Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gone of the Dead

Hey, kids, guess who's back at the top of HuffPo's Living page today?

It's our good friend Doc Bob Lanza, with excellent news if you happen to be a cat trapped in a closed box with a vial of deadly acid.

The Huffington Post: "Do You Only Live One? Experiments Suggest Life Not a One-Time Deal" by Dr. Robert Lanza, MD/3.24.10

Oh, then there's this little bit of irony -- brought to you by Gawker.


Mart said...

Hopefully the multiverse will be so depressing Bubbles shoots herself in the face, finally putting an end to her cosmic misery.

Peter L. Winkler said...

As soon as I see that the author of a HuffPo piece is Deepak Chopra, Lanza or Arianna's pet quack trying to validate homeopathy, I don't bother reading it. These charlatans deserve to be consigned to Coast to Coast AM and the Whole Life Expo.

Garza said...

A Schrodinger's Cat reference. That's what makes me finally comment. Well played.

Marshall said...

Am I high? No. Then why am I reading this pathetic shit?

Izar Talon said...

Oh no, not ANOTHER quantum immortality article on HuffPo.

Jesus, these things are THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS, and they are most certainly NOT meant to be taken literally! No real scientist actually believes that continuity of consciousness from one universe to the next is actually a real phenomenon.

Yes, quantum physics is spooky (and fascinating, at least to a geek like me) but it ISN'T magic, as these types of things like to imply.

(Well, actually, I believe that it IS magic, or at least eventually will lead to magic, as far I believe that once we fully understand the exact nature of the universe(s) we can eventually learn to manipulate it at will, and then it WILL be, for all intents and purposes, magic. Which ties right in to Clark's 3rd law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Which THEN, of course, begs a mention of Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Third Law: Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. But I digress.... quite a bit, as I too often do.)

Back on topic: there ARE many, MANY things about the fundamental nature and functioning of the universe(s) and the structure (and existence) of the multiverse that we don't yet understand. It IS true that quantum mechanics specialists currently believe that there are multiple extant universes, existing in a vast continuum of multiverses in an infinite and ever increasing number.

But it ISN'T the comic book-science scenario that these kinds of articles like to portray. The guy who wrote this article is a cellular biologist and immunologist, for Christs sake, NOT a multiversal quantum physicist or M-theory or String Theory specialist.

According to his bio-blurb on HuffPo, he studied under BF Skinner and Jonas Salk, so I'd take his advice and instruction on behavioral psychology and immunology as expert opinion. But I'm not gonna credit ANYTHING the guys says concerning quantum mechanics or the way the multiverse works as anything but fanciful wishes about questionable ideas of immortality.

While I DO find if fascinating, it is ENTIRELY theoretical mental logic puzzles, it's place is in a periodical for advanced quantum physics many worlds interpretation multiversal physics, and it is most definitely NOT fit to be published as a fucking MEDICAL PIECE on an aggregate news source and liberal blog site like the Huffington Post where extremely gullible alternative medicine-type Liberals (and make no mistake, I am a Liberal and so feel qualified to call out the crackpots on my own end of the political spectrum.)

Sorry for the long and somewhat hysterical comment; I find such subject matter EXTREMELY fascinating, but seeing it presented in such a place and in such a way as to make it seem like a current medical possibility just angers me. In it's proper place this would be a truly engaging read, but on Huffman it is wickedly out of place.