t give a rats ass what scares you. Existence just is and you can just get used to it.
I’ve waited a long time to write anything substantial about Gutenberg, the proposed new content creating and editing experience in WordPress. Since
By and large I agree with Hendriksen, Gutenberg will change what WordPress is and what WordPress is for. Thing is, there will come a response.
Some will be what he expects, a turning to other platforms. In other cases expect efforts to return WP to its old purpose, that of a blogging engine. I expect that a party will appear to fork WordPress, may be call their effort something like “BlogPress”. The purpose of BlogPress being to make blogging easier.
Already there is a plugin to take the place of Gutenberg, giving the user the old editor back. Unfortunately I’m blanking on the name – you can credit that to age, autism, and a low grade infection.
I’ve also noted that Gutenberg – as presently configured – doesn’t entirely offer what you’d think it would. Most specifically in the matter of text columns. As that module is currently set up, what you get are not text columns, but a table. Thing is, CSS columns can be done, and they predate CSS Grids and Flexbox, so if the Gutenberg people want to implement text columns in Gutenberg they have corrections to make.
And speaking of text columns, in talking with a couple of people on their respective plugins it has occurred to me that they hesitate at incorporating CSS columns in their products because all too many people keep on using old browser technology, for when it comes to the unknown we can be rather conservative.
But still peope – and apparently not just me – keep insisting on text columns, and I expect that we’ll get them. Either the Gutenberg people will make it part of the core, or people will write a plugin or two that adds that feature.
So changes are coming, and those changes will see changes. For my part I’m going to keep on using WordPress, for the most part because I am not competent at stuff like migrating sites and I don’t want to lose what audience I’ve built up again. So for the old-fashioned posting I may just turn to Pressit in WordPress, or one of the independent apps available out there.
That’s my take.
It has occured to me that the African Pygmy is a distinct species of Human, and I’m thinkng of making the Pygmy of Ærth such. I expect a lot of you will complain, saying that I’m saying that the Pygmy is sub-human.
On the contrary, given that the Pygmy is descended from Humans, that makes them the superior beings and us sub-pygmy
Or am I rationalizing?