Profile

Cover photo
Wes Smith
Attended Brigham Young University
77 followers|38,253 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Interesting alternate quantum theory, first time I've heard of it. They are able to demonstrate the double slit results with a drop of oil and pilot wave. Wonder if Feynman ever made any comments on this theory. 
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…
1
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Would be a lot easier with New Testament or Book of Mormon, since the Old Testament is full of such atrocities, its hard to find a story that isn’t morally offensive. Its kind of like asking “what is your favorite Nazi story”, so perhaps you meant it as a challenge, if so I’ll give it a try.

* Child sacrifice - Judges 11:30-39, Jephthah burns his daughter alive as a sacrificial offering for God’s favor in killing the Ammonites

* Rape & Incest - Genesis 19:1-11. Lot, the only righteous man in Sodom, offers his virgin daughters to be gang raped by a crowd. The crowd turns him down and he impregnates his daughters himself in Genesis 19:30-38

* Concubine raped and dismembered - Judges 19:22-29, a mob demands to rape a godly master’s guest. The master offers his daughter and a concubine to them instead. They take the concubine and gang-rape her all night. The master finds her on his doorstep in the morning, cuts her into 12 pieces, and ships the pieces around the country. - WTF??

* A tribe slaughtered and their virgins raped for not showing up at roll call. Judges 21:1-23, the other Israelites kill them all except for the virgins, which they take for themselves. Still not happy, they hide in vineyards and pounce on dancing women from Shiloh to take them for themselves.

* God has 42 children mauled by bears for teasing Elisha, 2 Kings 2:23-24 

* God kills a man for refusing to impregnate his brother’s widow Genesis 38:9-10

* God helps Samson kill 30 men because he lost a bet Judges 14:11-19

* Noah’s Flood - genocide and unrealistic

* Genocide after genocide after genocide, including killing men women and children, although occasionally keeping the virgin girls as sex slaves. Joshua 6:20-21 Jericho, Deuteronomy 2:32-35 Heshbon, Deuteronomy 3:3-7 Bashan, Numbers 31:7-18 Midianites, 1 Samuel 15:1-9 Amalekites

* Exodus 12:29, God slaughters all Egyptian firstborn children and cattle because their king was stubborn - thats just sick

* Chronicles 13:15-18, God helps the men of Judah kill 500,000 of their fellow Israelites

Its really difficult to find any good stories in the Old Testament, but I did find two I like.

* Balaam's Talking Donkey - Numbers 22:28 - Reminds me of the movie Shrek, also saw a version illustrated with Lego people which was amusing.

* Joseph - Genesis 39-45 - This story actually is more detailed/interesting than most, and in the end Joseph forgives his brothers, which is a much better moral story than most of the stories that are full of all sorts of violence. I’d pick this as the favorite. 
1
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
1
1
Rex Davidson's profile photo
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
77 people
Hitendra Parmar's profile photo
Nicola Smith's profile photo
Aubrey Smith's profile photo
lisa joshua's profile photo
Tano'e Brown's profile photo
Bradley Scalio's profile photo
Phanter Hack's profile photo
Robert Skeen's profile photo
Andreas Geisler's profile photo

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
This is actually pretty cool.  I had a one-semester physics class taught by C.N. Yang, and one of the topics he chose to cover was the gravitational correction in a neutron interferometer.  At first I thought it was an odd choice of topic, but it really did show how a curious top-notch mind actually functions. As he pointed out, we know that neutrons are particles; and the neutron interferometer clearly demonstrates that they're waves.  We know that particles feel gravity, and naive QM+GR suggests that waves should too (as they carry energy). The fact that this can be experimentally confirmed with such an easy and elegant experiment showed that all is well in the world.

So call me a geek, but I think its pretty exciting that, 30 years later, it seems that we also need gravitational corrections for the one-loop virtual pair in the photon propagator.  That is, the two particles in the pair should be considered as two arms of an interferomter, taking different paths through space; if the space has a gravitational potential that potential will alter the amplitude slightly, when the pair recombines.  But of course!  Why didn't we think of this earlier?

If this holds up, then it does have a certain air of warm fuzzies: all is well in the world of perturbation theory, at least at the one-loop level.  That and some chocolate milk will make me sleep better.

https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/first-evidence-of-a-correction-to-the-speed-of-light-65c61311b08a
When astronomers first observed light from a supernova arriving 7.7 hours after the neutrinos from the same event, they …
40 comments on original post
2
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
My Mormon family fails big time. They do not follow the teachings of Jesus. They slander, gossip, destroy family relationships, yet somehow the Mormon church still gives them temple recommends (which they won't do if you commit horrible sins like drinking coffee), so obviously some part of this quote is false.
 
#Christians profess belief in a #Savior, and they act in Harmony with the Savior's teachings #MormonsAreChristian
2 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
As the source for all beings is OMNISCIENCE, we must understand that if we TAP this source effectively then accomplishing our goals is a definite. Always think with a CLEAR HEAD and never navigate through your EMOTIONS! Don't cloud your movements! Breathe Life and Love Daily! with +Cheryl Clarke 
48 comments on original post
2
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Wes Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Identity-protective Cognition Thesis (“ICT”)—sees a particular recurring form of group conflict as disabling the capacities that individuals have to make sense of decision-relevant science: when policy-relevant facts become identified as symbols of membership in and loyalty to affinity groups that figure in important ways in individuals’ lives, they will be motivated to engage empirical evidence and other information in a manner that more reliably connects their beliefs to the positions that pre- dominate in their particular groups than to the positions that are best supported by the evidence.

…improving public understanding of science and propagating critical reasoning skills—while immensely important, both intrinsically and practically cannot be expected to dissipate persistent public conflict over decision-relevant science. Only removing the source of the motivation to process scientific evidence in an identity-protective fashion can. The conditions that generate symbolic associations between positions on risk and like facts, on the one hand, and cultural identities, on the other, must be neutralized in order to assure that citizens make use of their capacity for science comprehension.

The image shows how relabeling numbers with a political topic changes how people interpret them. The difference between the top/bottom graphs indicate how much people let their political views change how they interpreted identical numbers.

full paper:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2319992
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
77 people
Hitendra Parmar's profile photo
Nicola Smith's profile photo
Aubrey Smith's profile photo
lisa joshua's profile photo
Tano'e Brown's profile photo
Bradley Scalio's profile photo
Phanter Hack's profile photo
Robert Skeen's profile photo
Andreas Geisler's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Computer Programming
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Bragging rights
Father of Liam Raleigh Smith
Education
  • Brigham Young University
    Computer Science, 1989
Links
YouTube
Links