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:: Destroying the Universe ::

We humans are really getting a bad rap lately, aren't we? What a destructive group we are.

I can think of few things less enticing than getting into the global warming debate--it's like wrestling a beehive from a bear, it just can't end well--so rest easy that this isn't another "Bawww" fest about melting glaciers or economic collapse. What I'm talking about here is so much larger than our little planet. Forget the Earth, humans are so bad-ass that we are not just killing the planet or the galaxy, but the whole frakking universe.

At this rate, there won't be anything left for our future generations to destroy. This is why we can't have nice things.

You are probably wondering what I am talking about. Humans destroying the universe? No way. Well, scientists think otherwise...

Mankind 'shortening the universe's life'

By Roger Highfield, Science Editor - November 21, 2007

Forget about the threat that mankind poses to the Earth: our very ability to study the heavens may have shortened the inferred lifetime of the cosmos.

That does not mean the field of astronomy does direct harm. A universe with a truncated lifespan may come hand in hand with the ability of astronomers to make cosmological measurements, according to two American scientists who have studied the strange, subtle and cosmic implications of quantum mechanics, the most successful theory we have.


Quantum mechanics, sucka...do you theorize it?

I had some other plans for this week's column, but a headline like this one is just too great to pass up. I don't know if it's the absurdity of the theory or just the awesomeness that is quantum super-science, but this stuff has me thoroughly intrigued.

I'm no Einstein, but from what I can understand, it is because we are observing the cosmos that it is going to die. The theory is a sort of 'tree falling in the woods' scenario. So long as no one knows of its existence, something can't really cease existing. Put another way, I guess it's like an actor that no one can agree on whether he is alive or dead. For those that believe he's dead, it holds true in their quantum universe. Well, maybe it's not at all like that, and I am sure that a real scientist somewhere is burying his face in his palm.

If you can get through the mind blowing science in the article, the main culprit fingered for our inescapable demise is the mysterious force known dark energy. Because we have observed dark energy's supposed ability to increase cosmic expansion, it is now inevitable that the universe will decay because of it. I'm having trouble trying to grasp these concepts, but what really cooked my noodle is the theory that because we are a part of the universe, our observations don't determine its ultimate fate, but only the state of our perception of it.

You hear that noise? That's the sound of all this quantum mechanics going straight over my head. Still, I think that's great that we have the power to destroy so much so easily. It really makes you appreciate just how cracked our universe is.

I am also reminded of that old demon-hunting and witchcraft trick to gain power over something by learning its name. It's because we are continuing to understand the universe that our power over it is also increased. Which I guess holds true for all forms of science. If you're looking for a point in this week's K-Files, I guess that it's new scientific theories like quantum mechanics are more and more blurring the once highly defined line between the natural world and the paranormal. When scientists are debating such things as man destroying the universe by observing it, then suddenly things like UFOs and Bigfoot don't seem nearly as outlandish as the skeptics would lead you to believe.

And also, does this mean that the environmentalists will be going after astronomers now? If nothing else, it brings new meaning to the phrase 'ignorance is bliss'.

:: Dead End ::

Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2007.


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