By Alfred A. Robb

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Therefore, naive realism, if true, is false; therefore it is false. Faraday, Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics, I, II, III (Taylor and Francis, 1859). Maxwell, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, (Dover, 1954), 3rd edn, Vol. 1, 2. Russell, On the Philosophy of Science (Bobs-Merrill, 1965), Chapter 1. 6 In recent times, a literature has developed on a return to anthropomorphism— the view of a human-centred universe, in various versions. One version, called the ‘weak anthropic principle’, asserts that the existence of human beings is consistent with the physical properties of the universe as a whole.

These are, by definition a set of logically ordered relations, giving him some of the objective features of the universe. That is, the relations that we seek are those that are independent of whether or not we are there to perceive the manifestations of the universe. Question Then is this a fundamental change in the way that we see ourselves in the universe? Reply With the earlier (atomistic) view, our thoughts about the world, especially in the Western philosophies, were largely guided by an empirical approach5.

Einstein, on the other hand, did not attribute physical connotation to these transformations other than changes in the ‘language’ of space and time coordinates that would ensure the objectivity of the laws of nature in all reference frames. Thus he had no need for the model in which light must propagate through an aether medium; that is, to Einstein, the aether was a superfluous concept. Special relativity, then, refers to the objectivity (covariance) of all laws of nature with respect to their comparison in all inertial frames of reference — frames that move with respect to each other at constant relative speeds in straight lines.