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Since we were young, we were taught the notion that mathematics is one of those fundamental things that nets the same result each and every time it is used. Most of us believe with unwavering faith that mathematics as a science, is the very foundation of logical thinking.
The problem in this day of Richard Feynman's quantum electrodynamics is that probability and uncertainty begin to intrude on our nice, tidy belief structures.
How we want our universe to behave often conflicts with reality - reality being a word I use to represent the human concept of the observable construct universe as perceived by our multiple senses and interpreted by our human consciousness; in other words the stuff we see, hear and touch.

Mathematics generally isn't something we can see, hear or touch, but it is a human mechanism for deconstructing our observations so that we may explain and make predictions regarding the likelihood of an observable event happening again.

A naive world approach to what would at first glance appear to be a random event (such as the flipping of a coin) would leave the observer the expectation that the coin toss SHOULD be 50-50 (50% probability of the coin landing heads or 50% landing tails.) Most people assume that the rational expectation of a supposedly random event is that it is split evenly between 2 options, 'yes it will or no it will not'. Of course, the flipping of a coin is in no way a random event, and can be easily controlled with practice so that it gives you 75 to 25% odds in your favor.

You may say "OK, certainly if mankind is involved in the measure, surely bias, deliberate or otherwise is always factored into the results". True enough, when results that violate causality (cause and effect) are above statistical norm, we need to look for why - and usually it's human interference or manipulation of the experiment or data. Things like apparent miracles can be performed simply by subtle deception - or hiding how the experimenter ended up getting the results obtained, fantastic as they are. That's the difference between science and 'magic' or 'illusion'.
That is why it is SO important to have experiments where duplication of the exercise nets a result consistent with the original.
A case that comes to mind are the thousands upon thousands of perpetual motion machines developed every year. Some even get money for development by people who fail to grasp that any violation of thermodynamics would be a bad bet to make. Impossible actually.
Still, in spite of knowing that a perpetual motion machine is absolutely impossible, people insist that the entire universe and how it functions is wrong - and they know better. Or - they are just better liars than the average person, and think they have the power to make people believe scientific law can be easily violated.

All of this however, is on our scale - not on the quantum level. Rational probability has no place there. None at all.
The thing about QED is that your outcomes are only mathematically favored - not mathematical certainty. Probably you will obtain a result that fits into your expectations, but with absolute certainty - there will be results that do not. That's a fact.
If there is an almost 0% chance of something occurring on the quantum level, then it will, given enough time. This principle of, for lack of a better term "low expectation" is now a scientific process - if there is even a small chance of something occurring on a quantum level, it absolutely will. Thus we enter the quantum machine age. Currently chips are hitting the 12-17 nanometer range - but at this scale quantum probability starts to take over and the path of electron is no longer predictable. They "leak" from the chip. It's a real, nearly impossible barrier to overcome.
Can we? The odds are extremely low - so yes, absolutely.

What about probability in our large scale human lives? Do quantum rules apply here?
No, not at all. As I always say: "what will occur in your life is what is most likely to occur, with variation."
What this means to you and I is simple: If you want something, put in enough effort to alter circumstances so that most likely you can make the desired result occur.
That is all.
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A new discovery today  - the pristine surface of Pluto - no visible impact craters (at least in this shot). In order for this to occur there must me substantial activity on this small world, but Charon doesn't have enough mass to create the tidal forces required to rework the surface of Pluto. Yet, these mountains are less than 100 000 years old, just a fraction of the age of our solar system. How can this be? My opinion is that either what we consider the fundamentals of planetary geology has to be reexamined or we must find a secondary answer that fits the facts.
It is reasonable to conclude that in the relatively recent past Pluto encountered a massive object, such as a micro-black hole which had a devastating effect on the surface of Pluto, erasing any evidence of the expected impact craters. We will have to see if this effect is localized or body wide.
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There was a time, long ago when a certain star formed out of interstellar gas. Over millennia this star experienced immense temperatures and pressure and cycled through it 's life, producing massive amounts of energy, light and gravitational influence, holding planets within it's influence.
In time, this particular star reached the end of it's life, becoming unstable.
It exploded, throwing elements from its very heart out into the empty cosmos.
In time, these atoms began to reform into something new, and with it came the formation of a new sun, a new world, new life.
In time these ancient atoms eventually, at the same time formed you and I, and in the moment I met you I remembered that, millions upon millions of years ago we shared a common beginning. In that moment, seeing you again, for the first time, I recognized you as a part of me I had lost and never knew was missing.
In that ageless second, I came to love you.
It is the miracle of a moment, forged by the long eons of chance, this time, this feeling, all bought with great cost through the death of stars. Somehow, I feel that it was all worth it, if only to see you again.
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My friend Jeremy Preston and I were discussing quantum entanglement today. I had come to the realization that in the past all the particles we are made up of today had already entangled.
I took this further, stating that interaction of the partner particles causes interaction with ours - even those in our bodies, though these entangled particle mates could be on the other side of the universe by now. I stated that if they are affected by a mass such as a black hole, they would cause an entangled reaction in our bodies as well.
Here is where he amazed me - he said "perhaps this is what causes cancer."
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The only flag I'd ever salute. Nationalism is a sub-human cabal.

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People sometimes have difficulty understanding how our world can have 3 spacial dimensions, one time dimension and 2 extra spacial dimensions.
To put it simply, if you look down on the atomic scale, you might see our 3 dimensional world has an extra 2, one long, and one around, curved like an egg.  Because light doesn't interact with it, we can't see it. It is supposed that gravity does, though.
It shouldn't be long before we discover if the extra dimensions of spacetime are real, or just a mathematical solution to the wrong question.
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New studies in neuroscience proved that brain activity behind decision making occurs before the individual is consciously aware of the need for a decision.

The brain perceives us moving forward in time, encountering situations that are set and not changeable.
It responds by first delaying our conscious perception then initiating a cascade of processes after the fact that make it seem like we are choosing an outcome, even though that outcome already occurred.
In effect, the brain is only there, not for decision making, but for observing the filmstrip of our lives, placing a time lag, then creating emotional and mental responses that we then are allowed to conceive and experience as the implementation of free will.
Free will, or a programming delay?
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During our short lives on this particular planet, we have the opportunity to convey to the universe what we are by our manipulation and usage of what we are given, our beauty, our resources, our strengths, weaknesses, and intellectual capacity. Though eternity was built into the minds of us all, we are faced with the glowing realization that the truth of human existence is duration. Our duration. We exist in a finite place in time and space, with a specific beginning and a definite end. Our lives become the testimony of what it means to be human. Some of us lie, some tell truths. Some betray, others die for just causes. In this we show our makeup, our worth, or our worthlessness.
I am sorry, so sorry that you must fight for the remainder of your rightful duration, it must be so difficult for you at times.
To see you reach out with strength and integrity, if not for yourself, but for those whom you wish to set an example for, proves the measure of your worth.
In another time we could have been friends, but right now, in this moment, I only wish to convey my sadness and hope for you. I do not know you, but in this small thing, you have me regretting that life's randomization placed an ocean between us, but thankful that in this small way I can know your character, feel the pain of your hardships and the love you exude for those who fail to see that you of all people we could know, not only is someone whom we should imitate, but someone who requires only a small amount of acceptance and love in order to be strengthened enough to fight the battles forced upon you through no fault of your own.
Be strong, but also, be weak when you need to. Though our humanity escapes us all now and then, the heart of the world will not abandon you, for you in these moments are defining us as a species, and I am proud of the testimony you are presenting to the universe, on behalf of us all.
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thanks for you comment Eric. It really moved me. 

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Often when I sit down to write a post on g+ I have no idea what I intend on saying. Generally I begin and let my mind wander and usually within a few moments it forms into a post about what I think about during my average day - that being the nature of reality. So many of us look at the world at human scale and believe that this set of laws governing the universe hold true at all scales, that the universe is without end both spatially and chronologically, yet if you ran the "film" of the universe in reverse, it would all come to a central point. So... explain to me how you start with a finite universe in a single point that includes all dimensions of space and time - then blow it outward suddenly and with almost perfect uniformity, so that it is without end, infinite?  It's ridiculous.
The search for a universal boundary seems obvious, but for some reason the human predilection for looking at the stars and thinking it's all endless and timeless baffles me. It's also groundless scientifically.
I have a strong suspicion that, like the surface of the earth, the universe continues on in a straight line forever, but it certainly isn't endless, as neither is the earth's surface. Universal curvature of space-time is obvious since mass curves space, and the universe does indeed contain a lot of mass, at least on a 4 dimensional human scale.
Now that we will be discovering an entire subset of new particles (thanks to the CERN upgrade) it remains to be seen what new marvels will be singled out as moving from fiction to fact.
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Cognitive dissonance is something all of us experience every day. Moral choices often impede our success, to the point of preventing us from reaching out in business, not asking the pretty lady we meet for coffee, or even missing an opportunity to tell someone important to us that we love them. Often we do these things but do not allow our full commitment to the process, thus our words begin to distance themselves from our actions and interactions causing people to question our core nature.
Why does this happen to normally intelligent, feeling, happy people?
Recent studies in OCD (I'm thinking of those I've read from the University of Cambridge) indicate that some of us have disturbing thoughts that we then try to eliminate through repetitive behavior. Persons without this affliction often are worried about the potential harm of a situation, so they avoid moving forward as a means of delaying the small chance that harm may be experienced, but in doing so, this delaying tactic often comes across as a disassociation from our loved ones, our potential romantic partners, business partners and even our friends.  The net result is the same - a destruction of the bond. The only difference is that it wasn't destroyed after it was began, it was destroyed before - and all of the positive experiences and benefits we could have experienced are destroyed along with them.
We tend not to consider the good, positive benefits lost as important, but instead feel that because we only got hurt a little by NOT taking a risk, that we did the right thing.
It's a fallacy that costs our planet billions of dollars, crushes lives and effectively wipes love from the face of the earth.
A misfiring in the brain's control system is the culprit. Overactivity in the caudate system has a direct effect in the habit system in the brain. The caudate nucleus has been implicated with voluntary movement, learning, memory, sleep, and social behavior.
Check that your learning, memory, sleep and social behavior is not below normal. If it is, you could quite likely be having a misfire in your brain's control system and missing out on the very thing that brings joy to your life, and the lives of others wanting to include you.
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So... in a nutshell, the universe has too much deuterium.... so therefore there most not be a lot of baryonic dark matter. Why? Because that would mean a denser early universe and less unburned deuterium that could remain... unless... inflation theory is wrong, that the universe earlier on was less dense and the amount of non-baryonic dark matter is actually less than assumed.
It makes you wonder if the early universe actually was far less different than we think.
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Retired early from my career but still working: I've one hell of a resume. Seriously.
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