The English are complaining about the weather because it is raining in Miami but I am complaining about their complaints.
Above is the view on allegedly nicer days. It is also the direction from which several exciting electrical storms have come from to disrupt the conference. "Just smell it," I tell them. The smell of the ozone and the kicked up seawater and the... well, the magic. "Yes, it is also raining in London but London does not smell like this."
It is possible I have the advantage because electrical storms rolling in off the sea (or out to sea and then back onto land which is my favourite) are in the top three things I miss about Sydney. So Miami instantly and meterologically feels familiar. There is potentially an additional layer to, which I briefly discussed with Ryan. There are actual spirits in the storm and they feel familiar to me in the way the ice spirits that come down across Britain whenever the Gulf Stream kinks feel alien. Electrical storms are one of the times I resonate most with the universe.
A chaos magic blog should offer an alternate explanation for this very personal feeling but I am going to state it as fact and then tell you that I am wrong about most things. Care to argue the case? We know dick all about dick all.
"Mantle plumes have never had a sound physical or logical basis," Anderson says. "They are akin to Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories' about how giraffes got their long necks." Anderson and James Natland, a professor emeritus of marine geology and geophysics at the University of Miami, describe their analysis online in the September 8 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
unicorn Higgs boson particle that won some guys some the Nobel for fiction? The one I have repeated called out as balderdash?
[I]n order for the Higgs boson to make sense with the mass (or equivalent energy) it was determined to have, the LHC needed to find a swarm of other particles, too. None turned up.
With the discovery of only one particle, the LHC experiments deepened a profound problem in physics that had been brewing for decades. Modern equations seem to capture reality with breathtaking accuracy, correctly predicting the values of many constants of nature and the existence of particles like the Higgs. Yet a few constants — including the mass of the Higgs boson — are exponentially different from what these trusted laws indicate they should be, in ways that would rule out any chance of life, unless the universe is shaped by inexplicable fine-tunings and cancellations.
in order for the Higgs boson to make sense with the mass (or equivalent energy) it was determined to have, the LHC needed to find a swarm of other particles, too. None turned up.
“Ten or 20 years ago, I was a firm believer in naturalness,” said Nathan Seiberg, a theoretical physicist at the Institute, where Einstein taught from 1933 until his death in 1955. “Now I’m not so sure. My hope is there’s still something we haven’t thought about, some other mechanism that would explain all these things. But I don’t see what it could be.”
Physicists reason that if the universe is unnatural, with extremely unlikely fundamental constants that make life possible, then an enormous number of universes must exist for our improbable case to have been realized. Otherwise, why should we be so lucky?
What the LHC does or doesn’t discover in its next run is likely to lend support to one of two possibilities: Either we live in an overcomplicated but stand-alone universe, or we inhabit an atypical bubble in a multiverse.
Why a lot of scientists feel uncomfortable about these findings is that they point to two unpalatable possibilities:
- The multiverse theory violates Occam's Razor: "do not multiply unnecessarily. " There currently is no evidence at all for a gazillion extra universes.
- An 'over-complicated' universe is code for something else: A fine-tuned universe. (Or at least one that requires consciousness to function.)
Are you going to get any of this on wikipaedophile? The fuck you are:
Neil Tyson, a prominent popularizer of science (he even has his own television show) was recently found to have repeatedly fabricated multiple quotes over several years. The fabrications were not a one-off thing. They were deliberate and calculated, crafted with one goal in mind: to elevate Tyson, and by extension his audience, at the expense of know-nothing, knuckle-dragging nutjobs who hate science ...
There’s only one problem. None of the straw man quotes that Tyson uses to tear them down are real. The quote about the numerically illiterate newspaper headline? Fabricated. The quote about a member of Congress who said he had changed his views 360 degrees? It doesn’t exist. That time a U.S. president said “Our God is the God who named the stars” as a way of dividing Judeo-Christian beliefs from Islamic beliefs? It never happened ...
Judging by many of the responses to the three pieces I wrote detailing Neil Tyson’s history of fabricating quotes and embellishing stories (part 1, part 2, and part 3), you’d think I had defamed somebody’s god. It turns out that fanatical cultists do not appreciate being shown evidence that the object of their worship may not, in fact, be infallible.
Which brings us to Wikipedia. Oh, Wikipedia. After I published my piece about Neil Tyson’s fabrication of the George W. Bush quote, several users edited Neil Tyson’s wiki page to include details of the quote fabrication controversy. The fact-loving, evidence-weighing, ever-objective editors of the online encyclopedia did not appreciate the inclusion of the evidence of Tyson’s fabrication. Not at all ...
Literally every single mention of Tyson’s history of fabricating quotes has been removed from Tyson’s Wikipedia page ...
And just because it will really annoy Neil Tyson, here's an actual priest explaining how the universe has to be fine-tuned.
It's fascinating stuff. But it is also highly likely to be very wrong. Why? Because we know nothing. Instead, I am just going to reiterate that the spirits whirling through the tropical storm coming in off the Atlantic are one hundred percent real in a universe that defies explanation.
Ain't no particle physics in Miami, bitches. And that is a fine tune.