"...I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me..." [Deuteronomy 5:8-10]

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Not Even Wrong: Revising the Landscape: "There is one obvious example successful of anthropic, or at least environmental, reasoning that I am surprised not to have seen mentioned: the isotope theory. 120 years ago, Janne Rydberg was probably Sweden's most famous physicist. Nowadays he is remembered for the series and the constant, but his main interest was to derive some deep explanation for atomic masses. When it eventually turned out that atomic mass is due to a rather random mixture of isotopes, he became so depressed that he had to seek professional help.
There are of course many differences, e.g. that we can successfully explain the masses of individual isotopes, at least in principle. But I don't see a problem if some numbers must be explained by historical accident, as long as the main predictions of your theory (extra-dimensions, SUSY, massless scalars, proton decay, huge and negative CC, etc.) agree with experiments."

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Google Groups: View Thread "Possibly the most inane YEC site": "Pease's Law ( ver 2.1 )

'In order for a parody to be effective, it must exceed a recognizable upper
bound of madness seriously proposed by the thing being parodied'