Thursday, April 29, 2010

Scientific Realism

In my philosophy of science course, we've been discussing Bas van Fraassen's constructive empiricism and critiquing the observable/non-observable distinction. This movie is an artistic representation of magnetic fields, a useful supplement to our conversation.

The filmmakers describe their work:
Actual VLF audio recordings control the evolution of the fields as they delve into our inaudible surroundings, revealing recurrent ‘whistlers' produced by fleeting electrons. Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?


Magnetic Movie from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

1 comment:

Bruce I. Kodish said...

"Are we observing a series of scientific experiments, the universe in flux, or a documentary of a fictional world?"

Short Ambiguous Answer: YES