Saturday, November 24, 2007

Mankind 'shortening the universe's life'

I honestly find it hard to believe that we're all THAT important.

Forget about the threat that mankind poses to the Earth: our activities may be shortening the life of the universe too.

Anyone have any reasons why we shouldn't just let ourselves die out like the dinosaurs cause I haven't heard any good ones for a long time.

The startling claim is made by a pair of American cosmologists investigating the consequences for the cosmos of quantum theory, the most successful theory we have. Over the past few years, cosmologists have taken this powerful theory of what happens at the level of subatomic particles and tried to extend it to understand the universe, since it began in the subatomic realm during the Big Bang.

You know I never fucking learn. Every time I do an article about outer space I promise myself it's the last one cause I never know what the fuck they're talking about. Big Bang, quantum theory, subatomic particles, I'm more lost than a female hooker in a San Fransisco Gentlemen's club.

But there is an odd feature of the theory that philosophers and scientists still argue about. In a nutshell, the theory suggests that we change things simply by looking at them and theorists have puzzled over the implications for years.

I've been staring at the same television for almost ten years now and it hasn't changed at all. Trust me, if I had that power, my girlfriend would be modeling for Penthouse.

They often illustrate their concerns about what the theory means with mind-boggling experiments, notably Schrodinger's cat in which, thanks to a fancy experimental set up, the moggy is both alive and dead until someone decides to look, when it either carries on living, or dies. That is, by one interpretation (by another, the universe splits into two, one with a live cat and one with a dead one.)

Now they're talking about dead cats. You ever get the feeling that the scienctists in this world are pulling one big, long practical fucking joke.

New Scientist reports a worrying new variant as the cosmologists claim that astronomers may have accidentally nudged the universe closer to its death by observing dark energy, a mysterious anti gravity force which is thought to be speeding up the expansion of the cosmos.

"My bad."

2 Comments:

Blogger f.b.i.t.c. said...

Can I be the first to say that these guys are dissappearing up their own asses with all this shit!

They claim that quantum actions are changed just by looking at them . . .

Is this just a way of covering up the fact that what they predicted in an experiment was waaaay off the mark from observations?

'Hey, we didn't get it wrong - it was right until you looked at it - and now it's changed!!'

Errrm - Bullshit anyone?

It's a friggin' theory - and theories stand unless proved wrong - by measurement and observation - and since you can't measure or observe quantum experiments without changing them we'll never prove if the theory is wrong or right.

So, to my mind, it's just crap (and a way of white coats funding their existence whilst performing expensive and pointless experiments that can - by defenition - prove NOTHING).

Just a thought!

November 27, 2007 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the kind of story you could read a hundred times and still not know what the fuck they're talking about. Boy! are we so filled with self-importance that we think we control this sort
of stuff

November 27, 2007 7:41 AM  

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