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Now We've Done It!

2007-11-23 18:48:27.40908+00 by petronius 2 comments

And you thought global warming was bad? According to some cosmologists, our discovery of Dark Matter as actually shortened the life of the Universe! Apparently we've done the equivalent of opening the box containing Schroedenger's half-dead/half-alive cat.

I'm cashing in my IRA and heading to Tahiti while there's still time.

[ related topics: Heinlein Philosophy Gambling Global Warming ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-24 13:55:50.412682+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Then gods we must truly be. - Laughing. I think we are neither that powerful, or smart enough to truly understand some things.

Who mistook Dr. Krauss, a man who 'fears physics, and has written 2 physics books with 'Star Trek' in the titles and writes light pop-sci articles on things, as a serious contender for such being able to lay such guilt on the human race, or at least some scientists? Some hard science scientists. Sure he's a head theoretical physics dude at a place that touts itself as the "top 10% of all US Ph.D. Physics programs", but Kraus is apparently a showboat, at a place that offers a Masters Degree in 'Physics Entrepreneurship', I thing he's been taking those classes as well.

James Dent is apparently a new "research associate" at Vendy, doesn't even have a phone or bio-blip on the website yet.

Laughing.. Must be a slow news day in the UK, this belongs on the cover of The Sun, not an almost serious newspaper.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-24 15:43:54.096552+00 by: JT

I stopped reading when I got to this...

But the bad is that quantum theory says that whenever we observe or measure something, we could stop it decaying due what is what is called the "quantum Zeno effect," which suggests that if an "observer" makes repeated, quick observations of a microscopic object undergoing change, the object can stop changing - just as a watched kettle never boils.

Basing a physics theory on a wives' tale of a watched pot never boiling seems far reached at best.

I'd love to hear their theories about a tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear it.