Supersonic Man

August 25, 2017

ten percent of our brains

Filed under: Hobbyism and Nerdry,science!,thoughtful handwaving — Supersonic Man @ 9:40 am

If it were really true that we use only ten percent of our brains, then being granted the ability to use all one hundred percent wouldn’t really make a dramatic difference. It would be like comparing a desktop computer from 2017 with one from about 2005. Sure, the new one is better, but definitely not as much better as you’d hope it would be. They still both do basically the same things, and they’re both still probably hampered by running Windows.

I think there’s some metaphorical truth to the idea for a lot of people, though, because if they don’t get a good strong educational start, the majority of people don’t really have any chance of developing the intellectual side of their innate capabilities.  I’m pretty convinced that most of the differences we see between people in “intelligence” have nothing to do with one person being born with a better brain than another.  If you’re going to develop into a brainiac, you need to start very early and you need support for it, and most people around the world simply never get that opportunity.  It’s only when drawing comparisons between people who have had those advantages, and are already part of a privileged minority, that you can even start looking at innate differences in talent.


August 17, 2016

will there ever be a material to replace steel?

Filed under: science!,the future!,thoughtful handwaving — Supersonic Man @ 12:14 pm

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June 21, 2016


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June 16, 2016

is there only spacetime? (part 1)

Filed under: science!,thoughtful handwaving — Supersonic Man @ 6:33 am

In a recent post, I mentioned in passing that “the close relationship between energy, gravity, and inertia is still a mystery, despite apparent confirmation of the Higgs boson.”  But wow, I may have just stumbled on an outsider theory that can resolve that whole mystery, and more.  It’s from a laser specialist and entrepreneur named John A. Macken, and his work can be found at

Where Macken begins is with the idea that “mass” is just energy confined to a particular frame of reference.  This sounds like it might be just an obvious truism based on special relativity, but once one looks at the details, it covers more ground than you might think.

His start on this came, naturally enough, when thinking about lasers.  The light inside a laser has energy, which means it has an equivalent mass, which means it has inertia.  Now inertia seems very mysterious as a property for particles, but for light, he realized, there’s nothing mysterious about it. (more…)

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