Tuesday, January 28, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

A remarkable bullish, correct PBS video on Heisenberg, Bohr, bootstrap, and amplituhedrons

Peter F. sent me a link to a new PBS SpaceTime video

Hacking the Nature of Reality (17-minute-long YouTube video)
and told me that it would make me smile. I was very skeptical about that claim. Everything that other people systematically create to bombard me/us with seems frustrating these days. But holy cow, Peter was right. I was smiling soon and despite additional skepticism about my continued smile, I did continue to smile. ;-)

The video is amazing. This part of PBS was clearly conquered by someone who knows the stuff, who is on the right side of everything when it comes to discussions about modern fundamental physics.

Okamura: integration of V4 needed to defend the European civilization

Tomio Okamura was born in Japan, is genetically half-Asian (quarter-Japanese, quarter-Korean), half-Czech, and is the leader of SPD, the main nationalist party in Czechia. His colorful ancestry should make you sure that the "Czech nationalist scene" is actually very meritocratic and fair.

Far left loons are using the term "far right" for almost everybody these days but I find it likely that Okamura would be considered a classic "far right" even in the 1980s when the contemporary type of the extreme left was rather weak.

Just a decade ago, I found it clear that I wouldn't ever vote for parties like SPD. You know, they're also low-brow, working-class-addressed. Nevertheless, they did get one vote from me, the latest election to the European Parliament, although it was a temporary fluke and I was quickly given a more intellectual Tricolor Movement as an alternative that I am ready to vote in the near and medium future.

Monday, January 27, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

What superficial "scientists" in the media misunderstand about quantum field theory

Cutely enough, my pure report about 33 mandatory hours of climate hysteria in Italy a year was labeled "hate speech" by Google and demonetized. The attack on free speech keeps on escalating.

First, something about the "interpretations" of quantum mechanics. Under a 2018 blog post about Bohmism, FF asked how I can precisely prove that Bohmian mechanics predicts lots of unseen phenomena in a specific experiment and what the experiment is, something that I also discussed on Quora.

Well, as I wrote on both places, we can't make any specific, quantitative, or precise predictions because there is no well-defined "Bohmian theory". Proper quantum mechanics describes ongoing phenomena as a sequence of two kinds of processes: the unitary evolution of the wave function (or density matrix) that reversibly spreads into superpositions (that evolution is encoded in a unitary operator, often equal to an exponential of the Hamiltonian); and the reduction or collapse of the wave function associated with the observer's learning of an outcome of an experiment (that's given by a projection operator on a space of eigenstates). These two things are alternating – like loading and shooting, loading and shooting.

For stupid ideological reasons, Bohmists and other "realists" (i.e. anti-quantum zealots) dislike especially the projection (or reduction), the measurement. So they erase it and also totally differently interpret the physical meaning of the objects in the unitary evolution (they promote them to classical degrees of freedom). But they don't have any well-defined replacement for the measurement (projection) part of the quantum mechanical evolution. They remove one-half of the engine of QM, create the other half from wood, but they don't replace the first one-half by anything. So it doesn't work at all. We may only speculate about a hypothetical theory that fills the gap.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Greta never went on strike

...she is served by apparent gangsters funded in an opaque way...

Willie Soon sent me this 28-minute long Rebel News video that was posted yesterday:

The journalist, Mr Keean Bexte, has shown quite some courage and professional attitude when he tried to find the answers to some elementary questions about the first events that led to her fame (or infamy), about the funding for assorted activities that surround her, and other things.

Friday, January 24, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

I don't believe that this coronavirus is new

China – but, to a lesser extent, the rest of the world – is terrified by the newly named coronavirus, a new potential pandemics that could produce as much anxiety and danger as SARS, the symptom of the abruptly terminating breathing. Note that in 2017, researchers have traced SARS – that exploded in 2002-2003 – to horseshoe bats in Yunnan province.

The Chinese eat bats and cook soup from bats and similar monsters – did you give them the permission, Batman? – and it is clear that this kind of inter-species multiculturalism increases the risks that the viruses jump. I have chosen the Chinese cuisine for most lunches in a year or two while in Greater Boston but I prefer to eat "tested food". Also, I insisted on a fork and knife, as a civilized person – to avoid the extra work that Zdeněk Izer had to perform when he was served the chopsticks.

Kung Pao Chicken has surely become a regular food for me that I am not afraid of (but any regular enough sauce with beef and pork is also good enough – and so are eggplants and even that exotic bamboo). The Chinese and many other nations have a pretty high life expectancy which is the reason why I don't believe that an occasional Chinese lunch (or a kebab that I had last night once again) will seriously reduce my (or another individual's) life expectancy.

RIP, Tony Smith, a kindest and most prolific of crackpots

I learned from the GA Net, Geoffrey Dixon's blog, and Not Even Wrong that Tony Smith died on October 11th, 2019. He was one of the Internet's most famous... "alternative physicists"... and I've had some communication with him over the years.

viXra.org shows that he has posted an incredible 102 preprints over there. They're mostly about the Clifford algebras and exceptional groups as unification dreams; and some philosophy of physics and its relationship with other disciplines.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

European Green Deal: 120 silly demands

In Summer 1989, many of us were making fun of Milouš Jakeš, the boss of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (especially because of his notorious Red Little Castle leaked speech to his comrades 3 miles from my home), and other commies had a similar image.

But I must really apologize for having mocked them: neither Jakeš nor any other top Czechoslovak communist could compare to the previously unseen imbeciles who are employed as members of the European Parliament and who approved

European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2020 on the European Green Deal (2019/2956(RSP))
one week ago. If I were a teacher or a neurosurgeon whose task would be to fix these MEPs' brains, I would give up. There is not much that can be done with these utterly fudged up brains – perhaps if we started from scratch on the other side of the body, in the rectum. That's where the most promising seed of a new, better brain could be found within these MEPs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Wigner wasn't wrong

When you don't see patterns or elegant solutions, it doesn't mean that they don't exist

The featured Quanta Magazine article right now is about the connection between the colliding blocks and quantum search. If you have never watched the "surprising appearance of \(\pi\) in a counting problem", you should watch these three videos by 3Blue1Brown:

* Pi: how it appears in colliding blocks (5 minutes)
* Why it's so (15 minutes)
* Add a beam of light (14 minutes)
A small block is moving back and forth between a wall and another rectangular block where the mass ratio is a power of 100. The collisions are elastic and you need to count how many collisions there are. You will find that the number of collisions is a number like 314159... And it goes on and on, you clearly see the pi. In the phase space, the critical points belong to a circle, a beautiful problem with a beautiful solution due to Gregory Galperin (2003).

The new Quanta Magazine article points out that the very same "approximation of a circle" by many points appears in Grover's algorithm, the most famous quantum computer's method to search in a database. In that algorithm, the state vector is also being gradually turned to the right direction so you're also approximating a circle. The similarity of the "quantum search" and "the billiards" was promoted in a recent preprint by Adam Brown.

Monday, January 20, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Kubera, Czech constitution's man #2, abruptly dies

I do think that the cigarettes "helped" the sudden cardiovascular event to come

The chairman of the Senate, the upper chamber of the Czech Parliament, Mr Jaroslav Kubera abruptly died today (of a heart attack, unconfirmed reports say; ambulance was transferring him to a cardiovascular center), at age of 72. He belonged to the tolerable wing (or at least to the joint connecting the wing with the chest) of ODS, the Klaus-founded party that I supported up to Spring 2019.

Source: Profimedia.cz. Sorry, I couldn't find a picture without a cigarette, such moments were rare

He's been a true veteran of (nationwide and North Bohemian regional) politics. He was chosen as the chairman of the Senate in 2018 and, as promised, he became the uniter and the social glue that dramatically improved the relationships between the main constitutional representatives of Czechia and the parties, too.

Friday, January 17, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Critic of science: universities should protect physics students from Arkani-Hamed's ideas on QFTs

...the ultimate safe spaces...

Mark Goodsell is a young (but habilitated) HEP professor at LPTHE, Paris. He has a not very well-known blog, Real Self Energy, and wrote something about the critics of HEP yesterday:

How to make progress in High Energy Physics
His article starts with an LHCb CERN press release about some... 1-sigma... flavor violation seen by the experiment that is sort of compatible with some other flavor violation excesses at LHCb. That's great and it might indeed be a small step towards making a clear picture of a new, flavor-violating (electron-muon-asymmetric) phenomenon or a new decaying particle.

But even if that will be the case, I am afraid that I will always consider a 1-sigma step as something that is right to ignore – and I would see it in this way even if the flavor-violating new physics is discovered and I reinterpret the history with hindsight.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

The culture of chronic complainers

The decay of the Western society is mostly powered by the postmodern Left. All of us know the typical words associated with this growing, degenerated portion of the society – verbs that must be repeated more often than Allah is repeated by the Muslims. They're words like

discriminate, privilege, oppression, victim, microaggression, offended, diversity, outrage, cancel, racism, Islamophobia, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, pedophilophobia
and many others. Clearly, some of these are associated with radicals who still represent at most 15% of the Western nations. But there is one "more civilian" verb that used to be rather normal but whose role in the society has transformed to dangerous proportions and it's the verb
to complain.
Each of us may sometimes complain, there may be good reasons for it but complaints may also be unjustified. My main point is that our societies have transformed to the worshipers of complainers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Craig Wright claims to have received $10 billion

...it's more likely that he is Satoshi...

The prices of cryptocurrencies have increased by something of order 10% in a recent day or two. The total capitalization is $238 billion at this moment, the BTC Bitcoin is 66.4% of it i.e. $158 billion. It's followed by Ethereum at $18 billion, Ripple at $10 billion and...

BSV (Bitcoin Satoshi Vision) championed and engineered by Craig Wright has become the 4th cryptocurrency by capitalization, over $6 billion right now (since Christmas, its price has quadrupled).
The fifth is the old Bitcoin Cash (it jumped above BSV some hours after this text was written, it's a fierce contest), the sixth is Tether USD, and the seventh is the Litecoin.

The main reason is that Craig Wright, the Australian self-admitted father of the Bitcoin, has submitted the documents claiming that he has received the keys needed to unlock his BTC 1.1 million (well, plus over a million of all other forks of the Bitcoin). Only he can be sure whether he may unlock the coins but a sufficient market was persuaded by the validity of the claim.

Monday, January 13, 2020 ... Deutsch/Español/Related posts from blogosphere

Cosmologists neglecting the motion of the Solar System are crackpots

For a year or two, all of us were aware of discrepancies in the measurement of Hubble's constant.

Several updated, comparably plausible methods yield values of \(H_0\) that differ by as much as 10%. I think that without the elimination of some of these determinations, we are forced to admit that very many cosmological parameters, perhaps including the age of the Universe, are only known with the precision of 10% or so and the "high-precision cosmology" started in the late 1990s was an illusion, at least at this moment it should be treated as one.

It is possible that the resolution to these strange results will be mundane – some error in some of the methods. It may be very deep, connected with some of the deepest facts about string theory that we still don't understand – some deep insights that will completely change our views about the landscape, swampland, and the cosmological constant in string theory. There exist various strategies by which the people try to wrestle with this new Hubble confusion.

Jonathan Kerr, a new featured anti-quantum warrior

Dark energy an error? Phys.org reviewed a one-month-old Korean preprint claiming to have made measurements and showing that type IA supernovae's light intensity is correlated with their population age, after all. Such an "astrophysical" drift of the "standard candles" may mimic the "cosmological" behavior attributed to dark energy and dark energy as extracted from the supernovae may therefore be spurious. Of course it's plausible (and would be far-reaching if true), we may hear from others soon... Well, Rubin+Heitlauf have already claimed that the Koreans err in their treatment of distributions and even neglect the motion in the Solar System. Colin et al. (who wrote a similar paper to the Koreans in August 2018) disagree and they even criticize the corrections from the Solar System motion as "arbitrary corrections". Sorry, this is silly. Failing to recognize Galileo's "And yet it moves" is a pretty serious and unquestionable mistake. Galileo isn't an "arbitrary correction". ;-)
We haven't discussed the "mainstream" media's hype about a perfectly deluded critic of quantum mechanics for a few weeks.

Well, Max told us that there is no hiatus. The Telegraph's Sarah Knapton (also reprinted at MSN) chose the title
New theory of quantum mechanics shows matter is not in the eye of the observer
We're promised that a 19-page-long paper (PDF) will soon appear in a "well-respected peer-reviewed journal". By a complete accident, a popular book by the author, Jonathan Kerr, just appeared in the bookstores (click at the icon in the corner) and the Telegraph readers are encouraged to buy it.