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Quote: "It's a hard truth that no self-respecting physicist would deliberately appear on a show about soulful vampires and a pending Apocalypse, however intelligently written. (Sniffs Jen-Luc, "Really, what would the other physicists think?") End quote.

Greene has, to quote Wikipedia: "Brian Greene also dabbles in acting; he helped John Lithgow with scientific dialogue for the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, and he had a cameo role in the film "Frequency."

Never saw "Frequency" myself, but I might consider it.

BTW, that was a lovely and well-written essay on C.S. Lewis over at the Quarks gallery, though I would say that Lewis, maybe because he experienced death-> euphoria-> death, had a weak will--plain and simple. His take on the more illustrious Cupid & Psyche tale lacks the same "punch" as the original myth, however. Reading reviews on Amazon of "Till We Have Faces?" highlights this. Either way, "The Narnian Chronicles" does make good fantasy juvenile reading, imho, and the lesson of facing the raw truths of ourselves is universal however and by whomever it is written.

Perhaps you will write more non-science essays in the future over at 3 Quarks? They do a fine job of wedding science and the arts, and hey, Brian Greene's second main interest besides spin-thingys is about the psyche. Maybe "Prometheus Bound"...the possibilities are unlimited. :-)

P.S. Don't know what language is here, but it sho ain't HTML. Tried to embed to no avail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupid_and_Psyche
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psyche

Well, the "no physicist would ever..." comment was actually pretty tongue-in-cheek. "Frequency" is a decent enough film with a weak ending; IMHO the concept is more interesting than the execution. Which is still more interesting than some of the dreck that comes out of Hollywood.

Thanks for noticing the 3QD essay. I just started a monthly column for them called "Random Walks"; the first one, called "Past Perfect," was about the San Francisco earthquake and, well, supersymmetry. Really. Didn't manage to work in any science to the C.S. Lewis essay. I have this great Karl Popper quote about how all science begins with myth, but until I can track down which of his works this comes from, and read it in context, I wasn't comfortable mentioning it in the Lewis post.

Which brings me to your comment about the Amazon reviews of "Till We Have Face". Dude -- everyone knows you have to read those things with a very jaundiced eye. :) Half the reviews are written by friends or enemies of the author(s), and a large portion of the remaining half have a clear personal axe to grind. Not that we don't all take shortcuts from time to time (and if I'm rushed, sometimes more often that I'd care to admit). But I'd encourage you to read the book and make your own call.

I haven't figured out how to get Typepad comments to allow HTML embedding. I am a sad excuse for a blogger...

Nice report on the proceedings. I like the EPP2010 public brochure - the whole postcards thing is very cute.

I was also surprised to find a picture of me alone in the lab, at the top of page 19. A Fermilab photographer came to the lab a while back and took a bunch of pictures of me 'at work'. You know, physicist model poses. I was wondering when I'd see one in print!

"Dude -- everyone knows you have to read those things with a very jaundiced eye."

No doubt, especially with politically contentious books it's evident that people comment without reading the darn things. I was referring to the religious folks who found that facing the "court of God," essentially, was some sort of epiphany for them personally after reading the book. (Ok, unfair.) But you're right, I'll just have to try that one for myself.

Thanks for the brochure info, I printed it out, and will read it a lunch. ;-)

So funny to check out the blog early morning Euro-time and read...

"(We are reminded in particular of an episode of Friends, in which Phoebe sets out to do something truly unselfish, but her acts of generosity make her feel good about herself, thereby reducing it to a selfish act.)"

And think to myself, "That's much like that passage in the ScrewTape letters." Which then I go find online.

Screwtape writes, "Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is specially true of humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, "By jove! I'm being humble," and almost immediately pride--pride at his own humility--will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt--and so on, through as many stages as you please."

And then come back 12 hours later and find y'all talking about C.S. Lewis! Spooky.

I've been one of the few members of the "Atheists for C.S. Lewis's Christian Apologist Writings" fan club for some time. Irrespective of your thoughts on his ultimate intentions, it's hard not to appreciate the tightly wound argumentive style in the Great Divorce or the ScrewTape Letters.

Hey, love the blog! I've never heard of a hypothetically complex theory called a "moose" before, but I once heard something about "moose diagrams" -- http://blogs.quantumdiaries.org/33/2005/03/a_moose.html :)

Interestingly, but usually not known, Newton's theory also predicts a bending of light by gravity. However, it predicts about half the bending that Einstein's theory does, and Eddington's measurements during the eclipse were much closer to the predictions of the latter theory.

Commenting on comments (is this a Meta-Comment), in no particular order:

1. Look for Mike to exploit his 15 minutes of fame by posing for the next Studmuffins of Science calendar

2. I didn't know Newton also predicted gravity would bend light; one learns something every day when one has a blog.

3. I'm with Peter that even atheists can appreciate the finer points of Lewis' work; can't blame the man if people insist on having personal epiphanies he never intended. And I should have included a link to my 3QD post to give context to the discussion:
http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/2006/05/random_walks_na.html

>Greene also provided an excellent answer to the inevitable question: why spend billions of taxpayer dollars to construct >a gigantic facility to detect exotic things we can't even observe directly (e.g., the Higgs boson, sparticles, extra >dimensions...)

I hope that sparticles are just like regular particles, only sparcly. If so I'll gladly pony up my share of the billions.

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