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Edward Duffy

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  1. I just read Lyndon Ashmore's "Big Bang Blasted" He presents a very compelling case for a different, simpler and I believe, correct interpretation of Hubble's law and the cause of redshift over very large distances, as well as the source of the CMB. Of course it brings us back to square one as far as how the universe was created, but that's part of the fun of science right? In a nutshell, he first noticed that Hubble's constant as of the most recent measurement, happens to equal the electron density in intergallactic space. This seemed to coincidental to be happenstance, so he beg
  2. The age of reason is long past, at least in the realm of politics. Making a case through logic and reason is difficult and influencing others to see things your way can take a lot of perserverance and repetition. In the age of sound-bite politics most don’t have that kind of patience. Reason has been replaced by something called “hackery”. Hackery is the art of dispensing with an opponents view by attacking an organization or individual rather than an idea. One can also champion a cause by associating it with a well liked individual or concept. Here’s how it works. If you are opposed to some
  3. It's possible to argue the issue from a free trade point of view and make the case that anyone who is willing to obey our laws and put in an honest day's work should be welcome to work here. There are many counties whose governments and economic systems ensure a never-ending supply of workers, skilled and unskilled who will gladly work for our minimum wage. Do we want to add plumbers, electricians, carpenters and more vocations to the ranks of the working poor? Do we want to create more low income, sub-standard housing areas? Does taking in economic refugees do anything to improve the situ
  4. Enforcing current immigration laws and allowing market forces to work with the pool of American and legal immigrant workers. If other countries economies are in shambles they should make changes. It's not up to the US to provide everyone on the planet a job.
  5. Jobs Americans Wont Do? There is a popular myth in this country that illegal immigrants are needed to do jobs that “Americans will not do”. The fact is that illegal immigrants do jobs that Americans wont do for $6/hour or less. Certain employers have come to expect dirt-cheap labor and when they can’t find it domestically, they’ll import it illegally. Many Middle Eastern companies make use of imported labor. A skilled carpenter in the United Arab Emirates makes all of $7.60/day. Perhaps if we follow this model carpentry will become a job that “Americans wont do”. Some argue that cheap la
  6. I agree with Peon that the taxes on petrol are a big incentive to keep using it for as long as possible, but if all the oil went away tomorrow we would switch to alcohol in a heartbeat. It would be more expensive and less efficient, but it would work. I do agree that our culture of mass production/consumption seems pretty pointless sometimes, but there are ways to opt out if you are so inclined. You can be a priest, a nun, a monk or a hermit if you'd rather. And as ffsjoe pointed out, if humans screw themselves, the planet and the universe will get over it.
  7. Exactly. Geeks generally don't like getting their hands dirty for a living. Somebody's got to do the grunt work.
  8. The evolutionary advantage of death is to preserve versatility. If a species achieved immortality it would necessarily have to stop reproducing at some point, or at least severely slow it down. The gene pool would no longer be fluid, but stagnant. In the event of some dramatic change in climate or other circumstances there would be a limited number of variations and even those with advantageous genes would be accustomed to living in a particular manner and be slow to react and adjust.
  9. The whole question of 2 dimensional beings is a good example of how math doesn't necessarily translate to reality. We can imagine 2 dimensional beings, but you'll never meet one. In math I can have 0 apples and you can still take 3 apples from me. You'd have 3 apples, I'd have -3 apples and since they still add up to 0 everything is hunky dory. In reality if I have 0 apples, you're not getting any apples from me. The inability to recognize that just because something is mathmatically correct doesn't make it real leads to such beliefs as the notion that an object that reaches the speed of lig
  10. If you subscribe to the existance of an aether (sub-sub-subatomic particles and probably smaller) instead of the more commonly accepted "vacuum of space", the creation of matter can take place in areas of extreme aether density when aether particles bond to form new entities such as sub-atomic particles. I think there is no logical reason to believe that the smallest particles that humans have been able to detect must be anywhere near the smallest particles that exist. When you create a vacuum you remove all or most of the matter from a given volume of space. What remains is aether. If it wer
  11. I think to cause rotation the thrust would have to be applied off center, causing the force to be transferred around the center of mass of the rod rather than straight through it. In the case of planetary rotation I think the Stirling engine offers some good clues. When the mass contained within a sphere is heated more on one side than another it migrates from hot side to cool side around the dense center which acts as a heat capacitor. The flowing mass within causes the whole sphere to rotate.
  12. Absolute zero is the temperature at which all motion stops. I believe this only applies to matter. I believe that energy is also particulate, just way too small and/or fast for us to observe directly. The lowering of temperature requires the removal of energy. I don't know that you could possibly remove all of the energy from a given space. Something has to occupy it or the space would simply collapse.
  13. I believe by definition absolute zero is the temperature at which all motion stops. If an object is moving toward another, there is motion so it can't be at absolute zero. I have a model in which gravity is due to pressure variances within an aether, where masses of aether (and the matter within) move in the direction of lower pressure (details at dynamictensegrity.com). Equal temperature (absolute zero) throughout a system would indicate equal pressure (I think) so no motion.
  14. Actually under the Dynamic Tensegrity Model (http://www.DynamicTensegrity.com) the aether surrounding the now vanished sun would rush into the space vacated by it drawing matter from the solar system toward it (including Earth) until equillibrium was reestablished.
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