June 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Per the Reality of Global Warming § permalink
I believe the evidence is clear that we humans are causing climate change. I don’t like to preach about it, as I want us to do something about it if possible, and preaching just hurts people’s feelings. On the other hand, this is a big deal, and I want to engage skeptics respectfully, on the merits of the evidence. This video does a good job of cutting to the essential.
I am swamped these days, and not actively posting to theWheel, but I have to leave a note about this experiment. Per many previous posts (like this one), I hope and expect we will be getting a few surprises as the data starts rolling in. Listen to the Moon.
Just in case I haven’t published this little tidbit yet…(UPDATE 3.11.10 – I guess I have).
In an email to a real certified Physicist today, I included the glyph:
…can we profitably think of prime numbers as a metaphor for coexisting yet not interpenetrating physical theories, unified by their common divisor “1”?
The import being that if Quantum Mechanics was like 2 and General Relativity was like 3 then both theories are divisible by 1 (God, Consciousness, Perception, Observation) yet do not interpenetrate. Therefore a new theory of Quantum Gravity would be unnecessary to unify Physics. Physics would be unified in the Unitary dimension of God, Consciousness, Perception, Observation.
(UPDATE 2.5.11) In the Unitary dimension of Number.
(I wrote the following screed a month ago and didn’t publish it. Perhaps I thought it over-the-top, angry, bitter – somehow unworthy of theWheel. And yet, what more appropriate tone can one adopt? This one may come back to bite me, but it’s real today.)
OK. I’m calling bullshit. Physics. “String Theory” Enough is enough.
Calling all string theorists. Do you have any evidence for your theory? Any repeatable testable observations? Anything at all? Looks like religion to me. Fancy math. I can’t do your fancy string theory math – or more to the point, until there is any repeatable testable experimental evidence, I see no point in learning esoteric notations that so far as I can tell refer to nothing. Except maybe tenure.
I am not an illiterate. I can read an orchestral score, but I assure you I would never have bothered to learn without first hearing repeatable testable renditions of scores. Fancy graphics can embody great art and beauty. They can also serve as smoke screens.
Today, just an observation. Natural Science – what I hesitate to call Physics because in my opinion that which is most essential about the subject matter of what is usually referred to as Physics is not physical – has led me to Theater.
How very interesting that Physics and Theater resonate with each other.
Why Theater? The live audience is the key. From my post Night Flight:
It recently occurred to me that what was truly special to me about live theater was the way in which a group of people, including – especially including – a live reactive audience as an indispensable component of the magical dynamic – a group of people “self consciously” agree to surrender to a theatrical dream within the dominant shared “reality” dream. Within the magic circle of a suspension of disbelief (or is it rather an affirmation of belief?) all are creating together, all are aware of and swept up into the common alternate reality that all are purposely – I won’t say mindfully – dreaming up together.
In fairness, Science has indeed generated a concept, the Anthropic Principle, which explains the conveniently life-friendly physical constants and attributes of our universe by noting that only universes that have laws that facilitate the generation of observers will ever be observed. But I don’t think even the Anthropic Principle can have anything to say about why the discs of the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size as seen from Earth.
I say this because this synchronicity of observed disc size plays out in a realm of aesthetic rather than physical necessity. There is no physical necessity for the discs to be the same size. For instance, the moon could be farther away and a bit denser and achieve the same gravitational and tidal effects on Earth with a smaller apparent disc size.
There are, however, aesthetic reasons for the discs to be the same size. As currently constituted, solar eclipses look strikingly cool. Furthermore, the current arrangement of Earth, Sun, and Moon is also balanced and symmetrical. We have two lights of the same apparent size, one for the day and one for the night…
It seems that the audience in a theatrical system plays a role analogous to the role of observers in a physical system. Hmmm….
I’ve had a lifelong fascination with dreams. I can remember some very vivid BIG dreams from very early in my childhood – two in particular from a time when my family lived in a house in Ohio from which we moved when I was 4 years old. My early intrepid experiments in expanding consciousness, my interest in and identification with Native American cultures, my love at first sight when I was finally exposed to Carl Jung (Man and His Symbols was my first contact), my full speed ahead obsession with lucid dreaming at a time when science, before Stephen LaBerge at Stanford, still insisted we lucid dreamers were self-delusional or just plain nuts, my later embrace of Joseph Campbell’s work identifying Myth as Public Dream (and Dream as Private Myth) – all this has been an ongoing central theme throughout my life.