From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:55:46 -0000 Archived: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:17:44 -0500 Subject: Re: The New Philosophy Of Cosmology >Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:08:15 -0500 >From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Source: TheAtlantic.Com >http://tinyurl.com/7c6bkdf That's (partly) the most truthful article on physics seen for a while. First `truth' was that Hawking "doesn't know what he's talking about". And he also said "Standard cosmology, or what was considered standard cosmology twenty years ago, led people to the conclude that the universe that we see around us began in a big bang, or put another way, in some very hot, very dense state. And if you think about the characteristics of that state, in order to explain the evolution of the universe, that state had to be a very low entropy state, and there's a line of thought that says that anything that is very low entropy is in some sense very improbable or unlikely." Yup - personal reading, with hints from Smolin and Penrose, has allowed an extrapolation of Leibniz, risking a statement: that "The principle of sufficient variety could mean that a homogeneous or zero-variety universe is unlikely or impossible" - see: www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/ansci8.html#grav-t Some brave physicists have gone further, hinting that the gospel of the Big Bang has required so many subsequent fudges and fiddles - see: www.perceptions.couk.com/uef/ansci8.html#grav-t - that mainstream physics is now painted into a corner - and it's a deadend. Hopefully that might force us to consider alternatives - see: www.perceptions.couk.com/creation.html#updates Even so was amused by his final posit: that "[technology producing] intelligence is really not very useful. It's not actually, in the general case, of much evolutionary value" and his thought that it might drastically affect the alien life we might expect to find elswhere. So, do we think the rest of the universe is only populated by beetles? My own objection to that is backed (fortuitously) by todays sci- news, where we read that `Intelligent folk (with larger pre- frontals) have more friends" and, iirc, by much earlier research which has pointed out the bloody obvious - that intelligence (via adaptability), is the only way to avoid the evolutionary dead-ends of overspecialization, as in peacocks, tigers and spiny ant-eaters - see: www.perceptions.couk.com/genes6.html#spek1 So, imho, he's only partly truthful. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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