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A Village of Scientists?
How many scientists does it take to make a discovery? ... The era of the lone genius, as epitomised by Albert Einstein, has long gone ... Ask people to conjure up an image of a scientist and Albert Einstein is most likely to pop into their head. The iconic image is of a lone genius beavering away in some secluded room until that familiar equation – E=mc2 – crystallised in his brain sufficiently to be written down. I very much doubt doing science was ever quite like that, but it is even more unlikely to apply now. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: It takes a village to build a scientific breakthrough.
Free-Market Analysis: Once again, we find the dominant social theme proposed that many scientists are necessary to make an invention in the modern era.
We've written about this meme before. It is part of the larger promotion to impress upon people that they are no longer capable of understanding their world without the machinery of big science.
This mania for bigness extends throughout society at this point. In the US, for instance, healthcare has turned into Obamacare. Sports are defined by mega events such as the Olympics. Even politics is pursued on the gigantic stage of the United Nations.
Here's some more from the article:
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design, the three-part series currently running on the Discovery Channel, includes vignettes of many of the famous historical names of science: Einstein is there, as are Galileo, Newton and Descartes.
They are all, says Hawking, his heroes and in each case their work is identified with them as individuals. But move into the 20th and 21st centuries and the famous names are no longer necessarily singletons. Discoveries are more likely to be the work of teams which, as in the case of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), may number hundreds, if not thousands ...
There is strength in a diversity of approaches and trying to tackle a problem from a single viewpoint, or discipline, today may well be insufficient to achieve the necessary breakthrough. I believe the age of the lone hero(ine) scientist is past. The challenges we face are so multi-faceted and vast that no single mind can encompass all that is needed.
I can hear the alert reader asking, "But what about the Higgs Boson? That was dreamed up by a single man: Peter Higgs." Well, no. There were several theorists all working on this problem simultaneously (this was 50 years ago). It wasn't feasible to name the particle after all of them, but that is not to say they didn't all make serious contributions.
This is a problem that is likely to cause the Nobel Prize Committee a headache when it comes to working out which of them are to win the prize; the rules restrict it to a maximum of three individuals. But it's not just theorists who contributed to the "discovery" of the Higgs Boson. None of them would be in the running for the prize if it weren't for the multi-disciplinary, international teams that built the LHC. Such large teams are increasingly typical of the way the major breakthroughs are being made.
In fact, what ought to cause the Nobel Prize Committee a good deal of head pain is the idea that the Higgs boson itself and the tale of its discovery is questionable to begin with. Here's what GQ wrote just last week:
The Higgs Boson: Steaming Particle of Bull$#!% ... Bruno Maddox visited the Large Hadron Collider, and all he got was one lousy God Particle, a whole bunch of Swiss coffee, and infinite questions about the universe ...
So it's been a month...wait, no, it's been two months, and from the silence roaring suddenly out of Geneva one has to assume that physicists are still—still—trying to figure out if the subatomic particle lately glimpsed by the Large Hadron Collider really is the elusive "Higgs Boson" they've been hunting for half a century. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the ABBA-looking dude who runs the Conseil Européene pour la Recherche Nucléaire, which built and maintains the LHC, was only comfortable saying in his July 4th press-conference that the new particle exhibits "Higgs-like" properties, but more research is needed—years of it, to be specific—before we'll know for certain that this is the submicroscopic speck that's famously not actually known as "The God Particle."
Given that no one so much as threw a shoe at Heuer during his maddening announcement, and that CERN's facilities remain untorched, even unvandalized, two months later, what it is not too soon to say, however, is that physics would appear to have gotten away with it: a decades-long campaign of hype, propaganda, and outright deception that saw a ragtag bunch of social misfits swindle the world out of billions of dollars, monies which as of this writing have not been returned. What follows is the story, if not of an outright hoax, then at least of the most audacious and effective PR campaign in the history of science.
The thrust of the GQ article is much the same as several other articles on the subject: Physicists have created elaborate scientific challenges as part of a full-employment.
What is driving big science, in other words, is not a quest for discoveries or even military reasons. It is the more mundane quest for a paycheck.
And it does turn out that the scientific community is now in aggregate admitting that even if Higgs has actually been found – as they say it has – it will only help account for some one percent of the universe's mass.
What's up next? A whole new family of particles and gigantic machines to track their energy signatures. Of course, we're not surprised. We never much believed that the current experiments would offer anything definitive. For more on this issue, search the 'Net for "Daily Bell" and "big science."
The universe, as we reported before, is electrical, or has electrical elements. It is not the weak force of gravity that organizes the universe but the strong force of electricity. Even nebulas are shaped by electrical currents.
Eventually, this will be recognized. It may take years, even decades. The scientific community will fight this sensible conclusion for as long as it can. In fact, that is always the way of science.
But in this era of bigness, the struggle will no doubt be even grimmer than usual.
Of course, there is the Internet Reformation, and readily available information on such items as the electrical universe – that allows laypeople to leap ahead of increasingly sluggish scientific consensus.
We have learned in this modern era that little is as it seems. Vaccines are a not a cure-all but may bring physical injury. Peace is not war. Money is not just paper after all.
Conclusion: It is no surprise then that the current scientific consensus is probably entirely wrong. Discovering – supposedly – the God Particle will do nothing to change that. Big science marches on.
Posted by YesNoMaybe on 09/20/12 10:31 AM
Unfortunately, Nassim Haramein - Black Whole was removed from Vimeo, you can now find it here Click to view link
Posted by YesNoMaybe on 09/20/12 10:02 AM
Just like big pharma creates junk 'cures' which aim to sicken, junk science, controlled by the same Cabal, aims to distract. The truth is someone who is awake, connected into the quantum collective field of consciousness, as are all great geniuses, will always outshine a group of ignorant lemmings - no matter how self important their credentials fluff their egos to be. Higgs is a falacy. Electric universe is a nice idea, can't explain the universe as has one colleague who, singlehandedly, has put the puzzle together. Yes, he has brought together lots of pieces from many of us who are also perceiving the universe 180 degrees opposite the separation consciousness of the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) science community. His name is Nassim Haramain, and his video (Click to view link in two hours will explain more than any PHD fratboy could ever possibly imagine doing.
Why, because he QUESTIONED AUTHORITY and the dogma of the blind herd.
I applaud all the openmindedness I've seen in these DB articles, but let's not sell the infinite ability and genius inherent in each of us to tap into the all knowing from WITHIN each of us. Try to shove your group orgy of flat earth scientists though that door and you all end up looking like the keystone cops... clueless.
Posted by zeno on 09/20/12 08:57 AM
BIG is not better. Small is beautiful.
p.s. thanks for the Sheldrake link siegfried. have this personal theory that the internet memescape is the bridge to understanding morphic resonance.
Posted by Hapa on 09/19/12 03:28 PM
... .glad to see that DB has an eye to an understanding of the electric universe, and recognizes that Big Science is lost in its quest for magical, dark god particles. Full Employment comes with Big Science with Big Machines and Big Budgets that create Big Delusions (aka the Big Con) and keeps the money away from the working class (Business as Usual).
Posted by Siegfried on 09/19/12 05:58 AM
It's funny (sad, actually) that they would spend so much money into discovering a particle which might in the end be quite pointless, when other aspects of our Universe, much more related to our human existance remain untouched, dismissed a priori as pseudo science by the materialism fundamentalists that run the CERN.
For example, take Rupert Sheldrake
Click to view link
The science exhibited there seems to me at least sound enough to be taken seriously. And it's millions of times cheaper. Maybe that's the problem. A government that can tap into the bottomless wells of fiat money should be used to pay for expensive science with no inmediate application, instead of science that allows us to understand more our true selves, what is life about, and those things "the masses should never learn".
Posted by NAPpy on 09/18/12 06:36 PM
Two guys in a basement (sort of) independently united special relativity and quantum mechanics, solving the particle-wave duality, and providing a potential solution to metaphysics while they were at it (if this proves out):
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And oh, by the way, cosmology will have to be reworked since this methodology doesn't support the big bang.
I'd love to see how electrical universe ideas are integrated with the wave-structure-of-matter ideas.
Posted by Bluebird on 09/18/12 12:25 PM
My dear Daily Bell, this is priceless! See, you proved your value is much higher than theirs because you don't so much specialize in science but are better at it than they are with all their knotty heads combined. Loving it!