really just aspects of the same thing?
I'm going to do a followup post later about stuff
materializing out of nowhere — how everything
came out of nothing, and how there didn't have
to be a 3rd "magic Wizard" to do it (see the
Monism vs Dualism posts in the archives).
But for now, consider this. When scientists
smash stuff together in supercolliders,
something really strange happens.
All sorts of new stuff pops up. Really heavy
stuff. And it seems to pop out of nowhere.
By "really heavy" I mean that there is something
like 30,000 times more weight to the stuff that
pops into being than the weight of the stuff that
got smashed together.
Yeah you read that right. This ain't Kansas were
talkin' about here, Toto. In Kansas, if you smash
two chicken eggs together, you get a nice plate
of scrambled eggs and some shells, but if you
gather all those parts and pieces up and weigh
them, you'd get the same weight in ounces after
the smash (and before the eating) that you'd
get weighing the original unsmashed eggs.
BUT, if instead, you could smash those
eggs together in a Large Hadron Super Collider,
you'd get enough "egg stuff" to feed
30,000 hungry fundamentalists!
I'm not kidding... that's the science.
Now, the new stuff popping out of nowhere doesn't
last very long (travel very far) so you'll need some
really tiny forks and a really quick hand to eat your
breakfast before it all goes back to OZ.
Ok, so I haven't explained the headline very well
have I? Well' like I said, I've got some summing
up to do later... after the Time Bomb and the
"Is Bill#2 Still Bill?" polls expire.
Meanwhile, enjoy your breakfasts, kids.
p.s. My friend Bill Harlan got to visit the LHSC
in Switzerland. Pretty cool. I asked him if when
he goes back again he would check and see if
it would be ok if I went over there and tried
my scrambled egg experiment.
He said something kind of sciencey that I
didn't understand and laughed for a few
minutes. Quite a few minutes actually.
I took that for a "no."