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Dogmafood
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Message 7 of 301 (722250)
03-19-2014 9:15 AM
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03-18-2014 9:21 AM


I am not really a big news junkie so I am sure that there is lots of stuff that I miss but there is something wrong when the greatest discovery in the history of science comes and goes with barely a whimper in the world's press. I had to go looking for the story in my google news aggregator. Do we really live in a world where the shape of Kim Kardashian's ass is more interesting than the shape of the universe?

I read that merging black holes can also cause gravity waves. How do you distinguish the source? Do these waves have a direction?


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Dogmafood
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Message 35 of 301 (722465)
03-21-2014 10:33 AM
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03-19-2014 12:21 PM


Yes, we do. From an evolutionary viewpoint, human reproduction - in all of its various facets - is more important than the shape of the room it's done in.

Good point and well said. It is remarkable that we ever managed to notice anything else. I guess that both subjects involve a fascination with inflation.

It is so incredible that we can actually know stuff like this. That we can figure out what happened in the first instants of time that passed some 13.8 billion yrs ago. Talk about the predictive ability of a theory. I stand in the shadow of giants.

The deniers become ever less worthy of consideration and helpful only for gauging how well we are educating ourselves.


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Dogmafood
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Message 39 of 301 (722490)
03-21-2014 1:32 PM
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03-21-2014 12:08 PM


You should be standing on their shoulders, like Newton.

I know but, alas, I am not. I take comfort in knowing that I provide someone for these guys to tower above. They make me feel a little bit less like an ape even if just by association. That and the fact that I can begin to appreciate the view.


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Dogmafood
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Message 246 of 301 (723705)
04-06-2014 12:25 PM
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04-02-2014 9:33 AM


Re: Double talk..
Unstable nuclei do not age, and yet at some point they emit a nuclei, and at times prior they don't. We can predict statistically when a bunch of them will decay. But no examination of the state tells us that nuclei X is on its death bed.

Wouldn't the fact that different materials have different half lives indicate that there is in fact some mechanism at work?


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Dogmafood
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Message 255 of 301 (723765)
04-08-2014 1:16 AM
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04-06-2014 11:48 PM


Re: Double talk..
Could you expand on your thinking?

I'm tryin.

I guess that I was thinking along the lines of what KB asks about the predictability and stability of decay rates.

Really though, I think that I just have trouble with the idea of events that have no preceding event.


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