Modern Day Science ... Fiction
Modern Day Science ... Fiction
I'm a great fan of science. However, a lot of modern day science has little to do with good solid scientific rigor.
Take this article for example in a magazine called ScienceAlert - it should be renamed BullshitAlert:
A Physicist Quantified The Amount of Information in The Entire Observable Universe, ScienceAlert, 20th of October 2021.
Apparently, some scientist has worked out that the amount of information in the Universe is of the order 6e80 bits. Before such an analysis was undertaken if you would have asked me what the result would be I'd have said a really big number. You'd have to take all the mass in the Universe (which is already a big number) and multiple it by another big number, and guess what - I'm right that you end up with a really big number. OK, not very rigorous but here's the thing - what difference does it make if the number is 6 to the power 80 or 6 to the power 50 or 6 to the power 200? It makes no difference because the original task of trying to determine how much information there was flawed to begin with and inherently unanswerable. Also, and here's the key, whatever the number arrived at not one can really question and take to task the so-called scientist because at the end of the day no one will ever know the true answer.
This is the kind of reasoning that covers a lot of modern day science. It borders on science fiction and a variant of religious faith. Whereas science of the days gone by was interested in the here, now and experimentally verifiable, unlike much of what is undertaken by these peddlers of pseudo-science. Parallel universes - you'll never leave this one. Black holes - you'll never encounter one. What happened within the first second of the Big Bang - you'll never know. What came before the Universe - you'll never know. What lies outside the observable and expanding Universe - you'll never find out. Is there alien life on a star 420 light years away - you're never going to know. And so on and so on. This is not science but science fiction.
One of the worst peddlers in this kind of horse manure is Brian Cox:
Prof Brian Cox: “I want to launch Boris Johnson into space”, Science Focus, 19th of October 2021.
I'd like to launch him on a one way trip into deep space - I can't stick the man. In this article he waffles on about his latest TV show about the unprovable. He states:
"...I say right at the beginning that the value of astronomy and cosmology is not so much about the things we discover. It’s the fact that it challenges us. ..."
Nah, it's about what is discovered and proven!
"...we are a tiny speck in a vast and possibly infinite Universe ..."
Give us a break!
"...I think the most valuable thing about science is that it forces us to, first of all, recognise what reliable knowledge is. ..."
Hold on a minute, I thought it was about challenging us and not reliable knowledge!
"....The stuff we don’t know now is fairly profound and fundamental. And that’s ultimately what the series is about. ..."
Wrong again - science is about what we do know. How far would Newton or Einstein have gone if they'd have said "There's lots of things I don't know the answer to." Not very far. But the bullshitters love this kind of non-quantifiable aspect.
Just listen to this nonsense:
"...I’ve made loads of films about stars. Lots of people have made films about stars. And so we thought, what does the story of the stars really tell us? We realised that we don’t know where it was or what it was like, but there was a time before the stars. ..."
He's made films about stars - right. Other people have made films about stars - right, I think I'm with you. And so what does the "story" [this is not fiction] tell us? "we don’t know where it was or what it was like" - what??
Honestly, the guy is impossible. He's full of crap, endlessly regurgitating verbal diarrhea.
It would appear that I am not alone in seeing through Cox's bullshit:
Universe, episode 1 review: Brian Cox is slow-talking himself into self-parody, Telegraph, 27th of October 2021.
Did You Know the Universe is the Work Not of BigG But Of Aliens?
Here's another bullshit study that wasted taxpayers money [yes, the taxpayer funds academic institutions] by someone called Avi Loeb who goes by the title of Professor and was a member of the department of astronomy at Harvard University, no less:
Was Our Universe Created in a Laboratory?, Scientific American, 15th of October 2021.
"... A less explored possibility is that our universe was created in the laboratory of an advanced technological civilization. Since our universe has a flat geometry with a zero net energy, an advanced civilization could have developed a technology that created a baby universe out of nothing through quantum tunneling. This possible origin story unifies the religious notion of a creator with the secular notion of quantum gravity. ..."
That's enough of that dribble. I emphasised the key word in the text in bold.
I could submit an article to Scientific American claiming that the Universe is the byproduct of the baking of a very large Victoria sponge cake, and the journal editor would have just as much chance verifying my speculation as that of this so-called scientist.
Stop the Press
Stop the press! Maybe there wasn't a Big Bang after all:
Surprise: the Big Bang isn’t the beginning of the universe anymore, Big Think, 13th of October 2021.