28 February 2010

Counterexamples to Relativity, according to Conservapedia

Taken from Recursivity: It Must be Tough to be a Schlafly

A stupid web site, called "Conservapedia", states:

The theory of relativity is a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world. Here is a list of counterexamples, and if only one of these is true, then the theory fails:
9. The action-at-a-distance by Jesus, described in John 4:46-54.

No, this is not a joke. They actually say that Relativity is wrong because of what Jesus allegedly did! This is ridiculous, to say the least. The moron who started this Conservapedia is a lawer callled Andrew Schlafly, who wanted to write an encyclopedia based on Christian conservative principles. A quick look into this gem of a web site will convince you that the project is nonsense. These kind of people are dangerous. We need to tell them so.


  1. Hilarious! Although I find the assertion that relativity is a liberal theory that's been used to argue for relativism 100 times funnier. They even use quantum entanglement as a counterexample to relativity (now this can be considered an actual problem) when it's QM that's been used more to argue for relativism and liberal new-age woo, not so much relativity...

  2. Indeed. But, as a whole, Conservapedia is not even self-consistent. The article on Quantum Mechanics does not refer to liberal new-age woo (although it should, from the point of view of Conservapedia, shouldn't it?) And the article on action-at-a-distance does not refer to Jesus (although it should, according to Coservapedia again).

    Quantum Mechanics is, as you mentioned, used by new-agers, as in quantum mechanical healing. The latter was practiced by the war criminal Radovan Karadžić who was doing this in disguise as a Christian Orthodox priest.



What measure theory is about

It's about counting, but when things get too large.
Put otherwise, it's about addition of positive numbers, but when these numbers are far too many.

The principle of dynamic programming

max_{x,y} [f(x) + g(x,y)] = max_x [f(x) + max_y g(x,y)]

The bottom line

Nuestras horas son minutos cuando esperamos saber y siglos cuando sabemos lo que se puede aprender.
(Our hours are minutes when we wait to learn and centuries when we know what is to be learnt.) --António Machado

Αγεωμέτρητος μηδείς εισίτω.
(Those who do not know geometry may not enter.) --Plato

Sapere Aude! Habe Muth, dich deines eigenen Verstandes zu bedienen!
(Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!) --Kant