Friday, July 23, 2010
He's going to get a lot of flack for writing this, but he has his Nobel Prize in physics and seems to be one of those guys who is not afraid to say what he thinks. Give a a somewhat arrogant scientist not afraid to think for himself over some smarmy organization player any day. The summaries I have read of this article make me think we view attempts to regulate carbon similarly. This article deserves to get more play in the blogosphere than it is getting so far IMO.
I read Laughlin's book A Different Universe and liked it a lot, even though I was aware of many points going over my head. I don't feel entitled to have views about string theory, but if I had to bet, I would bet it is pretty bogus and that what we see in the universe is a lot of emergent phenomena rather than elementary ones. But heck that's just a guess!