Sabine says 40 years of lack of progress, with 40 years of wrong predictions is not normal, and we should not normalize it. (The field is losing graduate students, which means the end is nigh.)
Tag: Sabine Hossenfelder
Sabine Hossenfelder has lost faith in science?
Maybe not altogether but Sabine Hossenfelder sure sounds unhappy. She asks in her vid intro: “Why do particle physicists constantly make wrong predictions?
Sabine Hossenfelder on an anomaly that no one seems to be investigating
Is the Standard Model of cosmology wrong?
At Evolution News: Theoretical Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder on the Deficiency of Alternative Models to Big Bang Cosmology
We observe phenomena in this universe that are beyond the known constraints imposed by the laws of nature, implying that natural explanations are insufficient to explain their existence. The origin of this universe is one of those observed realities that transcend the abilities of nature.
At Mind Matters News: Sabine Hossenfelder asks, is the multiverse science or religion?
Introducing her new book, Existential Physics, Hossenfelder makes a strong case that the multiverse is not right or wrong; it’s fun but not really science.
At Mind Matters News: Astrophysicist: Webb finds may bring “revolutionary changes”
It doesn’t disprove the Big Bang, says Brian Koberlein… but read the fine print. Fermilab’s Don Lincoln gets the religious implications all wrong. Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder thinks we don’t know what happened and never will — and that the Big Bang is a “creation myth” in the language of math.
At Mind Matters News: Why science news sucks — a response to a disgusted physicist
Science writers, and their readers, often seek a certainty from science that it can’t really provide. They graft it in — so, of COURSE, they find it.
Sabine Hossenfelder tackles trans women in women’s sports
And ends by saying that childhood genetic engineering will probably bring an end to high achiever sports altogether.
Sabine Hossenfelder: The big problem with quantum theory is chaos
Hossenfelder: “… the chaotic motion of Hyperion tells us that we need the measurement collapse to actually be a physical process. Without it, quantum mechanics just doesn’t correctly describe our observations. But then what is this process? No one knows. And that’s the problem with quantum mechanics.”
Sabine Hossenfelder asks, did the W-boson break the Standard Model?
Hossenfelder: Is it correct? I don’t know. It could be. But in all honesty, I am very skeptical that this result will hold up. More likely, they have underestimated the error and their result is actually compatible with the other measurements.
Sabine Hossenfelder tells us who’s killing physics
Hossenfelder: But this illusion of progress is the minor problem. Worse is that they seem resigned to the idea that foundational work in physics is detached from experiment and technological application.
Kirk Durston on Sabine Hossenfelder and God
Biophysicist Kirk Durston offers some feedback to theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder. Lots of comments, including “You are dead on that she avoids talking about how space, time, matter, and energy came into existence.”
At Mind Matters News: John Horgan at Scientific American: Does quantum mechanics kill free will?
Horgan sides, somewhat tentatively, with free will. He notes that humans are more than just heaps of particles. Higher levels of complexity enable genuinely new qualities. What humans can do is not merely a more complex version of what amoebas can do — in turn, a more complex version of what electrons can do. Greater complexity can involve genuinely new qualities. A philosopher would say that he is not a reductionist.
At Mind Matters News: Some elements of our universe do not make scientific sense
The usually commonsensical Sabine Hossenfelder admits that this one stumps physicists: Well-attested observations of neutrinos are not compatible with the Standard Model of our universe that most physicists accept. Much about neutrinos is weird and it does not appear to be an artifact of bungled experiments.
Sabine Hossenfelder on epic fights in science
Hossenfelder: Together the two men discovered 136 species of dinosaurs (Cope 56 and Marsh 80) but they died financially ruined with their scientific reputation destroyed [over their feuds].