Monday, November 03, 2008

Selective amnesia

People are beginning to take TGD based view about dark matter. Sean Carroll speculates in the New Scientist of last week abot dark photons and importance of dark matter in chemistry and even biology.

This is of course what I have been busily doing since the beginning of 2005. I have developed detailed model of quantum biology based on dark matter phases realized as a hierarchy with levels labeled by values of Planck constant (see the series of articles here and various books about TGD inspired quantum biology). To my great astonishment, Sean Carroll forgets to mention my work in his speculations although he certainly knows it since I have visited many times in his blog and other blogs that Sean himself has visited. Maybe Sean should become a little bit worried: this kind of memory defects are not good in this profession.

I am afraid that this kind of selective amnesia might infect also other theoreticians visiting in blogs and I must ask myself whether something is wrong with me. Could it be that it is my blog and the blogs that I have visited which spread the disease? Since this might be the case, I must give a general warning. I have visited many blogs during weekend and talked about CDF anomaly. There have been a lot of visitors since this might be the discovery of century in particle physics. Therefore it could happen that quite many particle theoreticians will suffer similar memory defects in near future as they produce models for CDF anomaly and gradually end up with the "Eureka! Colored leptons!". I am really very sorry if this turns out to be the case.

Below summary Sean Carroll's speculations.

Mysterious dark matter could be shining with its own private kind of light. This "dark radiation" would be invisible to us, but could still have visible effects. Astronomers usually assume that dark matter particles barely interact with each other. Lotty Ackerman and colleagues at Caltech in Pasadena decided to test this assumption by supposing there is a force between dark matter particles that behaves in the same way as the electromagnetic force. That would imply a new form of radiation that is only accessible to dark matter.

Their calculations showed that it could have as much as 1 % of the strength of the electromagnetic force and not conflict with any observations. If the force is close to this strength, its effects might be detectable, as it should affect how dark matter clumps together.

"It might even help with some niggling problems we have now," says team member Sean Carroll. For example, it might explain why there are fewer dwarf galaxies than models predict. Carroll even speculates that more complex dark matter might exist, forming dark matter atoms with their own chemistry – and maybe biology.

Very familiar to me. Except that they have postponed the discovery of the hierarchy of Planck constants, which makes it un-necessary to introduce new gauge groups, which is really something extremely ugly.


Kea said...

Hi Matti. As the CDF paper circus shows, I suspect this is just the beginning of the collective amnesia, although amnesia isn't quite the word for it. It is a very common kind of delusion.

Matti Pitkänen said...

Collective selective amnesia has plagued the particle physics community for decades. If it continues it migh destroy memory traces about many beautiful quantitative predictions made by TGD about CDF anomaly besides the qualitative ones.

If we believe in phenomenological analysis of CDF group, TGD gives a correct prediction also for the mass of the longlived particle besides the lifetime for the lightest state. The masses suggested for the two excitations of the partile coming are claimed to come as powers of two. p-Adic length scale hypothesis would explain this.

Good reasons to hope that the pessimistic prognosis is not realized and fill arXiv with string landscape inspired large amplitude handwaving.


Anonymous said...

I know exactly how you feel. I have had the same experience with my work. Since I introduced event-symmetry in 1994 as a principle for quantum gravity the idea has been used in this context by several physicists. It is a very specific idea, yet none of them have ever cited me.

In fact I think it is generally accpeted policy to only cite friends and well known physicists while ignoring anyone who wrote anything similar before. They want to make their work seem as original as possible and boost their groups citation metrics. That is why we need to continually publish and publicise our work in as many ways as we can, so that others can see who really had the priority.

Matti Pitkänen said...

"People from Harward" think that they are beyond normal moral rules. Recognition as such does not produce lasting joy but even most passionate thinker has basic bodily needs and it would a good idea to have certain moral rules so that big guys cannot do whatever they want.

Just the experience of this day. Peter Woit, who wants to become a hero just by telling as his own great discovery that string model does not work, wants to be a king of the hill gets vibes by censoring my comments from this blog. The greed for power can make human behave incredibly stupidly.