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Re: Space Thread
« Reply #2955 on: December 23, 2018, 06:54:29 am »

Unlike a "God in the gaps!" rhetorical fallacy, we could, (arguably, and with quite a huge honking grain of salt) give a rough mathematical calculus on just *HOW* improbable it is/would be, for a complete quantum duplicate of a person to appear at some arbitrarily distant position in the universe (and use that same math to calculate the odds of a person spontaneously tunneling out from inside an event horizon).  The fact that we could conceivably do that, means they are not the same thing. (Just close enough that this is totally a quibble, and I will totally grant you that. :))
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« Reply #2956 on: December 23, 2018, 09:30:15 am »

When you say 'we could do that', do you mean you could do that? Can you show that it matters at all in calculating that probability whether there is or isn't a bloke beyond the horizon?
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« Reply #2957 on: December 23, 2018, 09:38:33 am »

The argument was about prediction.

Having the ability to assert, with confidence (any confidence!) what the incidence rate would be, is a prediction.

We can collect data about "probability of a particle tunnelling", and we can collect data about "Likelihood of distance tunneled", and we should soon be able to collect data about tunneling of assemblages of associated particles, and retention rate of the assemblage's relationships. (We are getting better at producing on-demand entangled photons, for instance, meaning we can produce more complex patterns of photons, and test tunneling behavior.)

We cannot collect data about a non-interacting object-- which is what a "god in the gaps!" does.   Because we cannot collect data, we cannot predict behavior.

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« Reply #2958 on: December 23, 2018, 09:43:49 am »

So that's a no then.
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« Reply #2959 on: December 23, 2018, 09:46:28 am »

Not currently, but there is a path to experiment.

There is not, and by definition, cannot be, a path to experiment to find the god in the gaps.

Thus, not the same thing.  Again, a quibble.
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« Reply #2960 on: December 23, 2018, 11:59:08 am »

and use that same math to calculate the odds of a person spontaneously tunneling out from inside an event horizon
...feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea... and turn it on!
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« Reply #2961 on: December 23, 2018, 01:28:12 pm »

They're not some compact thing, they huge. Galaxy-sized. in fact, they were probably the precursors to modern galaxies.

Quasars top out at around 106 AU in diameter, which is about 1/19th the diameter of even the smallest dwarf galaxies and about 1/2000th the diameter of the average 104-parsec galaxy. It's kind of lazy to say they're "galaxy-sized"

More accurately they're brighter than an entire galaxy, not sure how much brighter off the top of my head. They're visually "larger than" / "the same size as" than the galaxy they're in due mostly to the way our detection systems (both eyes and telescopes) function.
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« Reply #2962 on: December 25, 2018, 06:30:23 pm »

They're not some compact thing, they huge. Galaxy-sized. in fact, they were probably the precursors to modern galaxies.

Quasars top out at around 106 AU in diameter, which is about 1/19th the diameter of even the smallest dwarf galaxies and about 1/2000th the diameter of the average 104-parsec galaxy. It's kind of lazy to say they're "galaxy-sized"

More accurately they're brighter than an entire galaxy, not sure how much brighter off the top of my head. They're visually "larger than" / "the same size as" than the galaxy they're in due mostly to the way our detection systems (both eyes and telescopes) function.
Last time I checked A GRB can be brighter instantaneously, this one was 1054 ergs~ or so: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRB_080916C while this one here was less energetic it happened to be a little closer and aimed exactly at us so it was VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE AT THAT DISTANCE, and if you put it where the sun is (abs mag -27) it would have been unbelievably brighter (abs mag -67!!!!) though they don't specify the energy, just noting that it's got a lookback time of ~7.5 billion years vs 12.2 billion years for the other: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRB_080319B, but these tend to be very brief events, and brightness can mean lots of things. If you're looking at it as energy over time, or power, then a GRB is a spike and gone, while a quasar in an active state can throw out GRB levels of power for thousands or millions of years.
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« Reply #2963 on: December 26, 2018, 06:42:26 am »

Ok, I need help with something here.

I was watching Interstellar (such a wonderful movie). And something caught my attention, when they were talking about the older mission, they said that they sent 3 scientists to 3 different planets. And overall, spent 50 years receiving signal and information from them (At least that's what I understand, there could be a problem with the dubbing as I watched it in Portuguese), but when our people arrive at the water planet, they state that "every hour in here means 7 years on earth" and thus, the scientist who got there, was there for maybe a couple of hours. Question is: How did earth receive 50 years worth of signal and info, if the scientists had such gravity distortions, in which one of the scientists didn't even have a day in his planet?

If you can answer this, you made my day, thank you.
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« Reply #2964 on: December 26, 2018, 08:05:58 am »

Just sounds like time dilation mixed with handwavium? Never seen the movie, but the basic trimmed down answer is that time is another direction you are moving around in, besides the three you think of as being directions (centered on you, up/down, left/right, forward/backward, future/past) and there is a limit to how much you can move along any of those directions . If you speed up enough along a spatial direction it reduces how far you move along the temporal direction, so your local passage of time is reduced and you end up experiencing less time than your buddy who stayed at home while you zipped around across the galaxy. When you return home he's been dead for 150 years and one of his great great grandkids or some shit is there to greet you, though it's only been a couple of years from your perspective.
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« Reply #2965 on: December 26, 2018, 08:40:47 am »

Just sounds like time dilation mixed with handwavium? Never seen the movie, but the basic trimmed down answer is that time is another direction you are moving around in, besides the three you think of as being directions (centered on you, up/down, left/right, forward/backward, future/past) and there is a limit to how much you can move along any of those directions . If you speed up enough along a spatial direction it reduces how far you move along the temporal direction, so your local passage of time is reduced and you end up experiencing less time than your buddy who stayed at home while you zipped around across the galaxy. When you return home he's been dead for 150 years and one of his great great grandkids or some shit is there to greet you, though it's only been a couple of years from your perspective.

Yes, I do know that. My doubt is: The scientists at Earth, stated that they spent 50 years receiving signals and info gathered by the scientists on the planets. Now think about it, how much information would you gather in 50 years? A lot, right? So Earth knows a lot about the planets outside, but the thing is, it passed 50 years for people on earth, but mere days for the scientists on the planets. The scientists did not spend 50 years gathering info, so how did earth receive 50 years worth of data?
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« Reply #2966 on: December 26, 2018, 08:43:30 am »


Yes, I do know that. My doubt is: The scientists at Earth, stated that they spent 50 years receiving signals and info gathered by the scientists on the planets. Now think about it, how much information would you gather in 50 years? A lot, right? So Earth knows a lot about the planets outside, but the thing is, it passed 50 years for people on earth, but mere days for the scientists on the planets. The scientists did not spend 50 years gathering info, so how did earth receive 50 years worth of data?

They didn't. They received a few hours of information as transmitted by the scientists, redshifted 61320-fold by gravitational time dilation owing to the nearby black hole.
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« Reply #2967 on: December 26, 2018, 08:45:07 am »

So basically they received a few hours of data, but ir arrived so slowly that it took 50 years to finish?
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« Reply #2968 on: December 26, 2018, 08:53:48 am »

Exactly. They may have gotten more from a longer range, though; the strength of the dilation is inversely proportional to the distance to the massive object. (I haven't seen the film either.)

So if they leave what I'm assuming is a wormhole and fly straight down to the planet, transmitting all the while, you'd get long-range imaging in real time, with the observed dilation increasing as they got closer until it reached the aforementioned Lorentz factor on the surface.
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« Reply #2969 on: December 26, 2018, 09:18:27 am »

Well, thank you. But now my life has no more meaning.
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