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  • erickrieg@verizon.net
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      Bob Park is always a great source for the rational perspective:

      >From: What's New <whatsnew@...>
      >Date: 2006/07/28 Fri PM 03:57:52 CDT
      >To: BOBPARKS-WHATSNEW@...
      >Subject: [BOBPARKS-WHATSNEW] What's New Friday July 28, 2006

      >WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 28 Jul 06 Washington, DC
      >
      >1. BLEEP: IT IS PHYSICS THAT UNLEASHED THIS PLAGUE ON MANKIND.
      >Some suggested that I take refuge behind the Geneva Convention or
      >the Eighth Amendment rather than watch the film What the Bleep Do
      >We Know. It was penance for allowing myself to be used on ABC's
      >Primetime, where Adam Dreamhealer attributed his awesome power
      >to "quantum mechanics." In "Bleep" every spiritual claim becomes
      >an example of "consciousness" acting through quantum mechanics.
      >In physics, unfortunately, the word "consciousness" is invariably
      >followed by bullshit. Having found a way to make incredibly
      >precise predictions at the atomic level, we chose to ignore the
      >fact that we don't understand it. After all, QM has transformed
      >the world. We now flaunt the fact that no one understands
      >quantum mechanics. We have begun to enjoy being high priests of
      >a mystical religion. It's like giving Mass in Latin.
      >
      >2. THE CAST: PHYSICS IS NOT AN INOCULATION AGAINST FOOLISHNESS.
      >Nor does it rule out mendacity. Two Ph.D. physicists, William
      >Tiller and John Hagelin, who were in "Bleep," are afflicted with
      >both conditions, and have been in WN in the past. Just look for
      >them in http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/search.html . In "Bleep,"
      >Hagelin again claimed, as he has countless times, to have reduced
      >violent crime in Washington, DC in the summer of 1993 by the
      >meditation of 1,000 TM "experts" in unison. I was at the press
      >conference a year later when he reported that the reduction was
      >18%. "18% relative to what" a puzzled reporter asked? "Relative
      >to what it would have been if they had not been meditating," he
      >replied. In fact the DC murder rate during that period was the
      >highest ever recorded. More on Tiller and Ramtha next week.
      >
      >3. KANSAS: WILL VOTERS WAKE UP FOR TUESDAY'S PRIMARY ELECTION?
      >Voters don't pay attention to School Board elections unless there
      >is a problem. Well, there's a problem: Creationists have a 6-4
      >majority. It can be solved; 4 creationists are up for election.
      >
      >4. NASA: "OUR HOME PLANET" IS REMOVED FROM MISSION STATEMENT.
      >On 3 Feb, after NASA climate scientist James Hansen told the NY
      >Times he was being harassed for speaking out about greenhouse gas
      >emissions http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN06/wn020306.html ,
      >NASA Chief Michael Griffin issued a "scientific openness" policy.
      >However, on 6 Feb, the phrase, "understand and protect our home
      >planet," was quietly removed from the NASA mission statement. It
      >had been cited by Hansen to justify his remarks.
      >
      >5. GLOBAL WARMING: PASSING THE HAT FOR A FOSSIL FUEL APOLOGIST.
      >AP today reports that Patrick Michaels, one of the last global
      >warming deniers, told officials of Western coal-burning utilities
      >that he's running out of money to "analyze" scientific critics.
      >He's professor of environmental science at U. Virginia and senior
      >fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute. It's OK to be a
      >lobbyist, as long as you don't pretend to be a scientist.
      >
      >THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
      >Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
      >University of Maryland, but they should be.
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