Friday Mind Blower

This morning researchers from Cern on the Opera experiment (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) will tell us about neutrinos traveling at faster than the speed of light. The details are something like 299,792,458 meters per second vs 299,798,454 mtr/sec. I'll let the Cern boys handle the facts.

For me, the experiment underpins a pet peeve of ours with market analysis. We call it "effecting a cause." As Subir Sarkar of Oxford said today when news leaked out:

"The constancy of the speed of light underpins our understanding of space and time and causality, which is the fact that cause comes before effect. Cause cannot come after effect and that is absolutely fundamental to our construction of the physical universe, If we do not have causality, WE ARE BUGGERED. (emphasis mine)"

Man's human nature to order the world through meaning compels this analysis. We have to learn to let it go. There's less than meets the eye. If the nerds at Cern have tossed Einstein aside while attempting to look at the beginning of  time, so be it. The universe has a way of self correcting. Many will opine today that the end is surely upon us. Don't listen. Even the most worshiped belief systems turn out to be mistaken. Besides, even if they're right, the researchers at Cern already know how it turns out.

(Also: Tim Berners-Lee , inventor of the internet---not Al Gore -- was a Cern alum)

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