Pursuit of Truthiness

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Archive for May 2007

String Theory

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Watching the PBS documentary on Michael Greene’s The Elegant Universe. It’s fairly well done, though a bit slow and repetitive.
The most common criticism I’ve heard of string theory is that it is not really scientific at all, because it makes no testable predictions. This lack of observability and predictive power makes it completely useless, “not even wrong”. Greene insists that tests will emerge in the future. But the documentary makes the claim that string theorists predicted the existence of a gravity-particle in the 1980’s; and there are now experiments designed to detect these “gravitons” and “gravity-waves” (like LIGO ) I would think this is a great test, except that they completely fail to mention it in the documentary.

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May 30, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Shout out to the World

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The internet is a loud and bustling place, I’m sure no one is listening to my birth-cries. That’s alright with me. I’ve had a Livejournal and Xanga, used them only to keep in touch. WordPress seems much less likely to become a social-networking phenomenon.

Having come home to Maine, I now have little in the way of friends, work, or entertainment to distract me; hopefully a blessing is lurking somewhere underneath this disguise, and with all the extra time to read and cognate I might conceive of something resembling an original thought.

This is where, I hope, I’ll be recording and sharing the things that cross my path in the pursuit of truthiness, and bringing them before the community so as to gauge just how boring they are.

Written by James Bailey

May 30, 2007 at 2:36 am