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Heh i got tricked by the second one, but got the rest all correct :) very good
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His birthday was yesterday, but better late than never!
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I will be happy to look .l,and thank you. I am just getting back on my feet financially and mentally. I am trying to promote my music and children's poetry using social media and go to the next level. I have had a hard time of the business end of my art.
My poetry has been featured in text books, sold in schools, libraries. Etc. My music is played on publicly funded stations around the country. I have done many book signings and been invited to the local schools to read. I am "rich" with pride but haven't been good with marketing or business. I am still trying but barely scraping the bills out.
I am a transgender woman (post op) almost 20 years now and have helped the ACLU persuade the State Senate to change the workplace discrimination laws to protect people like me. I was wrongfully terminated and had to sue my former employer when I began my transition 20 years ago. I have always been intrigued with physics and would lay awake at night and try and disprove Einstein's theories. Even though I had to quit school in the 9th grade after my father passed away. I did join the Navy at 17,got my ged, and worked in the navigation department aboard the USS Nassau for 2 years. I saw the world, gained perspective, and became man enough to not be afraid of becoming the woman I had always been. I am a lesbian and have been in two very fulfilling ,long term marriages to beautiful women who have loved me for who I am.
My first wife of 9 years loved me so much that she helped me become someone that she couldn't make love to.
We had to end on a good note. She liked boys. Then I met Jessica, who I have been with for almost 12 years now. She has epilepsy. So I haven't had time to pursue any physics ambitions that are part of who I am. So...that's my story. I am 45 now and going to fix my business finally. I am also interested in hearing your thoughts on Einstein's theory and special theory of relatively as well as some of the newer concepts like string theory and quantum physics. I'm not sure I'm convinced with the whole time travel idea being connected to the speed of light as it is are own perception.
So..please google me at Raine Alyssa Catalano and or check out http://rainesmusic.tripod.com and http://shilopublishing.tripod.com , enjoy my craft and share your thoughts on both physics and any feedback on how to get out of this "starving artist" struggle using this new form of marketing. Thank you for asking the bigger questions as a scientist. I wanted to peruse the field but my extremely extraordinary life has been consuming thus far. Thanks for any feedback and please contact me if you like a particular composition or poem and I will be happy to send you digital files to enjoy. I am self taught on the classical guitar style. Transcendental....somewhat hypnotic. It's all from my heart. 
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Religion, ISIS, Atheist Hypocrisy, Confirmation Bias, and Tribalism
"Symbols of Religions". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Several recent atheist commentators have rightly condemned ISIS, citing it as an example of religion gone horribly wrong. But then they go further, usi...
Several recent atheist commentators have rightly condemned ISIS, citing it as an example of religion gone horribly wrong. But then they go further, using the example of ISIS to condemn religion as a whole. Is this a valid move? If not, then why not? And what clues, if any, does the activity of ...
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Thoughtful post, Andrew.
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Physicists Aren't the Only Ones Who Trash Philosophy
So, I was reading some philosophy tonight. I finished David Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding , which - at the end of a book with no abstract reasoning of quantity or number or really any experimental reasoning - has the following as the fina...
So, I was reading some philosophy tonight. I finished David Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, which - at the end of a book with no abstract reasoning of quantity or number or really any experimental reasoning - has the following as the final lines: ...
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Good point, but by its very nature -- question everything, including the question (and questioner) -- science itself was borne of philosophy. Philosophers question each other's conclusions like no other profession, trust me. Pick up any journal and they're still debating the crap out of Plato.
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My Pitch for Ghostbusters III
Okay, I am really sick and tired of reboots. I've reached my limit, and the idea that there might be a reboot of the classic Ghostbusters is enough to push me over the edge. For a while, there have been rumors of another sequel that introduced a new team. T...
Okay, I am really sick and tired of reboots. I've reached my limit, and the idea that there might be a reboot of the classic Ghostbusters is enough to push me over the edge. For a while, there have been rumors of another sequel that introduced a new team. This, however, is different.
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An intriguing look at a proposed "new" (read: "old") interpretation of bizarre quantum mechanical behavior.
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly…
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"Anyone who claims to understand quantum theory is either lying or crazy." ~Richard P. Feynman

There is something about Bell's Theorem that I don't understand.

As I understand it, Bell starts with Schrödinger's Wave Equation, which (as Schrödinger conceived it) applies to a single particle.  Using Schrödinger's formulation, an observer can expect to find the particle at some location, (x,y,z), at some time, t, with the probability given by Schrödinger's formula.

In the EPR Paradox, instead of reckoning one particle, we are given a pair of twin particles sharing a common "birth certificate" going off in opposite directions from each other.

How are we to apply Schrödinger's Wave Equation, which applies to a single particle, to a pair of particles separated by arbitrary distances in space?

Bell blithely takes Schrödinger's Wave Equation and straightaway applies it to both particles, as if they comprised a "singlet" -- a system of two particles acting as if they were one particle.

But here is where I fall off the boat.  There is but one parameter, t, for time in Schrödinger's Wave Equation.  What is Bell supposed to plug in for "system time" for reckoning events (measurements) occurring at two different locations in space?!?  

One of the first things we learn from Einstein's Relativity is that there is no such thing as "Universal Cosmological Time." Indeed there is no such thing as "simultaneity" for events taking place at separate locations.  

It occurs to me that Bell is abusing Schrödinger's Wave Equation by extrapolating from the special case for which Schrödinger constructed his formula -- a single particle -- to embracing an arbitrary distributed system of particles.  

How in the name of Schrödinger and Einstein does Bell get away with that?!?

Both Schrödinger and Einstein died before Bell constructed his Inequality. Had they been alive, I reckon both of them would have objected to extrapolating the Wave Equation to a distributed system, especially since doing so required the adoption of the unrealistic concept of a common "system time" to plug into Schrödinger's ad hoc formula.

It is instructive to consider two quotes here from Richard Feynman:

"Where did we get Schrödinger's wavefunction from? Nowhere. It is not possible to derive it from anything you know. It came out of the mind of Schrödinger."

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." 

Moreover, Schrödinger was not entirely comfortable with the implications of quantum theory. Schrödinger wrote about the probability interpretation of quantum mechanics, saying: "I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it."  I reckon he was worried someone would someday misapply it.

Nonetheless, Bell hypothesized that it was realistic to extrapolate Schrödinger's Wave Equation from the case of a single particle to the case of a distributed system, even though that created the dilemma of inventing the unrealistic concept of a unified "system time" that pervaded the cosmos.  Was his hypothesis defensible?  This is where Feynman's second quote comes into play.

Under the questionable hypothesis, Bell constructed an Inequality that was soon disconfirmed by Alain Aspect's experiments. That's not very surprising, and it means that the ad hoc single-particle Wave Equation cannot reasonably be extrapolated to a distributed system.  In other words, Bell's Inequality is "inoperative" because it's constructed from an unrealistic assumption about the existence of a "universal system time" that extends throughout the cosmos.

Does anybody really know what time it is?
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Data from the cutting edge of cosmology!
 
Physics at the Universe’s Limits: How new developments in measuring the highest-energy particles and earliest signals from the Universe are teaching us what all this is. https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/physics-at-the-universes-limits-d798c0959c7d
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Our orbital manufacturing stations are on the way!
 
The space station's 3-D printer makes "the first object truly manufactured off planet Earth": 
After a series of calibration tests, the first 3-D printer to fly to outer space has manufactured its first potentially useful object on the International Sp...
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10 Most Personally Influential Books
First, let me say that I've done this before, back in 2008, so here's a link to that list  (although please ignore all of the begging to join BookWise ... it was a clever book-oriented multi-level marketing system which, sadly, did not survive the digital a...
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All this recent talk about the probable upcoming  #Aquaman  movie made me throw my own pitch out there. Hollywood, take note! And, if not that, then maybe at least +Amy Dallen or somebody could chime in on what they think.
So this may become a thing. I really enjoyed the mental exercise of pulling together my pitch for Ghostbusters III, and the buzz on the internet recently about the possibility of an Aquaman movie (see here, here, and here) has gotten my creative juices flowing. They have two different writers ...
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"Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most reliable way of thinking at the present level of knowledge. Science is extremely reliable; it’s not certain. In fact, not only is it not certain, but it’s the lack of certainty that grounds it. Scientific ideas are credible not because they are sure but because they’re the ones that have survived all the possible past critiques, and they’re the most credible because they were put on the table for everybody’s criticism."
The separation of science and the humanities is relatively new—and detrimental to both.
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Hi, I really liked the article about how light is  not just light,, it is a wavelength,, how about some more information on how are brains transmit wavelengths ?
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Andrew Zimmerman Jones is the About.com Physics Guide and the author of String Theory For Dummies. He writes on a variety of topics, real and imaginary, both on the internet and elsewhere. He's also a contributing editor at Black Gate magazine. And he has a day job (but let's not discuss that here).
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