Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just stringing Plate Tectonics along.

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... Because in the face of all the evidence, Plate Tectonics seems to me to be more of a religion than a science.  So while having religion on my mind and when somebody sent me a joke the other day, it set me thinking in that loose-like,  'reverie' sort of way one does.  I did think the joke was quite funny, then maybe racist (when it might not be funny), then, ..  well, .. Jews say they are like that, they poke fun at themselves as a way of defusing the centuries of bad-attitude that have befallen them ever since they were exiled from the Promised Land. It's the way they have learned to cope with the travailles of the world for so long.  So maybe it was ok.  Which sent me off on a bit of a 'collage'.  But here's the [?]joke.

A Jewish grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson who is coming to visit with his wife.  ...  "You komm to front door of  apartments. I am apartment 301. There is big panel at front door. With elbow, you push button 301. I buzz you in. Komm inside and elevator is right. Get in, and with elbow, push 3rd Floor. When you get out, I'm left. With elbow, hit doorbell. OK?"
"Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?"
"Vat?  . .. You are komming empty-handed?"

The joke got better when I thought of the two hands of the wife.

Like snippets of song can grab you, and relieved at the news of the cease-fire in Gaza and the many petitions to the government of Israel,  (though I do think her equation at the bottom of the article smells a bit of nasty fundamentalism at the heart of all of this) I was reminded of another 'joke' by George Gittoes, which (for me) sort of put it in a nutshell.  The word that came to mind in the flash of a deja vu  regarding another uprising in occupied territory - the Warsaw uprising -  was, 'overreaction'.  Or perhaps I mean 'use of disproportionate force' evidenced by the many bodies in the streets in Gaza, many of them dismembered by blast, and by the disproportionate civilian (and military) deaths, .. (and how many rockets had actually fallen on Israel anyway? )

In trying to understand what's going on in the Middle East, two further news clips I came across [1] [2] sent me to google images to see what this burqa thing is all about, when I discovered it was something to do with men keeping women under wraps, because in a culture of once-desert tribalism, women were tradable commodities.  Or was it something to do with women "expressing empowerment"?  Is it a 'man'-thing, or a 'woman'-thing?  I don't know. I'm getting confused. and it's got worse since I heard this .

As a normal enough bloke with a mother (yes..), two sisters, two daughters and (Praise be to Gawd(!) one wife) It really gets me why any normal other-bloke would want a whole harem of them..  What is it they say (all over the world)? ..  "Better to live in the corner of a barn (/roof) than with a quarrelsome wife"?   Is that the point of a harem then, .. you can just put them in the shed and try again?

("Every Aussie bloke needs a shed..")

Sounds to me like a motion for dialogue is being moved..

  I don't know, I really don't.  The dreamer, John Lennon, got shot for his politics and his song 'Imagine'.    "Imagine all the people, living life in peace.. "    One generation, that's all it would take.    Dream on, John.

Religion, .. it's powerful stuff ( which is why Plate Tectonics survives against all odds).  Just thought that should get a mention since it is in the title.

"Let's take the kids down the art gallery this afternoon and see the severed heads in the Captain Cook /Discovery section.  Children love that sort of thing." 
"What's for dinner Mom?"

And when junior disobeys, strike with lethal force. (as it says in the game.  Junior will understand).

One generation. .. (Why are they all talking like telly-tubbies these days?)

Family, Tribalism, Elite Football, and Fashions Various.  Power.  (Something about Italy, mafia gangs, and (for good measure) the cabal of institutions heading up Plate Tectonics.) (again).

Howzat for a piece of string on a long bow....?   (Did adolescence and computer games manage a mention there too?) (Yes, I think they did.)

Now, on the news that True Blue Tony with his Team Australia  is deploying more police security  (to keep me safe) I'd better go and secure my breakfast, while I've still got one.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mass, Entropy and Our Growing Earth

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The particle that adds mass to an expanding universe? 
Or simply the trigger for adding mass?

 Peter Higgs.

For some considering this matter of an expanding Earth, a mechanism for expansion would appear to be central to their acceptance before any physical expression such as the creation of the ocean floors ( = two thirds of the Earth's surface) would be credible; seeing,  it would appear, is not necessarily believing.  However, if such a mechanism were to be discovered - such as the much-celebrated Higgs boson (discovered on the stroke of a funding midnight ) is regarded as a credible expression of an expanding universe -  would they abandon their conviction of the 'reality' of subduction?  I doubt it.

In the meantime therefore, they may care to read  Mr E. Ellis' assement of how an expanding universe is expressed on Earth in:-

( Last revised, 2014.02.18 )

Mr Ellis posits that :-
"The decay of five elements (O, Fe, Si, Mg and S) as exemplified by their ionization properties is responsible for the Earth accumulating sufficient mass to double its radius at least twice in the past billion years [and was] responsible for the oxygen in water doubling seven times in mass and volume for a one hundred and twenty-four fold increase to incrementally fill the growing ocean beds created during the crustal expansions of (the) past 180 to 200 million years."

.. and supports his narrative with six tables and seven figures that clearly reflect the considerable time and thoughtful effort he has invested in this enterprise :-

Table 1 =  Mass doubling rates for the above-mentioned elements
Table 2, 3 =  Earth mass and radius growth over past 540my
Table 4 =  Ionisation potentials of the five elements
Table 5 =  Variable Earth-mass growth rates from ionisations of the five selected elements
Table 6 =  Mass from table 5 with lagging radii

Fig.1 =   Geological time scale of five ions
Fig.2 =  Percentage mass v. time (Graph of table 5)
Fg.3 =    Mass, Radius, Density and gravity curves of Table 6.
Fig.4 =   Uncertainty on mass calculation
Fig.5 =    Uncertainty on radius calculation
Fig.6 =  Uncertainty on density calculation
Fig.7 =  Uncertainty on gravity calculation

I don't have a background in physics sufficient to evaluate Mr Ellis's work, but I do recognise that in addressing this subject from a perspective of the atom rather than from the traditionally geological one (as I do), he takes an angle that not only returns us to considerations about the age of the Earth, how it formed and how it is warmed, but also invites us to consider how the intrinsic properties of elemental atoms may increase over time to form the material stuff of the planet.

Mr Ellis tells me that according to our present understanding of the universe the Standard Model of Particle Physics involves 2 entities, matter (4.9% atoms and 26.8% dark matter) and energy (68.3% dark energy) which are interchangeable.  However the mathematics of the Standard Model indicates something is lacking, .. hence the need for more sub-atomic particles and more complex math.  Mr Ellis believes that the Ionic paper fills that void with a third entity - entropy, which is not interchangeable with the other two - mass can convert to entropy all right (burn a piece of paper), and energy can convert to entropy (how the Earth came to be heated in the first place), but not the reverse.  Entropy is a one-way street.

The paper should be viewed as offering a method for finding the mass and radius of an expanding earth that matches the observed geology. It is significant that all the points in Table 5 and Figure 4 are at, or very close to, a geological boundary where highly significant changes in the fossil record are noted.

Comments are welcome either here, or on the 'contact author' link provided in Mr Ellis's paper.

Good reading.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


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Readers interested in the argument for Earth expansion v. Plate Tectonics might like to revisit *this post* while I reorganise things here.  I think the whole business is encapsulated in those two points 1.  Subduction and 2. Along-ridge spreading.  Though of course it gets quite complicated in the detail (which it would of course, since everything geological is incorporated).

The essential point is that whichever is correct (expansion or subduction) (and they are mutually exclusive) the evidence has to be *writ large* to the point that it is hardly worth talking about - like day and night, Earth rotation and the Earth being round. [But just think of the wisdom that went into that lot! - which now is hardly even kindergarten stuff]

And that's it :-  *EITHER*  Subduction, 'evidenced' by the ambiguity of first motions of earthquakes and the destruction of an area of the Earth's crust = 2/3rds of its present area (that has 'disappeared' and for which there is therefore no evidence), ... *OR*  ...  Along-Ridge Spreading and Extension, which is a whole lot of ARSE staring Plate Tectonics in the face.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Scientists behaving badly (again)

 (.. "again"..) ??

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 (Doing dishes and listening to the radio again - regarding the workings of 'science'.)  Putting the hot money on consensus can be fraught with banana skins :-

" .. Yet, as we have been reading lately the number of retractions in scientific journals suggests a rising trend towards deception of one kind or another.  Two years ago the British journal Nature attributed half of the retractions to plain mistakes, and half to scientific misconduct such as plagiarism, faked data and altered images." 
From  ::   Discovery ofStreptomycin     ( 6MB)
" ..  The result was one of the most vicious battles for credit of a major discovery in the history of science ... "

(" .. faked and altered images "  ??    For aspects of which we could well attend to the view of Don Anderson in regard to seismic tomography propping up Plate Tectonics. )

Shifting sands in Plate Tectonics too?
Dearie me, ..  Tch - Tch !  Who would think?

[Addendum, 20140224 :: And of course climate change.  Who are the bandits, .. the changers or the doubters?   And what is the subtext there with regard to the role of consensus in science?
Or, if we are to regard the broader picture of group behaviour, should the question rather be, "What is the role of science in consensus?"   If a consensus in global warming has been reached by the same devices that a consensus has been reached, say,  for Plate Tectonics, then I would say, .. well I guess you could guess what I would say.  But I have noticed over the last five to eight years maybe that the seasons seem to be gradually delayed by about a month, and in the last few, more like a month and a half, .. meaning that 'earinwesternoz we don't get December-'Christmas' weather till well into February for the last number of years.  Does that mean warming? I don't know, but it's certainly late going by the trees which seem to be confused as well, flowering at the wrong times, or twice a year to make up for the flowers that are out of kilter - and still getting it wrong. I don't know, .. but consensus is a pain when it comes to science.  So I guess that's what I would say (about consensus). ]

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(Read :- Hey, ..  Shoot that messenger !  We're all in this together.)