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Tuesday Hatred: Anoma Lies

Apparently there is an interest in what exactly happened in the 17 or so picoseconds after The Big Bang. I never bought The Big Bang. It is not because you are in a wheel chair and super intelligent that you are right about everything. Filtering down this sentence to its essence: it is not because you are super intelligent that you are right about anything outside of your own mathematical model. I’m not one of those who believe the search for the Higgs boson is a black hole for government funds. I believe it is a great show of civilization that we allow thousands of clever people to perfect our grasp of physics. In fact, they should be with tens of thousands and millions more to perfect our grasp of linguistics, literature and so many other fine, and at first sight futile, fields of knowledge.

I do hate however that many of these bright men and women take their mathematical models and then romanticize their variables into waves of  partying particles and dens of densities. Nothing they can do can beat Gene Roddenberry. All this vulgarizing are nothing else than rotten berries for those easily inclined to mistake the cosmos for an alternative to some self made critical thinking. As if dividing by zero can be meaningful to anybody else than a zero.

I also hate the real black hole of government funding of science, to wit: money spent on what is so traditionally called innovation. Whether it is in the American form of asking corporations to develop some novel means of more effectively killing or restraining people or whether it is in the European form of those orgies of red tape known as research programs, the bottom line of them is to increase the bottom line of companies which complain of excessive pampering of citizens but want as much of their taxes (or electoral funding) back in the form of this or that innovation support.

I am starting to hate innovation with a vengeance because it is quickly becoming the anti-matter to creativity in support of the profit-maximization of companies too lazy and too sterile to convince themselves of trying to do something for the world. There is no pride on the dark side.

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Tuesday Hatred, waking up in a cold sweat

3 Comments

  1. I’m with you on “innovation,” though I’m not sure whether you’re just being sarcastic about theoretical physics. The Big Bang is not Steven Hawking’s idea, and I don’t think that trying to understand it is akin to shutting down our critical thinking skills.

    Comment by Tom | January 24, 2012

  2. Tom, nothing against theoretical physics. It is one of many things I would have wanted to really know if I had it in me to really know something. But it is theory, electrons are not billiard balls. Penrose, Hawking extrapolate the theory beyond physics and physics doesn’t need it, nor do other fields need to get that kind of competition. Applying a theory beyond its boundaries is dangerous to critical thinking, any New Age experience is clear on that.

    I don’t think there is anything to understand on the BB. It is not like we will be able to check it first hand Just make the theory fit the facts.

    Comment by Guido Nius | January 24, 2012

  3. [...] Ending note: some of you might be thinking Newton and flatlanders and things done in a dimension that can’t be perceived by us and all that. I tell you: you are gullable and run a risk of being converted into a religion, as you were concerted by scientistic vulgarizing theoretical physicists (Do something about it!). This argument leads to a set of moronic theories in the class of Intelligent Design and is a fallacy. Because of this: either the influence of the ‘unknown dimension’ is regular in the known ones, and then we can perceive ‘it’ (see Kant’s example of magnetic forces) or it’s irregular in which case we can’t perceive it as an ‘it’. In the latter case people might suddenly be disappearing all the time and that would be just a fact of life, not a proof of another dimension because if it were we would be able to perceive it … (not finished but you get the point – and even if you don’t: people aren’t suddenly disappearing and, but for the pockets and power of those making these things up there isn’t even the start of an empirical fact that would lead us to seriously consider entertaining anything of the sort). [...]

    Pingback by Die Postulate des empirischen Denkens überhaupt | Quoughts | January 29, 2012


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