Your finger appears to be 'buring' because you touched something hot. This is a different from something actually burning.Originally posted by russ_watters
Sure feels like its burning to me. The sensation hasn't changed, so how do I know it isn't burning anymore?
First off, don't assume my level of physics knowledge.
Science has to be more specific than you are being, otherwise our understanding of phenomena decreases with every answer. I realize you're new here, but how did you miss the name of the forum? In any case, we do have a philosophy forum here - perhaps you'd be more comfortable there.
Being able to explain something in terms of smaller objects does not imply that our knowledge of that phenomena is growing. There is a dependent relationship between the large and small scales.
In actuality science is decreasing our knowledge of the world. If a method of investigation is correct then the more subtle the level of investigation the clearer the object of investigation should become. If we take QM as an example the more it is investigated by scientists the more confusing it gets. Take the wave-particle duality for example.
Many of the things that science is correct about have been known for a long time by so called 'non-modern' thinkers.
When you are discussing the reality of something it doesn't matter if you call it physics or philosophy. If it exists it can be established as such.
I would be more comfortable if you could answer my question. I believe it is valid and important.
One unfortunate observation I have made is that in the physics forums it appears that most people just want to show others what they know and answer questions. Whenever a question comes up that challenges their
explanation I always get suggestions to visit the philosophy room.