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Physicists can’t solve nothing

From the opening section of a book on the many-body problem: “It might be noted here, for the benefit of those interested in exact solutions, that there is an alternative formulation of the many-body problem, i.e., how many bodies are … Continue reading

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A Cosmic Computer?

In both popular and technical literature in subjects such as cosmology or theoretical physics, one can often find authors referring to the universe as a “computer”. I have found, however, that frequently non-specialists (including, sometimes, authors of popular literature) are … Continue reading

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Quantum Cognition: Physics Envy in Neuroscience and Psychology

Originally posted on Research Reviews:
The idea that quantum physics is not only relevant to consciousness or the “mind” is pretty widely known. After all, in addition to a plethora of popular books by authors with questionable expertise and/or knowledge,…

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Photons aren’t real (but virtual photons are!)

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My concern here is mainly with the paper Kastner, R. E. (2014). On Real and Virtual Photons in the Davies Theory of Time-Symmetric Quantum Electrodynamics. Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics, 11(30). I should say at…

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English as a Second Language (ESL) for Ancient Greeks

I was looking into the extent of the unfortunate use of statistics from the social & behavioral sciences by particle physicists when I found this little gem in a footnote: “Although the notion of what constitutes a satisfactory theory has … Continue reading

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This blog is moving! And staying!

This blog was originally supposed to be about reviewing actual research, in particular the research behind news and similar media popular science reporting. And even though many posts here aren’t reviews, that’s nothing compared to the number of posts I’ve … Continue reading

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Request

I was asked to start a blog by several individuals and only decided to do so because I was constantly bombarded by questions or references (via email, phone, face-to-face, discussion boards, etc.) concerning articles in popular media about science research. … Continue reading

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