Avi makes a nice strong Carverian point in this piece. He’s discussing astronomical stuff like gravitational waves and spectral lines. In each case the theoreticians predicted that the signal would never be there, or at best would be ferociously hard to detect among the noise. In each case the signal was perfectly obvious after the physical astronomers developed the right measuring tool and aimed it at the right place.
The same thing is happening in biology and human anatomy. For 200 years nobody expected to find life in deep rocks or clouds, so NOBODY LOOKED. When they took off their Theory Goggles and LOOKED, the bacteria were perfectly obvious. For 200 years nobody expected to find marrow in the skull that helped to repair strokes, and nobody expected to find a lymph system inside the skull. Everyone assumed the ‘blood-brain barrier’ was absolute, so they didn’t look. For 200 years everyone assumed that neurons stopped forming after age 12, so they didn’t look for new neurons in older adults. After they took off their Theory Goggles and looked, the physical structures were perfectly obvious.
LOOK ABOUT YOU.
TAKE HOLD OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
TALK TO THEM.
LET THEM TALK TO YOU.
If you refuse to LOOK because your fucking theory says no THING can be HERE, you’ll never see the THINGS THAT ARE HERE.
Corollary: Natural signals and natural things are always clear when you’re looking in the right place with the right tools. If you have to use stats to “bring out a fact”, you don’t have a real fact yet. You won’t gain anything by fudging the numbers to match the theory. You’ll only strengthen the theory barrier, slowing down future LOOKERS.
Counter-corollary: If you use stats to ERASE A FACT, you’re committing an even worse crime against science. The Endicott Experiment gave a few clear signals. Two of the subjects performed consistently better than ‘stopped clock’ on the ESP test. The reported results blurred this clear signal of a TALENT by averaging the good performers with the poor performers. The theory followed the idiotic Endarkenment lie. All humans must be identical, so the only choice is all or none. Talents don’t work that way. All talents and tastes and tendencies, from music to math to morality to mind-reading, are spectral. A few people are especially powerful, most aren’t.