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Greene book, parallel universes, and the stupidity of physicists

January 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Just got a copy of this new book by Greene. I skimmed through it very quickly, and felt instant suspicion on the issue of parallel universe theory, not with respect to Greene’s book, which I haven’t read yet, and which I hope will […]

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Neutron Stars and String Theory

December 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Neutron Stars and String Theory in a Lab: Chilled Atoms Give Clues to Deep Space and Particle Physics ScienceDaily (Dec. 11, 2010) — Using lasers to contain some ultra-chilled atoms, a team of scientists has measured the viscosity or stickiness of a gas often considered to be the sixth state of matter. The measurements verify […]

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Link Between Weird Quantum Phenomena

November 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Surprise Link Between Weird Quantum Phenomena: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Sets Limits on Einstein’s ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2010) — Researchers have uncovered a fundamental link between the two defining properties of quantum physics. The result is being heralded as a dramatic breakthrough in our basic understanding of quantum mechanics and provides […]

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Booknotes: The Goldilocks Effect

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on Goldilocks Enigma Some interesting material from P. Kinnon, and a reference to his book: Peter Kinnon said, November 13, 2010 at 1:01 am · Your observation is right on the mark. The absence of the slightest hint of teleology is a deeply entrenched dogma for almost all those in the current scientific establishment. […]

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Tags: cosmology · Evolution · physics

Monopoles Caught on Camera

October 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Moving Monopoles Caught on Camera: Researchers Make Visible Movement of Monopoles in Assembly of Nanomagnets

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Three Solid-State Qubits Entangled

October 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Three Solid-State Qubits Entangled: Big Step Toward Quantum Error Correction ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2010) — The rules that govern the world of the very small, quantum mechanics, are known for being bizarre. One of the strangest tenets is something called quantum entanglement, in which two or more objects (such as particles of light, called photons) […]

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Single Electron Reader

September 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Single Electron Reader Opens Path for Quantum Computing ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2010) — A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, have developed one of the key building blocks needed to make a quantum computer using silicon: a “single electron reader.”

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Everything really is relative

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Everything really is relative Physicists demonstrate time-warping principle in the realm of the ordinaryBy Rachel Ehrenberg Exploring the peculiar effects of Einstein’s relativity is no longer rocket science. Tabletop experiments at a lab in Colorado have illustrated the odd behavior of time, a strangeness typically probed with space travel and jet planes. Using superprecise atomic […]

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Relativity at personal level

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Pair of Aluminum Atomic Clocks Reveal Einstein’s Relativity at a Personal Scale ScienceDaily (Sep. 24, 2010) — Scientists have known for decades that time passes faster at higher elevations — a curious aspect of Einstein’s theories of relativity that previously has been measured by comparing clocks on the earth’s surface and a high-flying rocket.

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The fine-structure constant

September 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

The fine-structure constant and the nature of the universe Ye cannae change the laws of physics Or can you? Aug 31st 2010 RICHARD FEYNMAN, Nobel laureate and physicist extraordinaire, called it a “magic number” and its value “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics”. The number he was referring to, which goes by the […]

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M theory and other pipe dreams?

September 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

More Hawking I was critical yesterday of Hawking’s new assertions (from his book), but the issue for me is not that of theism and the Big Bang but the incompleteness of physical laws used to decree the nature of existence. The question of consciousness never arises here, but then is analyzed via reductionism. So the […]

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Hawking rejects ID

September 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Leading theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has argued that the idea of God creating the universe is false. In a new book hitting shelves next week, Hawking argues that there is a new series of theories has convinced him that the idea of a sentient deliberate creator of the universe was redundant. He says in the […]

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Newton’s laws, the a priori, and the mental physics pack of all space-time apes (man included)

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2010/08/19/the-unreasonable-stupidity-of-the-physics-cult/ I was a little unfair to this article, which is worth reading, and which shows that, ironically, physicists have a better ‘design’ argument than religionists–they just can’t quite get a handle on it. I should note that Kant, with what success (?), tried to show that Newton’s laws were ‘a priori’, a task that […]

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Tags: Evolution · Kant · physics

God 2.0: Chopra vs Shermer

August 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

God 2.0. The quantum flapdoodle of New Age author Deepak Chopra is a failed effort to update medieval theology… I clicked on this right away, only to find that Mike Shermer was taking on Chopra. I have a few problems with quantum theology, but even after a ‘dog does the paper’ treatment of quantum mechanics […]

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Atomic self-organization

July 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Quantum Phenomenon Observed: Atoms Form Organized Structure from Unorganized One

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Born’s rule

July 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Quantum Mechanics Not in Jeopardy: Physicists Confirm a Decades-Old Key Principle Experimentally

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The proton

July 12th, 2010 · No Comments

The Proton — Smaller Than Thought: Scientists Measure Charge Radius of Hydrogen Nucleus and Stumble Across Physics Mysteries ScienceDaily (July 12, 2010) — Big problems sometimes come in small packages. The problem with which physicists must now concern themselves measures a mere 0.0350 millionth of a millionth of a millimetre. This is precisely the difference […]

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Booknotes: From Eternity to Here

July 9th, 2010 · No Comments

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time by Sean Carroll http://www.powells.com/review/2010_07_06 Well, Isn’t That Special? A review by David Lindley Stars as well as human beings are born, grow old, and die. In the 19th century scientists proposed the dismaying notion of the “heat death” of the universe, according to […]

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Quantum to classical

July 4th, 2010 · No Comments

How Rules of Physics in Quantum World Change When Applied to Classical World ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Dartmouth researchers have discovered a potentially important piece of the quantum/classical puzzle — learning how the rules of physics in the quantum world (think smaller than microscopic) change when applied to the classical world (think every day […]

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Ripples in space-time

June 26th, 2010 · No Comments

New ‘Fix’ for Cosmic Clocks Could Help Uncover Ripples in Space-Time ScienceDaily (June 25, 2010) — An international team of scientists have developed a promising new technique which could turn pulsars — superb natural cosmic clocks — into even more accurate time-keepers.

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Lost prestige of nuclear physics?

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments

The Lost Prestige of Nuclear Physics I find this a puzzling argument, but, OK, maybe there is something to this. But what is strange is that the failure of Darwinism to reach the level of real science doesn’t seem to impact the minds of scientists who are otherwise so nimble in the realm of physics. […]

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Tags: Evolution · physics

Spooky eyes

June 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Spooky Eyes: Using Human Volunteers to Witness Quantum Entanglement Quantum physicists have a novel plan for an experiment that uses the human eye to detect “spooky action at a distance”

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Artificial ‘mini-black hole’

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists Create Artificial Mini ‘Black Hole’ ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — Chinese researchers have successfully built an electromagnetic absorbing device for microwave frequencies. The device, made of a thin cylinder comprising 60 concentric rings of metamaterials, is capable of absorbing microwave radiation, and has been compared to an astrophysical black hole (which, in space, soaks […]

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Why do we exist? matter and antimatter

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

A New Clue to Explain Existence By DENNIS OVERBYE Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental […]

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