Saturday, July 17, 2010


A child accepts what is taught without questioning.

There is no 'background' to bounce concepts off of - you are just learning this stuff for the first time, right?

So if you are taught that Russia was first established by the Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa), that's what you believe - at least until you get old enough to discover Wikipedia which is there to verify almost every truth (     ).

If the god of your fathers wears a feathered boa and long earrings, then that is your image of god... again, until the Christians get hold of you in college.

When I was little, I was told that gravity was what held everything down to earth.

And then my friend Cindy told me it was actually some form of Silly Putty that held everything down.

Sometime around junior high (that's what they called middle-school back in the Dark Ages) the concept of boiling hot mantle right under the crust (which fit, because I always associated mantles with fireplaces) and the molten iron core (so how do they know it's iron? Was this a ploy just to keep the costs of metals stable?) all fit around gravity... somehow.

And then Gravity connects you with people you should know and should be talking to because they share your passions... wait that is Gravity, which advertises about "a mathematical representation of your interests that can be used as the basis for delivering a truly personalized experience on the web" (      ).

But real, scientific gravity (speaking of Wikipedia), which is consequences of gravitational zero point quantum fluctuations at Planck scale are considered in the QFTs by adopting an effective stochastic model for space-time (oh, yeah, this sounds so... SMART).
Now even THIS turns out not to be constant.

Some parts of earth have more gravity than others.

Next you are going to tell me that Thin Thighs in 30 Days doesn't really work.