Tuesday, February 13, 2007

They Found the Remains of a Rebel Base...

"They found the remains of a Rebel base, but estimate that it has been deserted for some time." The STAR WARS Rebel base (also seen in MOONRAKER) was in Tikal, 300 kilometres South. This is Uxmal, which has indeed been deserted for some time. The name is usually translated as "Built Three Times." Starting in 500 AD, successive cultures have built on the same site. Old regimes eventually are overthrown by newer ideas.

Many of us grew up on those movies, and dreamed about rebelling against an evil Dark Side. Now we appear to be gripped by "dark energy." Its disciples occupy the media, journals and universities. They tell us that DE dominates the Universe, and will eventually tear everything apart. They insist that we join the crowd or be barred from grants and positions.

As in the movies, the odds seem overwhelming. DE has enveloped hundreds of researchers, allegedly the most elite brains. Despite their numbers, they have not, repeat have not offered a compelling solution. All they give us are measurements inferring that DE exists. A single open mind can understand something like GM = tc^3, which solves the problem in one line.

Though things sometimes look tough, the Rebellion is winning. DE is losing support every day as more people question it. Their prize project is the approaching train wreck. Those who dismissed "c change" are the ones without funding or tenure (sorry CV). Now big wheels like Michael Turner list "varying constants" as a #1 priority.

As you have seen from photos, the writer is a slender thing. Someone can outwit 100 opponents because a greater Force stands behind me than hides behind them. As Roger Blandford said, eventually those who dismiss "c change" will claim that they knew it all along. I invite them to join the winning side while they still can.

You must walk around to see how big these Maya cities are. Uxmal's population has been estimated at 25,000 but could have been much bigger. Does this look like a town of a few thousand? The Pyramid of the Magician is unique for its rounded plan. It was built right over an earlier, smaller pyramid. Newton's Gravity served as foundation for Einstein's Relativity, which in turn will be the basis for newer ideas.

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Blogger Kea said...

These pictures are just wonderful! I would like to see these cities one day. Since you go to so many conferences, remember that the GRG18 registration is now open. I hope you can make it.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again with the "varying constants" ;p

I understand why it has been stated like that, those things that were considered constants turn out not to be, and it gets the point across. However it just makes me cringe.

So the rebel base from Star Wars was also in Moonraker ? I didn't know that.

3:41 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Hea, I very much hope to be at GRG18, will be submitting a talk and everything. It is still disappointing that icouldn't make it to sydney in December.

Sam, "varying constants" is indeed an oxymoron. My own writings call them "fundamental values," not constants. In MOONRAKER (1979) Tikal was the exterior of Drax's secret base. That year he obviously had STAR WARS in mind.

12:19 PM  
Blogger mark drago said...

well, I say, here's to rebels, Louise.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

I am descended from a long line of rebels and think that it's genetically encoded somehow. I don't really know about dark energy, but there sure is a lot of dark something going on these days. Even if you don't get your vindication in the near future, you will eventually get it.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Louise,

thanks for these pictures, Uxmal is really beautiful too! ;-)

I think old ideas usually die with the people who staunchly support them. It usually is not like in politics, when everybody jumps aboard at the right moment and all are winners... But it sometimes happen. I think it largely depends on how compelling the evidences in favor of something and against something else are - think at evolutionism: it took forever for some people to accept it. On the other hand, take the quark hypothesis: once the J/psi was seen in 1974, nobody questioned it further.

And Michael Turner is part of the "old guard", but he is quite young at heart, as far as I know him.


9:22 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thanks Mark and Rae Ann. Discovering something new is its own pleasure. I hope the posts show how much fun it is exploring new places.

Funny you mention it Tommaso, just yesterday I heard from the discoverer of J /psi. He believes in "dark energy," but nobody's perfect. He and David Gross made a friendly bet on whether SUSY will be discovered at LHC.

9:15 PM  

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