Friday, October 2, 2009

Scientific American Fumbles Again

The latest issue of Scientific American (my bible) talks about how some of the things in space we think are “black holes” are actually black stars. Theory.

Here’s my view of the way it works. First of all there was no “Big Bang” forming the so called Universe. We humans have decided that nothing exists except what we can see. And our observations have told us that the farthest objects in deep space are moving away from each other. Thus they must have been all packed in tight at one time.

No, that’s not true. See our little corner of the Milky Way has a strange view. We think it’s all expanding because of some esoteric math mumbo jumbo. No, it’s not expanding. If you believe stuff just because somebody has a math equation for it then you need to get a grip. That stuff is always moving since there’s no way to tie it down.

Right now we don’t know of a fuel that can propel an object, such as Flash Gordon, anywhere close to the speed of light. The Millennium Falcon is fiction. Thus we have no perspective of outer space. Stars and galaxies we see are actually only their light arriving from millions and billions of years ago. So we don’t really know where most of those things are right now. It all just flows around in space over all of time itself.

Anyway, it’s funny to read these long winded articles about big bangs, black holes, and lots of other interesting theories. This particular item about how there might be black stars is also based on math. For some reason they think that there may be a kind of star that does not reach the point where it gives off light.

On the other hand I’ve seen some of the new TV shows and I’d have to say some of those stars don’t glow much either. So maybe there’s something to it.

Did I mention that I didn’t do that well in science classes in college? That’s because I didn’t realize how theoretical it all is. I thought they were trying to convince me about facts and stuff that’s real. It’s mostly guesswork.

People said for years that there is no other life besides what’s on Earth. Then a guy on TV in the 70s, Carl, says that that can’t possibly be true because of the odds. Given that life exists on Earth and there are uncounted billions of other planets it must be true that life exists elsewhere. That’s been accepted to the point where we actually spend money listening for some kind of organized waves from space. What humans produce (except for Rap) can be distinguished from “noise” because of frequencies and other parameters. We’re listening for some kind of waves that might indicate they originated from a fabricated source rather than just background radiation across the spectrum.

They said the moon was a dry barren rock but now they think there might be frozen water on the moon. At some point many years ago some bonehead said something like the water on Earth has not increased or decreased by a single molecule – it evaporates and then condenses into rain or snow and falls to the ground again endlessly. Well in High School we separated water into hydrogen and oxygen so we proved that nonsense wasn’t true. We also make water every time we drive a gasoline powered car. Plus there’s evidence that many of the chunks of debris falling from space contain water. So the moon obviously has some water because space debris hits it too.

So what’s the point of all this? Newcastle needs a world class transit center. Everything else is just theoretical math.


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