Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring begins: snowfall traffic accident

The spring has just begun today in the morning, at 6:48 Central European Time, when the Sun crossed the celestial equator.



That's the right moment for a traffic accident caused by a heavy snowfall. One hundred and sixty cars are stuck in the collision area of the Prague-Brno D1 superhighway, the most important road in Czechia, including the truck full of the Pilsner Urquell beer in the lower left corner and two popular Student Agency buses. ;-)




We had some snow in Pilsen, too. But it has already melted: the temperature at noon is 0.2 °C.

3 comments:

  1. I have been away from The Reference Frame for a while, so I was surprised to see you are no longer at Harvard. This is a shame because I would have thought it was a good place from which to work and comment. It added authority to your blogging. I viewed you like a Richard Dawkins of the physics community, taking on the superstitious and idiotic.

    I don't know if you consider your forced move from Harvard to be a defeat or not, but I hope you bounce back to a good position at a good university. Blogging is all very well, but blogging from an excellent department surrounded by excellent staff and students is even better.

    All the best. Keep fighting the fight. Write some more books, too.

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  2. Dear Bohred,

    thanks for your kind words. I have never had any feeling that Harvard would add any substantial authority to me.

    It wasn't just about the expert opinions on quasi-religious issues such as global warming that are currently controlled by something completely different than science.

    It was even my own field where I was not only effectively denied to have any authority but even basic freedoms. This was manifested in so many cases that I don't really want to talk about it too much.

    For example, every single high-energy physicist who was at a level comparable to mine or higher knew very well that Peter Woit's or Lee Smolin's personal opinions about the big questions in physics are completely vacuous trash based on elementary mistakes and a complete lack of any coherent ideas that could be offered.

    Frankly speaking, I also did expect that my voice - a voice of a person who has been selected at a pretty well-known university from 66 candidates, after many such things - would have been treated seriously, at least by a few orders of magnitude more seriously than rants of an irrelevant computer administrator from a second-class university.

    It has never been the case. At some moment, this crazy misalignment of respect went from the sphere of idiots on the Internet - which was already bad enough - to a close vicinity of my real life when the coward ex-boss of the physics department indirectly joined the crackpots and even wanted me to erase my reviews of some of the crackpot books etc. using some very disgusting power tricks.

    There were many other things of this kind happening at that time that, as some readers know, I was very close to suicide. At any rate, I don't think it is possible or desirable for me to return to the Academia before I get sufficiently certain that nothing like that would repeat again and that human activist scum of the Woitian type simply has no longer any tools to influence or dictate what scientists, including those at the superficially important places, think and say about their very own field.

    The Academia is currently contaminated by far left-wing and politically correct human trash and I don't see any indication that things are geting better.

    Best
    Lubos

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  3. About 10 years ago, I too stared into the abyss and contemplated my life to that point.

    These things are different for everybody, but for me, as I walked back I realized humanity's insignificant place in the cosmos, and how important my family and friends were, and how important I was to them.

    I wouldn't recommend the journey; however the knowledge gained is worth more than anything I had learned to that point.

    I read the mindless banter of so many "geniuses" at some of the other blogs, and I have to think that it is more important than ever that good sound analysis of the situation is made available.

    My experience with doomsayers has also been enlightening. After reading the literature about "global warming" and "peak oil" and "LHC black holes", etc. I realized that at some level, the people most involved in spreading these fears actually wish they would happen in order to prove themselves right.

    It then dawned on me how incredibly selfish these people were. They would actually wish doom on the whole human race just to prove a point!

    This is where I made my choice. I would rather be an advocate of hope than an advocate of doom.

    Your detractors might think your methods are harsh, but I think it demonstrates a stronger passion for ensuring a positive outcome for humanity.

    As my wife would say, "Don't listen to the Poopyheads"

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