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  1. Things would, perhaps, not have turned out so badly if the one typing the 280 characters had one of his own.
  2. I find this sort of research intrinsically more interesting than the outcomes of LHC experiments, or investigations in cosmology. I can understand that some are more attracted to investigation of the fundamentals, but as my intellect is a product of emergence from those fundamentals I am more engaged by phenomena at the same level. (And I think my intellect just about on a par with a jellyfish.) So, thank you for the link.
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    Delay lines

    Optic delay lines? Hmm. I didn't see this when it was first posted.
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    Political Humor

    His finger is loaded and cocked.
  5. His book, Dark Sun - The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, is also excellent, but is much more a historical story than a scientific one, not that the science is ignored. I notice that his earlier book won Rhodes the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.
  6. I guess you do horoscopes. How much do you charge?
  7. If all you are going to do is make claims then you will be rightly ignored. You need to do as @Klaynos suggested and demonstrate the correlation. That is only the starting point, but without that all you have is an idle speculation.
  8. From your document: "We believe that with the combination of the above factors and conditions in the interior of the planet, a thermonuclear fusion reaction is quite possible, capable of causing a deep-focus earthquake, the nature of which is still unknown." The cause of deep focus earthquakes is very well established and has been for several decades. The vast majority of such earthquakes occur along subducting plates. This is one of the core observations of plate tectonics, which the soundly estsablished paradigm of Earth science. You error here, asserting the cause is unknown, calls into question anything you may present relating to mantle geology. You also state: " Diamonds are known to form in magma." No, they are not known to form in magma. If you think they do you should have no problem providing a citation. There is a host of other faulty material in your paper, but I'd like to see your responses to these first before investing any more time on it.
  9. I did not offer an opinion. I offered a suite of substantive objections that, seemingly, you are unable to refute. My 'arguments' are reasoned objections, I leave demagoguery to those who are short on evidence or conscience. There are many people who were born with fewer than five fingers , or who have lost one or more by accident, while there is the occassional six fingered person. As to interest, accuracy should always be of interest to serious enquirers.
  10. Except: How does one ensure a comprehensive and objective analysis of the videos? How does one ensure one has selected a representative example of of accessible videos? How does one ensure that the accessible videoes are fully representative of all the videos? How does one ensure that the producers of the videos have not been selective of their shots? In short, while videos would be a good potential source of data, to declare that "there is nothing more reliable than this" calls into question your ability to carry out a scientific analysis.
  11. Science is about discovery. A substantial proportion of scientists are it because they are intrigued by discovery. So science certainly leads to a gain of knowledge. I hope you are not offended by the notion that scientists also welcome a salary for the work they do. Invention lies much more in the field of engineering where profit and gain are what powers further engineering developments. Not in any significant way. No idea what you mean? Of course the application of some scientific discoveries have had negative consequences. That is more in the hands of politiicians, businessmen and the general public than it is in the hands of scientists. And the vast majority of discoveries have been beneficial, or at worst neutral. And yet, while I maintained contact with my parents during the occassional letter when I was on the other side of the planet I can use the internet to video visit with my children and granchildren every week. Science has identified global warming and offered solutions. Famine would be infinitely worse without scientific developments in agriculture. Climate change, as for global warming, which is just a synonym. Application of science can often best be achieved via business model. Do you think that is a problem. Finally you ask a good question. Answer: pretty much.
  12. Salik, in your pdf you open with these sentences: "The speed of light is 299 792 458 m/s. When we move our hand, we see the movement straight away because of the close distance that the light has to travel between the hand and our eyes. We also feel the movement straight away as the speed of the nerve impulses are very quick: they are not that quick compared to light." Based upon other remarks later in your pdf I don't think you actually mean what you say here. But I'm going to assume, for the moment, that you do think these statements are accurate and I am going to correct them. We don't see the movement of our hand straight away. The distance is small and the speed of light is large, as you say, but it still takes a finite time for the light to reach our eyes. It then takes time for the signal to be converted, sent down the optic nerve and interpreted by the brain. So, what you may have meant was "for all most practical purposes we see the movement straight away" Equally we don't feel the movement straight away, though you say we do. (And there are multiple possibilities as to what you might mean by "feel".) Before we proceed further with your ideas would you comment on these contradictions between what you wrote and reality.
  13. A useful and effective analogy. I am now better informed. Thank you.
  14. I wonder if discussions like these, amongst educated Roman citizens, took place during the Decline, or were not commonplace until the Fall. Or have my mild bipolar tendencies just moved into the depressive phase?
  15. I realise this discussion of fission in stars is off-topic, but it is considerably more interesting than the OP and is, in contrast to that, actually science. I just wanted to nit-pick your wording. You say there "could be trace amounts of heavy elements". That should read "there must be trace amounts of heavy elements". If there were not then all our theories of stellar formation could be tossed onto a bonfire. The sun and planets are understood to have formed from the gravitational collapse of a portion of a molecular cloud. There is no known (or even postulated) mechanism that could have excluded the heavy elements (many of which went on to form planets, asteroids, moons, meteorites, etc,) from the sun. They must be there. (And spectral analysis confirms their presence.)
  16. Unfotunately not. My primary source for news is the BBC, both broadcast and online. The suggestion that the vaccine might give longer protection than infection with the virus was made on a few occassions by experts, and/or informed reporters. I just filed the comments in my mind as something to keep an eye on as more data became available. There was no concrete mention of a mechanism.
  17. My apologies. I attributed your post to the OP. I can't even plead lack of sleep as an excuse.
  18. No one knows. This will only emerge as those who have been vaccinated, either in the trials or in vaccination programs, begin to succumb to covid in the future. I have yet to see a genuine expert, in any country, offer a speculation - only various hopes. If I have properly understood some of the reports I've seen then this is definitely a possibility and is actively hoped for. At the risk of giving offence I wouldn't call it controversial, just silly.
  19. You appear to be conflating leftists with atheists. Perhaps you've lived in America for too long. There are many Christian leftists. I learned the principles of socialism from sermons and Sunday School. So, I've either misunderstood your position, or your views don't reflect reality.
  20. So, you accept that the other criticisms of MigL were valid then? It seems so, since you have chosen the most minor item on his list to challenge. (A challenge that was, indeed, nit-picking.)
  21. My suspicion is that after some nine months of covid avoidance measures a significant proportion of the population will feel that the mere existence of a vaccine somehow means it's OK to relax. It won't register that it will be well through next year before the majority of people have received a vaccine. As a consequence I fear that we could see third and fourth waves occurring. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think humans have got a good track record for long term, sustained, widespread rational behaviour. On the plus side, ignoring Covid completely, we now know the names of 18 astronauts destined to travel to the moon. That's something nice to think about.
  22. The UK one is reported here on the BBC's children's channel/site. It was produced by a local man who was amused by the Utah one. Plus this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-55227034 and on Glastonbury Tor: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-55248257
  23. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (Vintage 1942 ) was really about how to constrain Artificial Intelligence rather than robots. If something equivalent is imposed on all future AI's there is little to worry about. If not, then be afraid. Be very afraid.
  24. No argument about the importance of accuracy is pointless in a science context. Your thread has provided a timely reminder of this. Timely, that is, for you. The rest of us are, I think, already aware of the point.
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