Re: necessity of mental memes

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    In a message dated 1/30/2002 7:31:36 PM Central Standard Time, Joachim Maier
    <> writes:

    > Joe
    > I don't really see your point.
    > the stopping of the circular motion in a rotating sphere IS the change in
    > velocity of points compared to the axis. nothing else.
    > I don't really know enough about isotopic decay, but would say that the
    > essence of the decay is the change in positions of the electrons. Isn't it?
    > Joachim

    Well, it's like this. In nuclear engineering, if an isotope with certain
    properties does not exist, then it needs to be synthesized in the lab. In
    memetic engineering, if a physicist with certain properties doesn't exist,
    then it too needs to be synthesized in the 'lab.' So if you need a physicist
    to vouch that the essence of nuclear isotope decay is in changing electron
    positions, then just work up a name and convincing set of credentials for
    someone and have that "physicist" say whatever needs to be said. Especially
    if careers, reputations, and large sums of money appear to be riding on the
    argument at hand. If some pre-existing physicist challenges the theories of
    the newly synthesized one, the newly synthesized one can angrily call the
    pre-existing one a fake.

    In the present case, there might not be enough at stake with the idea
    electron position model of isotope decay to justify anyone going to so much
    trouble. So as someone whose screen name has been previously associated with
    some degree of physics knowledge, I'll point out that the decay of
    radioisotopes is not about changing the positions of electrons that already
    exist in the atom. (Some forms of decay involve emissions of electrons or
    positrons, but that's another matter or another antimatter.) I suppose I
    could go on about what radioisotope decay is really about, but this is the
    memetics list, not the nuclear physics list. Suffice it to say that
    radioisotope decay is a long story.

    Incidentally, the word "nuclear" has officially decayed into "nukuler," at
    least here in the USA. Wee itty bitty teeny tiny litle nukules. Having
    someone who is politically motivated to display his ignorance on the subject
    has very ill consequences when that person has the unilateral authority to
    blurt out classified information.

    --Aaron Lynch

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