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Hesienbergs Uncertainty Principal-(simple answer is usually the best answer). OR Pascals Wager-(Why not believe in God (y2k) because if you do not then the alternative is hell (starvation etc) Much smarter is bet with rather than against. OR Chaos Theory-forever changing complex systems which dictate that minor changes can cause hugh fluctions. OR Occam's Razor-one should not assume an entity that is unproven. OR Santayana-Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. OR Murphy- Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. & If everything seems to be going well, you obviously don't know what the hell is going on. OR W Allen- If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a swiss bank.

-- Red Neck (, August 30, 1998


Boy are you dumb Mr. Red Neck - evidence is not spelled edidence. BTW, what is this y2k?

-- Mr. trashcan (, August 30, 1998.

Actually, Heisenberg's uncertainly principle states that you can't measure a particle's mass and velocity simultaneously, if you measure one, you can't get the other accurately. At least I think it was mass and velocity, but it's been quite a while since I studied physics. Occam's razor is the one that states that the simplest explanation is the correct one, all else being equal. If you work out that Swiss bank account deal, let me know. I've always wanted one of those! ;-)

-- anon (, August 30, 1998.

Is that you being anonymous, Uncle Deedah? Who are you really?

-- Just curious (, August 30, 1998.

Just ?

I did not study physics at Academae Aerumnosus Exemplum.

-- Uncle Deedah (, August 31, 1998.

PS, I throw my lot in with Murphy on this one.

-- Uncle Deedah (, August 31, 1998.

Murphy was a delirious optimist and an incomplete thinker.

His polyannaish belief - that if a thing *could* go wrong it would - is about to be proven inadequate.

There are about to be many things that *can't* go wrong that will.


"Always cut the cards" - Robert Heinlein

-- Gary Hale (, August 31, 1998.

As in camptown ladies sing this song!.....Uncle Deedah was right about the uncertainty principle and occam's razor. Red Neck again shows his ignorance. William of Ockham 1285-1349 (Black Death) said "plurality should not be assumed without necessity" or in modern english, "keep it simple, stupid". Occam's Razor lives on in the brave new world of high performance safety-critical parallel computing. As for the uncertainty principle Deedah should have said, dp x dx>(2xpi)= Planck's constant/(2xpi) or my name isn't dodo. I mean dodah!

-- Aunt dodah (, September 01, 1998.

Twas not I who answered as anon, though very wise I did not study physics, and am loathe to take credit when undue.

-- Uncle Deedah (, September 01, 1998.

Thanks, Uncle Deedah! I see from some of your other posts that you also voted Libertarian. I think there will be a LOT of Libertarians in a couple of years after this upcoming fiasco has played out. Might be a little difficult to find Repubs or Dems, though. ;-) BTW, there are at least two of us anons on this site. Maybe more. Also, in case anyone here has missed it, the global financial system is going unstable right before our very eyes. Get your gold and silver while you can. If it blows before 01/01/00, the Pollyannas will be right. Y2K really won't be a big deal. Except, of course, for the starvation and epidemics. Now, if I could only find a way to short the Beanie Baby market...nah, I'll stick with the internet stocks. They're more overvalued.

-- anon (, September 05, 1998.


All I ever needed to know about physics I learned from a hammer and my thumb (ouch)

-- Uncle Deedah (, September 05, 1998.

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