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Saturday, August 31, 2002

Relatively Icelandic

Here's my pics from Iceland. It's a beautiful place. Reminded me of Aruba somehow. More pics of the WTC, check out the guy's T-shirt. When I got back, I went to Kim's, and the movie No Such Thing was under New Arrivals. The person I was with was a Hal Hartley fan, so we rented it. Turns out most of the film was shot in Reykjavik, crazy cooincidence! Another cooincidence. I picked up American Gods for the plane ride on the way there. The last scene in the book took place in Iceland.

My top 5 reasons for not believing in relativity.

5. Any model sufficient to explain phenomena detected using limited perception may possibly predict other phenomena which can be detected by the same limited perception. This does not render the model "factual", only "temporarily validated".
4. "Dark matter" is a synonym for "fudge factor".
3. There's a reason why it's called a "theory".
2. The fact that there's a doppler effect on light when travelling makes sense. Calling this "time dilation" and saying that this proves there are "two times" produced by that effect is an exercise in radiocentric masturbation. This is analogous to the heliocentric model of the universe being validated by retrograde motions of the planets.
1. The concept that some paradoxes (killing you own mother) are more important than others (disturbing piece of sand that was not previously disturbed), is an exhibition of man's typical self-centered folly. Another way of putting it is: time travel is fucking ridiculous.

Here's a concept of spacetime:

Each quantum particle merely acts out it's own destiny, independent of space or time. Our minds record the past and predict the future, which is why we can sense time "moving". But really it's more like frames in a film. Each frame is simply immobile. Time is our way of making sense of a changing universe, but the universe itself is timeless. Another way of looking at it is that stuff happens at it's own pace, without regard for any observer or observed. Asking whether it's possible for time to move faster or slower in different parts of the universe is moot. There is no universal "time". Things can happen faster or slower. For example: light can move faster and slower because of gravitational effects - but that's got nothing at all to do with "time". It's just gravity pushing light around - nothing so dramatic as "stretched time". Light being a chain of quantum events which happens faster in the presence of gravity's packing effect. Space is the same way. Things are next to each other, some closer than others. A ruler can be longer in one part of the universe than in another - but this is not "bent space". It's just a looser "packing" of the quantum particles making up matter in that region - usually due to gravitational effects.

You can do the math.

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