Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Visible ignorance

Via Counting Cats in Zanzibar (well worth blog-rolling), this is not worth watching in full. No, seriously, it's not. What is worth watching is the part, right from the beginning, where the girl quite freely admits that she know absolutely less than fuck all—and then you realise that, nevertheless, she is going to spend 6 minutes and 17 seconds talking about it anyway.

That’s a tragedy. She’s a beautiful girl but she’s clearly thicker than a hippo sandwich. At the end she asks “What do you think?” as though everyone should have an equal say and that science is a democracy.
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I despair at the scientific illiteracy of our “scientific civilisation”. In the early ’80s my (then) council (Gateshead) declared itself a “Nuclear Free Zone” (all nuclear physics, whether it’s radiotherapy or Comrade Kim getting the bomb) is equally evil. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was denied buying a “nuclear magnetic resonance scanner” because of the “N” word. They eventually called it a “magnetic resonance scanner” and got it through. It was the same item and it was about as likely to turn into Little Boy as a Ford Focus is.

I just adore the anti-science posse’s shrill, “But you just don’t know what will happen”. No, and that’s why we are doing the experiment you divvy! If we knew what would happen we wouldn’t be doing a fecking experiment! Jeez!

You see, whilst I hate people, at least stupid people are around to make me laugh...

23 comments:

xelent said...

fascinating interlude to my otherwise silent moments... Cant wait for her repsonse after the experiment on the swiss franco border...

Im tingling with anticipation my dear DK... :-)

Panopticon Britain said...

http://tiny.cc/tpAlh
Uh oh. We all know what happend when Gordon Freeman last got involved in shit like this.

CherryPie said...

Uh! a friend pointed me here saying worth watching the beginning!

Mmm! dumb, Why do people pretend they understand things they clearly don't?

leg-iron said...

I couldn't get through it. If she was any more dense, she'd have stuff orbiting her head.

The scariest part of the LHC is the idea that it might start time travel. In that theory, time travel is only possible through a wormhole in spacetime and so you'd only be able to go back as far as the first wormhole-end to be created. If the LHC creates an end, future folk could link to it and come back to visit.

The scary part? Suppose some burberry-clad arse called Wayne comes back, clutching a can of Special Brew and and says 'You know what?, Labour won in 2010'.

The country would echo to the sound of pistol shots and bodies slumping over desks.

John Pickworth said...

Wow... what a keen razor-sharp mind she has?

She managed to pronounce all those long words technical on her Laptop screen almost all correctly.

Must check out Wiki-whatsit because I have a feeling she just read out the entire page.

Andi said...

Oh my sweet Christ.

You know I think I actually lost several IQ points listening to that drivel, and yes: I watched it all the way through. What can I say? I'm a masochist.

Now I'm no scientist, but I know enough to be able to see through all the media scaremongering around this project. Let's get one thing straight: black holes form naturally when massive stars undergo gravitational collapse at the ends of their lives. Nothing on Earth, or indeed, in the star system (including our sun) produces the kind of forces necessary to create a black hole in this fashion.

According to theory, it may be possible to create microscopic black holes in high energy particle collisions, but as the lower energy bound for a such a collision is greater than any particle accelerator can create, this has never been proven. However, adopting the theory of Quantum Gravity means that the lower energy bound to create such a black hole could be reached by the LHC (See here for more info). However, since this energy bound is regularly exceeded by naturally occurring Cosmic Rays striking the atmosphere, and that there have been no detections of microscopic black holes, it is almost a certainty that the LHC will not produce one either.

Whatever happens when the LHC is fired up, its a pretty safe bet that no one in the world will notice anything out of the ordinary.

The hole (geddit?) point of building and running this machine is to find out what happens when two streams of particles are smashed into each other at near the speed of light. If we already knew what would happen, there would be no point building the device in the first place. That's why its called an "experiment".

Attila's right flank said...

Hmm. She may not exactly be Einstein, but at at least I'll give her the credit for actually trying to understand the implications of the LHC experiments.

I'll admit I'm one of the first people to deride the vast majority of the human race as thicker than an infinitely thick plank, but I find this kid quite endearing; not because she's cute (I still would, though) but because even though she plainly doesn't have a science background, she's at least smart enough to go out of her way to find out what's going on. How many other people could be bothered to do the same?

Jones said...

What's really unfortunate is that people who know even less than she freely admits understanding have been sending death threats to the CERN team. Humanity, eh?

fewqwer said...

Yet another Youtube pretty-girl self-publicist.

Pass the sick bag (and the kleenex).

CountingCats said...

I took it as someone else wrote the script and she simply read the whole thing.

So tell me, if Counting Cats in Zanzibar is worth blogrolling, the reason you haven't is......

Thortung said...

Since when did ignorance become a valid point of view?

Roger Thornhill said...

You know, I suspect this girl doesn't want to be a scientist, but actually wants to be a presenter on TV...for science shows or wadtdevurr.

THat, or she sees Polly's bullshine slot at CiF being vacant soon...

Jules said...

well check this two brit teenagers out - they're concerned that the CERN logo is in fact '666' for the anti-christ. why? someone called ian told them. and that's why it shouldn't take place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2B0Q1jYngQ

jesus h christ on a proton-powered pony.

to quote gerald warner's delicious phrase - "we live in an era of unprecedented planetary hypochondria". i'd add superstition to that one too ...

Anonymous said...

It's the same feeling I get reading one of your risible cut'n'pasted gosh-no-climate-change talking points. How could anyone be so stupid?
It's so funny to watch you hurl cobblestones around in your greenhouse (the one that doesn't get any warmer!).

WTF said...

I watched right to the end, and she still didn't get her tits out.

Tim said...

it reminds me of the F.A.G. in Team America - 'we'll read the papers, and then repeat what we've said as if its our own views'

whilst it probably won't be destroying the world, it would be nice if our govt. hadnt spent hundreds of millions on it - there are things rather closer to home that i would like my taxes going towards...

Dave H. said...

In a medical context NMR is always called MRI to allay public fears.

It's the same with worries that GM will lead to the emergence of Superweeds. An image of a genetically enhanced Triffid springs to mind, rather than the same old weeds in a somewhat-harder-to-poison variety.

Nature gifted that girl with looks but not brains. Whenever I see pictures of Ripa Huq I think 'Oh that poor girl, Konnie got the looks' then reflect sadly that I got neither.

O/T though concerning shitheadedness of a different sort, Harman has just solemnly announced that the possession of wealth is a source of inequality. She no doubt has proposals intended to correct this injustice.

Of all the cunt-brained fuckwits in the history of this Arschlochpartei, she must be angling for the top prize.

mirror neuron said...

Hmmm.... I am not sure she is as stupid as she pretends. Methinks this an act

Old Holborn said...

Dirty European Socialist has a theory as to why the clunking fist is hated more than Ian Huntley

http://dirtyeuropeansocialist.blogspot.com/

Get over there quick

Anonymous said...

Years ago I had a mate who always said to remember till my dying day --never to be convinced otherwise--women are on this earth for one purpose only. And it wasn't spouting off on science obviously.

Frederick Davies said...

The only difference between this girl and the head of the IPCC is that she is at least pretty; apart from that, they are the same.

Octavius Tinsworth Federidge Ace said...

My Give-A-FuckOmeter is just a reversely polarised Couldn't-Give-A FuckOmeter.

She made perfect sense to my piss-addled brain cells, but then again I have shat out better science.

And don't get me started on Global Warming, I bray my bairns everynight with that one. Till I piss meself and sleep it off, mind.

Anonymous said...

One of my close relatives does this. She 'feels' a certain way about something, and then just makes up some bullshit fact to justify here point thinking I'll fall for it.

A colleague did this to me over lunch on Friday. Women eh? Thick as shit, mostly, just like the rest of humanity.