The (Immutable?) Laws of Nature

  (20 December 07)
  by Greg Spearritt

Are the 'laws' of nature fixed and immutable or merely human approximations?

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, currently at Arizona State University, apparently raised a storm of protest by suggesting in a recent article that the laws of physics have been reified into metaphysical entities à la Plato. He's quoted in a New York Times article (see below) as saying that in the 17th century "God got killed off and the laws just free-floated in a conceptual vacuum but retained their theological properties".

The NYT article, 'Laws of Nature, Source Unknown',  is a helpful discussion of the issue.

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