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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Grey Geezer Re:We don't (138 comments)

You are correct only by stating the obvious fact that we don't/can't know...but the math, and the theory both suggest that a spaceless/timeless condition existed before the initial event. The trick we all play on ourselves when we visualize "an empty void" is just a reflection of our inability to see in our mind's eye what a spaceless/timeless condition "looks" like. But an empty void is most certainly a mental cheat and not what current theory suggests was there "before".

9 hours ago
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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

Grey Geezer Re:We don't (138 comments)

And somehow that's not a big bang?

No...before the "Big Bang" there was no void. Before the "Big Bang" there was no time. I know it's hard for us to visualize, but that's what the theory describes.

11 hours ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Grey Geezer Because we have demonstrated, time and again, that (324 comments)

we will buy anything. Every time we come close to market saturation in the latest Video display resolution and the accompanying disc/digital library, they come out with something new...that we all just have to own. I once worked in R&D for a global consumer electronics company...this has all been planned out, decades in advance because...suckers!

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Grey Geezer "The Force" turned out to be (418 comments)

little bugs in the blood. What absolute dreck. JJ will need to try really hard to do worse than that...

3 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Grey Geezer It's official. They voted. (661 comments)

Global Climate Change is not a hoax. Whew, glad that's settled.

5 days ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

Grey Geezer So...besides the electricity...what (78 comments)

exactly is the byproduct? Is the kerosene completely consumed? If not, what does it change into, and is it usable, or does it become a deadly poison? I read the article but missed that part.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Grey Geezer Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

You clearly do not understand the scientific method. The more you whine about being picked on, the more you demonstrate your ignorance about the scientific process. I'll just state again that Science does not take "sides". You either understand that statement or you don't...

about 3 months ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Grey Geezer Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

And the last thing either side is going to display is a touch of humility. Useful though that might be.

Well...just how often do scientists need to say "the scientific method compels us to observe, collect and analyze data, and revise our theories when those observations and data require us to do so"? Revising theories, refining our understanding, and being intellectually, is not humility. It's part of the scientific process. The deniers have other motivations.

about 4 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Grey Geezer Re:Right... (423 comments)

No, I saw that memo. Last winter's polar vortex caused lake ice to return to levels not seen in decades.

about 4 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Grey Geezer Re:Right... (423 comments)

No...my point was that there has never been a cell observed mutating into cancer after exposure to smoke. The same level of "proof" that climate change deniers seem to be demanding. Reasonable people accept the link in spite of the lack of such proof.

about 4 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Grey Geezer Right... (423 comments)

and there is no conclusive proof that cigarette smoking causes lung disease. No, really, there has never been an observation of a cell mutating after exposure to a puff of smoke. The evidence is only statistical. And yet... reasonable people can accept that the odds are that smoking is unhealthy, in spite of the lack of "hard" scientific proof. Proof of the kind that Climate Change Deniers seem to be demanding. Arctic ice that is 60% thinner than it was when our first nuclear sub crossed under it in the 60s, Old photos of curling (that obscure shuffle board type sport) on fjords that haven't frozen over in decades, the no longer needed fleet of ice breakers on our Great Lakes, fauna found further and further north every year, tree rings, ice cores, historical records...all prove...nothing...but still, reasonable people can conclude that there is a link between our draining of the carbon sinks, and greenhouse warming. It's really not a stretch is it?

about 4 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grey Geezer Re:LEDs (602 comments)

Well, I just went through this..at Lowe's. There are CFL's whose packaging specifically states they can be dimmed, and CFL's whose packaging makes no such claim. Ditto with the Dimmer switch's packaging...

about 4 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Grey Geezer Re:LEDs (602 comments)

Not all dimmer switches are rated for CFL bulbs either. It seems that you need to pay attention to the packaging when purchasing both the bulbs and the switches. Some old dimmers will need to be replaced if CFL bulbs are to be dimmed.

about 4 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Grey Geezer Nonsense..saying science can't give "ultimate" (795 comments)

answers is nonsense. We don't know, can't know, what answers science will provide, nor can we know ahead of time which questions it will answer. Just because science has not advanced to, will never advance to, the point where everything has been explained, we are not excused from pursuing knowledge within the scientific method. Religion is faith...organized in a dogmatic and doctrinal system, and to some extent, is required to exist outside of rational, honest, intellectual argument . Science is, in part, changing your mind when observation and experiment dictate that you were wrong. I am not aware of any religionist who has express a willingness to change their mind about the existence of supernatural forces causing stuff to happen. Nonsense

about 4 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Grey Geezer Re:Excuse me?...excuse me?... (795 comments)

What does God need with a Starship?

about 4 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Grey Geezer Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

True...Einstein's theories state that all mass distorts space/time.

about 4 months ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Grey Geezer Bad title..Manufacturing is (191 comments)

NOT rebounding because of the fracking boom. Only a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs lost to globalization are being replaced by the fracking industry.

about 5 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Grey Geezer Re:Inconsiderate (819 comments)

There is nothing inconsiderate about doing something that they remind you to undo before landing...

about 5 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Grey Geezer I never recline anyway BUT (819 comments)

It would be my right to do so. The knee defenders are narcissistic jerks. The airlines should just disable the recline option to save the narcissists from their necessity to demonstrate their self absorption.

about 5 months ago

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This really blows

Grey Geezer Grey Geezer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Grey Geezer writes "Perhaps because I live in Southwest Indiana I’ve been interested in the New Madrid fault system. Several articles on the web mention that through the study of sand blows, and the artifacts buried in them, an earthquake of a magnitude roughly equal to the 1812 event happened about 1450.
        Equally of interest to me is are the Indian mounds found at Angel Mounds near Evansville, IN. Articles on the web say that the Angle Mounds site was the most Eastern chiefdom of the Mississippian Culture. This site (and all other known chiefdoms) seems to have been abandoned sometime around 1450. All signs of the Mississippian Culture seem to disappear after this date. There is some discussion of climate change, war, disease, etc being the cause of this decline, but I can find no articles on-line that discuss a link to the 1450 earthquake.
          I do not have a theory on how an earthquake would cause a whole culture to disappear, but it could explain why the Angle Mound site was abandoned if the course of the Ohio River changed (as it did in the 1812 quake) and made river access difficult to the residents.
      Are any of you aware of a study linking these 1450 events?"

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