There’s a weird glowing thing in the sky…

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Mornin’ all.

I think my kitty smoked some crack in the night. She’s tearing around the house like her tail’s on fire. Every time she gets near me she stops, crouches down, wiggles her butt like she’s going to attack, then jumps up in the air and takes off again. This has been going on now for 13 minutes straight. Maybe she found the stash of ‘nip.

Kitty got a problem.

Thirteen minutes. Now approaching 14. It’s fairly impressive. And, if I’m being honest, entertaining as hell. I didn’t think my morning coffee would come with a show.

Guess what? It didn’t snow yesterday!! Not one single flake. Yeehaw! The SUN even came out, too. It felt fantastic. My vitamin D factory went into overdrive as I stood and tried to knock the alarmingly large icicles off the bathroom roof.

No, for real dude…the icicles…THE ICICLES… Those of you who don’t live in an area prone to water freezing in various configurations through the winter might be thinking to yourselves, “Oooh…pretty!” When they’re on anything but your roof, yeah, I can see how they’re pretty. But when they are thick as an arm and run from the edge of the roof all the way to the ground, they are nothing but harbingers of bad times ahead.

See, an icicle on a roof forms when the roof conducts enough heat to melt the snow. Melted snow trickles down as water, drips over the edge, and freezes into a crystalline stalactites. While this can happen from a warm day turning into a cold night, my icicles have formed during cold days, with no sun to aid in the melting process. This means that the heat is coming from within and seeping out through the roof. This is not how a roof is supposed to work. *sigh*

I don’t even want to think about it right now. I’m just going to knock them down and pretend I don’t see them until there’s a leak. Not much to be done in winter for a roof anyway.

Man I want spring. I want spring so damn bad.

Ah well. It’ll get here before we know it, right? Until then, we’ll just have to entertain ourselves to keep the cabin fever at bay. Let’s look for something interesting to discuss.

How about this story? “Everything We Know About the Big Bang Theory Could Be Wrong” That seems like an excellent thing to explore today. My icicles mean diddly squat in outer space!

A new theory in quantum physics has been proposed that counters the idea that the universe was created from an explosive singularity.

“Uh, Bethie…should I be taking notes?”

No, no. There won’t be a test after.

Basically, the prevailing theory has been that there was a big explosion that created the universe. The idea is that about 14 billion years ago, the universe was really just one little dot of highly compressed matter just waiting to break free, and then something tipped the carefully compressed little bundle over the edge and **BOOM**: Universe.

Scientists have accepted this, by and large, because the small portion of the universe we have the ability to observe actually seems to be moving from a basic point. Things like galaxies and nebulae are traveling away from that dot, speeding through the previously nothing area of, well, nothing and filling it with universal matter of all fantastic sorts. We can track where many of the observable objects in space are moving, trace the steps backwards, and see that they seem to be coming from a general area.

It’s forensics, on a cosmic scale. As anyone who has ever watched CSI or NCIS or any of the 3,724 iterations of those two shows can tell you, basic forensic science says that you can determine the point of impact (in this case, the impact being the universal fricken singularity of AWESOME) by the blood splatter. Just think of the observable objects in space as forensic evidence.

When looked at in that light, the Big Bang seems to make sense as a creation theory.

…for the most part. On the surface. If we just look at Galaxy A and Nebula 22-41b. But more and more, we’re finding things that don’t fit that model. Entire galaxies are going in the “wrong” direction. Large blobs of mysterious matter that the Big Bang theory says shouldn’t exist are standing completely still. The better our telescopes become, the more we can see. The more we can see, the more we can study. The more we can study, the more we can learn. And as we’re gathering tons of data previously unavailable to our scientists, the more we’re finding these anomalies. The scientific community keeps having to spend a lot of time coming up with complex new theories to explain how these anomalies can exist in a Big Bang model.

Some scientists were sick of this shit. If the Big Bang was actually correct, in their minds, we wouldn’t HAVE to come up with more and more exemptions.

So, in this fed up state of mind, a couple of scientists decided to erase the chalkboard and take a different approach. Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das have proposed a new theory in a paper titled, “Cosmology from quantum potential.” The theory is being called the Ali-Das Model, which, you must admit, sounds way more sciency than “Big Bang.” I mean, who thought that one up, anyway? “This is my Bang, and I will call him Big and he will be my Big Bang…an’ I’munna hug him an’ squeeze him an’…” Cavemen could have come up with a more intelligent name!

Er…sorry. That’s always bugged me.

Anyway, this new theory…it’s actually not “new”, per se, but we’ll get to that in a sec. This new theory proposes that we’re really over-complicating things. It essentially says, scrap the Big Bang, and just accept that the universe is here. Period. It’s got sections that zing this-a-way, and doo dads that go there. Instead of dark matter and super strings and all these complex concepts thought up to explain all the holes in the Big Bang theory, it proposes a substance called “quantum fluid” which is a measurable force that ebbs and flows in the universe and explains seemingly anomalous observances.

Think of it like an ocean. Sure there are currents. There are also eddies, and pools, and mysterious things that live in the deep, dark recesses.

Now, just believe it’s always been there. That ocean has always been flowing. It flows in every direction, regardless of time, heedless of spacial confines, forever and ever and always.

“Bethie, this sounds implausible.”

Oh, I see. So you can accept that a mysterious dot of absolutely no mass and yet somehow ALL mass at once existed, but didn’t REALLY exist, in a place that was utterly nothing until one day it had enough and burst forth somehow producing every-fucking-thing? That makes more sense to you? HM?

“…touche.”

This new theory actually solves many previously unsolvable equations. Using math I’m not even going to pretend to understand, they have inputted their data and come out with answers. ANSWERS. Logical, quantifiable answers where before there were only…more theories.

Like I mentioned before, this concept isn’t exactly new. There have been many iterations through the years, voices that pipe up and say, “Uh, maybe the Emperor really IS as naked as he seems.” The big difference now is the math. The beautiful, effed up, confusing math. Essentially, it’s saying we’re making things way too hard on ourselves. This place is here, it’s always been here, it always will be here, and it’s infinite.

“But it’s still asking us to accept the concept of infinity in relation to the actual physical world, when everybody knows that there is no such thing anywhere as the perfect vacuum described in these theories. How can you expect me to stop believing in one abstract concept and embrace another?”

Hmm, that’s a beard scratcher. I suppose that’s what quantum physicists will be discussing around their liquid molecule entropy-lowering devices this morning.

*deep breath*

Ah that feels good. Science feels good. Stretching the brain and thinking beyond the confines of my icicle fortress makes me feel alive! Let’s head down and read the comments after the article to see how others are taking this potentially science-shattering new theory!

“BETHIE NO!!!”

…well damn. How did I not see that one coming? The first SEVEN posts are from people saying that the Bible is the only authority and that the scientists are heretics. It’s like…it’s so…

“I tried to warn you.”

When did religion turn from science?

Now, I know I’ve got readers who will balk when I say this, if they already haven’t, but in terms of history, religions have classically SUPPORTED science. Until very recently, the biggest contributors of scientific discovery, education, and enlightenment have been funded by churches. I’m sure the idea was that the way to be closest to God was to truly understand the depths of “His” creations.

So, when did that change? What made the followers of some of the world’s larger religions decide that science is bad?

The article I read was excellent. The author, Aja Romano, took a very difficult and expansive concept and succinctly compressed it for easy consumption without dumbing it down. I honestly felt invigorated after reading it, ready to expand my mind and explore a different concept. I would honestly have thought that people reading that article would be moved to comment on the aspects of the science.

Indeed, some were. But they were drowned out by people whose sole argument was, “The Bible didn’t say that, so it’s not true.”

It makes me wonder why people do that? I don’t go on to the religious articles and say, “My physics book didn’t say that, so you’re dumb.”

What motivates these people?

If you’re saying it’s to “educate”, or some misguided attempt to convert, you’re sorely mistaken. There is no attempt to promote a point of view in a logical argument. Instead, these folks overwhelmingly just want to say “Nuh uh.” What’s the point? Especially saying it to a group of people who stuck through past the first paragraph of what is actually some pretty heavy quantum theory. These are not folks that will, in any way, listen to an argument whose sum total is “pppfffftttthhhhhb.” Boggles the mind, and puts a damper on what is a very cool idea.

Maybe that’s the point right there. Maybe they’re saying, “I don’t get it, so you can’t enjoy it.” Disagree with the new theory if you want. I’m not saying otherwise. Just present your argument with, well, an actual argument. Don’t say, “You’re wrong,” if you can’t provide logical reasons for your point of view.

It’s just like the scientists who will staunchly stand behind the Big Bang theory for no other reason than it being the norm. There are zealots everywhere, I suppose, people who are firm in their beliefs in spite of any evidence to the contrary, and quail at the idea of change. I feel bad for the authors of this new theory. They’ve got an uphill battle on all fronts.

I wish you luck, Ali and Das. It doesn’t matter to me if you’re right. What matters is that you’ve accepted that the “norm” could be wrong and given me an interesting morning of thought free from icicles and snow berms and cold. I tip my hat.

Thus concludes a science-filled Musing for Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The kids are up. Ballisti-cat now has other targets. She’s currently eyeballing the youngest, deciding whether or not to jump on his bowl of cereal. I’m going to spend my morning seeking out her stash. She’s going cold turkey. Wish me luck.

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