Gravitational wave: Much ado about nothing?

There is an expression: As above, so below.

To understand the universe, one needs only look at things on the planet, such as: Throw a pebble into a still body of water, and it will produce ripple effects.

So, in the grander scheme of things, the ripple effects of the Big Bang and other pebble events in the universe have produced  — and still produce — ripple effects in the ocean that is the universe.

Call them ripples, call them waves . . . they are what they are, and are no surprise.

Until the “chirp,” apparently. That’s supposedly the sound of two black holes becoming one — sexual intercourse, black hole style?

Indeed, I have often thought that pictures of galaxies with all the gaseous-like white stuff floating around them looked suspiciously like freshly ejaculated sperm et al . . . as above, so below, yes?

Which all goes to say I don’t have a clue why scientists are expressing almost orgasmic delight about the recent “discovery” of some celestial “chirp,” or gravitational wave as they are calling it.

Yes, I know I am a natural blonde, but hey folks, we’ve known about gravity on the planet for a very long time now . . . Duh . . .

And in the long run, will this latest great discovery answer the two biggest questions man has been asking all along: what is the meaning of life, and what happens to us after we die?

No, it doesn’t . . .

— Jillian

17 thoughts on “Gravitational wave: Much ado about nothing?

      1. The main concern of philosophy is to question and understand very common ideas that all of us use every day without thinking about them. A historian may ask what happened at some time in the past, but a philosopher will ask, “What is time?” A mathematician may investigate the relations among numbers, but a philosopher will ask, “What is a number?” A physicist will ask what atoms are made of or what explains gravity, but a philosopher will ask how we can know there is anything outside of our own minds. A psychologist may investigate how children learn a language, but a philosopher will ask, “What makes a word mean anything?” Anyone can ask whether it’s wrong to sneak into a movie without paying, but a philosopher will ask, “What makes an action right or wrong?” – Thomas Nagel,What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy(1987), 1.Introduction

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  1. Scientists are excited because the “chirp” confirmed something Einstein predicted 100 years ago. Even more exciting is that scientists now have a new way of observing and learning about the universe. First there were light telescopes, bigger and bigger. Then radiotelescopes that could “see” things that the light telescopes could not. And now we have gravitational wave detectors, yet another way of observing the universe and an important one for observing its fundamental properties.

    Life is what we make of it, and when we die, we turn back into the stardust whence we came. 🙂

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    1. Our bodies may turn back to stardust, but what of our spirits, or in more scientific terms, the energy that animates us? Energy cannot be destroyed (she says, going way out on a limb).

      As for the chirp, it is written “In the beginning was the word . . .”

      And later it was said (well, sung), “The bird is the word . . .”

      The Trashmen aside, sound is what is thought to have brought the universe into existence, hence the universal hum, or “aummmmmmmmmm …..”

      I never doubted Einstein in the first place.

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      1. But it is important that Einstein was *proved* correct. And even more important that scientist have a new way of observing the universe.

        The “chirp” was not a sound, of course. The sound was a representation of what the LIGO detector registered — a ripple in space-time. A disturbance in the fabric of space-time itself.

        The energy that animates us comes from the cells of our body — fuelled by food, which itself contains stored energy. The energy that those cells produce leaves our body all the time, as heat, movement, etc. It is not destroyed but rather goes elsewhere or into another form. When our bodies die, they no longer produce energy, except by decomposing. There is no separate spirit that animates matter. Matter itself turns into energy. Our spirits, our personalities, are the sum totals of our memories, the recollections of our experiences.

        BTW, I saw an article about a study that showed that blond people are actually smarter. No excuses. 😉

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      2. Q. Something that has always eluded me. Aside from the obvious, how does one know that you are meeting a true blonde? Just putting out a G-wave %@

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      3. So one has to conclude if one is blind it doesn’t really matter what colour. And considering our sense is limited to RGB spectrum then Gravity rules %D

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      1. Have you ever wondered that when you have an orgasm you are witness to the Big Bang?! Then again if you never have had one, well, no big bang %}

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