Saturday, November 24, 2007


She Blinded Me With Science

It's not that long, although it's pretty loony, but here is a report on what some modern physicists have said about our gazing on the Cosmos. Key sentence:

"Incredible as it seems, our detection of the dark energy may have reduced the life-expectancy of the universe," Prof Krauss tells New Scientist.

So let me get this straight; a few homo sapiens, on a planet orbiting an insignificant star in the unfashionable western end of an insignificant galaxy, one of hundreds of billions of such galaxies (each containing on average a hundred billion stars) have shortened the life of the whole universe merely by passive observation. Incredible doesn't begin to cover it, Professor.

This is, in part, why we right wingers are very skeptical of the weather reports, 100 years from now, we're getting from other either loony or agenda driven scientists.

Studies of Japanese macaques have shown that older male monkeys have little ability to change or even notice new things, so perhaps this is just my advanced age preventing me from seeing the truth, but I have thought, for about 10 years now, that modern Physics has left the realm of science and has entered the strange new world of pseudo-religion, with weird, unverifiable but grandiose ideas about life, the universe and everything.

Quantum Zeno effect, my butt. A watched pot boils at just the same time as an unobserved one does, it just seems to take a long time because we have no precise internal clock. Jeez.

These guys should just admit they have no idea what's causing the observed things in the Universe and leave the solipsism to popular Latin American authors.


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