Monday, November 26, 2018

Away Note

I am traveling the rest of the week and off the grid for extended amounts of times. So please be advised that comments may be stuck in the queue for longer than normal.


  1. Remember the Eleventh Commandment and keep it wholly. (If the kets exactly cancel, do the molecules...vanish while traversing the grating's dissipationless near-field?)

  2. Hi Sabine,

    Provided this post meets your approval, I just wanted to remind everyone, living in the southern California area, that Sabine Hossenfelder will be appearing at Chapman University this coming Thursday, November 29th. To quote from the MPC Seminar webpage:

    "Thursday, November 29th 2018 at 4:15pm, in Keck 171, tea and cookies at 3:45pm in Keck 370

    Speaker: Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)

    Title: Do women get fewer citations than men?

    Abstract: I will talk about the results of a citation analysis on publication data from the arXiv and inspire in which we explored gender differences. I will further explain how we can use bibliometric analysis to improve the efficiency of knowledge discovery."

    So be there or be square! ;)

  3. @ Uncle Al,

    I'm not quite sure what you're talking about, but I love you anyway. ♡

  4. Doc,

    I currently have no plans to travel to San Diego, sorry. I'll be back at the East Coast in the Spring probably March or April.

  5. Right down the road from Chapman University, on the ocean, is the delightful town of Balboa Island, where you can get the original, and the best, chocolate frozen banana. The entire island is filled with storybook cottages.

    Isn't it annoying when people give you travel tips when it's obvious you have a full schedule? :-)

  6. Sabine and I are being rained on in sunny California today (Thursday). It's unusual for the entire state to be rained on at the same time, especially this early in the wet season. At least our fires are under control now.

    To bring a little sunshine into the picture, let me offer another example of Sabine's American sense of humor, taken from her video presentation on black holes:

    "When I first learned about black holes I was scared. I was scared a black hole would fly through our solar system and eat it up. That was thirty years ago. I’m not afraid of black holes anymore but I am afraid that they are being misunderstood. So here are ten things that you should know about black holes to impress your Facebook friends."

  7. Bee's two lectures at Chapman College were splendid. It is refreshing to have difficult problems addressed rather than hidden within "accepted" theory. The hive mind does not buzz, it farts. Two notables:

    … 1) The Keck science building's ground floor corridor walls are giant glass plates with a white background. Whiteboard markers are supplied. You walk along and there are thousands of ft² (or m²) of...everything, in flux. A big block of stat mech might have had a trace sulfurous scent, the Devil being non-classical.

    … 2) The Parable of the Mouse. Consider the saga of Boaty McBoatface. Reality is not a peer vote. Alas, so science has become.

  8. Any take on Frauchiger-Renner?

  9. I found Renner explaining Frauchiger-Renner here, and my comment on which of their assumptions I think is wrong is there as well.


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