When scientists working at CERN discovered the HIggs Boson last year, it was expected they would find other new particles along with the Higgs as predicted by every model there was. But it was just a boson, and one that seemed to be way smaller than it should have been. The big (really big) implication here is that the universe may not have a “natural order” that every thinker and scientist from Aristotle to Einstein have been a fan of. In fact, our universe may be one of trillions who just happened to have physical laws just good enough for anything to exist at all and the laws of physics we so rely on only go so far before everything stops making sense.
Sometimes I look at things like these graphs and I think to myself that politicians really can make a difference and more often than not the difference they make is hurting people. And then I think about how all the money spent incarcerating people could have been spent in programs of social uplift and it’s really inexcusable.
Average cost of incarceration in California is $60,000 a year. We could be sending all of our prisoners to Harvard. Or hey, we could be sending underprivileged high school students to Harvard! But instead, we’ve got this.
The one minute snippet incarnation that captures just how I feel when someone I cannot stand starts talking in the same room as me starts giving input.