[lbo-talk] Boris Hessen, Newtonian physics and modern physics in the former USSR

Bill Bartlett william7 at aapt.net.au
Sat Apr 22 19:13:41 PDT 2017

> On 23 Apr 2017, at 7:13 am, Jim Farmelant <farmelantj at juno.com> wrote:
> But if Newtonian physics could be interpreted in materialist terms, despite the intention of its founders who were decidedly not materialists, then the same sort of thing could happen to relativity and quantum mechanics. The founders of these theories might not have been materialists, but there was nothing to prevent us from giving these theories materialist interpretations.

Yes indeed, actually it it not just possible, but essential, that even religion itself be interpreted in materialist terms. Religion should be understood as serving an essential function for early human society. That function is, of course, no less than the vehicle for the transmission of all culture and knowledge from generation to generation.

Bill Bartlett Bracknell Tas

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