June 23, 2009 | David F. Coppedge

We Know Less Than We Think

Strange reports come from science news outlets on occasion that call into question facts we thought we understood.  These raise a question: do we really know what we think we know?

  1. Cutting dinosaurs down to size:  Dinosaurs may have been half as heavy as thought, said Science Daily.  Some paleontologists are claiming that widely-used methods for estimating their mass are flawed.
  2. Life as old as the universe?:  Evolutionists typically date the origin of life on earth after the planets formed, but a story on Space.com asks, “Could Life Be 12 Billion Years Old?”
  3. Weak point:  Microsoft PowerPoint has revolutionized presentations.  The assumption is that it helps communicate.  Not so fast, reported Science Daily.  It might do the opposite and stifle learning.  Experiments showed students learned better without all the fancy graphics.
  4. Ultrahuge lightweights:  Neutrinos are supposed to be among the fleetest, tiniest particles in the particle zoo, but New Scientist reported on conclusions by some UC San Diego astronomers who postulate they could have been stretched in the early stages of the big bang.  Conclusion: some neutrinos might span the universe.
  5. Gravity of the situation:  One would think gravity to be the best-established concept in physics.  New Scientist, though, published a list of seven things about gravity that don’t make sense.
  6. Lawless and timeless:  A cosmologist pondering the ramifications if there is only universe is questioning natural laws and time, according to PhysOrg.  Lee Smolin is the author of The Trouble With Physics.  You may not have thought physics was in trouble, but “Smolin points out why a timeless multiverse means that our laws of physics are no longer determinable from experiment and how the connection between fundamental laws, which are unique and applicable universally from first principles, and effective laws, which hold based on what we can actually observe, becomes unclear.”
  7. Imagining things:  One of the craziest headlines on Live Science recently was this one: “Is the Universe All in Your Mind?”  It probably is for some people, but a quantum physicist reasoned that “reality works the way it does because that’s how our senses and neurons are structured to perceive it.”

When reality itself is a function of the observer, how can anyone do a reality check on anyone else?

Better knock on your skull and see if you are really there.  Then knock on a Darwinist’s skull and ask him why he is so sure evolution is a fact.  Hit hard enough to make a power point without being micro-soft.

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