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By M. Hanlon

From the writer of the bestselling The technology of the Hitchhiker's consultant to the Galaxy comes one other remarkable journey to a good extra mysterious terrain. Michael Hanlon identifies ten medical questions that we easily can not seem to solution and explains why those compelling mysteries will stay unsolved for years to comeHow did existence commence? Why are there sexes? the place did language originate? In Hanlon's typically witty variety, he ponders the methods those questions have continued in problematical the easiest minds and asks what can be had to resolve all of it. From politics to loss of know-how, every one query has its personal set of conditions conserving it again. by way of exploring those unanswerable questions, Hanlon exposessome of science's maximum failings and missteps--andcharts a hopeful path for buying technology again at the highway to discovery.

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We simply have a series of subjective experiences that are different from the ones in our memories and it is this difference that our conscious brains perceive as time. Time throws up all sorts of paradoxes. You can use the existence of time, for a start, to prove that nothing is real. The past is as dead as those who no longer live, no more real than your dreams, right? And the future has not happened yet. So all that is to come is, again, imagination. All that is real, therefore, is that infinitesimal sliver of time between past and present, which of course amounts to nothing, because as time never stops that sliver has zero thickness.

In an experiment published in 2006, Professor Eagleman set up an experiment in which volunteers were told to press a button1. When the button was pressed the light would come on almost instantaneously as a result. At other times, they were asked to press the button after the light came on. In all cases the subjects were able to distinguish perfectly the order of events. Then, the experiment changed. There was now a 100 millisecond delay (an easily perceived time interval) between pressing the button and the light coming on.

Einstein showed us that the pull of gravity and the tug of acceleration were equivalent (the force you feel in an accelerating rocket is exactly the same as the force you feel as your weight is pulled towards the Earth). Indeed, Einstein went on to show that ‘space’ and ‘time’ are really different sides of the same coin. Before Einstein, it was thought that space was filled with an invisible medium called the ether, waves in which carried light and other electromagnetic radiation just as air carries sound.

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