Sentient Marmite: The Truth may make you fret.
- Jul 16, 2014
- The Mid West (of Ireland)
That's a good one, but actually I think I confused 2 different quotations:Not sure if it's the same quote as the one you're thinking of but Feynman introduced his third volume of lectures with "‘I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."
The burden of proof is on the party making a positive assertion such as:Yup. Any real discussion of this stuff leads to argument with no way to proof much of it.
or the implication in this:It's going to take an absurd amount of energy, however it's done.
You've made a definite claim. In doing so, you are the one "throwing physics away". If I'm mistaken show me a CALCULATION, and the logic behind if, not just hand waving, of the exact "absurd amount of energy" required by the example I gave. The stepping disk may well be impossible, indeed I suspect it is, but you've made a specific claim about a specific conservation law being violated, and I can't see any way that it is.Oh, you disbelieve in the law of conservation of energy?.
Ah now that second one (Your Feynman one) was the one I was looking for but instead I came across the one I posted and figured I'd misremembered.That's a good one, but actually I think I confused 2 different quotations:
If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
"If you think you understand quantum theory . . . you don't understand quantum theory."
You mean like fantasizing that movement, regardless of how, between 2 locations of similar potential energy violates conservation of energy unless it uses some unspecified fantastic amount? When you refuse to calculate it or even say why? When you show a serious calculation of what the minimum amount is, I'll begin to take it seriously. I'm certainly not saying stepping disks are possible, but to insist that this violates conservation laws, when in fact, THOSE LAWS ARE ADDRESSED AND TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, and are in fact essential to the plot of one of the stories, makes me suspect that you either don't the stories or you don't know the physics.The minute you disprove basic laws of physics, I'm in.
The discussion of this goes on apace, the alt. media is rife with talktalktalk - and I'm there, but no magic please.
Really. How does a law of physics become open for discussion? Start there.
Anyway, this is not the place, there's a lot of other places set up to go off the deep end. Here, we write, so we are allowed to lie and fantasize.
„Essentially it’s a hell of a lot of soft iron surrounded by a hell of a lot more foam plastic, enough to float it, plus a displacement-booth receiver feeding into the iron. Look, see it surge?“
The island rose several feet, slowly, then fell back as slowly. Ripples moved outward and became waves as they reached the station.
"That must have been a big load. Now, here’s how it works. You know that the rotation of the Earth puts a limit on how far you can send a load. If you were to shift from here to Rio de Janeiro, say, you’d flick in moving up and sideways-mainly up, because Rio and L.A. are almost the same distance from the equator.
But with the long-distance booths, the receiver picks up the kinetic energy and shunts it to the United Air Lines velocity damper. That big mass of iron surges up or down or sideways until the water stops it-or someone flicks in from Rio and the damping body stops cold.“