I agree glen. Man needs to put aluminum foil into his ballcap!
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Subject: [humanism-174] Wubbo Ockels
After having read a little more about Dr. Ockels and watching the video all the
way thru, I find even more reason to see his main thesis self-contradictory and
nonsensical. In the middle of his speech he refers to the "evolutions" of life
and implies that he accepts evolution, but several other times he implies that
time does not exist except as a function of the human brain. Evidently it never
occurs to him to ask how evolution could take place without time, and lots of
it. Likewise how does he think our solar system and earth itself got to its
current state if time did not exist before humans? The crux of this
contradiction seems summed up in his own words, when he says "Being creates
time, and time creates being." But the second can't happen if the first is
As others have pointed out, he suggests experiments could verify his
revoloutionary ideas, lead to wonderful new technological and cultural
advancements, and even help us detect dark matter and even space aliens. But he
doesn't say exactly what experiments, or how or why they would do this, or why
he has not run them. To me, he is the classic crank, with a typical pattern:
1. Make outlandish claims with little or no empirical support.
2. In place of evidence, use plenty of jargon, personal anecdotes, and emotional
2. Imply that you're more brilliant and clever than everyone else, including
millions of other scientists.
3. Assume your ideas will change the world.
4. Promote your ideas (and make $ from them) before doing rigorous experiments
or publishing peer reviewed papers.
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