Archive for the 'science' Category

Why We Do Things

Feb 14, 2012 Posted Under: creating

This is a bit of a ramble, a collection of thoughts, perhaps not in the usual order … Security and Fairness We like to know we’re going to eat and have a place to sleep and have those pretty much in equality with our neighbors. Being Right, Competition, Greed and Secrets But we also need […]

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Does God Still Exist?

Feb 09, 2012 Posted Under: creating

It never ceases to amaze me that people continue to insist their own notion of God is the only valid one, despite the absolute abundance over the millenia of claims of different people having received direct, personal, but very different, dispensations from God.  It would seem that God, at the very least, thinks no one […]

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Wealth

Feb 07, 2012 Posted Under: cosmology, economics

Before the Beginning was the Void.  Then was the Law: something must change.  And the Law was called entropy, aka time.  So, the Void changed into Something.  And at the next execution of the Law (planck time tick), the Something also changed.  And on, and on, ’til nowabouts … Stars following the first generation formed […]

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Photon, Simplified

Feb 05, 2012 Posted Under: The Universe Game

The photon is said to be the massless carrier of the electromagnetic force, having only energy, polarity, and direction. In information terms, it might be described by 1 bit for spin and a direction vector representing the counts of right and left turns at the vertices of equilateral triangles on the surface of the sphere […]

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Subsuming Epistemology: How Do We Know Anything?

Jan 12, 2012 Posted Under: epistemology

Epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief. Stephen M. Barr, in Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, distinguishes between science and religion on the basis that faith in a religious dogma is a justifiable method of acquiring knowledge of the universe, at the same time claiming that science’s corresponding belief is that only knowledge […]

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Lucid Dreaming and Embarrassing Questions

Jan 07, 2012 Posted Under: cosmology

At the end of last year my son recommended an approach to Lucid Dreaming which includes setting dream targets and then recording your dreams every day. Amazingly, it seems to work! Last night’s dreaming encompassed 3 questions: 1) If the Big Bang started from a zero dimensional point, that would look like a black hole […]

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Dimensions, angles and mass …

Aug 27, 2011 Posted Under: The Universe Game

As Hurricane Irene settles in on us, I recollect rehearing last week the Dimensions edition of “Through the Wormhole” and subsequently dreaming of a multidimensional tesseract-looking unfolding of spacetime. Since then the imaginings have wandered back to one dimensionality, but with line segments of length 1 and no time dimension, just the continuous operation of […]

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Mass as the Curvature of Space-Time

Jul 25, 2011 Posted Under: physics

After noticing in my previous post that the highest energy photon would be the smallest black hole, I continued wondering about the smallest possible mass. And after dancing around the obvious non-starter of a no energy photon, because zero energy would be equivalent to infinite wavelength, it occurred that it could be descriptive of the […]

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In Search of the Least Mass …

May 11, 2011 Posted Under: physics

I got to wondering a couple of weeks ago, what is mass? What is the smallest possible amount of mass that theoretically could exist? It is thought the least massive particles we are aware of are the lightest of the 3 “flavors” of neutrino, in the range of 1/2 to 1 electron-volt. Then in the […]

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Whence the redshift?

Apr 06, 2011 Posted Under: physics

A few weeks back my son asked me to explain the redshift, and I discovered I could not! Having started with the usual comparison to the Doppler effect in the sound waves of a train or siren, it suddenly occurred to me there was no correspondent to the collection of air molecules the sound wave […]

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