Re: Mad Scientists

From: Graham Robinson <>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2000 20:09:55 +0100

Alex Ferguson writes :
> Well, as you later imply, a genuinely sound experiment would have to
> include "the Gods" in some sense, or whatever one's "model" of the
> otherworld is.

Part of my point - which admittedly didn't come over very well - is that modelling the gods and their moods is likely to be impossible, in a very real sense. Since the other side has such a large effect on Gloranthan reality, this rather destroys the possibility of conducting scientific experiments.

> > The pseudo-scientists of Glorantha - Godlearners, RQ sorcerors, etc. -
> > just that. They fit the fantasy mold of mad scientist fine, but aren't
> > anywhere close to the real meaning of the word.
> I have to entirely disagree. Mad scientists are hardly a fantasy:
> one needs to work hard to avoid to avoid Richard Dawkins on the
> telly and in the Sunday supplements...

Somehow my brain had managed to delete all memories of such people when I wrote that message. Having said that, there are a number of people who call themselves scientists who are no such thing. Science has a very real meaning (which I'm sure Alex and many others are aware of...) and it isn't something that is practiced anywhere in Glorantha, to the best of my knowledge.


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