About Brian Frank

IT research analyst & writer, mostly. Music lover, reluctant futurist, infovore & ironist.

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  • Brian shared from Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin
    The philosophers who sought to understand what holds the Earth up were making a simple mistake — taking a law that applies locally and applying it to the whole universe. Their universe was Earth and sky, and ours is a vast cosmos filled with galaxies, but the same mistake underlies much of the confusion of current cosmological speculation. And yet nothing seems more natural, for if a law is universal why shouldn’t it apply to the universe? It remains a great temptation to take a law or principle we can successfully apply to all the world’s subsystems and apply it to the universe as a whole....
    Note: The cosmological fallacy
  • Brian shared from Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin
    What we experience when we refer to gravity is the fact that we are not falling. The force we feel when we sit or stand is not gravity pulling us down, it’s the floor or the chair pushing up on us and preventing us from falling. While I’m sitting at my desk, I am actually moving unnaturally.
    Note: Sunday morning coffee & physics ->
  • Brian shared from Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin
    The ability to freeze time like this has been a great aid to science, because we don’t have to watch motion unfold in real time; we can study the records of the past motions whenever we like. But beyond its usefulness, this invention has profound philosophical consequences, because it supports the argument that time is an illusion. The method of freezing time has worked so well that most physicists are unaware that a trick has been played on their understanding of nature. This trick was a big step in the expulsion of time from the description of nature, because it invites us to wonder about...
    Note: "This trick was a big step..."
  • Brian shared from Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin
    I imagined that the search for a fundamental unified theory would lead not to a single Theory of Everything but to a vast space of possible laws. I called this the landscape of theories, taking the language from population genetics, whose practitioners work with fitness landscapes.
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Brian Frank