Marking time to the end of the world

Just having a few quiet days as I have a lot on and none of my substitutes are available to fill in. One story noticed on my trawl through today’s papers is worth recording here:

From The Daily Express

Universe is being SWALLOWED UP by dark energy leaving ‘big, empty’ space, says shock study

Scientists have claimed that the universe could become a void of nothingness, as the dark matter of which the universe is built on is slowly being erased by dark energy.

The shocking report, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, showed that dark energy grows as it interacts with dark matter.

As the dark energy grows, it slows down the growth of structure in our atmosphere – meaning that we could be left with a universe with almost nothing in it.

Professor David Wands, director of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, said: “This study is about the fundamental properties of space-time.

“On a cosmic scale, this is about our universe and its fate.

“If the dark energy is growing and dark matter is evaporating we will end up with a big, empty, boring universe with almost nothing in it.

“Dark matter provides a framework for structures to grow in the universe. The galaxies we see are built on that scaffolding and what we are seeing here, in these findings, suggests that dark matter is evaporating, slowing that growth of structure.”

Prof Wands said the traditional study of cosmology was thrown upside down in 1998, when researchers announced that the rate at which the universe was expanding was speeding up.

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This is very scary until you realise that nobody has ever or can ever prove the existence of either dark matter or dark energy. Like so much of what is passed off as science today, both are just the results of mathematical speculations. If you ask for hard evidence that, for example, dark matter exists the answer will be, “Well it has to exist or all our equations that prove Big Bang happened and the universe is expanding fall apart.”

In other words they had to invent darn matter to cover up the fact that most of their theories do not stand up to scrutiny.

Just how does one get these jobs where you get paid for talking bollocks and never have to do any work?

Modern Maths Teaching Is Making Children Mentally Ill

Common Core is the United States equivalent of the national curriculum, a progressive education policy designed to turn pupils in state schools into brainwashed retards. Sadly though some parts of the Common Core curriculum are more insane than others, the chief offender being that obsession of politicians and academics, the mathematics curriculum.

Now insanity and mathematics go hand in hand as any fule kno. Was there ever a maths teacher who was not stark raving bonkers? No, there wasn’t. You may occasionally come across a blogger who says, “but I had a great maths teacher who explained equations in a way that helped me make sense of life, the universe and everything.”

maths insaneA Common Core maths question (it’s genuine) designed to make pupils insane

You have not found someone who knew a sane maths teacher of course, you have merely found a blogger who was always more insane than maths teachers.

If you want to know how insane mathematics is and why it makes people insane, you need to read this:

Mathematics and reality

It proves that insane stuff makes erfect sense to mathematicians while reality confuses the crap out of them so much they just can’t cope.

here’s an example of the kind of insanity scholkids are being brainwashed with in the politicised progressive education systems run by the British and American governments.

from Natural News

If you look around America today, mathematical mental illness is found everywhere. It’s found in the federal budget, where numbers only mean what we are told they mean, not what they really mean. Mental illness is also found in medicine, where mentally ill victims of mercury in vaccines viciously attack parents who seek to protect their children from those very same vaccines. It’s also found in the new “Common Core” curriculum, spearheaded by the federal government, which seems intentionally designed to make children mentally ill and as confused as possible.

Case in point: See this homework assignment from an elementary school in New York. The “mathematics” exercise instructs children to “Draw the cubes you colored in the number bond” and then “Show the hidden partners on your fingers to an adult.”

The final instruction asks students to “Color the fingers you showed.”

You may have noticed this babble is but together by someone with severe learning difficulties, i.e. a maths teacher. To find out more about this insanity continue reading at Natural News

And here’s a chance to revisit our blog on an equally idiotic batch of insane technobabble generated by insane maths teachers: It’s Nineteen Eighty Effing Four In The Education System

Because I worked in computers people tend to assume I’m a whiz at maths. Actually, like many who were involved in business computing I’m crap at it, but this is due more to complete disinterest than lack of ability. To be good with computers you need to be good with logic which is not the same as being good at maths.

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Plants Doing Maths, I Think Not

Just when you thought science tits could not get any stupider I read today of a bunch of cone headed loons who have convinced themselves that plants can do mathematics.

Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night,” research suggests. UK scientists say they were “amazed” to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology. (full story BBC News)

Now I have often become peripherally involved in religious debates with members of The Church Of Scienceology about the divinity of mathematics. I say peripherally because there isn’t really much point trying to take the piss out of semi – autistic coneheads who are too literally minded to understand when someone is taking the piss.

A few years ago I even blogged here about the insanity of the maths debate. Mathematician Marcus de Sautoy opened for the pro maths side and demolished his own case in his first sentence, saying: “When Wayne Rooney takes a shot at goal he first does a simultaneous equation.”

I think not. Can you imagine the late Motty raving: “ And the ball goes to Rooney. He controls it, he sits on the ball, fishes a scientific calculator out of his shorts, does a simultaneous equation, shoots, … AND HE SCOOOOOOORES! ” The suggestion that Wayne Rooney even knows what an equation is stretches our credulity.

Scientists allways get carried away on a wave of enthusiasm that leads them to see amazing examples of complex science in the most mundane things. And that is what our researchers who discovered the cabbage mathematicians have done. They observed plants doing what plans do, analyzed it mathematically and assumed the plants were doing mathematical calculations rather that simply running the natural processes evolution equipped plants with.

While most of us would accept mathematicians are often cabbages, few people would believe that cabbages are mathematicians.

Maths was never their strongpoint

Fans of Barack Obama were quick to forgive when the President, after talking of having visited all 57 states during his 2008 election campaign, excused his error (thee are actually 50) by saying Maths was not his strongpoint.

It was a measure of the adulation The Obamessiah recieves from his supporters. Here was a man who was going to take over stewardship of the US economy and he cannot count. And his supporters did not think it was important. Wow. No wonder our Prime Ministers envy him.

In the four years they have been in power members of team Obama have not improved their basic arithmetic. Maxine Waters, senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said that the programme of austerity measures called The Sequester could result in “over 170 million jobs lost in the American economy”.

If that is true it would be a political and mathematical disaster of epic proportions. There are only 134 million people working in the United States out of a population of about 315 million people.

See the great mathematician put her foot in her mouth here:

If Your Kids Are Crap At School It Probably Means …

… they are smarter than the average chav.

Children whose minds wander might have sharper brains, some new scientific research suggests. Now we at Boggart Blog are not keen on crap science or the science of stating the effing obvious which this study seems to be an example of.

But as I, my sister and co – author fatsally and our respective broods of children have been trying to convince teachers and headmasters of this well know fact for nearly fifty years it is gratifying to know that academics, dull minded, drooling dolts that they are, do sometines get there in the end.

A study at Madison University, Wisconsin, has found that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more “working memory”, giving them the ability to hold a lot of information in their heads and process it mentally.

Children at school need this type of memory on a daily basis for a variety of tasks, such as following teachers’ instructions or remembering dictated sentences.

People who are highhly focused, particularly on topins like maths and science that involve lots of numbers and little in the way of critical analysis or interpretive skills have less working memory and so while they are good at equations it’s bloody hard work trying to explain the philosophy of the surrealist movement to them.

During the study, volunteers were asked to perform one of two simple tasks and while they were at it researchers regularly checked to ask if the participants’ minds were wandering.

At the end, participants measured their working memory capacity by their ability to remember a series of letters interspersed with simple maths questions.

Dr Jonathan Smallwood, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig, Germany said “What this study seems to suggest is that, when circumstances for the task aren’t very difficult, people who have additional working memory resources deploy them to think about things other than what they’re doing.”

In an exercise to verify the experiment Boggart Blog took two sets of test subjects, group A consisting of people who have butterfly minds and Group B made up of highly focused, mathshead types and set them to work at solving some very complex mathematical problems. Four hours later the people in Group B went off to get some lunch and then deciding they couldn’t be arsed, did not bother going back but wandered off to find something more interesting to do.

Group A were so focused on the task they did not take a break. Eventually the Boggart Blog research team became bored with monitoring them and went of to find something more interesting to do. Then they forgot about the experiment for a month. When somebody eventually went back to check on the group of highly focused people they were all slumped on their keyboards, decomposing.

The experiment to prove people who are easily distracted are brighter is proved.

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What I love about logic is it’s so illogical

The Barber Paradox

One of the most famous questions of 20th century philosophy is The Barber paradox, usually attributed to British philosopher Bertrand Russell. The Barber paradox highlights a fundamental problem in mathematics, exposing an inconsistency in the basic principles on which mathematics is founded. It seems strange to many that Russell, a thinker who devoted most of his early career to finding mathematical truths that provided annswers to the great philosophical question like “Where did we come from?” “Is there a God?” “Does life have any meaning?” and “Who put the bing in wallah wallah bing bong?”

In the latter part of his life however, Russell’s quest for the truth took him in another direction and one of the results of this is the logic problem of The Barber Paradox.

The question asks us to consider the following situation:

In a village, the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, but no one else.

Now we are asked to answer the question “Who shaves the barber?”

No matter how we try to answer this question we get into trouble (allegedly). If we say that the barber shaves himself, then we are in trouble. The barber shaves only those who do not shave themselves, so if he shaves himself then he doesn’t shave himself, which is self-contradictory.

If we say that the barber does not shave himself, problems arise from that. The barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself, so if he doesn’t shave himself then he shaves himself, which is again absurd.

Even if we try to get clever, saying that the barber is a woman, we do not evade the paradox. If the barber is a woman, then she either shaves herself (and so is one of the people not shaved by the barber), or does not shave herself (and so is one of the people shaved by the barber. You may note here a typical mathematician’s irrationality creeping in; a woman (unless she is Greek) does not need to shave her face and thus cannot be part of the logic problem.

Both cases, then, are impossible; the barber can neither shave himself nor not shave himself.

But what really makes Russell’s logic problem absurd is the ridiculous limits set on the logic.

It must have occurred to you all now that the barber had a beard.

Simples.

Sequel To Pi

Great news this week for all of those who adored Yann Martel’s Booker winning novel, “The Life Of Pi”.

It appears there is going to be a sequel, as Pi retraces his journey across the oceans with a Bengal tiger.

Pi will now be twice his age as in the original story, and will have assumed the name Tau, whilst Richard Parker, the tiger, will have grown to maturity but mellowd somewhat with the ageing process.

Read all about their fascinating journey from India in a lifeboat, their trials and tribulations as they try to navigate by the stars, find food and water to survive and discover that although working out the circumference of a circle might be easier now that Pi is twice as old so you don’t need to multiply by two, working out the area becomes a tad more difficult as you now have to divide by two.

That doesn’t sound like much of a plot, does it?

Oh hang on, it’s not a new book by Yann Martel, it’s a campaign led by some Mathematics boffin at Leeds University who wants to abolish Pi as the standard ratio of radius to circumference and use Tau, which is double the value of Pi at 6.28, to save mathematicians having to go to all the trouble of multiplying Pi x r by two.

Three points for consideration here, from someone in the real world:

Number 1) If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Number 2) Have you really got nothing better to do with your time?

Number 3) WTF is wrong with Pi D