News In Brief

Posted on February 13, 2012

Underwater walking

African Lungfish at Greater Vancouver Zoo.It has long been a feeling among paleontologists that the African lungfish, with its odd and lobe-shaped fins, similar to the ancestors of the first verterbrates to walk on land, might be a good model for our ealiest ancestors.

Now, Heather King of the university of Chicago has confirmed previously anecdotal evidence that the fish “walked” along the lake beds where they live. She has filmed the lungfish in motion and found that they do indeed “walk” using their two pelvic fins. This suggests the fins were used for walking before they evolved into the specialised limbs we are more familiar with.

More craziness

Thanks to the folks over at New Scientist, we have discovered a couple of wonderful sites of yet more quantum silliness out there in the wide world. There seems to be an almost never-ending supply of the completely crazy ways the magical nonsense can try to look a little more respectable by including the word “quantum” in their advertising.

Cover of "Matrix-Trilogy [Blu-ray]"

Perhaps the wildest of the claims made by these people can be fount at the Quantum Jumping site which goes slightly further than the usual bonkers claims by promising to show you a quantum method for “jumping between alternate universes” rather like, so it says, in the film The Matrix. Yes, dear readers, the man behind the site – one Burt Goldman who describes himself as “the 83 year old American Monk” – actually claims that his methods will teach you how to jump from this universe into another one where things are better for you!

One particular gem on his site is the advertising video with all the people saying how magical is methods are. We are forced to wonder though why these people feel the need to tell people who are – so he claims – in an entirely different universe from their own how east it is to leave the universe for a better one. And what, we wonder, gets left left behind in your old universe? Do you kick out the previous inhabiant of your “new universe” body to the miserable universe you left behind? Sadly, his website oes not tell us – it is even a little shy about admitting the method learning pack will cost you $97 to start.

Another reader of the magazine told them that he is now the joyful owner of the Quantum Fruitloopery website. Although he says he has no idea why he now owns it, the site does show promise of being a superb place to locate the craziness we so admire here at Changed Times, though unfortunately there is currently only one item shown.

We advise you to bookmark it and keep a close watch.

Homeopathy gone mad

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Although we seem to be getting a little beyond our “Brief” title for this issue, we just cannot leave without mentioning a delightful piece found on our regular wander around the Sites of Special Scientific Hilarity (SSSH). Again, we were beaten to the punch by those folk over at New Scientist, but like them we are sure the homeopathic folk will have their little minds bown by the suggestions at Buy-Once Homeopathy.

In simple terms, what they suggest is that when you get your homeopathic remedy you only use nine-tenths of it… and then you dilute down what is left with water! You just keep on doing that forever, so you only need to buy your “remedy” once and keep using it for as long as you want.

Now, you may have the same issue as we do and think you will end up very quickly just with water in your remedy bottle – but that is what homeopathy is all about after all. Of course, if you are taken in with the homeopathy nonsense you may worry about your remedy getting stronger and stronger since that is the basis of the whole pseudoscience. In either case, we think you should take a look at the site for either a laugh or to allay your concerns.