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Ask a physicist anything.

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Wiccan_Child, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. Wiccan_Child

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    Who said anything about exotic matter? Astronomers may posit that dark matter is exotic, but, aside from public misunderstanding, no one claims that it actually is exotic. All we know is that it's there, and that it's dark.

    Nonetheless, it remains a possibility. In the 17[sup]th[/sup] century, there was no need for quantum theory, either.

    Primitive compared to whom? It seems you have an unreasonably high standard against which you are holding modern science. But in any case, we go where the evidence leads us. If future experiments prove that our current observations are flawed, then so be it. But don't you think it's a little presumptuous to dismiss current data just because a) you don't like the conclusions, and b) there is a margin of error?

    A minute ago you said it was experimental error. Now you're saying it's a slip in the mathematics. Which?

    Both are possibilities. Try to remember that.

    We know the mass is there, how much is there, and where it is.
    We know that light can travel through it.
    We know that light isn't emitted from it.
    What did I assume, exactly?

    Uhuh.

    I, too, am fascinated: how do you know what I do and do not refuse? How do you know that I "refuse to consider the possibility that [dark matter] is... aware of [me]"?

    My name is a hallmark of my previous faith, nothing more. And the correct moniker is the adjective 'Wiccan', not 'a Wicca'.

    There is absolutely no evidence for God (prove me wrong), yet there is evidence for dark matter. No one puts their faith in either: we follow the evidence and the logic.

    It's amusing that you chastise us for putting our 'faith' in a scientific theory, yet you yourself are Christian! Hypocrisy is an ugly colour, Michael.
     
  2. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    Have you ever met Nigel Short?
     
  3. Wiccan_Child

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    Yes. As a Briton, I have met all other British people, since we all live within five miles of the Queen. ^_^

    But no, I haven't met him. I hear he's an OK chess player, though.
     
  4. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    LOL --- point taken.
     
  5. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    Since most people like to try and find the Bible's Achilles Heel, I think this is a fair question:

    What is evolution's Achilles Heel?

    (Isn't something considered outside the realm of science, if it doesn't have an Achilles Heel? Or falseality, or whatever you call it?)
     
  6. Thistlethorn

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    Rabbits in the pre-cambrian.
     
  7. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    Okay, thanks.

    I forgot about that thread.
     
  8. Wiccan_Child

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    Falsifiability. It's a trait that all good scientific theories have. It means that the theory can make predictions about what would happen in a given situation, and that we can go out and create that situation to see if reality agrees with the theory. If the theory is right, then it is bolstered by this new evidence. If the theory is wrong, then it is summarily executed before a Grand High Jury of Atheists.

    Evolution can be falsified any number of ways, but anything which throws a spanner into the tree of life we've developed would work. Reptiles with mammary glands would wreck havoc with how we organise life, as would fossilised bunnies in pre-Cambrian rock.

    That said, they would only force us to re-examine how life evolved, and how things are related. That life evolved from a single common ancestor is much more robust, and would require something much better.
     
  9. Belk

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    So what exactly is the deal with the Higgs-boson they are trying to find with the LHC?
     
  10. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    Would a dinosaur with a navel be considered evolution's Achilles Heel?
     
  11. PhilosophicalBluster

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    This always confuses me. Newton's third law states that every action has an opposite and equal reaction, that when objects collide, they exert the same force on each other. Why then, does a one ton truck accelerating at lets say 15 m/s2 seem to not react to the 13,000 odd newtons of force exerted on it when it hits a fly?

    The only way I've made it through physics so far is by ignoring logic and just doing the equations, but I don't like it! :D
     
  12. LifeToTheFullest!

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    No.
     
  13. LifeToTheFullest!

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    M x V = F?
     
  14. Gracchus

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    Holy smoke!

    He got it right!

    There is a God!

    :bow:
     
  15. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    Don't go getting excited --- I read it in a book --- 14.

    ETA: On second thought... :)
     
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  16. Jazmyn

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    Is that why some wheels on modern cars have alloys that actually go backwards? So you can film them going forwards?
     
  17. Thistlethorn

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    No, I'd say that's just vanity in action.
     
  18. Chesterton

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    She makes a good point though. Historically, the rap video pre-dates the spinning rims, so that could be the reason. :D
     
  19. Thistlethorn

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    When on the subject of rap, I think it's time we got to see a repost of this: YouTube - Richard Dawkins Rap - Beware the Believers The only good thing that came out of Expelled.
     
  20. AV1611VET

    AV1611VET SCIENCE CAN TAKE A HIKE Supporter

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    * bump *
     
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