I am a science nerd extraordinare, and am somewhat of a compulsive teacher, so for anyone who has any curiosities whatsoever - how does something work, what does a scientific concept really mean, what the hell is a dimension, that kind of stuff, or anything really. I study everything, and I enjoy flexing the curiosity muscle as much as possible, so consider me your Q&A guru forever more. No question too big, no question too small.

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Comment by Richard Healy on January 5, 2011 at 2:21pm

I had someone on facebook challenge me the other day that expressing an opinion about a scientific hypothesis regarding higher dimensions was equivalent to a belief in god.


You can come explain to them what a dimension is.  But only if I can watch.

Comment by John Camilli on January 5, 2011 at 2:12pm

Hayley, although I have no personal experience with UFOs, and am quite suspicious of the reports of encounters about which I have heard, I cannot reasonably doubt that there is something out there besides us. The universe has been around for a long time, and humanity evolved in a comparably short order. And since we've honed our observations of gravitational lensing and spectral analysis so much more finely in the last couple decades, we are finding a great number of planets around other star systems. No Earth-like planets yet, but that is because the technique needs a little more refinement still. I suspect they are out there, and will be discovered soon.


As to whether I think we have had visitors, I am more doubtful. The universe is just so BIG; there's almost nothing in it at all. And even though we've been broadcasting signals into space for potential ETs to hear, they are not reaching very far into space before the signal becomes distorted beyond recognition, and we have not even been broadcasting them for even a hundred years yet. Very few star systems are in range to receive our signals, and we have closely observed our near neighbors, so it is unlikely anyone is that close.


That is not to say that ETs havent sought us out, and found us on their own, as we are attempting to do. It seems a natural course of action for any intelligent species that reaches for space. However, I cannot reconcile the idea of abductions with what I think I know of science because any civilizatiow that can travel through space would be able to observe everything we are doing from far far away. They would never need to come here to know how we behave, what we eat, and what we are made of. They could use the same techniques we are now refining - spectral analysis - to observe us from afar, and with just as much accuracy as if they were here. Think about our own capabilities now: we are told we can read the words on a dime from a satellite. I suspect we can look closer than that, but the government has to have its secrets you know. We can also look right through walls, or any other substance, and analyze the chemical make-up of ...whatever we look at. ETs would be able to do it much better, so why come here unless it is to influence us directly, in which case why all the secrecy? Presumably, such an advanced civilization could influence us however they chose, without the need to sneak around. And if the point is to influence without us knowing they are influencing, they could also do that from afar.


I think a simpler explanation of UFOs is that they belong to us. Like I said, governements have to have their secrets, and while I am not much for conspiracy theories, there are certainly technologies being developed, about which the rest of us aren't told. It's for our own safety, you know, lol.


Time travel is...a whole other ballgame. Oh boy. Ima address that in a later reply cuz it makes my head hurt to think about it.

Comment by John Camilli on January 5, 2011 at 1:51pm
Greg, you cracked me up with that question, it was totally not what I was expecting, but I do have a conjecture about it, lol. My guess would be that the thinly sliced meat has a greater number of ruptured cells per surface area for your taste buds to encounter. Comparable to the way crushing an herb releases more of the flavor into the food, your thin slices are already more broken down than the thick ones. However, that will also mean they go bad faster.
Comment by Greg on January 5, 2011 at 11:52am

I have a question for you! This is something that has plagued me for quite a while, but I've never taken the time to look into it. Why is it that thinly sliced sandwich meat (chicken, turkey, roast beef, etc.) taste so much different, better in my opinion, than when it is thick? It's hard to believe it entirely has to do with texture.

Any ideas about this would be great!




Comment by Keith O'Connor on January 5, 2011 at 9:59am
John, I was very happy to see your offer on my blog. You know, about checking what I write for scientific accuracy. I've written two books that I'd love to show to an evolutionary biologist and an astrophysics geek. In the first instance, I wonder if one of my sci-fi books says silly things about evolution; and in the second, characters go on a space trip to the Seven Sisters. In that one, I'd love to know what a vessel from Earth would see along the way. I'm not at all clear about what's out there. I will definitely keep you in mind if you're serious about the offer. Also, you said you write too? What do you write? (I ask this before searching your blog; the answer might be there.) Thanks! Keith.

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