universe parallel

Physicists have stranger ideas than the most preposterous Old Testament preacher

The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond Christophe Galfard

Physicists have a nerve. I know one (I’ll call him Mark) who berates every religious person he meets, yet honestly thinks there exist parallel universes, exactly like our own, in which we all have two noses. He refuses to give any credit to Old Testament creation myths and of course sneers at the idea of transubstantiation. But, without any sense of shame, he insists in the same breath that humans are made from the fallout of exploded stars; that it is theoretically possible for a person to decompose on one side of a black hole and recompose on the other, and that there are diamonds in the sky the size of the moon.

  • PapayaSF

    Humans are made, in part, from the fallout of exploded stars. Elements heavier than iron are made in supernovas.

  • Clausewitz

    There’s the scientific process, and then their are the followers of the religion of science. Sounds like Mark is the later.

    • DD_Austin

      No, there is no religion of science, religion is based on faith, and faith is based on believe without evidence.

      Say rather their are believers in science, because it is based on evidence
      or mathematics. Scientific miracles do exist, and can be reproduced.

      Marks real problem is he’s all talk*, if he was to convert some the believers
      by applying 400 J/cm2 flashing their flesh into steam, and flaying exposed body areas to the bone, he would get a more respectful audience from
      the rest, Thats the lesson he’s missing from the old time Abrahamic religions Blood and terror,

      A few nukes on the middle east and we’d convert the bastards to christian scientists or hot plasma in a matter of days.

      Onward Christian soldiers

      * The author is also all talk and thats why modern “Christianity” is crapped on

  • Canadian

    You can be a physicist and an idiot at the same time.

    • Xavier

      “Often wrong – never in doubt”

      Repeat as needed.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Indeed. Similarly, I have met countless lawyers who were genuine assholes. Funny, that.

      • Canadian

        I heard that some people actually met some lawyers who weren`t.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I would be among those people. The lawyers I retain upon occasion are not assholes. That is why I retain their services. Mercifully, assholes tend to favour hiring other assholes as their lawyers. It all runs in a circle and can actually be profitable if you don’t mind dealing with assholes day-in, day-out. That is why a non-asshole member of the Bar is so valuable. If said member also possesses some moral fibre and a spine, you have hit what I call “courthouse gold”.

          • Canadian

            Gold is rare….

    • Xavier

      You can usually judge how stupid a person is by how long they had to go to school to correct it.

      • Canadian

        Perpetual students? I knew a few…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It’s Turtles, all the way down!

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  • FactsWillOut

    Masters is an idiot.
    General relativity works well enough that without it, no GPS or LHC.
    Quantum mechanics, well, it’s been verified to better then 1 part in 1 000 000 000 000.
    The author also lies and says there are only 4 fields(there are more like 18), then whines about not finding gravitons. The idiot doesn’t seem to realize that every single particle known experimentally to exist, bar 3, was predicted to exist by a theory before it was ever found.
    Gravitons are very hard to detect, because they only interact through gravity, and are massless, so we’d need an accelerator the size of the solar system to find them, but there may be indirect ways to measure their effects.
    The possibility of parallel universes is a consequence of attempts to unify gravity with quantum mechanics, and Leonard Susskind and Juan Maldecena are both making significant inroads into this, often using string theory.

    If assholes like him were in charge of things, we’d still be living in grass huts.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I recommend “The Coming Revolution: Science Discovers the Truth of the Bible” as another look at our universe.

    • FactsWillOut

      Also “The Tao of Physics”, and “The Dancing Wu-Li Masters”.
      All BS of course, but fun reads.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I actually met Fritjof. Nice chap. Seemed very grounded to me. 😉

  • Xavier

    You have to wonder about the motives of people who insist we take their latest hypothesis entirely on faith yet seek to deny others their own faith.

  • BillyHW

    Scientists can’t do philosophy.

    • Xavier

      Dammit Billy you’re supposed to blame women voters.
      Stick with the script. 😉

  • simus1

    The line between brilliant geniuses and superkooks on steroids is fuzzy and indistinct.
    I blame Einstein for giving everyone the idea that his great brilliance and his normality is the rule, when it is very much the exception.