> Hi Sirius, how do we "know" that our little planet
> is the only one with biology? Have you been all
> over the universe and looked?
yes, as a matter of fact I have been all over the Universe......okay no I haven't that's why I said, "as far as we know."
> Lanza's idea, and it is not his alone! -is based
> on quantum theory, where everything is just a
> possibility in form of a wave, until it is
> observed. Then it becomes a particle or something
> like that. Very weird, but that has been around
> now for a 100 years. But the "classical science"
> as the book calls it, you know Newton! - it is
> still being taught and believed.
> Here I talk as if I knew science. I don't, as I
> have not learnt it, only a fraction that could sit
> on a needle head, as I took the language line at
> high school.
> But I sniff at science and this book is written
> for people like me, but from the reviews, all
> sorts of learned people and science magazines are
> giving it thumbs up.
From what I've read it is an interesting idea and certainly Lanza is a smarter fellow than I am. And I would give the book a read myself before taking an opinion one way or another but I think there are a whole lot of people who are taking the strange bizarreness of the world of particles and waves and trying to extrapolate that out into making vast sweeping statements about the Universe on a macro scale.
Those kinds of effects have never really been observed. I mean anybody can say quantum this and quantum that. There was a TV show called Quantum leap a few years ago that was a bunch of sci fi mumbo jumbo.
All a quanta really is is a discrete packet of light energy needed move a particle. The mathematics that developed around that created some very strange and disturbing possibilities for the probabilistic nature of all particles. It has been shown that quantum reality can be produced in solids under very controlled laboratory conditions but to extrapolate that into quantum fields that create consciousness and civilizations and whatnot is without scientific rigor at this point.
So it is an interesting idea and I certainly would give a man like Lanza with his history a read and a thoughtful analysis. I like a good read and speculation as much as the next guy but........Even very smart people make mistakes. Einstein made quite a few of them.
I would beware of salesmen selling quantum vacuum cleaners as it were :-)