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The Walrus

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The Final Theory (book)
    #4683799 - 09/19/05 10:27 PM (11 years, 1 month ago)

Im not so sure about all this, but if these guys are anywhere near right about how fucked up our world view is... well... this may really all be just a dream like my friend keeps tellin me.



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The Minstrel in the Gallery

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Re: The Final Theory (book) [Re: TheGus]
    #4683903 - 09/19/05 10:47 PM (11 years, 1 month ago)

dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dream dreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdreamdIam.

"Don't believe everything you think". -Anom.

" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
Ecclesiastes circa 350 BC

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Re: The Final Theory (book) [Re: TheGus]
    #4683917 - 09/19/05 10:49 PM (11 years, 1 month ago)

This guy has no clue what he's talking about. Take this gem:

Black Holes are said to form when a star expends its nuclear energy and collapses. But starlight only shines from intact, functioning stars, of course. There is no more reason to expect light to shine from Black Holes than from a burnt-out, smashed light bulb. This is a commonly repeated error in plain view that is intended to showcase and dramatize our scientists' deep understanding of Black Holes and gravity, but which actually exposes how little they truly understand about either.

Black holes don't occur when a star 'burns out' and becomes dark like a burned out light bulb. :shake: They occur when the mass of the star collapses under its weight until it occupies a sphere smaller than the Schwarzschild radius.

This can be verified by observation of stars that are not quite massive enough to form black holes. When they exhaust their fuel, they form neutron stars and pulsars and they release gigantic amounts of electromagnetism; they are far from 'dark'. Why conclude that very massive stars suddenly go dark like a light bulb when they run out of fuel but less massive ones don't?

This and other hypothesis in that book are ignored by real scientists because they are riddled with inconsistencies and many are outright contradicted by experiments direct observation of the cosmos.

You can't say stars go dark when they run out of fuel and expect to be taken seriously when astronomers routinely observe dead stars emitting light. :thumbdown:

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1) You can't get married to your spouse who is the same sex as you.
2) You can't have an abortion no matter how much you don't want a child.
3) You can't have a certain plant in your possession or you'll get locked up with a rapist and a murderer.

4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.

Edited by Diploid (09/19/05 10:58 PM)

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