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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Cosmic Stupidity

Cosmic Variance points out some monumental stupidity from Glen Reynolds at Instapundit.

The wrongness singularity
Sean at 7:29 am, May 5th, 2006

The blogosphere has been having its fun with this little bit of instant punditry from Glenn Reynolds:

Of course, if we seized the Saudi and Iranian oil fields and ran the pumps full speed, oil prices would plummet, dictators would be broke, and poor nations would benefit from cheap energy. But we'd be called imperialist oppressors, then.

Far be it from me to add anything to the trenchant political analysis already available. But as a Physics Blog, we feel it’s our duty here to point out the exciting scientific consequences that our more humanistical friends have thus far missed: the possibility that Prof. Reynolds has discovered a new state of wrongness.

You see, wrongness is a fermionic property. That is to say, a statement is either wrong or it is not wrong; you can’t pile on the wrongness to make a condensate of wrong. By the conventional rules, n declarative statements can be wrong at most n times. By the Pauli exclusion principle, you just can’t be more wrong than that!

There is plenty of idiocy from both sides of the political aisle being promoted in response to gas price hikes.

Craig Westover posts something intelligent on this topic. King Banaian also comments.

Note -- I don't support the incentives for hybred vehicles mentioned in the link King includes in his post. Rather, I support looking at the government incentives given the oil industry that might keep the price of gasoline artificially low. If conservation and alternative fuels are really the objectives, not subsidies to "Small Agriculture," then let's allow gas prices rise to the market rate and unloose competition among oil companies to reduce costs and improve gas-buring efficiency, car manufacturer's to produce low-cost high mileage vehicles and hybreds, and ethanol producers to create a viable industry at market prices that can compete with a tarriff-free foreign source.

Well said. These ethanol subsidies are a huge boondoggle - and don't look for politicians from either side of the aisle to challenge these.