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Einstein Is A Senile Old Fart
The thing is we are all conned into thinking we can't handle such lofty thoughts as General and Special Relativity, and that we can't rise to the Olympian heights of Einstein and Hawking.
The fact of the matter is, these guys are just making this shit up in order to sound like they know what they are talking about. Honestly! They have no more idea than you or me how the Universe works, so they cover their ignorance in meaningless symbols and sell it to us as Life, the Universe and Everything, so they can pocket the grant money and Nobel Prizes for...well, nothing. Literally.
Bear with me for a few minutes, and I will prove that you are smarter than Einstein and Hawking combined! I'll even throw in Neil deGrasse Tyson just to up the ante a bit. This will require a tiny bit of thinking, but I promise it won't hurt, and that crashing sound will be all the rubbish you learned in school collapsing to the ground. When we are done, you can read this article and laugh out loud at the ignorance behind it, just like I did.
OK, this is the hardest part of the whole thing. Right now, without thinking about it, point in the direction of Time. Got it?
Now, which way did you point? Ah, see the problem? Time isn't a dimension. It's a concept. It has not existence in reality. We just made it up by dividing all the various cycles in our world into small pieces so that we could all be late for our appointments. A second is the average length of a human heart beat. An hour is 1/24th of the Earth's rotation. A month is one orbit of the Moon around the Earth. A year is one orbit around the Sun. A Great Year is one precession of the Earth's poles (~24,000 years). The only thing important to the Universe is that effect always follows cause. That's not Time, the way we think of it, because there is no standard amount of waiting between cause and effect without some reference system, such as the human heart beat.
Space is nothing more than a set of coordinates. It is not tangible, can not be rippled, and it has no relation to time other than we measure how many heart beats it takes to get from one point to another. Space is defined as six discrete points on 3 axes: x, y and z. Why five points? Well, in order to define the location of an object, we need six references: we need an object, an observer, two x points left and right of the object, and two y points above and below the object. Since there are only three spacial dimensions, why do we need six points? Good question.
You need an object to measure (point one). You need an observer (point two). Together, these two points give us the z axis. Then, you need reference points in order to define x and y. These points define an imaginary surface, or plane, on which to project a scale (inches, feet, meters, kilometers, etc.). Notice that none of this involves time, since time has nothing to do with locating something in space.
Since space is nothing more than a set of coordinates used to local objects in reference to an observer, it has no physical existence. It is not a plasma, liquid, gas or solid. It can not be rippled, waved or bent. It is just a set of numbers so I can find, or tell you how to find, an object.
The best way to think of gravity is static electricity. Objects stick to the face of the Earth because, like dipole magnets, opposites attract. The positive Earth attracts out negative body to it's center. We stop because the the bonds between the atoms of the Earth's surface repel the bonds between the atoms of our bodies. So we are stuck to the surface like socks are to your shirt in the dryer. If we could change the polarity of the Earth, everything would fly off of it, rather than stick to it.
Most importantly, there is no gravitational constant. Sure, on Earth gravity always works at 32 feet/second squared, but it changed when you go into orbit, or the Moon, or Mars, or the Sun. To force Earth normal on the entire Universe is...well, ridiculous.
Finally, gravity is 20 billion times weaker than the Weak Nuclear Force (see below), so it has little or no effect on the structure and function of the Universe.
4. Forces of Nature
Everything in the Universe is some manifestation of electricity. All objects interact using one of more of the Four Natural Forces: 1) Electro-Magnetic, 2) Strong Nuclear, 3) Weak Nuclear, and 4) Gravitation. Given what we already know about gravity, we can probably eliminate this one and put all the effects of it under #1. Of the remaining three, they guide the way all particles in the Universe interact, from the atomic level to the super-galactic level. They are observable at every scale, and can be reproduced in any laboratory with the right tools.
No need for CERN, LIGO or any of these other multi-billion dollar BOHICA machines whose results can never be verified because there are no other machines to duplicate the results (e.g. it ain't science). From the quantum to the macro, everything works on the same principles. The only difference between an atom and a galaxy is scale.
So, now we come to Black Holes. These are conceptual things that do not exist, but were created to correct some of the many problems with Einstein's Relativity. See, Einstein simplified a lot of things to make his formulas easier to solve. In doing so, he made it impossible for his results to be scaled up to the Universe at large, and thus a lot of chewing gun and bailing wire had to be used to make it work. Black Holes are a huge piece of chewing gum.
One of the biggest problems with Black Holes is one of the easiest and most obvious to see. Hawking, Tyson and all their drinking buddies will tell you that the Universal speed limit is the speed of light, and the escape velocity from the surface/even horizon of a black hole is the speed of light. But black holes are black because light can't escape.
Immedicately, they are in a bind. Either light can escape because it is travelling the speed of light, or the speed of light is not constant in the Universe. Either way, the entire foundation of General Relativity comes crashing down. See the problem?
Instead of admitting this inherent contradiction, they cover it up with lots of mathematical mumbo-jumbo and a few $64 words and keep going, knowing that the educational system is so bad, no one will ever question this slight-of-hand. Rather, what we get is a menagerie of black holes, from micro to super-massive, and folks like NASA claiming to have "found" 2.5 million of them. For us smart folks, every time you read about a new black hole, just think to yourself, "Ah, another mystery they can't explain." That's the purpose of black holes, really. They just cover up mysteries with them so they don't have to do real work and can get billions in free money to investigate their own slight-of-hand.
All modern cosmology is little more than a bunch of magicians telling us they don't do "tricks." It's "real magic" and by the way, we don't understand how it's done, so could you slip up a few billion to try and figure this out?
And by the way, you can prove the speed of light is not constant AND explain "gravitational lensing" with a very simple experiment in your kitchen. Take a clear glass. Fill it with water. Take a spoon and put it in the glass. Now look at it from the side. See how the spoon looks bent? You've just proved Einstein, Hawking, Tyson, and a whole bunch of other numbnuts wrong.
Don't you feel smart now?