[ExI] Cool Physics

Kevin Freels kevinfreels at insightbb.com
Thu Sep 18 17:04:34 UTC 2008

I was at KSC several years ago with my wife and kids and later that evening my wife and I were talking about it and she called it the very same thing - the FIFSFS. The next day she let that slip in front of the kids and shortened it to the acronym FIFSFS. She recovered nicely but my kids to this day still refer to it as the Freakin International Freakin Space Freakin Station. lol

----- Original Message -----
From: John K Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008 1:06
Subject: [ExI] Cool Physics
To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>

> I was thinking about what the Large Hadron Collider could potentially
> find, and what could ignite the public imagination. That last 
> point is
> important if you expect taxpayers to pay for future machines, 
> and I
> don't think the average person would say these sort of devices have
> discovered anything very cool since 1957 when they found out the
> difference between left and right. I don't think even physicists
> would say finding the Higgs particle would be very cool, not finding
> it would be cooler than that. Finding out what Dark Matter is, 
> now 
> that would be cool by any standard, and Dark Energy would be 
> even better. Of course it may discover something wonderful that 
> nobody today can even imagine, but I can imagine making a mini
> Black Hole and that would be very cool indeed because it would 
> demonstrate the existence of other dimensions; but I think it 
> would also mean there would be no point in making a more 
> powerful machine, you'd just get more Black Holes.
> Finding extra dimensions would give a big boost to the many 
> would theory, all those other universes have to go somewhere, 
> and I can't think of a better place to put them.
> It's interesting that if the SSC hadn't been canceled when it
> was about 20% complete it would have been about two and a
> half times as powerful as the Large Hadron Collider and would 
> have gone online 7 or 8 years ago. However it was decided in 
> the early 90's that we could only afford one really big science 
> project; we could have the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)
> or the Fucking International Fucking Space Fucking Station (FIFSFS)
> but not both. 
> It was decided to go with FIFSFS.
>  John K Clark
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