physics

A Tactics

You can’t attack complex scientific theories like Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, Axiomatic Set Theory and alike. You just can’t do that. If you have some reservation against one of those, that’s your problem and most certainly not a problem of the scientific community behind any of the above big science chunks.

You see, almost nobody can argue with you, except some leading scientist from the field, who will most certainly won’t agree with you and your “reservation”  about let say Relativity. They will tell you, you don’t understand something, you would understand if you were one of his postdoctoral students, which you probably aren’t. And if you are, you will cease to be, if you don’t stop with this nonsense.

In the eyes of the second league, you are just a crackpot. Too bad that their professor isn’t here, he would refute you instantly. They do try to explain your mistake and they do have some limited fun mocking your stupidity. But nothing valuable comes out of that arguing.

And if that was not bad enough, I have a bad news for you as well. Yeah, most probably you really don’t understand something very fundamental and your knowledge isn’t sufficient here. Sorry, I can’t help you either, you probably are just a naive layman. Nothing to see here, move along! We all have just to wait for another Einstein to dent the General Relativity. And you aren’t one.

Well, there is a tactic however, you can openly ridicule the scientific community and get away with that. If you are Marilyn vos Savant, you can ridicule Paul Erdos probability proficiency and you win eventually. It requires an over 200 IQ score to have, which isn’t that easy condition to fulfill. If you don’t have it, you probably don’t notice the Monty Hall “anomaly”, either. Understand yes, but that is not the same as came up with it. But this trick has been used already and you have to come with another one.

As a matter of fact,  there is at least one more, you can use for an assault toward the scientific consensus. Every good math or physics student could understand, at least, how wrong and silly the scientific community was or still is.  How you were right against a so-called “scientific consensus”.

It’s of course about the so-called Faint Sun Paradox. I was writing about that before. The young Earth was warmer,  because of its faster rotation. The premise, that the Earth rotated faster is not disputed at all, but the causality: a faster rotation, a warmer temperature, everything else equal — is difficult to swallow. Even though it’s not that complicated. Even with the fainter Sun, much faster planet rotation yields to a higher temperature on the planet’s surface. Higher temperature despite lower energy flux.

This.

Or maybe this.

They are clueless and entirely confused about the relation between the planet rotational speed and its surface temperature. Something every physics student should understand. Yes, it’s a bit tricky, but not even as much as the Monty Hall is tricky. Yet, people like Carl Sagan and pretty much everybody else just doesn’t get it somehow.

When you’ll fully understand and internalize this conundrum, you will probably ask yourself – but do they really know everything about the Relativity or QM, when they collectively do such blunders in basics physics?

Hence, the title of this post.

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