K-Pax starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges is one my favorite sci-fi movies of all time. The sheer imagination of this film is captivating. Would you believe someone is a being from another planet if they could accurately map out a star system that had not been discovered yet? I’ll let you all decide by watching this spectacular movie.
I just think it’s purely amazing what light can do. I also find it an extremely beautiful and wondrous phenomena of electromagnets. I feel that the words ‘electromagnetic waves’ strangles the fascinating observation of light. Being an electromagnetic wave strips it of its beauty and makes the spectral radiance only a mechanical device. It’s far more than that. The abilities of light are the most miraculous spectacles of all the universe. As a matter of fact everything in the universe is light or interacting with it at some frequency. I could go on all day about light and how awestruck I am by it’s nature.
I’m starting to dislike the persona placed upon a lot of the ‘famous’ physicists. I feel as though they do not represent the field very well although this may be my perception. However many of them are the ones that bridge the gap between non-science minded folks and us.The problem may be in those non-science minded people who require a level of, let’s say ‘dumbing down’. That’s what essentially irks me. Not that famous scientists are taking credit for being ‘super geniuses’ to the public but that the public idolizes this. I suppose it’s not a bad thing because it brings science to those who otherwise wouldn’t care or understand. It may be just me feeling left out of the experience of being a ‘physicist’. And as I’m learning it’s not all that amazing unless you know what you’re talking about and can disseminate it to others effectively. Not just about how many hours you put in the lab.
at work yesterday my co worker brought in his son. the kid was probably 13 or so. i found it amazing as soon as he entered he immediately asked “do these computers have internet?” as if there was absolutely nothing else that mattered. i thought to myself “we’re in a high energy laser lab, and all you care about is if we have internet so you can check facebook?”. this then brought me to think that the newer generations are going rely heavily on the use of this amazing source of information. at a cost though. i believe the use of the internet or should i say abuse is a degenerative process. even though we have access to more information than ever in history this becomes less of a positive thing over time. i also believe there will be a counter-culture in the future who resist the internet and call themselves “free thinkers” and do not rely on information provided via the internet. it seems like a plot of a science fiction novel but i think the internet and all its glory can produce this outcome.
the internet will become so embedded in life that it will be as common and flipping the light switch when you walk into a room.