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Old 12-21-2011, 03:32 PM   #841
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Of course they do, but we're still looking 950 years into its past. It could have been taken out by an asteroid/meteor/comet and we won't know for another 950 years. That whole idea never ceases to blow my mind. We don't, and will likely never, have any idea what is going on "now" in the universe, for lack of a better term. There exists an information delay that goes farther and farther back in time as you look at increasingly greater distances. Unless you're Laplace's Demon your knowledge of the universe will forever be temporally local.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:37 PM   #842
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Of course they do, but we're still looking 950 years into its past. It could have been taken out by an asteroid/meteor/comet and we won't know for another 950 years. That whole idea never ceases to blow my mind. We don't, and will likely never, have any idea what is going on "now" in the universe, for lack of a better term. Unless you're Laplace's Demon your knowledge of the universe will be temporally local.
Earth has been around for billions of years and hasn't been taken out by asteroids yet.
Isn't it far more likely that those planets are still there, a mere 950 years?
Everything is probabilistic, according to Strings theory, so basing statements on the most probably outcome isn't too outrageous.
Now, your statement that the planets may not be there is outrageous.
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According to quantum mechanics everything is probabilistic, I don't think string theory is, but I could very well be wrong. Anyway, I completely agree that the likelihood of it still being there is fairly high, but it could be gone, or at least inhabitable and we won't know for a long time. My thought process was: habitable planet, could we live there? Too far away to know current conditions.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:15 PM   #849
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www.physorg.com
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That talk I posted earlier is pretty great. It's interesting to see how little they all agree on even though they're all scientists. Bill Nye is hilarious too
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Astronomy picture of the day is not a blog, but they have interesting pictures from space. The site is monitored by NASA.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
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International Date line has been shifted??

Magnetic north has also shifted??

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Yeah that happened after one of the earthquakes this year. You never read about it? Airlines had to change up their navigation to compensate.
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Yeah that happened after one of the earthquakes this year. You never read about it? Airlines had to change up their navigation to compensate.
Yeah I read about it, after the Chile or Japan one....

with all of this magnetic movement and shifting, this would probably be the cause of the weird weather we are having this year?? right? or something to do with it?
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It could be, but I'm of the belief that we don't have a clue as to all the variables that cause the weather to do what it does. I read an intro book on chaos theory and ever since then I haven't been able to trust anything I hear/read about weather predictions.
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It could be, but I'm of the belief that we don't have a clue as to all the variables that cause the weather to do what it does. I read an intro book on chaos theory and ever since then I haven't been able to trust anything I hear/read about weather predictions.
its not predictions... I'm living it right now, never in my short life have I had a winter like this. 25 year avg temp for here is -20 to -25C .... we might have seen 2 days that cold this winter. avg day this year is anywhere from 0 to -10.... with 1/8th of the normal snow.


you can't explain that.
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I'm sitting at 60 F today, 15.5 C. No complaints here. What I was getting at though is that though is that I don't think predictions/causes/whatever for the weather are accurate enough to be trusted to a certain degree. Trying to say what the weather will be like 10+ days out or pinning our above average temperatures now to a single cause are ridiculous IMO. There are too many variables and even the smallest error in one will cause a massive error later down the line.
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