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Comment Re:Like the Bible (Score 1) 622

So it's more like the Bible, then?

Amen to that! But I assume you are talking only about the New Testament of the Christian Bible, officially compiled and rewritten by some committee in the 4th century A.D. from prior works, some of which were composed before the birth of Jesus but which were not included in the Old Testament.

Comment Re:Which string theory? (Score 2) 148

Anyone interested in other aspects of this question should read (if they haven't already) "The Trouble with Physics" by Lee Smolin (New York, 2007). He used to be at the Perimeter Institute (maybe still is). Smolin's book isn't just about the physics but also about the sociology of some of the physicists. A good read.

Comment Another Problem (Score 1) 133

I don't know a lot about wormholes, but it seemed to me from the movie that they were entering the hole tangentially. Isn't that the worst possible way to enter a wormhole? The entry into the hole is prolonged and any stresses on the structure of the spacecraft have longer to act. As I say, IDKALAW, but a perpendicular, central entry seems safest to me.

Comment GMT? (Score 1) 38

Why is the time of eruption quoted in GMT? I don't think any observatory "keeps" GMT anymore. Don't forget that GMT is as much a method of deriving time as it is the time itself. GMT used astronomical observations, while UTC is kept by using ensembles of atomic clocks, all cross-compared between international standards organizations.

Comment Re:Can't you just solve it by government? (Score 1) 125

Here in Sweden ...

Wish I had mod points; this post should be scored as 4 or 5. The poster evidently lives in a country where the politicians and government actually do work for the people rather than the corporations, not like here in Canada or apparently in our big neighbour (Canadian spelling) to the south.

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