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Old 08-16-2008, 12:35 AM   #21
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I don't understand this stuff, but it fascinates me nevertheless. Actually, quantum physicists don't really understand it either. They know what's happening, they just don't really know why. It's a crazy world we live in. Here's an article on this topic that's somewhat old but still interesting.

http://www.cebaf.gov/news/internet/1997/spooky.html
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:40 AM   #22
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Take a look at this. It's the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

http://www.jonathanminard.com/EarthS...point_edit.jpg


"Right now, on your computer screen, are approximately 10,000 galaxies.

Each of those galaxies contains anywhere from ten million to one trillion stars.

The average star is roughly a million times the size of Earth.

And yet, with all that junk, the Universe is more than 90 percent empty space.

All of that, in this tiny photo. A photo that took 400 orbits and 800 exposures to take.

And the kicker? The photo covers one thirteen-millionth of the entire night sky.

So What Does This Do For Me? If you’re like us, it leaves you alternately awash with spiritual wonder and horrified feelings of utter insignificance. Actually imagining just how infinitesimal you are in the scope of the universe is like autoerotic asphyxiation: it’s not as pleasant as you’d think, and if you do it wrong you can end up a vegetable. And without getting too Douglas Adams on you, can you possibly imagine that much space and that many planets and stars and atoms smashing together without intelligent life forming? Now it’s just a matter of getting around that pesky general relativity and we’ll be chilling with aliens in no time. Or, like, a million years.

Wait, It Gets Worse: So all that **** we just said about how big the universe is (at least 90 billion light years)? Forget it. That’s small beans. The Cosmological Horizon is here to make your day a whole lot more complicated. Since we can only observe stellar bodies that have had some effect on us (usually bombarding us with light), there is an outer limit to what we can see of the universe. Hence, the “observable universe.” What about the rest? The parts of the universe beyond our Starcraft-style fog of war? Well, according to some math we have no interest in going into, the size of the “actual” universe is so large that if the universe we just described (the impossibly, mind-bogglingly large one) were the size of a quarter, the actual universe would be the size of the Earth. Daaaaaaaamn."

Source of article: http://www.cracked.com/blog/2008/08/...-head-explode/

And some lighter reading: http://www.miskatonic.org/godel.html

Enjoy. I think I'm gonna go have a beer now and look at boobies in the boneyard.


 
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:51 AM   #23
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ok, well before everyones minds blow up. the reason the electrons behaved differently when observed is because they have to be actively watched, kind of like using a camera with a flash. the flash changes the picture. its not like the electrons showed signs of intelligence. they should have included this in the video.
This is a clip from What the Bleep Do We Know?. The movie masks a lot of new age religion and pseudoscience behind misrepresented scientific principals.

Three of the directors of the movie are members of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment and one of the people interviewed is Ramtha him/herself, who is a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior being channeled by a woman named JZ Knight.

Hence the fact that they want to make it seem like the electron has intelligence or is at least guided by an intelligent force.

 
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:53 AM   #24
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If there was a clip there, it's not working as of right now.

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This is a clip from What the Bleep Do We Know?. The movie masks a lot of new age religion and pseudoscience behind misrepresented scientific principals.

Three of the directors of the movie are members of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment and one of the people interviewed is Ramtha him/herself, who is a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior being channeled by a woman named JZ Knight.
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Wow, I too need another beer

 
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What the Bleep?

Further down the Rabbit Hole....


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Old 08-16-2008, 03:22 AM   #27
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Take a look at this. It's the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

http://www.jonathanminard.com/EarthS...point_edit.jpg



Wait, It Gets Worse: So all that **** we just said about how big the universe is (at least 90 billion light years)? Forget it. That’s small beans. The Cosmological Horizon is here to make your day a whole lot more complicated. Since we can only observe stellar bodies that have had some effect on us (usually bombarding us with light), there is an outer limit to what we can see of the universe. Hence, the “observable universe.” What about the rest? The parts of the universe beyond our Starcraft-style fog of war? Well, according to some math we have no interest in going into, the size of the “actual” universe is so large that if the universe we just described (the impossibly, mind-bogglingly large one) were the size of a quarter, the actual universe would be the size of the Earth. Daaaaaaaamn."
So are we as important as we would like to believe, or are we just a pimple on a gnats ass?
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So are we as important as we would like to believe, or are we just a pimple on a gnats ass?

My dogs think I'm pretty important. And they're very nice dogs!
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So are we as important as we would like to believe, or are we just a pimple on a gnats ass?
It sure puts things into perspective, doesn't it? This makes me slightly less obsessed with my puny little existence.
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If there was a clip there, it's not working as of right now.
I meant the clip in the OP was from What the bleep do we know

 
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