PZ Myers and company take on SETI
and it's got me thinking about a couple of things.
- and this is tangential, but—what does it say about the rhetoric of time and place that I can use the word here to refer to something outside this text? Obviously something very trite about the nature of the web which a four year-old could probably explain quite succinctly to my addled brain. So, and
- who wants to start a pool concerning the possibility of huge, fundamental change happening in theoretical physics and cosmology?
You probably won't make as much money as you do betting on football, although certainly more than I could earn foolishly counting on the Lions
week in and out—but like with Steve Hawking's and Kip Thorne's famous bet, you might end up with free porn
But right now there's a lot of what I'm going to call weird shit
going on in these disciplines. After grappling with the issue for a few decades, most astronomers now agree that the vast majority of matter in the universe is dark
, i.e., not visible and quite possibly very exotic. Meanwhile, though the twentieth century opened pretty promisingly what with relativity, quantum mechanics, and Hubble, you still got mathematicians running around with their infinities cut off trying to integrate them. From string theory we've gone to branes and M theory.
What the hell's going on?