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Thread #109167   Message #2286867
Posted By: Amos
12-Mar-08 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God

Given that you have made assumptions about my way of viewing things that appear to be well wide of the mark; and given that your grasp of those asymmetries sounds pretty shaky; and given that I have a perfectly workable theory of everything that seems to satisfy my most burning questions in general about spiritual forces and events as well as things within the normal spacetime continuum; I don't think I will hold my breath worrying about how you see things. I am not trying to shop a theory to anyone.

The eightfold way is a reference to Murray Gell-Mann's theory of the organization of quarks in a hadron, and their relationship to the strong force. It really does not have a lot of epistemological meaning; it is noteworthy because it predicted, mathematically, a particle that was later found to exist.

Eipistemologically, the Noble Eightfold Path, as originally postulaed by Gautam Siddhartha, is more interesting, IMO.

The Special Unary group SU(3) doesn't need a subscript. It is matrix notation for a set matrix with three elements in n2-1 dimesnions. It is the mathematical description for the octets that Gell-Mann settled on in describing the relationships table of the hadron.