Friday, September 13, 2019

No need for extra dimensions, just complex math

There is no need for the extra dimensions postulated in string theory physics.  Of course, string theory was proven to be a dead end more than a decade ago, but that hasn't stopped thousands of mathematicians from playing with the pretty formulae.

All we need are the regular old three dimension plus time.  But we need to start using mathematics the right way.  That means complex numbers.  No physical theory uses complex numbers in a serious way.  Oh, several formulae use complex numbers, especially in electronics, to indicate rotation.  It's great at that.  They just don't use it as the baseline.  All our physics is based on real numbers, because that is our ordinary experience.  We can't actually imagine a ball moving in a complex direction, because we've never seen what that might look like.

And then along came the weak force.  It can't be explained, it can barely be described.  It is not well understood, because it breaks so many expectation we have about fundamental forces.

And then along came neutrinos.  They can't be explained, they can barely be described.  They are not well understood, because they break so many expectations we have about fundamental particles.

We need to seriously start thinking about complex math being the fundamental math that the universe operates under.

I hereby designate the positive direction in the imaginary plane "Heaven", and the negative direction "Hell".  Here there be monsters, demons, and angels.  And truth.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sushi as an inflation proxy?

Is the price of sushi really a reliable inflation/CPI proxy?  Some people certainly think so.  If it's not 100% accurate, it seems to be more reliable than any of the known-fraudulent government models.

After all, who are you going to believe about inflation rates, the government or your lying bank account?  (Please note that the prices of almost everything doubled during the Obama administration, while the government kept announcing record low inflation levels.)