Religion Test For Nerds

Do you believe material systems can display strongly emergent properties?

Do you believe some matter exists that cannot be detected optically or by other electromagnetic means?

Do you believe, in some areas of the universe, stable matter exists that violates the island of stability in nuclear chemistry?

Do you believe infinitely dense point-mass particles exist, in violation of special relativity?

Do you believe something can spring forth from nothing?

Do you believe the bending of nothing can impart force on something?

Do you believe the Earth got its oceans by being bombarded by comets or from volcanoes?

Do you believe its possible for a gas giant planet to form from an accretion disk, “migrate” to within 0.015 AU of its host star, and be in a retrograde orbit?

Do you believe the Earth formed from kilometer-sized boulders smashing into each other in space, which then turned into a gigantic pile of magma 400 km deep?

Do you believe objects the size of a large asteroid exist, that can spin around on their axis at 1200 hz, and emit a focused beam of energy that is detectable across galactic distances?

Bonus question:

What does the quantity r represent in the so-called “Schwarzschild solution?”

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Give yourself 1 point for each question you answered yes to.

10-9 points = Pope

8-6 points = Archbishop

5-4 points = Priest

3-2 points = Alter Boy

1-0 points = Lake of Hell Fire

For the bonus question, if you answered:

“The inverse square root of the Gaussian curvature of the spherically symmetric geodesic surface in the spatial section of the manifold.”

Not only will you burn in a lake of eternal hell fire, you will also be subjected to the untold horrors of academic ostracism for being guilty of speaking the truth.

  • http://www.libertariannews.org/ Michael Suede

    What the questions represent:

    Do you believe material systems can display strongly emergent properties?

    Answering yes means you believe consciousness is a by-product of organized unconscious matter, even though this violates reductionist principles.

    Do you believe some matter exists that cannot be detected optically or by other electromagnetic means?

    Answering yes means you believe dark matter exists.

    Do you believe, in some areas of the universe, stable matter exists that violates the island of stability in nuclear chemistry?

    Answering yes means you believe “strange matter” or “neutronium” or objects made out of pure neutrons (neutron stars) exist.

    Do you believe infinitely dense point-mass particles exist, in violation of special relativity?

    Answering yes means you believe in black holes.

    Do you believe something can spring forth from nothing?

    Answering yes means you believe in “fiat lux” or the Big Bang.

    Do you believe the bending of nothing can impart force on something?

    Answering yes means you believe gravity is a function of curving “spacetime.”

    Do you believe the Earth got its oceans by being bombarded by comets or from volcanoes?

    Answering yes means you believe the story told by mainstream science.

    Do you believe its possible for a gas giant planet to form from an accretion disk, “migrate” to within 0.015 AU of its host star, and be in a retrograde orbit?

    Answering yes means you believe the story told by mainstream science. (This is just flat-out impossible no matter how it is modeled by mainstream scientists, yet we observe this happening in space.)

    Do you believe the Earth formed from kilometer-sized boulders smashing into each other in space, which then turned into a gigantic pile of magma 400 km deep?

    Answering yes means you believe the story told by mainstream science.

    Do you believe objects the size of a large asteroid exist, that can spin around on their axis at 1200 hz, and emit a focused beam of energy that is detectable across galactic distances?

    Answering yes means you believe the mainstream story about pulsars.

  • Mike Ellis

    Have you seen the movie Black Whole which details Nassim Heremein’s unified field theory? If not you should because it give a scientific grounding to all of the above questions and if he is right then we need to rethink the boundaries between spiritual and scientific information.

  • http://www.wovenlore.com/ Martin

    What has this to do with religion? Answering yes to most of these questions simply means you are open to the possibility that we don’t yet know everything about the physics of the universe.
    Each new era of scientific discovery, for all its genius, has for the most part uncovered as many questions as it has answered. For example you ask can “something come out of nothing”, this is a complex issue. The best way one can answer it succinctly is that:
    “As far as we know, the total amount of energy in the universe is constant. And we suppose that the total Net Energy is zero. So here is the question, is Energy nothing? Do we only consider energy as something when it is composing matter (E=mc^2)? In a sense the question is meaningless because ‘nothing’ is a word without physical meaning. Is a void still a void if I shine a light on it?

    • http://www.libertariannews.org/ Michael Suede

      Each “yes” answer is a statement of faith, not fact.

      Each “I don’t know” answer is just that, an admission of not knowing, which is not a faith based answer.

      • http://www.wovenlore.com/ Martin

        I see, you are not actually evaluating knowledge but how one approaches that of which they are not certain.