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    "The human rectum is almost nightmarishly elastic..." -Patton Oswalt
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    Uh huh, yet they predict and let us develop technology for all that it lacks the elegance you seem to want.
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    The laws of physics seem just fine, but our understanding of them leaves something to be desired. Why is that surprising, and why do you think the solution is anything other than the natural evolution of existing theories and development of new ones? Where does metaphysics enter the picture...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    I'd agree with that; it's hard not to become enamored with these ideas, but it's also hard not to fall out of love with them given time and reading. It's one of the joys of science that you get these amazing concepts to bat around, but the other side is the need for rigor. Without any hope of...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    It's not 100%, but it's pretty fat nail in that coffin. A lot of the "Dark" stuff other than matter is used to justify any number of pet theories; tread with care.
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    That kid is either a budding genius, or in desperate need of prozac! Possibly both... “The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” (Oppenheimer)
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    Interferometers with unequal arm lengths

    Can you gain information that a pair of particles is entangled by running this test, or would the test lead to decoherence?
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    I was under the impression that 'Dark Flow' is at the level of, "might be something, might be an irregularity on the image."? It seems everyone uses this one to justify some claim, from colliding universes and more. In terms of established science, you seem to be going on with a bit of nonsense...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    How can a multiple universe theory of dark matter POSSIBLY be LESS complex? You'll need to include all of the elements of the a one-universe cosmology, and in addition you have to figure out how two spatially and temporally separated bubbles interact in what seems like a pretty uniform manner...
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    I don't know, but I get the point, and it's a good one. "...in the Twilight there is no difference between the absence of darkness and the absence of light." (English translation, Sergei Lukyanenko)
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    Can time dialation really just be the slowdown of physical processes?

    A quantum of time doesn't fit into any theory I'm aware of; what are you talking about? Time is either a measurement, or a dimension; you might as well ask for the quanta of length. These are not things which ask for or require quanta, even if they have a limit to their divisibility.
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    How could strange shapes affect space-time?

    A cosmic string would be a potential 'real world' example which is a strange shape with strange consequences, don't you think?
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    Interferometers with unequal arm lengths

    "...That you could check" is exactly right. When people talk about observers, it's the "could" that really matters, not that a real person or cat or atom is around to do it.
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    Quantum Fluctuations

    I'm not sure you have a viable model of anything without presupposing the vacuum. If you don't have it, then you're breaking QM statistics from the get-go.
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    Blackbodies and Maxwell's Whole Number Wavelength Theory

    Ask yourself, how would you envision such a wavelength in a piece of string? For the second part of your last question, I'm not sure what you mean, but I think you have a wrong idea about the energy carried by a wave, in terms of wavelength vs. amplitude.
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    Limits of Macroscopic Entanglement

    I don't think this applies to magic (I HOPE it doesn't...), but there is the apparent role of non-locality in the operation of photosynthesis, which is at least part of a very macroscopic system. As for Voodoun, I'm not sure that you're every going to rectify the practice of a religion with...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    I'd add the quantum suicide issue, that until I have some assurance that dying, or for a more local example, being teleported Star Trek style isn't the same as dying and being replicated, I'll pass. If dualists are right, there are some serious questions, and if materialists are right, there are...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    Yeah, and that's art, not physics which should be an empirical endeavor and not an argument over taste. The issue isn't believing in collapse, or MWI, or anything else... just work the equations; that's what SUAC is! Metaphysics is plenty of fun, but it's become this serious endeavor on par with...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    There's nothing at all wrong with thinking about it, but there's thinking about it, and forming armed camps; I see far more of the latter.
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    I mean exactly what I said: "shut up and calculate", not worry about collapse unless decoherence is the focus on your study. The solution to a falsified theory is not to invent countless interpretations of a theory, a majority of which are not falsifiable even if they are elegant. The solution...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    MWI has fewer than other interpretations except the only one that has any evidence to support it: shut up and calculate. I don't understand why people think they're going to form a valid ontology based on a theory which is not a "final" theory. Occam's Razor cuts closer to the bone than an...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    Let me rephrase: the notion of an infinite number of universes is not subject to Occam's Razor if you believe in eternal inflation, or a multiverse of many isolated pockets. It does cut finely (I think) in the case of QM interpretations such as MWI where it's just another variable to remove the...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    It doesn't exactly bowl me over than a name from Star Trek would be something you find cropping up in more than one forum related to science in general. I keep hearing in this thread about dark matter as a product of universes other than our own, but even if possible (and twofish-quant has...
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    Interesting, I didn't know that there were formulations of parallel universes that allowed for any observable effects in ours; that's pretty cool! If I understand the second part of your response correctly, then you mean that we're basically deploying more sensitive techniques and equipment, and...
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    Fictional Application of Ring-Vortex

    I've asked a few question here pertaining to an ongoing bit of writing in the fictional genres, and this is another. Given the fictional nature, two things I DON'T need are: People thinking this is a serious question about real-world applications. The assumption that, "just write what you...
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    The Refutation of Bohmian Mechanics

    I don't think that's crazy, just not verifiable; it's a natural if exotic philosophical extension of existing concepts. I enjoy your view, although I don't share it, while we're playing with the notion of MWI why not explore the exotic probabilities? In some ways, your idea emphasizes for me why...
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    Trust twofish-quant.
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    Dark matter as matter in parallel universes

    Then why isn't it uniformly distributed along with "normal" matter?
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    The Refutation of Bohmian Mechanics

    I agree with your view; I've never understood why deBB is taken as even remotely mainstream. Your point about MWI and Occam's Razor is enough for me frankly.
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