Greetings fellow friend of the spiritual science of Galileo, Newton and Einstein!
Responding at last to your comment (copied below) on my fqxi essay, permit me to share a note (between the stars *****) to a mutual friend on these topics we 3 share great interest in. Your comment spoke of expecting a prophecy...
Greetings Akinbo -
Are you close to Lagos? I passed through to catch a cheap flight to New York and then my home in Louisville KY on returning from Peace Corps service building fish ponds in Cameroon in 1992. Hope the maniacal Boko Haram menace poses no direct threat to your life and work.
Pardon my long delay in replying to your comment (repeated below) on my Trick or Truth essay, but some personal struggles with divorce attorneys (and the US surveillance state's sniffing the cellphone-panties of its so-called allies) have led once again to a few months of incarceration. In full and lifelong but peaceful revolt against state-sponsored espionage and the global rule of politicians' manmade laws over the natural laws of science, I'm also battling the absurd inconsistencies in physics relating to big-bang creationism and to the zoo of alleged particles of zero dimension assumed to be simultaneously multidimensional waves??
The predictive power and self-consistency of math and logic, driven by conflict in theory v experiment, prodded Einstein toward his novel assumption of light-speed constancy thereby refining Newton's magical action-at-a-distance into Riemannian spacetime curvature. I'm betting the same math and further novel assumptions - again driven by confusion such as dark matter, dark energy (and why not dark time?) - will do the same regarding priests Lemaitre, Guth and Hawking's magical inflation of reality from a mythical primeval-atom singularity.
"Extraordinary claims and prophecies require extraordinary evidence", and the night sky will provide it once technical sensitivity advances sufficiently (if it hasn't already?) to permit detection of fluctuations in the waves of CMB temperature anisotropies: these waves are not a static ancient postcard from the last scattering surface at cosmological reionization, but rather dance like the surface of a gentle sea in a cadence set by the collective stochastic swarming of galaxies through gravitation's 4 dimensionality. COBE, WMAP, PLANCK and WEBB aren't showing us baby-picture postcards from the remote coastal sea at eternity's birth, they're showing us we are floating dynamically on that very sea all around and within us in the form of unobservable spacetime curvature's galactic-scale geodesics and the quark-scale zero-point ether-energy of quantum jittering.
Such novel ideas never take hold peacefully among the titanic professorial intellects battling ruthlessly for scientific funding supremacy in the zero-sum, winner-take-all, one-theory-wins-only-by-destroying-competitors game of taming reality into the cage of grand unification; an early adherent of continuous creation of our eternal universe named Giordano Bruno was burned alive by the Pope and his priests of fanaticism in the year 1600 while Galileo quieted his visionary courtship of Truth rather than be summarily assassinated by the monstrous power of religious superstition.
The somnambulant spirits of Bruno and Hoyle fuel my revolt against the conventional witchcraft of limitlessly tunable accelerating inflation, a Rube-Goldbergian theory so malleable as to embrace any observational wrinkles whatsoever arising through observation to confront it. As an applied mathematician, the acceleratingly inflationary model of an expanding universe is beyond abominable, it is an outright rape of the elegant self-consistency and falsifiable predictability of relativity itself.
Would like to respond to the issues you raise below if you're still active here at fqxi... do you have a gmail address? I'm at kevinbootes09ATgmailDOTcom
I would not know your motivation for writing in this poetic way. Perhaps, to hide the many hidden truths, which I find, from those who do not desire that truth return to our physics.
I will not engage you on the Michelson-Morley experimental results which you pointed to.
I will first like you to tell me where this wonderful tourist destination called FlatLand is?
Second, concerning the photon, someone in this community, Armin Shirazi wrote a paper where he discussed a 'photon existence paradox', although he claims to still support SR. It goes somehow like this, if it is as it is claimed that time does not flow for a photon, then it follows that the time of emission of a photon is the same as the time of its absorption, how then can photon exist?
All the best in the competition.
(Dearly Beloved Kevin,
Your essay is a reminiscence of the book of Ecclesiastes.I was expecing you to end with a prophesy on the subject matter.
Keep on flourishing,
Lloyd Tamarapreye Okoko)