Comment by Claire: pink pig barbarian, etc — May 20, 2012 @ 6:11 am
There is no brain trust for the true right; we’re defined by having the ability to think logically and for ourselves.
It’s the sheeple on the left that require teleprompters and chant leaders to follow.
Ahhh I love when instinct is explained — not many can do that– they screw it up– like most scientists–altho— I’d say we’ve only just begun to realize the miracles (they’re not really) because they were meant to be.
Remember: when dealing with theoretical physics (in this case n-dimensional string/brane/M-theory), you’re often dealing with mathematical constructs which are tools for gaining insight into how nature works.
It’s kind of like Newton’s law of gravitation. Newton didn’t explain what gravity is — his equation only explains how gravity behaves. Still, it’s good enough to land on the Moon and to fly among the outer planets. Cool as that is, this mathematical construct of gravity can’t be solved for three or more bodies (e.g. Earth+Moon+Apollo), simultaneously. That has to be done by approximation or numerical methods. For example, you use the Earth-gravity equations to calculate your way out to where the Earth and Moon gravitational fields are the same strength, then you switch to the Moon-gravity equations, then you use the results to fine-tune your initial trajectory — rinse/repeat. It works fine, but only if you carry a thruster to make the inevitable corrections to the calculated trajectory.
Any pseudo-scientist who claims that “the science is settled” is a space cadet in need of a thruster.
I just hope to live long enough to learn how the whole quantum spookiness thing gets explained in terms my wetware version can decode.
Comment by DougM (jackassophobe) — May 20, 2012 @ 11:52 am
The medieval world was one in which dolphins leapt over the mainsails of ships,flying crocodiles had breath so foul it could kill and African ants were as big as mastiffs.Travelers to foreign lands were likely to encounter horse-footed men, men with only one leg but a foot large enough to be used as a parasol and men with drooping ears that covered their bodies eliminating the need for clothing. At one time the medieval Christian map had Jerusalem at the center of the world and shaped like Christ’s body with rivers as his veins or as a flat disc with Jerusalem at the center. Pythagoras , Aristotle Eratosthenes were all wrong in their theory of how the earth was shaped and how large it was and what was living on it— how long did it take to prove them wrong? Now there’s this????????????? the above taken from a true tale of love— The Map Makers Wife by Robert Whitaker–
Comment by Ironic in Denver — May 20, 2012 @ 5:19 pm
This time, Bill’s going off the deep end. That “11-dimensional” thing is predicted by string theory – the problem is, absolutely nothing predicted by string theory has ever been observed, nor has anyone figured out how it might be observed.
Most physicists talk about those 11 dimensions as teeny tiny dimensions, so tiny as to make an electron gargantuan by comparison.
One could go only a bit further and conclude that the positions of the planets when we were born influences the outcome of our lives.
On the other hand, his conclusion is spot on. (Except that the slave behind the emperor or victorious returning general said “Remember now, you’re mortal”).
The other point is, if we didn’t filter out 99% of all the sensory input (and that just counts the kind we can sense), we wouldn’t be able to take a step outside the house. We’d go mad with all that input.
The things we do well – like riding a bike or flying an F-22 – require that we concentrate all our senses on a few really important things (like the instrument panel and the important intersection of one’s bottom and the seat).
Stick and Buzz: “Brain trust” is perhaps too string a word. We all know most of the things that work in the real world, and which things they try to tell us about that are just plain looney. What Hanson and Whittle (and others) do better than most is put it into words – spoken or on paper – that other people can get.