Date: Sun Feb 14 1993 13:05:00
From: Mark Harris
To: Jacques Poulet
On 02-11-93 JACQUES POULET wrote to ALL...
JP> Hi everyone!
JP> I was catching up on my reading list last week, and I found a very
JP> interesting article in the FSR (Flying Saucer Review) (Autumn, 1992) by
JP> R.D. Pearson, BSc. (Eng.) titled "ARE UFOS COMPATIBLE WITH 'OUR' PHYSICS?"
JP> From my limited knowledge of physics, what he describe _seems_
JP> logical. But I'd like those echoers that are grand masters in that
JP> kind of stuff to give their opinion.
JP> I first need to know if anybody have heard about these:
JP> "...two physicists, Champeney and Moon, carried out an experiment on a
JP> rotating bar. A time-dilation effect predicted from relativity did not
I don't know if I'm a 'Grand Master' of physics, but I generally
can hold my own. Just as a little caveat, if a person doesn't
understand the math, or it is not provided for examination, it's
very easy to lay out all kinds of "plausible" sounding ideas
which are just crap. Most of what you quote here I've run into
at one time or another, and most of it is nonsense, in terms of
the physics we have today. It is not likely that any reasonable
modification of current theories will allow these items to
suddenly make sense, either. Sigh. I often wish that were not
The time dilation effect described above was originally thought
to be evident around a structure called a Tipler cylindar.
That's a really, really huge structure, extremely dense, perhaps
made of neutronium, spinning along its long axis in space, at a
speed near the speed of light. Near
the spinning surface, it's been shown that some interesting
effects based on relativity *may* make themselves evident. The
experiment you listed used a cylindar made of lead, spinning far,
far below the speed of light. Most responsible researchers
dismissed the experiment due to the fact that the predicted
effects were several orders of magnitude below anything our
instruments could detect. It's not a practical experiment, as
things stand now.
JP> "...in the 1980s an experiment by Alain Aspect showed that particules
JP> called 'photons', which are carriers for the energy of light, affected
JP> each other instantly regardless of separating distance."
This is partially true. One of the implications of quantum
mechanics states that if you change the spin of one of a pair of
simultaneously emitted photons, the other will change its spin to
match. This has, indeed, been measured as described, though
there is some question about just how valid the experiment is.
For example, does it hold true for photons whose path extends to
relativistic distances? This would be where the expansion of the
universe, given mathematically as the Hubble constant (thought to
be about 75 kilometers per second per megaparsec of distance),
exceeds the speed of light. At or near that point, there's a
really neat and elegant modification of the math that shows that
the expansion stays below the speed of light at those distances.
But I digress.
It isn't known if the effect is purely local, within the same
frame of reference, or if it truly ignores the space/time
continuum, and is instantaneous over any distance. Cool,
interesting stuff I'm still thinking about.
JP> "...Silvertooth,has carried out an experiment which showed the ether
JP> exists after all! He pointed out that the speed of light is equal to
JP> its wave frequency multiplied by wavelength. Michelson and Morley had
JP> assumed wavelength to be fixed and in effect only measured frequency
Well, er, no. Michelson and Morley' math was correct, and what
Silvertooth proposed is absurd, mathematically. Also, it has been
shown that he bases his conclusion on a single run out of many
which was the flawed one. His instruments gave a faulty reading;
there is no ether, and no indication that there even might be
JP> He then goes on describing another theory (called the COMPUTING
JP> GRID) that would include all the present ones, and:
JP> "The grid can support several interpenetrating systems of matter which
JP> are normally invisible to one another."
JP> Very interesting concept from which the author pretend that both
JP> kind of UFOs are possible: those from other dimensions or from another
JP> distant world in this dimension.
I've heard of a set of algorithms for super computers described
that way; it was originally written to help solve some of the
problems involved in the Superstring theory of the cosmos.
Certain solutions generated so far seem to indicate that several
universal systems can co-exist, overlapping dimensionally, but
none of those solutions reflect the laws and structure of the
universe we can observe. They have been rejected for that
reason; any model, to be considered successful, must accurately
describe the universe we can observe.
I hope this was helpful to you; as I'm beginning to do more and
more, please take note that I don't intend this reply to be in
any way condescending or a put down. This is just my way of
explaining these things, and no insult whatsoever is intended.
Point in fact, thank you for posting these items; it seems that
such pseudo science is constantly making the rounds, and I
appreciate the opportunity to correct the image. After all, this
is all confusing enough without having flatly wrong theories and
experiments messing with our heads.
Mark R. Harris
... OFFLINE 1.50 " Me a Skeptic? I trust you have proof...."
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