They’ve done it again – those clever scientists have figured out why the universe exists. What would we ever do without them? Michael Bolen at Yahoo News had to share the good news, “Scientists discover explanation for why the Universe exists.” Space.com explained it as a victory in an ancient contest: “Why We Exist: Matter Wins Battle Over Antimatter.” We should be tickled at the news, like one scientist Bolen quoted: “‘Many of us felt goose bumps when we saw the result,’ said Stefan Soldner-Rembold, a physicist at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.” Never say scientists are a dull lot. Theory predicts that equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been produced in the big bang. Trouble is, they annihilate each other. Mix them up, and poof – nothing remains but energy racing out in all directions, with no hope for planets and people. Cosmologists have long hoped to find some mechanism for asymmetry – a little leftover of one or the other to make up a universe of matter (or antimatter; whichever you decide to call it, it doesn’t matter). The latest attempts looked for asymmetry in collisions at the Tevatron and Large Hadron Colliders in Illinois and CERN, respectively. They think they found it. Thus the goose bumps. But to explain it, they had to deviate from the Standard Model a little. That might make the Standard Model a bit non-standard, if that matters. Adrian Cho in Science was not prepared to diagnose goose bumps.1 They might just be zits, he suggested: “the marginal result could be a fluke, and theorists say it’s difficult to explain why the effect is so big in this study and so small in earlier work on related particles.” A look into the Cho’s article reveals a good deal of interpretation of statistical data that is so theory-laden it is hard to know where observation ends and theory begins. Not only that, the results will need further testing. Only if one accepts the theory that “a B meson can decay into an easily spotted particle called a muon, whereas an anti�B meson decays into an antimuon,” can one call this a success. In the experiment, two-muon events outnumbered two-antimuon events by only 1%. The experimenters claimed that this bias is 40 times larger than what the Standard Model predicts. That seems an extremely flimsy occasion for goose bumps, or for headlines that scientists have discovered an explanation for why the universe exists. Like David Berlinski wrote in his 2009 essay, “The State of the Matter” (The Deniable Darwin and Other Essays, Discovery Institute, 2009, p. 525), “Although a very great achievement, the Standard Model proved in some respects unsatisfying. No physicist has ever suggested otherwise…. If there were questions that the Standard Model did not answer, physicists assumed, this indicated only that the Standard Model was a work in process and so a work in progress.” A moving standard is not really a standard, is it?1. Adrian Cho, “Hints of Greater Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry Challenge Theorists,” Science, 28 May 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5982, p. 1087, DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1087-a.What the physicists should be saying is that the asymmetry of matter over antimatter is another of many finely-tuned parameters of our universe that makes life possible. It is one of dozens of cosmological factors that shouts intelligent design. Instead of getting goose bumps over that, they deny it, and prefer to get goose bumps over their own pride at every suggestion, no matter how trivial and feeble, that they might be making some progress in their own bottom-up explanation programme. The Standard Model, this godless mind game with a bit of expensive atom-smashing thrown in, needs 24 elementary particles, 4 forces (some of which they have managed to combine since the 1970s), an unknown number of quantum fields, various symmetries, some of them broken, and various numbers of unobservable dimensions, depending on whose Kaluza-Klein theory one prefers. But none of them know what to do with gravity. It shouldn’t be called the Standard Model; it should be called the Standard Ignorance. It has spawned various non-standard ignorances since, such as String Theory and the Landscape (multiverse theory), which are all united under the over-arching materialist Paradigm of Ignorance (Pig) known as the Stuff Happens Law. In a perverse sort of way, therefore, materialists can claim their world view is law-governed (09/15/2008 commentary), and therefore scientific – even Baconian. David Berlinski’s essay The State of the Matter is a suitable climax to his devilishly delightful set of essays mentioned above. He is no creationist, Christian, or intelligent design proponent, for that matter; we do not endorse him for those reasons. But all the more, those reasons demonstrate that criticism of Darwinism and secular materialism is not exclusively the domain of Christians and creationists. Furthermore, Berlinski is both a well-read, worldly scholar (particularly in mathematical physics) and a wordsmith of the first order, making it a delight to read his tactful demolitions of the secular empire. He is particularly adept at exposing the scientific pretensions of fools. To whet your appetite, we end with his conclusion to The State of the Matter, an excellent survey of the rise and fall of 20th century material physics:What implications in all this for the grand narrative of our times? Where do the arrows of explanation in the end point? The plain truth—no trivial thing, of course—is that no one knows. It is odd and remarkable that in the face of theories that have proven inconclusive such as string theory, physicists that they must at once change the standards by which their theories are judged. When it is not possible to argue the facts, lawyers quite understand, then it is necessary to argue the law. In this the physicists have unwittingly drawn close to doctrines that previously they had rejected as frivolous. But neither physicists disposed radically to change the law, nor physicists disposed radically to reject the change, have made arguments that have persuaded the other side. And if they cannot persuade one another, surely it is unreasonable for either side to expect that they have persuaded us.The full force of those lines, to be appreciated, needs to have the momentum of all that preceded it—the bizarre ruminations that led up to the Standard Model, string theory, and the multiverse hypothesis. The godless have been forced into absurdity by the realities of the universe as it is. “If we are not disposed to escape the Landscape, Leonard Susskind has warned, we shall be ‘hard pressed’ to answer critics prepared to welcome theories of intelligent design.”(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
freedom nounfree·dom | \ ˈfrē-dəmThe definition of freedom, according to Merriam-Webster is defined;“the quality or state of being free”We owe our freedom to the many fighters who fought against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. The many who died at the hands of an inhuman state. The many voters who waited in bated breath to cast their vote X for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.Today the country enjoys its globally admired Constitution and Bill of Rights, affirmed by its expressive preamble;We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to– Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; andBuild a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.May God protect our people. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy on Freedom Day 27th April 2019, a day which put an end to segregation and white minority rule instituting a new dawn of democratic rule.Brand South Africa in partnership with its agency The Odd Number, through the Freedom month campaign, would like to remind citizens of the significance of making our freedom count in the “Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela speaking on the campaign said; “the freedom we enjoy today has given everyone a powerful voice to change the world for the better. This campaign tackles the many realities, social ills that we face. It triggers truthful conversations of the freedom to vote, our constitution and most importantly the reason why we are celebrating 25 years of democracy as a nation”.The execution of the Solve Your Why’s with an X” campaign is executed through various creative illustrations, videos on social media and on radio of how “WHY’s were solved by an X” in South Africa’s history. This puts the emphasis on the importance of getting your voice heard by the mere action of voting for your rights and making a choice on the future of this country.Engage in conversations on our social media @Brand_SA #freedomtome #freedomday
DefinitionYou had surgery to get a new hip or knee joint while you were in the hospital.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your new joint.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor after hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctorQuestionsHow long will I need to use crutches or a walker after I go home?How much walking can I do?When can I begin to place weight on my new joint? How much?Do I need to be careful about how I sit or move around?What are things that I cannot do?Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?When will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking?Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home? How long would it be?How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?How much help will I need when I come home? Will I be able to get out of bedHow can I make my home safer for me?How can I make my home easier to get around?How can I make it easier for myself in the bathroom and shower?What type of supplies will I need when I get home?Do I need to rearrange my home?What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom?Do I need a hospital bed?What are the signs that something is wrong with my new hip or knee? How can I prevent problems with my new hip or knee?advertisementHow do I take care of my surgical wound?How often should I change the dressing? How do I wash the wound?What should my wound look like? What wound problems do I need to watch out for?When do sutures and staples come out?Can I take a shower? Can I take a bath or soak in the hot tub?When can I go back to see my dentist? Do I need to take any antibiotics before seeing the dentist?Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.