This is a good watch and well worth your time. I try to keep up on this stuff. Yes, my layman’s insatiable sponge-like desire for new discoveries in physics and astrophysics is much stronger than my layman’s strong interest in new technology. However, they do connect, as you will see. My comments afterwards.
Number 10- I wrote about quite awhile back when it was discovered. Very exciting!
Number 9- I’ve said forever, because I can, because I am not a physicist and can go ahead and sound like a heretical crackpot-ish (I prefer to keep the “ish” on there if you don’t mind), that I don’t believe that the speed of light is a final barrier and the sooner we stop thinking of it as the forever definition of speed capability, the better.
Number 5- My thoughts on this places me back in the crackpot-ish world but the Placebo Effect at least is accepted scientifically and the thing about science, and its saving grace is that science must accept evidence, and scientists, no matter how much it hurts, always eventually throw out theories that are disproven (or are forced to by new scientists who can refute and disprove, or prove the opposite)- amazingly hard at the astrophysics level and yet they do it because getting it right (or as right as knowledge can be gotten to a certain temporary stopping ground) is so damn important. The point is, the Placebo Effect is the harbinger of much larger issues and here is where science refuses to open its eyes. There is a mind-body connection that consists of a larger sphere than simply looking at the physical brain and science lags because physicists don’t delve into neurobiology too often, as least not to make an entire knowledge base for a realm of scientific inquiry at the level that is needed.
Simply put, science is civilizations’s number one way to move forward in knowledge, understanding, and cultural evolution (cultural evolution is also where science and tech merge and have babies). Basically, there is nothing we can do but wait for science to move in new directions or for new directions to become more appetizingly scientific when it comes to matters that seem non-scientific. The past has shown that such matters become scientific eventually, when we develop the genius or the technology to see the same problem in new ways. Start back at our ancient beliefs about eclipses, drop by whether the sun revolved around the earth, move to air itself, take a look at splitting the atom, and most recently the existence Higgs-Boson. Throw in there that somehow we learned to send sound (an invisible concept itself at one time) through wires, harness light through wires again, fly in the air, live outside our own planet and atmosphere, etc., etc., etc., and you would think we might give the invisible the benefit of the doubt, but, no. We can do it in astrophysics because we’ve built up such a base of knowledge that we had ways to verify that “yes, there is a black hole at the center of every galaxy”, despite what we thought we knew for certain. We don’t have ways to do that yet when it comes to the mind-body connection. And that’s a tragedy.
Number 4- The Kuiper Cliff. I got excited at first when this one came up because I thought it was something else. Yes it’s interesting but they entirely left off the fact that we’ve discovered something we can’t figure out at the edge of the entire frickin’ Universe! That one is not on here so why are we so excited about the Kuiper Cliff?
Number 1- Still my favorites! I’m just glad they have to acknowledge dark energy because at one time all anyone could think about was dark matter and yes, I think we better figure out what these guys are doing. After all, we may only have a few million years to get it right.