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January 31, 2023


Why More Physicists Are Starting to Think Space and Time Are ‘Illusions’

(Thanks to Robert Moats, who asks "Can I get my permanent school record expunged of all those F's I got in my physics classes?")


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Entanglement also explains what happens when I store my Christmas lights in a box.

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." — Douglas Adams

So the blog is real, but Dave is an illusion?

@RM: That won't be necessary as you didn't really go to school, (it was just an illusion), but what does this imply for Shreodinger's cat?

I'll venture to say that cold and hot are illusions as well.

Like sawing a woman in half?

Dr. Leary, we're in the middle of an ice storm here, and I can assure you that cold is damn real. You, Doctor, must be on something.

"when space and time disappear, a unified One emerges."

Get to the point. I already knew all this.

Explains why my wife is never ready to leave the house on time.

wander2575 maybe it's because she cherishes every moment she spends alone with you?
Okay that's not why but it's something to think about.

Doug Henning, physicist

It's just another trick.

Aliens are still real, though, right?

Speaking of illusions, watch me pull a rabbit out of mu hat!

So, basically everything that is, isn't.

Got it.

Meanie: On Mars, it's us.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

@Clankie - Is there even a Mars? I once thought so....

I demand that world-renowned magicians Penn&Teller be called in to call BS on this - they probably have seen all illusions and all illusionists that can be. Also, I have seen Obi Wan Kenobi do the Jedi Mind Trick on screen so I am wary of anything that stinks of mass hypnosis. So would you believe a bunch of scientists (of undeclared grade point averages) pull an illusionist's trick such as this? Sort of like going to a quack doctor because they are cheaper. Hey, Quack Scientists - you see them on TV all the time hawking health pills. Have yet to see one selling extended car warranties though but maybe they might consider that a fertile field. Soon to appear on a
TV near you - Nobel Prize winning scientists attesting to the car coverage.

Of course, this goes back to that great existential question debated in the late 1990s:

It depends on what IS is.

I think the physicists are inferring that "is" isn't.

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