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Originally posted by constantwonder
Yes. . . Crothers. . .
What is his job exactly? Is he a mathematician or a physicist?
What's that he's neither. . . . So then he must be a Electrical engineer or cosmologist right? No. . . He's nothing. No credentials. Got expelled from college for being a complete arse to staff and fellows.
Yes. I see it now. The credibility of your sources sure is insurmountable
The only people taking Crothers seriously is Crothers.
Originally posted by BellaMente
First of all, the calculation of path integrals is used in just about every aspect of physics. It has nothing directly to do with virtual particles, and does nothing to provide evidence for the existence of virtual particles.
Yes, virtual particles work in Feynman diagrams. This does not prove the existence of virtual particles either, Feynman diagrams do not detect virtual particles.
As I said, if a theory works, than it is used. There is nothing wrong with that. For me however, I am not going to succumb to such pressure - I am an unorthodox person and I *refuse* to conform to society
- and I am a theoretical physics major because I want to know the *truth* about the Universe and I want to teach others the *truth* about the Universe. So I will learn the theories and the models and I will use them if I have to, but I am not going to accept them just because everyone else does.
That's not me and I don't care what people think, I am proud to be unconventional. I'd rather be hated for my unconventionality or rebellion than be liked for being fake, weak, and ignorant.
then you will happily go on with your life, using Einstein's equations when you need them, and using quantum mechanics when you need it, and never ever think to question what the truth really is.
Although, gravitational waves can be thought of as a group of gravitons, I believe in neither. As for the force of gravity itself, I think it may just be something entirely different than what people think it is - not curved space, not gravitational waves, and not gravitons.
I don't believe in virtual particles for several reasons. For one, the simple fact is that there is a lot going on in the quantum world we don't know about. I also side with Bohm here and think that quantum mechanics is incomplete. We don't even know that particles exist, it was only assumed because of Planck's blackbody radiation formula. Quantization is a fact but this does not necessarily imply particles. Quantization looks awfully a lot like simple harmonics on a string and in fact, if you treat the photons in the black box as electromagnetic waves with nodes at the ends and do a summation instead of an integral, you avoid the UV catastrophe... Am I saying now that particles don't exist? No, but I am saying that we can't prove they exist.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
reply to post by Paladin327
Electromagnetic forces better explain observations than gravity.
See Peratt's paper on galaxy modeling.
The data obtained by the Cassini Radio and Plasma Wave Science instrument (RPWS) during the shallow (2005-02-17) and the steep (2005-07-14) crossings of the E ring revealed a considerable electron depletion in the proximity of the Enceladus orbit. Assuming that this depletion is a signature of the presence of charged dust particles, the main characteristics of dust down to submicron sized particles have been derived. The size distribution is found to be well described by a power law with an index 5.5 to 6...Two papers have been submitted to Planetary and Space Science.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
But since you want to attack the person and not his arguments, how about attacking these people instead.