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Stupid physicists? Make no mistake, physicists are stupid. They make themselves stupid by a kind of religious belief in mathematical modelling. The old Bertie Russell logical positivist trap. And whilst this may be appropriate for examining the stresses in metals, or looking at the Universe (note that they seem to have lost 90% of the matter in the Universe, so-called "dark matter") it is not appropriate for, and is even scarily incorrect when, examining stresses in humans or other lifeforms.
That doesn't prevent Chris Busby quoting models done by a colleague of his who works at CERN on the effect of Uranium as an absorber and re-emitter of background radiation inside the body.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:40:00 AM EST
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He is not entirely a hypocrite here, as he is basically saying:

whilst [math modelling] may be appropriate for examining the stresses in metals, [absorption and re-emission of background radiation] or looking at the Universe [even with the 90% punch] it is not appropriate for ... examining stresses in humans or other lifeforms.

So he has an excuse of distinguishing a couple of kinds of intelligence.

by das monde on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:52:48 AM EST
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No, but I think Frank Schnittger got the tone exactly right with his
anthropogenic background radiation exacerbation (none / 1) the new global warming, complete with deniers
This is so uglily political it's not even funny.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 07:05:20 AM EST
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