Kaku’s kookoo science

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Marc Morano writes:

CBS This Morning featured a futurist who promotes paranormal phenomena like ‘telepathy, telekinesis and mind reading’ as climate expert during its February 13 broadcast. CBS only identified physicist Michio Kaku as a New York City College professor, with no mention of his special abilities. See: CBS Blames Global Warming for Harsh Winter Weather: Prof. Michio Kaku: ‘Excess heat generated by all this warm water is destabilizing this gigantic bucket of cold air….So that’s the irony, that heating could cause gigantic storms of historic proportions

Kaku’s website (http://mkaku.org/home/) promotes his book: “THE FUTURE OF THE MIND: The scientific quest to understand, enhance, and empower the mind.” And his quest to promote: “Telepathy. Telekinesis. Mind reading. Photographing a dream. Uploading memories. Mentally controlled robots.”

Kaku claims all of “these feats” have already been achieved. “These feats, once considered science fiction, have now been achieved in the laboratory, as documented in THE FUTURE OF THE MIND,” Kaku’s website declares.

Kaku notes that his “book goes even further, analyzing when one day we might have a complete map of the brain, or a back up Brain 2.0, which may allow scientists to send consciousness throughout the universe.”

Kaku’s global warming comments were not well received by the scientific community:

‘No effing clue what he is talking about’: Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue Calls Warmist Physics Prof. Michio Kaku of NY City College ‘a festering wound on field of meteorology’ for Kaku’s blaming ‘excess heat’ on record cold and snow

Meteorologist Dr. Ryan Maue of Weather Bell tweeted on Kaku: He’s ‘like a festering wound on field of meteorology, Michio Kaku says ‘we think’ harsh winter is due to global warming,” Maue wrote.

“Kaku has no effing clue what he is talking about – ‘unstable jet stream’ — huh? How could someone supposedly so learned sound so doltish?,” Maue asked on Feburary 13, 2014.

“Must apologize to Bill Nye — he is now number 2 most egregious butcher of meteorology and climate science. New rankings come out weekly,” Maue quipped.

Houston Chronicle climate reporter Eric Berger joined in the Kaku bashing, noting Kaku is “a physicist (and not a well-regarded one among his peers) not an atmospheric scientist.”

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Related: Climate expert Michio Kaku: “El Niña” or global warming causing snowstorms, or something

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123 Responses to Kaku’s kookoo science

  1. Jeff says:

    Kaku’s kookoo is kaka…krazy…

    Now that the MSM is hitting the walls, the nuts and kooks are out….

    I guess mind control that he mentions is about right – the greens and melons want to control our minds so we’ll pay for their folly, but as I noted above, I think the MSM might actually be starting to slow down….can only hope….

  2. Kenny says:

    I saw the interview….and laughed!

  3. Lolz…someone should point him towards James Randi…

  4. steve says:

    Kaku is hardly cuckoo. He built a particle accelerator is his mom’s basement as a young lad, and is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.

    I have a few of his books and his ability to communicate the principles and theories of quantum mechanics is excellent.

    The issue is that he is a great THEORETICIAN, not meteorologist or geologist.

    REPLY: I built a 15 Mev cyclotron in 1975 (powered by my dad’s welder) and went to the National Science Fair with it, but I don’t espouse mind control or telekinetics. I stay rooted in real things. – Anthony

  5. Mooloo says:

    Steve, that you are clever is no protection against being crazy. Kaku is clever and crazy.

  6. johnbuk says:

    Coming soon, a new paper by Cook, Kaku and Lewandowsky – “Thinking skeptically causes CO2 emissions”.

  7. Zeke says:

    ““THE FUTURE OF THE MIND: The scientific quest to understand, enhance, and empower the mind.” And his quest to promote: “Telepathy. Telekinesis. Mind reading. Photographing a dream. Uploading memories.”

    That way we will not need to use complete sentences any more.

    And we will not need to bother with any kind of rationality, objectivity, or replicability. Everyone will just know.

    Let me try this –

    A new paradigm. Lots of hits on Youtube. Physicist with long hair. A guru. Visionary, hypnotic art in background. Empowered. Scientific.

  8. zootcadillac says:

    I said to Ryan on Twitter that I like Michio Kaku. And I do. I think he thinks like I think people ought to think. He has a great mind. He has interesting ideas and foresight. He appears a clueless clown when it comes to climate and that’s a shame. I don’t know it that’s to do with revenue or ideology but it does not fit with a man who is usually so damn intelligent.

    I’m disturbed about WUWT though. Recently there seems to be too much “playing the man and not the ball ”

    And to Nicola Scafetta: Jesus man, give it a rest. dead horses don’t usually try to get up and ask for another flogging.

  9. C.M. Carmichael says:

    Get rid of him quickly, up here in Canada we let a flake like this guy get away with spouting BS for decades. He bolstered his PhD in fruit fly sex into being consulted for every science question the MSM needs a “watermelon” answer to. He recently gave an “off the cuff” suggestion that the entire west coast of North America may need to be evacuated because of Fukishima. If America needs a David Suzuki, please take ours, we don’t need or want him anymore.

  10. Ralph Kramden says:

    He seems like a typical warmist to me.

  11. Russ R. says:

    I read his mind, but it was just a “short story”.
    When his lips were saying “Mind controlled robot”, his subconscious thought was “Find loopholes for not hot”.

  12. philjourdan says:

    kaku is a regular on broadcast news shows. That does not detract from his ‘credentials’, but does indicate why he was on there regardless of those ‘credentials’.

  13. CaligulaJones says:

    Funny, isn’t it, that the warmists will grab any sort of “wackjob” ideas by who they describe as a “denier” (see: Nils-Axel Mörner) to smear the whole movement.

    Wonder if we’ll see any such attacks here?

  14. Luke Warmist says:

    steve says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am
    …..and is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.
    =================
    Note standard model folks spewing coffee and soda at screens….

  15. Jimbo says:

    Among Dr. Cuckoo’s articles are

    “The Physics of Extraterrestrial Civilizations”
    “The Physics of Time Travel”
    http://mkaku.org/home/?page_id=120

    Here he the climate expert on Hurricane Sandy

    Global warming is actually a misnomer. It should be called global swings, so that we can have droughts, flooding, forest fires, etc. happening at the same time in different points of the earth. So global warming is actually the weather on steroids. This is consistent with the 100 year floods, 100 year forest fires, 100 year droughts that we seem to have every few years.

    So is this the new normal? We cannot say with certainty, but a case can be made that this wacky weather is, in part, driven by global warming.
    http://bigthink.com/dr-kakus-universe/global-warming-and-hurricane-sandy?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bigthink%2Fblogs%2Fdr-kakus-universe+%28Dr.+Kaku%27s+Universe%29

    Dr. Kack is the cuckoo on steroids.

  16. Larry Geary says:

    This is the character who, when the Cassini probe was making a gravity assist pass by the earth in order to get up speed to go to Saturn, wanted it to be thrown into the sun because there was a one-in-a-million chance the probe might accidentally enter our atmosphere and a further one-in-a-billion chance its plutonium power source might crack open.

  17. steve says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Kaku is hardly cuckoo. He built a particle accelerator is his mom’s basement as a young lad, and is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.

    I’m pretty sure the members of Insane Clown Posse have authored some pretty important theories themselves. I mean, you can build a particle accelerator with some magnets, right?

  18. rogerknights says:

    If CO2 causes weird weather, but not global warming, that’s not nearly enough on its own to justify CO2’s mitigation. That’s because weird (randomly variable and more extreme) weather won’t extinguish species, melt the polar icecaps, increase forest fires, accelerate sea level rise, or cause long-term droughts or flooding.

  19. Greg says:

    Why doesn’t he just control the climate and stop storms with his mind?

  20. helen says:

    I too worry at the play the man comments here. Like the other side has been doing for years.

  21. ren says:

    ‘unstable jet stream’ Is it my words?

  22. theButcher says:

    Kaku is an actor, who promotes his Sci-fi books, he’s not a scientist.

    No need to say more.

  23. Latitude says:

    Telekinesis????

    …he did it!

  24. helen says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I too worry at the play the man comments here. Like the other side has been doing for years.

    When someone uses their moral/scientific/intellectual credentials to create an air of authority for their (stupid) statements it is perfectly reasonable to point out their personal/pseudo-scientific/wacko failings as a rebuttal. If Kaku wants to provide numbers & evidence, he’s welcome to do so, but as he’s simply tossing out submoronic babble & calling himself a scientist, there is nothing at all unseemly about pointing & lauging at the drooling chickenhead for doing so.

  25. brantra says:

    This is just one of many research projects by accredited institutions into powers of the mind.
    You cant just discount a phenomena because you dont understand the mechanism. The human brain has quantum tunneling features that can possibly use entanglement to communicate over distances. People are doing real science in this field even though you may not agree with the premise..
    That is different than Kaku is koookoo..
    “At Princeton university Dr Robert G. Jahn, now retired, spent 25 years amassing an enormous database of empirical data on psychokinesis that clearly suggests the phenomena is very much a reality. He founded the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group which undertook countless experiments under controlled, scientific conditions to measure the effect of the power of the human mind using a range of instruments. “

  26. george e. smith says:

    Well I have tried to listen to the “String” theories from all of the protagonists of same. The idea that vibrating “strings” are fundamental just grips me. Something that “wiggles, must be built from smaller moveable parts; so just WHAT are they ? So for me, it is nyet on strings.

    And I believe that anything and everything that is observable, by any means; no matter how weird or strange, is part of THE UNIVERSE. And anything that is NOT observable, by ANY MEANS real or imagined, is NOT a part of SCIENCE.

    So nyet on parallel universes too.

    But then I don’t have time for everything.

  27. highflight56433 says:

    I actually have been ready Kaku’s mind. To quote his thinking “…$,$$$,$$$,$$$.$$ …”

  28. highflight56433 says:

    …reading his mind… silly fingers.

  29. pokerguy says:

    “The issue is that he is a great THEORETICIAN, not meteorologist or geologist.”

    No, the issue is that a major network provided a platform for a lunatic to spout gibberish, thereby giving false information to hundreds of thousands of people on an important issue of the day.

  30. Aphan says:

    He’s a regular on Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. You KNOW they are desperate when they have to pretend he’s a climate scientist or expert on climate.

  31. Jeff says:

    CBS always puts on the most bizarre people and ideas in relation to AGW. Last year they had a lead story where the simple ice melt in the arctic, which was actually mild compared with most other years, was proof of global warming. CBS needs a new Science chief.

  32. Unmentionable says:

    Given this is clearly the Friday humor page:

    ” … We thought,” he said, “that you were meant to be telling the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth.” “Oh, that,” said Prak. “Yeah. I was. I finished. There’s not nearly as much of it as people imagine. … “I thought of writing some of it down, but first I couldn’t find a pencil, and then I thought, why bother? …” – Douglas Adams

  33. pwl says:

    Anthony we can always toss his best quote back his way regarding his allegedly proven “wild” ideas and his silly views on climate:

    “No theory is carved in stone. Science is merciless when it comes to testing all theories over and over, at any time, in any place. Unlike religion or politics, science is ultimately decided by experiments, done repeatedly in every form. There are no sacred cows. In science, 100 authorities count for nothing. Experiment counts for everything.” – Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at City College of New York

    The question is: which of Michio’s words will Kaku have to eat? This quote? His climate views? His wild allegedly proven ideas?

    The only one that makes any sense is this above quote. Start eating Michio Kaku.

  34. Aphan says:

    Helen and Zoot-
    I worry about random people who suddenly show up and use guilt trip or strawman comments in what appears to be thinly veiled attempts to stifle free speech in a public forum.

    CBS “tossed the ball” so to speak to this guy on behalf of Team Climate and it’s perfectly reasonable to point out that he’s a really strange choice for a great player in this particular game. It’s also reasonable to point out that your opinion(s) are no more valid than anyone else’s.

  35. Karnak Kaku the Great holds an envelope to his forehead…

    Answer: tell a pathy and tell a kinesis
    Question: whom should be told about global warming

  36. Mike says:

    I pretty well gave up on Kaku after reading in “Physics of the Impossible” that he believes there problems that can/will be solved by leveraging the power and resources of a galaxy — i.e. he’s a physicist who doesn’t grasp that the energy density of a galaxy makes wind power look like fusion

    I only made it through the first chapter of “Physics of the Future” — 20 minutes of my life I will never get back. Fortunately I get them from the library so I wasn’t wasting my money on his “waste of paper” science fiction.

  37. zootcadillac says:

    Aphan. I have taken your comment on board. I’ve been posting here over 5 years. I’ve explained many times why i use a nom de plume. My given legal name is Craig Frier.

    There is no such thing as free speech on the internet. Not that I object to it. I feel it’s not wise to adopt poor debating tactics when one uses the argument against others that said tactics are poor form.

    You seem to misunderstand the meaning of a strawman. Forgive me if I’m wrong.

    It’s reasonable to point out that my opinion ( and that of Helen’s but I’m sure she’s a big enough girl to defend herself ) is no less valid than anyone else’s.

    And I think it’s also fair to point out that if you came at me with that attitude and argument in person I’d put you on your arse.

    Regards

    Craig.

  38. gator69 says:

    From his CBS interview a few years ago…

    “WRAGGE: Is this the same weather pattern, though, that’s affecting us that’s affecting other regions around the world? You’ve had problems in Brazil with mud slides, Australia’s going through some weather issues now. Is this the same?

    KAKU: Similar. El Nina, cold weather around the equator, is contributing to what’s happening in Australia. And I was in Brazil just two weeks ago, where they had monster mud slides, killed hundreds of people because of flooding. Massive flooding. And it’s summertime now in Brazil.

    WRAGGE: In El Nina, what are the patterns here? Is it every couple of years?

    KAKU: Yeah, El Nina and the North Atlantic oscillations go back and forth every few years and they last a few months. And so we have both effects helping to bring down cold air from the north, while the Earth itself is heating up, creating more moisture in the Gulf of Mexico. And when the two meet, watch out.”

    Yep, climate expert.

  39. Doug Huffman says:

    Michio Kaku is forever impeached by his stand on the Cassini-Huygens mission RTG’s 238-plutonium fuel. He may not be foolish but his muse certainly is!

  40. stewgreen says:

    Oi, you lot can stop mocking SCIENTISHTS you should be touching your forelock instead ! BBC radio treated us to this on Monday ‘Are We All Scientific Experts Now?’ the new book by Harry Collins (expert in 4 different scientific fields himself) about how the public mistakenly think they can criticise scientists these days
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03trkc1

  41. Zeke says:

    Kaku notes that his “book goes even further, analyzing when one day we might have a complete map of the brain, or a back up Brain 2.0, which may allow scientists to send consciousness throughout the universe.”

    This dovetails with the administration’s ambitions to use brain scans to determine people’s health, proclivities to violence, supposed “religious centers,” etc. What a coincidence. Is he remote viewing the features of Obamacare that will be claiming to use these technologies? He just happens to be both pushing scientific “frontiers” and amplifying the political objectives of the politicians in neurology and climate science – while also exploiting the anti-rationalist movements and looking like an Einsteinian rock star. Our country has had its share of gurus and this needs to be fully identified and analyzed for what it is. This is manipulative populism, with a political and societal fish hook in the middle of the bait.

    The human brain map is a fraud from the outset. While general areas of the brain are used for certain activities, each individual’s brain is organized differently. For example, when a neurosurgeon is performing a craniotomy and removing a tumor from a person’s brain, in order to avoid damaging speech or motor centers, electrical stimulation is used while the patient is conscious. This allows the surgeons to identify those areas in that individual and avoid brain damage. This is necessary because no two people are exactly alike and the brain is highly individualized through upbringing and use. It is well known that an area of the cortex that is not used, such as in the case of a lost hand, is subsumed by other functions. The brain scan science is nothing short of an exercise in modern day phrenology.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=phrenology&FORM=HDRSC2

  42. Leon Brozyna says:

    Famed futurist?

    Fame derived from … ??? … self-promotion?

    More like devolved from science into fiction and fantasy.

  43. DirkH says:

    stewgreen says:
    February 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    “BBC radio treated us to this on Monday ‘Are We All Scientific Experts Now?’ the new book by Harry Collins (expert in 4 different scientific fields himself) about how the public mistakenly think they can criticise scientists these days”

    Well, after politicians’ and later journalists’ reputation was in the tank, they needed new figures of authority and used scientists – since about “Limits To Growth” where they first had a computer do the talking for them.

    Now the reputation of scientists is in the tank as well (so of course the BBC does their bit of protesting). But whom will they use next? Religion again?

    (Kaku is a Neo-Sagan; a book selling all round stand in for everything remotely scientific. Can’t stand that type of entrepreneur, to use a polite term. Less vile than Suzuki though.)

  44. Stark Dickflüssig says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:58 am
    helen says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I too worry at the play the man comments here. Like the other side has been doing for years.

    When someone uses their moral/scientific/intellectual credentials to create an air of authority…

    When some one uses Argumentum ad Verecundiam (the logical fallacy “Argument from Authority”), it is fair to counter with an ad hominem attack. As the Argument from Authority is essentialy a statment bassed on the person, and attack on the person is a rational counter.

    eg. “I am Jeff, therefore I am correct.”..”You may be Jeff, but Jeff is shown to be a lunatic for reason A and B, therefore you may well be wrong”

  45. Tim OBrien says:

    Kaku just wants to be Carl Sagan and falls short.

  46. Lady Life Grows says:

    This is the comment I posted on Tallbloke’s blog about censorship of the astrophysics journal:

    Yes, this was “politically” motivated. Politicians–and most scientists–get their money from taxes. The hope is that alarmism will frighten people into paying more taxes via a new tax called the carbon tax.

    The politicians have not benefitted because the public really is tapped out, taxed well beyond the willingness to pay. Wealthy people are leaving high-tax jurisdictions in droves. Worse still, energy sources have been attacked throughout the developed world to a degree that has battered American and European economies. This is why the dollar and Euro are in trouble, and this is why governments are getting so desperate. The solution for the governments is to tell the truth, enhance energy production, reduce tax rates and restore free enterprise.

    Science, by which I mean scientist paychecks, however, has profited enormously. America’s National Science Foundation has declared the science settled, and makes it very very very clear in their calls for research that anything alarmist is strongly desired and that alarmist results are far more likely to secure additional funding. Even though the US government is on its knees financially, this nonsense is funded. Alarmism “works” for the “scientific community.”

    The actual funding ration is 1000 to 1 in favor of alarmists. “Qui bono?” and “follow the money” are classic ideas when trying to ascertain why something is wrong.

    When we can get comprehension of this across to the general public, alarmism will stop and real actual science will be restored.
    – See more at: http://notrickszone.com/2014/02/14/the-real-motivation-behind-prp-journal-shutdown-exposed-it-challenged-ipcc-science/#comment-918266

  47. R. de Haan says:

    I wonder how you can not play the man?

    He has a Dr. in front of his name turning science into propaganda thus supporting the Obama policy which will wreck the entire economy.
    He’s a snake oil salesman.

    You reap what you sow and BS is BS.

  48. Admad says:

    There’s none so stupid…

  49. Speed says:

    In a post title that asked, “Why does the Seattle Times and other media misinform the public about climate change?” Cliff Mass had a few words about Dr. Kaku and main stream media …

    Nothing that Dr. Kaku said made sense. He proposed the bucket theory of climate change. There is no basis for his claims in in theory or observations. His bucket analog seems silly. But a major network [CBS] seems to be taking the global warming/cold wave hypothesis hook, line, and sinker. Kind of sad, really.
    [ ... ]
    In summary, there is an extraordinary amount of hype, misinformation, and exaggeration occurring in the media these days about cold waves and climate change. Global warming will reduce the frequency of cold waves and increase the frequency of heat waves. The existence of cold waves, even the large numbers of cold waves this year, says nothing about whether global warming will occur in the future.

    One thing is clear, media misinformation about this topic is undermining the credibility of the scientific community, promulgating false information to the public, and serves as a great aid to those who deny global warming will be a serious threat later in this century.

    http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-does-seattle-times-and-other-media.html

  50. David G says:

    Most dogs & cats practice better ‘mind control’ than anyone you can name. But, with signal non locality, there is telepathy and all the rest just like in the real world, Anthony. That’s why big money is spent on black projects studying and using these phenomena. The next Einstein will have a theory of gravity and consciousness.

  51. glenncz says:

    In one of Kaku’s books he has a chapter on how “we” will likely one day build a stairway to space, so people can take a walk to space.

  52. Gary Pearse says:

    steve says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

    “Kaku is hardly cuckoo. …is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.”

    This is what we are talking about. String theory, dark matter – these are silly patches on science that we don’t want modified. Like climate science. look at all the patches to try to preserve a high ECS and a central role for CO2. Now we are searching the deep oceans for 17 years of heat that isn’t there; finding that bitter cold is caused by global warming; the Ship of fools were victims of global warming that set the ice upon them and froze them into the ice – it was worse than they thought, although I think the fools retracted the word thought; as with climate charlatans and clowns, they get singled out for prestigious awards – Conman Gleick, Upside down TiljanderMann, SoF Turney, World Gov IPCC, climate AlGoreithms, Obama with a Nobel bribe, Slingo (order of the BE for consistently getting the BE weather disordered).

  53. DirkH says:

    glenncz says:
    February 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    “In one of Kaku’s books he has a chapter on how “we” will likely one day build a stairway to space, so people can take a walk to space.”

    That should do wonders for the obesity problem.

  54. Ben U. says:

    “but I don’t espouse mind control or telekinetics. I stay rooted in real things” – Anthony

    Unless Kaku is telling different stories at different venues, he doesn’t mean any paranormal abilities, but instead means technological abilities. He’s saying it in an attention-grabbing way, and would probably cite Clarke’s ‘law’ that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Here’s Kaku explaining what he means by telepathy: http://bigthink.com/videos/x-ray-vision-and-telepathy-already-exist-2 . Whether he oversells the potential to simulate telepathy is another question.

  55. DirkH says:

    steve says:
    February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am
    “Kaku is hardly cuckoo. …is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.”

    String theory is indistinguishable from gibberish.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstrous_moonshine

  56. Jimbo says:

    All this talk of weird weather is actually weird batshit. Don’t fall for it, reach for you back pocket, you are about to be conned again.

  57. ROM says:

    More than anything the internet has exposed most of the scientific establishment to the glare of public exposure .
    What was once hidden behind the closed doors of the scientific establishment is now being exposed through the pervasiveness of the internet to open wide spread public scrutiny and the scientific establishment as a whole is not coming out of that scrutiny at all well.

    For nearly a century science has been regarded by the public as something to held in the highest possible regard with little to apparently blemish it’s reputation.

    Some in science who have few personal scruples, ethics or morals as is the case in any other profession, have played very successfully upon this high public regard and have taken the oppurtunity with both hands to try and impose their own personally held and often moronic ideologies onto the political process in an attempt to have their own personal beliefs and ideology imposed upon policy and the public at large.

    Now we are seeing that the scientific establishment has just as many kooks, wierdo’s and warped personalities and as much stupidity, corruption, fraud and scamming as any other industry or profession.
    Science as seen in the open light of public exposure is no different in intent or purpose or intent than any other professional pursuit,
    In fact science is worse it that it repeatedly claims to be morally and ethically above the dirt and dreck of the common desire for wealth, influence and power and that it only pursues a higher purpose, that of improving the human lot, a claim that has been repeatedly negated and repudiated by the very acts, pronouncements and admissions of many scientists themselves.

    Science in the future will be increasingly held just as accountable and just as responsible for it’s honesty and ethical standards it adheres to as any other profession.
    And just as responsible and just as accountable for the outcomes of it’s actions and claims as any other sector or profession in our society.

  58. EO Peter says:

    @Anthony

    “I built a 15 Mev cyclotron in 1975 (powered by my dad’s welder) and went to the National Science Fair with it, …”

    Please, some day post details on this dream toy you made. My dad had a welding shop and I had access to some very big welding machine & done lots of crazy things w/t them (it was a good thing these were adequately “foolproof”).

    But a cyclotron put me in jalousy mode BIG TIME!

  59. Howarth Rowe says:

    Finally people are starting to out this guy. He really is a nut bag. Do you know where the most dangerous place to stand is? Between Kaku and a Television camera.

  60. David G says:

    I should have added that Kaku is a [.... .... .... ....], physcs has little to do with anything he does.

    [trimmed. Mod]

  61. EO Peter says:

    from David G:
    “That’s why big money is spent on black projects studying and using these phenomena.”

    Don’t fall into this easy trap of dirt thrown at the eyes. UFO, telepathy, Kaku’s fantasy & etc distract you from the far more disturbing subject being actively researched with lots of success. Being myself normally not fearfull of new “werdy” technological advance, this one make me sh.. in my pant!

    This is about the recent advance in the field of quantum entanglement. The famous “spooky action at a distance” have been demonstrated real & useable. I have seen several paper about REAL labs experiments at using this effect to scan the unscannable. It now seem possible to get information thru time and dimension. In other words it seem they have finally began to understand and play havoc w/t reality. More disturbing is the fact that it give credibility to the most crazy possible explanation for spooky unexplainable effects; that there must exist an infinity of parallel worlds w/t just small difference between them and the gravity being able to act across these world barrier.

    Not long ago, the cie Lockeed Martin has patented a Quantum Radar, and there is multiple reports of working Quantum Imager experiments. Just imagine what really those black project has acheived in secret.

  62. Rich Lambert says:

    Be wary of people who speak authoritatively.

  63. TRM says:

    Luke Warmist says: February 14, 2014 at 11:31 am
    steve says: February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am
    …..and is one of the co-authors of superstring theory.
    =================
    Note standard model folks spewing coffee and soda at screens….

    Good one Luke. I really don’t care what a person has for credentials. I care about if they are correct or wrong. Can they prove their point? Can someone else disprove it? In the good doctor’s position on climate it is NO and YES.

    By the way I’m on the fence on string theory. Nice but if it can’t be tested then it falls to belief. While impressive and possible it has a long long way to go.

  64. Graham says:

    He obviously likes to put his name on things that are tricky to disprove to guarantee a steady income under media spotlight. String theory (probably >50 years steady income before they can build a big enough LHC.) Effects of Fukushima radiation on west coast health (>30 years because causes of cancer are never certain) Climate Change (indefinite because every possible weather event hot or cold is attributed to it.) Telepathy and telekinesis (indefinite because how do you disprove something you can’t ever reproduce! Like disproving existence of God!)

  65. Aphan says:

    Craig-zootcadillac:

    First, my apologies for insinuating that you are not a regular poster here. I do not recall seeing your “nom de plume”, nor any of your numerous explanations for using one, prior to today.

    Second, we apparently do not agree on what the term “free speech” means. I don’t really care.

    Third, I know exactly what a strawman is. So ,either you made an irrational comment about the behavior of a non sentient, inanimate website destination (WUWT), or the comment that you are “disturbed about WUWT” because “there seems to be too much “playing the man and not the ball” was to insinuate, without producing any valid evidence to support it, that the posters at WUWT as a group, are more intent on attacking the people responsible for certain arguments, than they are those arguments. I believe that such an insinuation is a “misrepresentation of an opponent’s position”-a strawman. You are forgiven.

    I objected to that because I feel it’s not wise to pretend to be able to read people’s minds or discern their intentions. Not just because it’s impossible, but also because most people will think you are either crazy arrogant, or just crazy. That you not only worked yourself into being “disturbed” about what you think “seems to be”, but feel it your duty to inform everyone here that you have reached such a state, is several steps even closer to crazy.

    I find it amusing that you presume to know what my attitude is about anything. I find it hilarious that you didn’t stop there, but that you ran gleefully into the arms of “being fair” and “pointing out” that you can also foretell the outcome of some imaginary encounter where I “come at you” with that presumed attitude in some kind of debate frenzy. I have several suggestions about where you can put that arse-umption.

  66. TRM says:

    EO Peter says: February 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm
    This is about the recent advance in the field of quantum entanglement.

    “We have stuff out in the desert that is 50 years ahead of anything you can imagine” – Ben Rich

    Some very “spooky at any distance” stuff going on. I’ve always been curious about which of the options in Bell’s theorum, non-locality or non-realism or non-freedom, are going to win out.

  67. Steve from Rockwood says:

    One of my university profs (an expert and well published in upper mantle geophysics) had a side hobby which he pursued with great vigor. He believed that earthquakes emitted light sources that were mistaken as UFOs. He was invited to a conference in Zurich to present his ideas.

    “I’ll arrive a few days before my presentation. Zurich is a lovely city. I will deliver my paper and then take a holiday with my family in the Alps for 4 or 5 days. It is a great break from my normal work” (as I recall our conversation).

    I caught on pretty fast that he may not have believed in earthquake UFOs but he certainly believed in Swiss conferences. I suspect Kaku also enjoys diversions from his normal (often tedious and boring) work.

  68. glenncz says:
    February 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    In one of Kaku’s books he has a chapter on how “we” will likely one day build a stairway to space, so people can take a walk to space.

    Makes perfect sense. A space staircase would have to be tethered at geosync to be stable. Geosynchronous orbit is a mere 22236 miles (1408872960 inches (the lack of rounding here is because I think it’s funny)) up. A normal stair riser is 7 inches, & a person can easily average 2 stairs per second for an extended climb (source), thus 14in/s, so at a good clip, with no rest at all you could reach the edge of space (62 miles, or 3928320 inches, or 561189 steps up) in 78 hours, or so. You could reach the orbit of the ISS (its perigee is about 260 miles, or 16.5 million inches, or a little less than 2.4 million steps up) at a brisk run in 327 hours (13 days 15 hours). All the way up to geosync at the sort of pace a Japanese officer working^H^H^Hsupervising in Bataan would be pleased at would only take some 28,000 hours (3 years, 2 months, & a few stray days). If you sleep instead of climb, you’re only delaying your eventual gratification. Don’t sleep.

  69. tgasloli says:

    Superstrings theory is just like Climate science–unverifiable, unfalsifiable, designed to cover up the basic fact that the universe has too little mass and too little energy for the big bang theory to be correct. In the ranking of junk science first comes sociology, then economics, then astrophysics, then climate science.

  70. Bill Adams says:

    I’ve never had much use for Dr. Kaku, but I think you guys have jumped the gun on this one. All that stuff about telepathy and telekinesis is just a marketing blurb. At a closer look the book is actually about technological and medical (not paranormal) devices for reading various electromagnetic impulses within the brain and for using these readings to direct prosthetics or other machines (hence mind over matter, get it?) , etc. In addition to this med tech, which really does already exist, there’s some science fiction speculation about backing up mental data in the future that may be much less likely, but is still coming from a possible scientific standpoint. Kaku has always been a media whore, but just as I would never expect him to get on the wrong side of NPR’s core audience on warmism (which will only applaud his sloppy stupid remarks on the winter), I don’t believe he intends to throw away his NPR credit as a hard science guy — he wouldn’t be able to speak for their “consensus” if he really embraced the paranormal. He won’t.

  71. Berényi Péter says:

    I have noticed I could move remote objects like my feet or hands with the power of my mind. With a stick I can reach even farther. In a car I can do truly marvellous things, I can teleport myself to far away locations at high speed, even my loved ones on their request. The latter must be an evil deed though, because it is destroying climate.

  72. Count_to_10 says:

    tgasloli says:
    February 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    “Superstrings theory is just like Climate science–unverifiable, unfalsifiable, designed to cover up the basic fact that the universe has too little mass and too little energy for the big bang theory to be correct. In the ranking of junk science first comes sociology, then economics, then astrophysics, then climate science.”

    String theory is about unifying high-energy particle physics, and is only tangentially related to the energy balance of the universe. The only issue with the energy balance is that high energy physics hasn’t worked out an explanation for for the observed dark, dark energy, or inflaton. Cosmology is fairly well worked out.

  73. Silver ralph says:

    Kookoo Kaku
    This is consistent with the 100 year floods, 100 year forest fires, 100 year droughts that we seem to have every few years.
    ____________________________________

    Kookoo, my old chum, if these are 100-year events then they cannot be cause by AGW. Manmade warming was only supposed to have started in 1975-ish. If these are centennial climatic events, then blame Sol, Luna or Gaia, not man.

    R

  74. Eric Gisin says:

    A couple things from Wikipedia about Kaku:
    He was influenced in college by the radical-left Pacifica Radio (Democracy Now)
    He appears on Art Bell’s Coast to Coast radio (UFOs, conspiracy theories)

    His upcoming book due in 11 days already has plenty of “good reviews” on Amazon. Nobody seems to criticize his fringe psychology: paranormal, quantum consciousness, uploading your brain. http://www.amazon.com/The-Future-Mind-Scientific-Understand/dp/038553082X

  75. Ben U. says:
    February 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    “but I don’t espouse mind control or telekinetics. I stay rooted in real things” – Anthony

    Unless Kaku is telling different stories at different venues, he doesn’t mean any paranormal abilities, but instead means technological abilities. He’s saying it in an attention-grabbing way, and would probably cite Clarke’s ‘law’ that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Here’s Kaku explaining what he means by telepathy: http://bigthink.com/videos/x-ray-vision-and-telepathy-already-exist-2 . Whether he oversells the potential to simulate telepathy is another question.

    I’ve perfected matter teleportation! (I pick up a box of stuff & carry it)

    I can also demonstrate conclusive proof that aliens are real! (Jozë here was born in Hungary, but he lives in Cincinnati now)

    Oswald didn’t kill Kennedy! (the bullet from his rifle did)

    The moon landing was orchestrated by a conspiracy! (of government employees who sent a lander to the moon on a rocket)

    Nah, I’m not some crackpot using flim-flam words to attract attention, trust me.

  76. Geoff says:

    I’ve seen this person in grabs on one of the science channels we see in Australia. I had no idea who he is. He spouts inanities like “it started with the Big Bang and the rest is in your hands” …. Um, ok, thanks.

  77. ch says:

    If the pole is so warm as Kaku says, shouldn’t the pole be sending us hot air, not rigid air as it is happening?

    What are the polar temps and what temp changes have occurred?

  78. Leslie says:

    This reminds me of the Quantum Activist.

  79. William McClenney says:

    The problem here, Dr. Kaku, is that we are expected to assimilate as “anomalous” supposed Anthropogenic Warmings that get nowhere near the low-end estimates of sea level rise at the terminus of the last interglacial, the Eemian:

    http://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@sci/@eesc/documents/doc/uow045009.pdf

    http://lin.irk.ru/pdf/6696.pdf

    Dr. Kaku, you have got to at least BEST the minimum estimate of sea level rise (+6M amsl) just to clear the low-end error bar for sea level rise at the end of the last interglacial!

    And that doesn’t get you anywhere near anomalous! You’ve got to be somewhere near twice background to be anomalous!

    So what is end extreme interglacial sea level anomalous?

    Well, if the last end extreme interglacial scored somewhere between +6 to +52 meters amsl, then the median level, at the very least, might be somewhere near +21.3M amsl….

    http://www.researchgate.net/publication/240752030_A_sustained_21_m_highstand_during_MIS_11_(400_ka)_direct_fossil_and_sedimentary_evidence_from_Bermuda._Quaternary_Science_Reviews_28_271-285/file/9c96051c7177e8b1b2.pdf

    which may have been the sea level highstand during the last eccentricity minima extreme interglacial…… ~400kyrs ago, or 4 glacial/interglacials ago.

    If there is anything close to being a “whopper” here it would have to be that something which falls awfully close to the median value of global warmings estimated to have occurred during the phases of interglaciations which have populated mid-Brunhes time to present would, in any way, be anomalous.

    If, in the past four interglaciations, sea level rose between less than 1 order of magnitude (+6.0/+0.59=10+) to almost 2 orders of magnitude (+52/+0.59=88+ [times]) present, what, in your mind, would constitute an anomaly?

    At the end of all the prognostications, this is still nothing more than a simple signal to noise ratio problem. Even at 10% of background there are no anthropogenic signals that have ever been deemed anywhere near anomalous! And that is your best case!

    Not even “…and now a word from our sponsors” should be able to get you past the lowest thinking hominid.

    But wait……………

  80. Gunga Din says:

    As long as he’s part of “The Consensus” he must be OK………………

  81. Gunga Din says:

    Geoff says:
    February 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I’ve seen this person in grabs on one of the science channels we see in Australia. I had no idea who he is. He spouts inanities like “it started with the Big Bang and the rest is in your hands” …. Um, ok, thanks.

    ============================================================
    Does he have hair on his palms?

  82. sophocles says:

    “… and the cuckoo singeth clear: Kaku! Kaku!”

  83. OLD DATA says:

    Count_to_10 says:
    February 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Cosmology is fairly well worked out.
    _____________________________

    Cosmetology is also well worked out.

  84. Dr. Strangelove says:

    I read Kaku’s books. My favorite is Physics of the Impossible. This should describe his take on global warming and extreme cold weather – the physics is impossible. Michio, you are a bright theoretical physicist but stick to subjects you know: string theory, parallel universes, science fiction. Maybe you’ve mistaken global warming for science fiction. Or maybe it wasn’t a mistake.

  85. TBear says:

    Wish I could laugh at this, but we are wasting 1billion a day on this crap and apparently these bat crazy idiots don’t care. Epic disgrace of historic proportion.

  86. Ed Zuiderwijk says:

    Learned men who talk about time travel (through worm holes) and telekinesis are simply past their sell by date.

  87. Ed Zuiderwijk says:

    tgasloli says:
    February 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    “In the ranking of junk science first comes sociology, then economics, then astrophysics, then climate science.” As an astrophysicist by training I object to its inclusion in the list.

    Perhaps this scheme is helpful:

    – The Physicist needs a lab, instruments, a computer, a desk and a wastepaper basket.
    – The Astrophysicist needs instruments, a computer, a desk and a wastepaper basket.
    – The Cosmologist needs a computer, a desk and a wastepaper basket.
    – The Mathematician needs a desk and a wastepaper basket.
    – The Climatologist only needs a wastepaper basket.

    Cheers.

  88. DirkH says:

    Count_to_10 says:
    February 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    “Cosmology is fairly well worked out.”

    Oh that’s a good one. Because I recently found the timeline of cosmologies.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_cosmological_theories
    Well, actually there’s even another list that may or may not be disjunct:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmology

    One could say, the field of cosmology flourishes. Or maybe “The science is settled.”.

  89. Big Don says:

    I won’t argue one way or the other about Kaku’s intelligence, but I will say that any “scientist” who presents his/her hypotheses as being anything like established conclusions without completion of the step of experimental confirmation, either doesn’t understand the scientific method, or has allowed his/her ego to cause them to forget it.

    And as far as “We” think — Did he have a mouse in his pocket when he made the statement?

  90. beng says:

    Kookoo needs to stick to cosmology. Scientists can be notorious showing their butts when venturing outside their expertise.

  91. David Wells says:

    Scientology, minority report maybe Tom Cruise is a visionary after all? The real problem here is that meteorological butchering is paying this guys mortgage then meteorology will continued to be butchered and science and physics and logic and reality and data they are meaningless epithets to those who believe and characteristically link every event on the planet to support their chosen belief like the UKIP guy who said that the reason for all of the rain on the Somerset Levels was because Cameron approval of gay marriage, well it might be true but maybe not. After listening to Prince Charles I am no longer sure of anything other than that if there is a headless chicken brigade then hew would know exactly how to recognise them, just look in the mirror Charlie Boy.

  92. Tom in Florida says:

    tgasloli says:
    February 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    “In the ranking of junk science first comes sociology, then economics, then astrophysics, then climate science.”

    The big difference is that sociology, economics and climate science all have an agenda: to control people and money.

  93. Big Don says:

    Darn it Anthony – If I come home and find that my son has ruined my welder, I’m gonna blame you! He’d better stay away from my evacuation pump too! :)

  94. Bill Taylor says:

    parallel universes? time travel? since the UNIverse means EVERYTHING that exists how is it possible to have more than ONE everything? clue = it isnt…..any other verses YOU can thinko f IF they exist ARE part of this single UNIverse……

    time travel in a PHYSICAL way requires there be two earths and 2 sets of the same people at different ages…….

    there is only ONE universe, and physical time travel is SILLY, you CANT travel to a place that does NOT exist, ONLY the present exists, the past no longer exists and the future does not yet exist.

    my credentials? only a BS degree from college, but clearly far more SENSE, than most well paid “scientists”.

  95. Name is changed to protect the innocent says:

    My extended family is conservative and rejects the global warming nonsense. Many objective brainiacs. Research featured in encyclopedias and serious journals. Our experience over multiple generations is that telepathy (communication between brains) is indisputably a fact of life for some people. I recently sat with the head of an academic research consortium who participates in remote viewing games. To astonishing effect. None of these people would ever publicly broach this subject because of the mockery and pillorying that is de rigueur among otherwise reasoned intelligent people when encountering those who believe that we are connected in ways that – to this point – have no scientific explanation.

  96. Stephen Richards says:

    Sagan-like.

  97. John Robertson says:

    I disagree with the ad hominem comments that are presented here against Prof. Kaku from many people including Anthony (I’m particularly disappointed in that). After all the attacks made on skeptics by the warmist/alarmist crowd it is sad to see a series of responses that only feeds their claims that skeptics often have nothing positive to add to the debate.
    Let’s debate Prof. Kaku’s claim, not his other beliefs – or do we now criticize beliefs/religion/ethnicity/roots? What does this have to do with his claim that global warming is responsible to record cold weather? I have trouble accepting that one by the way…Maxwell’s Demon at work?
    I used to be interested in parapsychology however that ended in my early 20s when I ran into folks like James Randi and others who convinced me that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Haven’t seen any conclusive proof yet, but still interested enough to keep an open mind on the subject (a bit). Heck no one really knows what consciousnesses is – so maybe String Theory is relevant.
    With respect to climate models that fail to match the current hiatus in temperature increase I suggest that these models are making similar claims as parapsychology did back in the 50s and 60s and now require extraordinary proof to be acceptable as valid. One can hindcast climate patterns via computer models endlessly, but if they don’t deal with the current reality then they are simply smoke and mirrors.
    (I was only trying to build organic dye lasers when I was a kid…)

  98. Anna Keppa says:

    “….that there must exist an infinity of parallel worlds w/t just small difference between them….”

    If that’s true , then in one of those infinite worlds I must be immortal. Right?

    So can someone put me in touch with that world?

  99. Aphan says:

    John,

    Ad hominem attacks are characterized not just by criticism of the person in question, but by the attack focusing on some characteristic or item about the person in question that is NOT RELEVANT to the issue in question.

    For example-Prof. Kaku’s opinion on climate science can’t be trusted because one of his earliest mentors was Ed Teller, a man who loved making nuclear weapons. (ad hominem)

    It IS perfectly acceptable to be suspicious about a theoretical scientist being chosen to speak on global warming/climate change instead of an experimental scientist who specializes in climate. Kaku is popular and engaging and easy to understand, and I have no problem with such a person being asked to comment IF they have also displayed an honest and accurate degree of logic and skill in the climate science area.

    Anthony posted a summary of an article posted at Climate Depot, and included statements by other climate scientists that indicate that Kaku has NOT displayed an accurate degree of logic or skill in the climate science area. Kaku’s own statements, made in the CBS interview and others PROVES that he’s clearly on the consensus bandwagon and that he likes to spew sound bites about the climate rather than actual scientific evidence. From the CBS interview-

    KAKU: “Well, the wacky weather could get even wackier. What we’re seeing is that the jet stream and the polar vortex are becoming unstable. Instability of historic proportions. Now think of the polar vortex as a bucket, a swirling bucket of cold air. However, the walls are weakening. Cold air is spilling out, spilling out over the walls of the bucket. And the question is, why? Why is this polar vortex weakening? We think it’s because of the gradual heating up of the North Pole. The North Pole is melting.”

    ROSE: “Global warming.”

    KAKU: “That excess heat — that excess heat generated by all this warm water is destabilizing this gigantic bucket of cold air, weakening this low pressure region, causing cold air to spill out over the United States. So that’s the irony, that heating could cause gigantic storms of historic proportions.”

    What excess heat generated by all of what warm water??? How can heat “hidden in the deep oceans” be affecting AIR currently in the jet stream? How can a scientist call the STILL incredibly cold water at the North Pole “warm”? The North Pole melts (and refreezes) all the time! And how the world of logic would the “weakening walls” of a “bucket of swirling cold air” cause that cold air to spill out OVER the walls of that bucket? His analogy doesn’t even make sense scientifically.

    THAT, and other wacky statements made by the man about CLIMATE science NATURALLY RESULTS in intelligent, logical people questioning the REST of his statements about OTHER science. Here, guest blogger Doriangrey at Blogmocracy already said it better:

    “One of if not the primary reason that actual genuine scientists are so careful not to do what Dr. Shockley and now Dr Kaku have done, is that once you step outside your field of expertise and start making pronouncement while clinging to the mantle of your expertise, is that now having proven that you lack a fundamental grasp of the most basic of logic, it cast doubts upon any work that you might have accomplished in your field of expertise. In other words, if this individuals can make this significant and profound of an error in logic how can the veracity of any of his work be considered valid, without it being examined in excruciatingly detail.

    Everything Dr Kaku has ever done in the field of physics has basically been cast into doubt. If he lacks the fundamental grasp of logic that should have prevented him from falling into the appeal to authority logic fallacy, then where else has his failure in logic led to his making unfounded and egregious assertions based on similar failures in basic logic.”

    http://www.theblogmocracy.com/2014/02/14/you-can-now-add-dr-michio-kaku-to-the-imbecile-list/#sthash.2O8B64ld.dpuf

    “After all the attacks made on skeptics by the warmist/alarmist crowd it is sad to see a series of responses that only feeds their claims that skeptics often have nothing positive to add to the debate.”

    Logical fallacies-appeal to emotion (sad-disappointed) appeal to consequences/ slippery slope argument- “Come on guys, I think (opinion) that some of you are being “mean” to Prof. Kaku as a person outside of his “scientific” position (no evidence) and because of that, some people might think that one of the alarmists clearly illogical claims about skeptics is really true.”

    Since when has it been a rule that in a debate, either side has to “add something positive” to that debate? What does that claim even mean?

  100. Aphan says:

    Bill Taylor-
    That’s why in theoretical physics they use the word “Multi-verse” or Metaverse to imply that there may be many universes. And yes, the prefix “uni” does mean “one”. But it does NOT naturally follow that it always and absolutely means THE ONLY ONE of something.

    For example-the word unicycle. If I see a unicycle, common sense does not require me to believe that it is the ONLY-ONE cycle in existence. Does the word “uniform”-mean that there is only “ONE-form”? You and I can both be wearing a different “uniform”, or even identical uniform(s), without believing that no other uniforms exist. In fact, that would be silly.

    So when I say our “universe”, I mean everything contained within the parameters or boundaries of that “one verse”. Now, I have no idea if there are OTHER verses that exist outside of our own, nor do I really care. But if there were a bunch, it would still make sense to say “This applies in MY universe, and that applies in THEIR universe” without using the word improperly.

    (I have no credentials)

  101. Aphan says:

    Anna-
    “If that’s true , then in one of those infinite worlds I must be immortal. Right?
    So can someone put me in touch with that world?”

    Why? Do you need to talk to yourself? :) LOL
    Teasing, but seriously…why would you need/want to contact the other, immortal you? Just curious…

  102. Bill Taylor says:

    lol, love being corrected, unicycle means ONE wheeled like Bicycle means 2 wheeled…..in the case at hand UNIverse means ONE totality of everything that exists….there simply CANT be anything outside that UNIverse.

    we need to rewrite the meanings of words if so called “scientists” wont use the accepted definitions, then communication ceases.

    btw WHERE exactly would these infinite number of other verses be located in the physical reality of the UNIverse?

    and what makes them NOT part of everything?

    not saying other things dont exist that we have not discovered i think there are an almost infinite number of things we dont know about in fact, but when and as we discover them they still ARE part of the universe..

  103. Rick K says:

    From the CBS interview…
    KAKU: “Well, the wacky weather could get even wackier. What we’re seeing is that the jet stream and the polar vortex are becoming unstable. Instability of historic proportions. Now think of the polar vortex as a bucket, a swirling bucket of cold air. However, the walls are weakening. Cold air is spilling out, spilling out over the walls of the bucket. And the question is, why? Why is this polar vortex weakening? We think it’s because of the gradual heating up of the North Pole. The North Pole is melting.”
    —————————
    What freaking North Pole melting is he talking about?!? On what planet?!?
    There’s 14.8 million square kilometers of frozen ice in the Arctic at this moment!!
    Ow! Make him stop!

  104. Aphan says:

    Bill-

    I KNOW that the word unicycle means ONE wheeled-to be correct, the Greek/Latin means “circle” not wheel. Bicycle means 2 circles. Yes. BUT, if you and I came upon a group of 4 unicycles, would you say “Look, a group of unicycles” or would you say “Look, a quadracycle!”. You’d say a group of unicycles, because those four circles/wheels are still on 4 individual vehicles, they have not been combined to create one vehicle with four wheels.

    The Latin words from which we today derive “verse” are “vorsum, versum-which come from the word vertere- which meant-something rotated/turned, rolled, changed. The French took the words uni and vertere and combined them to mean “all things rolled into one” “all things turned into one”.

    (The Latin word for “all things” is omnia. The Greek word is panton.)

    Now, because we haven’t yet been able to reach the outter boundaries of our “universe”, which supposedly originated from one BIG BANG, we have ZERO proof that there haven’t been other “bangs” or that there are not other “universes” like ours out there separated from ours by some kind of boundary between them. In fact, if it is truly impossible to create or destroy matter, and where our universe currently resides was supposedly “empty” before that bang, where did all the “matter” that filled that empty space COME FROM before it was here? It has to have existed SOMEWHERE before it became our universe. And the universe is expanding….into what? Can “space” exist before it becomes the “space” inside our universe?

    My point is not to argue the possibility of all things with you. My point was that it is perfectly logical to think that if we discovered OTHER universes, we wouldn’t change what we call OUR universe to something else. We’d simply come to understand that there was an actual physical boundary in which each universe exists.

  105. Zeke says:

    David Wells says:
    February 15, 2014 at 9:17 am “The real problem here is that meteorological butchering is paying this guys mortgage then meteorology will continued to be butchered and science and physics and logic and reality and data they are meaningless epithets to those who believe and characteristically link every event on the planet to support their chosen belief like the UKIP guy who said that the reason for all of the rain on the Somerset Levels was because Cameron approval of gay marriage…”

    Perhaps you would prefer men who claim their mothers are aliens (Labor), or dabbling in explosives and prison time (Green) or Na-i stag parties (Tory).

    And now, Nigel Farage of UKIP with the weather:

  106. Bill Taylor says:

    “all things turned into one” that is where you took this, and now you are saying there is something more than ALL????

  107. Zeke says:

    Name is changed to protect the innocent says:
    February 15, 2014 at 10:41 am “My extended family is conservative and rejects the global warming nonsense. Many objective brainiacs. Research featured in encyclopedias and serious journals. Our experience over multiple generations is that telepathy (communication between brains) is indisputably a fact of life for some people. I recently sat with the head of an academic research consortium who participates in remote viewing games. To astonishing effect. None of these people would ever publicly broach this subject because of the mockery and pillorying that is de rigueur among otherwise reasoned intelligent people when encountering those who believe that we are connected in ways that – to this point – have no scientific explanation.”

    There are several ways one could categorize what appears to be telepathy.
    1. synchronous events
    2. nonverbal communication
    3. recursive experience
    4. lifelong bonds tending to cause similarities
    5. similarities between thinking patterns may result in simultaneous experiences

    And in any case, the earliest findings show that those who claim to be telepathic are usually not, while those who do not give it any thought do display what appears to be telepathy. Telepathy in that sense is a non-conscious process. Any attempt to direct it consciously results in guesses, hunches, suspicions, imaginings, intuitions and conjectures. Much hay can be made of this by gurus though. That is probably why people do not want to talk about it. The chances of misattribution and delusory evidence are extremely high.

    And as for synchrony, the other word for that is Providence.

  108. Name is changed to protect the innocent says:

    Zeke. Truly. Yours is an elegant response. You are a man possessed of a keen and disciplined mind.
    And I think that your opinions, once formed, are not easily swayed.
    Therefore I will not frustrate you or myself by relating the events and anecdotes that my family considers conclusive proof of real telepathy – to your furrowed-brow scrutiny. You are missing some poignant, funny and sometimes unsettling tellings. Perhaps we may both live long enough to see this controversial subject settled.
    That is my last word on this matter.

  109. Aphan says:

    Bill-
    “all things turned into one” that is where you took this, and now you are saying there is something more than ALL????”

    I said the French took the two words that meant something different, and turned them into that. If the term was fully Latin, it would be Uniomnia. If it was fully Greek, it would be Unipanton. You must have missed that part.

    Now, you DO see the concept that ALL of the THINGS in this universe, could be totally separate from ALL the things in another, right? That ALL of the parts of one unicycle, do not constitute ALL of the parts of every unicycle that exists. Right? That ALL that we know to exist in our universe, does NOT constitute proof that NO OTHER universes exist (where the people in them might also think their universe is ALL that exists)?

    Because if this concept eludes you, as simply as I have tried to explain it, then anything else I could say is futile.

    All the best (which, just so you know, you should not take to mean that I mean ALL of everything that exists everywhere in or out of this universe)

  110. Bill Taylor says:

    lol, i always understood talk of multiverses is utter foolishness……..no hard feelings…….

  111. Bill Taylor says:

    on unspoken communication the last several years of my fathers life about 75% of the times he called me i answered the phone before it rang because i was picking it up to call him…. present day my wife says the exact words i am about to say before i can say them all the time……..my opinion is we use maybe 10% of what our brains are capable of and unspoken communication in my opinion and experience is very real.

  112. goldminor says:

    Name is changed to protect the innocent says:
    February 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm
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    I believe similar to you. I did not comment on this thread earlier, in part due to reasons that you mention. I have no proof, only stories from the past. Although, in the 60s and a few times since then, I have startled others with my unusual way of knowing. What startled me a bit was that 3 times between 2004 and 2010 when I was living in the SF/Bay Area, I heard a comment from a fellow worker stating vehemently ” get out of my head”. These comments while not directly said to my face, were explicitly meant for me. The person uttering the remark probably felt a bit uneasy making what others might see as a slightly crazy remark. They had all made the comment out loud and with evident vigor and dismay. I knew what they meant, though. I was not directing my thoughts at anyone, nor would I even if I had that much control. These were all cases of fellow workers making this exact remark, which were sparked by intense inner feelings within me. I can be very intense at times. I can give several examples, both from incidents at the local bar which I would frequent after work. One time, I overheard someone at the end of the bar ask their companion ” do you think that he can read our minds”. Another incident, at an Irish bar in SF, where someone further down the bar asked their companion ” how is that we can ‘feel’ this guy”. I can understand that comment, because in my life I have met 2 people who I could sense from a distance. At my mother,s funeral as everyone left the church and came outside, I could fully sense a palpable wave of grief sweep across the crowd of several hundred people that made all who were there sob a bit. Everyone but me. That was because I was grateful that my mother had been released from her pain. I could almost see the wave, though. There is much more that I could add along these lines, but I will end my sharing with ” In the 60s I made several successful journeys. I was allowed to peer past the veil once, as I had made a true search. In 1966 the ‘search’ came to visit me”. Since then I have wandered a bit from the path, only crossing it every now and again. That path is a lonely difficult path especially in this day and age, although the rewards are beyond compare.

  113. TomH says:

    I am reading quite a few knocks against cosmology, above, comparing it to ‘climate science’.
    What the posters perhaps don’t know, is the last 20+ yrs have been a golden age for cosmology with the availability of much precision satellite data of the cosmic background radiation.

    Eg, COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer 1989, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Background_Explorer) and WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 2001, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wmap ).

    That data, combined with much hard data from the sub-nuclear particle accelerators (Fermilab, CERN, etc), puts very tight constraints on the models of the universe’s origin & evolution.

    Currently the best model of the universe’s origin and evolution is the so-called ΛCDM or Lambda-CDM model ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamda_CDM ).

    Sure, there are still many gaps to fill in, but the recent cosmology models have been very succesful in describing the observed parameters of universe as a whole.

    Compare that to climate models, which fail spectacularly to retrodict, let alone predict, anything measurable.

    I’m an engineer by training & profession, not a cosmologist or high energy/theoretical physicist, so I dont have any “dog in this hunt”. But I’ve always had a keen “recreational” interest in these more exotic branches of physics & astrophysics.

  114. milodonharlani says:

    Aphan says:
    February 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    “One” in Greek, Attic or Modern, would be ένας (enas), not Latin unum.

  115. Edohiguma says:

    Since 2011 and the Tohoku quake and tsunami I have zero respect for Kaku. He was sitting in an American TV show, yelled and whined about Fukushima, essentially screaming all is lost without being on the ground and without having any access to the actual data from the meltdowns. Funnily enough, all of that happened when he selling another book. Coincidence? No.

    Looking at Fukushima now… Japanese reporters have been allowed on site and they have not only taken photos of the fuel element basins which already carry fuel elements, but also of parts of the reactors where dismantling is going on and strong. The facility will be dismantled in no time.

    Meanwhile Japan is getting ready to restart at least ten reactors this year. This will make Kaku cry again.

    Good!

  116. Aphan says:

    milodonharlani-

    Thanks for the catch. “One” is also represented in Greek as “mono” or a form of “hen”. Depends on gender/neuter forms too. The numeral “one” is also different from the idea of plural one-such as the two shall become one, or one in heart and mind. Making the Greek closer to monopanton, or enapanton.

    Of course the Greeks, Hebrews and Romans all influenced various words and prefixes and suffixes to our modern English. What a mess it is. :)

  117. Aphan says:

    Bill and Goldminor-
    Thanks for sharing your experiences. The human brain is full of electrical impulses and signals, and we can measure the activity in various parts of the brain in real time. Telepathy could be merely those people whose receptors are naturally more sensitive than others to certain signals etc.

    HSPs (Highly Sensitive People) can literally “feel” the emotions and moods of other people and are often overwhelmed or stressed by crowds of people. Some describe feeling like they “absorb” the sadness or anger from other people, and are adept at “reading” body language without conscious effort. They are also super sensitive to certain fabrics, textures and other stimuli that cause a physical response above that of an otherwise average person. They can be sensitive to loud noises and violence etc. Normal things are amplified in them.

    Doesn’t make them broken or weird or crazy (although a lot of them feel that way until they are diagnosed or understood). Just makes them a human variation we need to learn more about. We all originated from the elements of this planet, and I believe those elements interact and react differently in all of us to some degree.

  118. goldminor says:

    Aphan says:
    February 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    Aphan, thanks for your wise and kind words. I could write a book on my thoughts from that time. Perhaps, I should. A good part of the reason why I live in the mountains has to do with factors which you point out. Let me add a bit more dimension to how I view this aspect hidden within humanity.

    First, there is no question that the mechanism for telepathy exists in at least some of us. A perfect example of this was a story that I came across at newsvine, about 3 years ago. It had to do with a robbery at a supermarket in the UK, if I remember right. A man, eastern European by the look of him possibly Roma, is in line at the checkout stand and is now talking to the cashier. Behind him a woman accomplice creates some extra space between him and other customers in the queue, as you like to say. The man is smiling and appears to say a few words. The cashier, a woman, is smiling and at ease the entire time. Then she opens up the cash register, takes out all of the bills and hands the money to the man. The smiling man probably is saying thanks. The cashier also does the same in return. The man leaves. His accomplice behind him, pushes her cart back into the store and out of the queue and then exits the store. The store has just been robbed. What happened? The clerk was completely exonerated after questioning, and could remember nothing of the man or what she had done. There is a video of this entire exchange.

    Second, the first inkling of unusualness within me started at the age of 6. By the age of 10, I consciously started a ‘search’. By the early 60s, I started receiving the first of what I termed as ‘little gifts’ for my steadfast and honest intent in my inner search. The premier ‘gift’ was a temporary moment of ‘awakening’. The duration of this event varied, but it never lasted for very long, perhaps 5 to 60 seconds. This was an infrequent experience that could take place anywhere, ie…walking down the street, in the classroom, with friends, alone by myself. The experience was as if I had stepped back outside of myself at a specific angle. At that moment, I have full spherical awareness of my surroundings. I am fully aware of all of my random thoughts and processes within the mind. If I happened to be with friends, then I would instantly be fully aware of their surface thoughts, with the potential to look deeper except that I understood that would be a transgression. Although, I would automatically understand where and why their thought was generated, even if the individual did not know the where and why. Then I would slip back inside myself as the awareness ended, but I had glimpsed the moment and the potential. I was always grateful and thankful for being allowed to be completely free for that brief moment. That experience is what complete human awareness can achieve someday in the future. From that experience, I came to consider myself as a partially aware man. Perhaps, one day!!!.

  119. Russell Johnson says:

    This coo coo did hurt his head when he fell from the nest……………………….

  120. dan says:

    Come now, we cant actually believe that James Randi’s chi challenge is even remotely objective, for anyone who’s actually looked into it. He’s not giving ANYONE a million dollars.

    Bashing string theory…ok, but do you have anything else that comes close to reconciling GR & QM? Right, didnt think so.

    Kaku is an indoctrinated quack. I dont care if he’s made any good contributions to string theory – I bought his quantum field theory book and 8 months later it was worth 10% of what I paid for it. I’ve seen enough garbage come out of his mouth that I dont care what he says about absolutely anything, he’s a sensationalist half-scientist.

  121. Steve Hill (from the welfare state of KY) says:

    After all these years, I am amazed that they have lied to me, the earth is flat after all. ;-)

  122. Brian H says:

    Once a scientist leaves the lab and continues his career by theorizing and pontificating, he often becomes delusional and intellectually narcissistic. Mann and Kaku are prime examples, but other examples abound. Even Sagan went a bit dipsy-doodle towards the end.

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