Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Things That Do Not Make Sense

I don't know why I am deeply fascinated by observations or experiment results that we can't explain with today's scientific knowledge. I just am. Perhaps it’s because, as somebody that likes to "create", it is nice to know that there is still so much that needs to be done. Perhaps it’s because I think that looking at what we do not understand is the only way to progress and learn. Perhaps it’s because I'm used to solve complex problems everyday, and studying what I don't know is a daily activity for me. Perhaps it’s because I think that keeping an open mind is critical and I am convinced that one necessary exercise to keep an open mind is to look at what we don't understand. Perhaps it's because the realization that there is alot that we do not underastand is a driving force toward discovery. Perhaps it's because I don't understand how it is possible that smart people or recognized groups periodically claim that if something can't be explain than it must be untrue or just a fraud.
It's because of my fascination with the unknown that I found the "13 things that do not make sense" article, published on March 19, 2005 on the NewScientistSpace, very interesting. The subjects in the article are:
1 The placebo effect
2 The horizon problem
3 Ultra-energetic cosmic rays
4 Belfast homeopathy results
5 Dark matter
6 Viking's methane
7 Tetraneutrons
8 The Pioneer anomaly
9 Dark energy
10 The Kuiper cliff
11 The Wow signal
12 Not-so-constant constants
13 Cold fusion
An interesting and not difficult reading.

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