Archive | March 2013

Hobby

A picture of people living in space

The future of living in space that America dreamed of after the moon landing.

My blogs are a result of my hobby. My hobby is being a detective all the time. When I find something interesting, I investigate by searching the internet for videos, read articles or go to the library to search for books. I enjoy watching The David Pakman Show for my political news and I especially like watching videos about the universe.

I watch videos from the History Channel and the Science Channel. Some shows include Through the Wormhole, The Universe, How the Universe Works, PBS’ Nova The Fabric of the Cosmos and many more. I find reading books really engraves the information more than any video could. Unfortunately my patience has not panned out to be what I would like it to be. Some books that I have read that have really helped me out are: Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson, Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer, and Parallel Universes by Michio Kaku. The latter has revolutionized the way I think about the world. Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a short read but at the same time it is a little tough. The beautiful thing about my hobby is it doesn’t need to be a sunny day and I do not need a lot of money to entertain it. I will continue this hobby until the day I die and maybe new hobbies will arise when I learn about everything.

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Politics and religion

pictue of man thinking

Politics and religion sometimes go hand in hand. When you talk about one, the other just seems to slip in eventually.  My new found love of politics has actually do religion. I became obsessed with religions because of their similarities and faults. About two years ago after. I have had much headbutting with politics in my research on the subject of faith. I’ve actually took a class at HACC (Harrisburg Community Area College) about politics which I knew nothing about.

Now I can consider myself an average political junky. Politics and religion are very similar to sports and food. If a child does not like onions her whole life, you may find that the father or mother or both dislikes onions. The same can be said with football teams, politics and religion. I find myself asking other individuals questions about their beliefs. And, the answers I listen to are that of apathy and alienation. The individuals just don’t care or they try to take themselves away from the subjects. I believe this is not a good way to go because your life could be immediately affected by one of these. Even though our first Amendment clearly states there should be no respect for the establishment of religion, religious lobbyists are very powerful. The world is very dangerous to mix these two. The dark ages exemplifies the oppression of the combined two. I spend most of my time reading newspapers and watching news programs (especially syndicated media that is funded by the viewers). Politics are often easier to talk with someone about than religion because they don’t find it so personal.

Quantum Mechanics

The world of small sub-atomic particles such as the protons fascinates me because it is the ultimate science fiction book or movie. Except the quantum world is real. Countless experiments have proven the mind boggling predictions quantum mechanics makes. The laws that govern this world has brought us miraculous things such as the cell phone, e-mail, lasers, blu-ray players, the internet, and some day teleportation!

Double Slit Experiment

Imagine you’re at a bowling alley and you take a piece of metal cut with two slits. Put something in the place of the pins so you can detect where the ball will hit. Now throw a bowling ball down the lane. You know the ball would either hit on the left side, right side or slam into the middle of the metal. The ball is made of matter. Electrons, photons and all other small particles are matter and should act the same way. So shot them done the lane and see two spots on the were they hit. These small objects act like waves of water or light instead of solid particles. The detector at the end will have many spots where the particles hit including the middle. Quantum mechanics says you only know the probability of where the particles will hit and this is very odd because you cannot imagine a bowling ball hitting the middle of the paper when there’s a barrier. So we are made of particles and so is everything else you know, but we don’t go through walls or fall through the ground. Here is a video where you will understand the explanation of the double slit experiment better.

Schrodinger’s Cat

Another property of quantum mechanics called entanglement explains how things are undetermined until one measures it. Let’s visit another experiment that was a thought experiment by Erwin Schrodinger called Schrodinger’s Cat. Imagine we changed the electrons and other small particles to a cat and set the cat in a box. Also inside the box is a flask of poison ready to be opened.  Entanglement says that this cat is dead and alive at the same time. The end result isn’t final until you open the box and observe a dead cat or an alive and purring cat. The act of observation or measurement of small particles determines the outcome. Here someone draws pictures to explain the thought experiment:

Theory of everything

The Unified Field Theory

The scientific world has big battles to explain the nature world. We can explain many things, but the problem of new questions arises. The biggest battle to tackle in the latest theoretical world is to connect everything together. We know the laws of the biggest objects from Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. The laws that govern the very big such as the galaxies, stars, planets and the way they are explained through the theory of relitivety. And, we know how the laws of the smallest objects from Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Quantum mechanics explains the microscopic particles such as atoms, electrons, photons, etc. but we don’t know how to connect these 2 together.

When you look at them individually, they make sense but what physicists are trying to do now is connect these two. This would explain the present, the past all the way to the moment of the Big Bang to the end of the universe. If you read any book or watch any History Channel program about one subject or the other, quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of relativity becomes apparent after a certain amount of research. They make sense on their own but connecting them seems like science fiction. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist at the city college of New York, has said that he wants an equation the size of an inch that explains everything.

My hobby involves massive amounts of reading and watching videos. Here is a classic that I hope you will enjoy. Michio Kaku explains the universe in a nutshell.