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Pa, sun god by markdow Pa, sun god by markdow
Some North African cultures worshipped the sun, here represented as Pa, the eightfold way FSM. In this mythology Pa originated from an earlier FSM tesselation which broke apart, and after a period of inflation left behind the sun and stars with each having dominion over a region of space. The fused elements of the octet are inseperable and indistinguishable, but the eight flavors are sometimes segregated during rains when Pa is visible.

Some speculate that prehistoric Native Americans (Ancestral Puebloans) also maintained Pastafarian traditions based on similarities of iconography (see, for example, the Zia sun symbol, which represents "perfect friendship among united cultures"). This is disputed, as a link in culture would most likely have required migration between the African and American continents long before ocean going pirate ships are known to exist.

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suedollin Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:rofl: Very funny.
I just hope Pa can handle that dark matter surrounding him, considering it constitutes 95% of the universe. God nor Darwin had to contend with that bit of information.
Maybe if they join all the spaghetti end to end we can determine the cosmological parameters of Pa's universe! Current theory suggest its flat.
Interesting we return to the flat theories espoused by the early Christian religions.
Give me FSMonsterism any day.
And pass the Parmesan. Ta. :D
Dark matter, and now dark energy, have become entrenched components in the standard model of cosmology. I personally prefer steady state (and flat) models, with a modified law of gravity (G dependent on scale). But I can't explain the detailed features of the cosmic microwave background ([link]). String theory is of little or no help, but perhaps there's a good recurrent noodle physics.

I think its a good thing to take current physical models with a grain of salt, or a whole beef flavored packet.

suedollin Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Goodness, you've sent me on a major mission to learn about steady state, flat models, big bang theories and I'm not sure how but now I'm reading about an 'exceptionally simple theory of everything' as proposed by Antony Lisi! [link]
My head is spinning. Not too sure if Lisi's theory is for real, I always thought Deep Thought had found the answer to be 42 in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
Anyway Lisi's diagrammatic representation of E8 is very nice to look at. :D And it will be interesting when and if he gets to test his theory in the new particle accelerator in Sweeden. The sparks will fly!
I think I will stick with my Astronomy magazines, the pictures are easy to follow! ;)

RAmen to you too. :rofl:
I don't think anyone knows whether Lisi's ideas have any relation to reality, but the nice geometric connection is appealing. Particularly when its coming from a surfer dude.

Douglas Adams was no cosmological slouch, a real credit when considering the answer; I particularly admire his "sentient puddle" analogy/though experiment [link] . It's clear that 42 is the answer, but theory of everything (TOE) research is looking for the right question.
suedollin Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi Mark, sorry to take so long to reply. I'm a slow thinker. :shrug:
I would have thought being a surfer dude would diminish Lisi's credibility as a physicist, although notoriety from being a bit of a bohemian scientist might have gained him some attention. I just hope when he tests his TOE (supposedly in the particle accelerator), that he's got his towel with him (with 'Don't Panic' embroidered on) . Arthur Dent got flung to the far reaches of the galaxy, Lisi might get flung to the far reaches of the univierse! :nod:
I like the Sentient Puddle analogy. Very clever. Douglas Adams certainly is no slouch. An interesting man, a life cut way too short.
I think man is also a sentient puddle about things other than religion. Darwin's theories and their interpretations since comes to mind immediately.
The fact that man is trying to find a TOE formula that includes or encompasses all of the accepted physics theories suggests to me we are trying to define the hole that fits the puddle of water.
If a molecule of water is so small it can fit the shape of any hole, maybe all the way to the core of the earth (impossible, I know), so how can there be a formula to meet every contingency, shape or pathway. Bad analogy? Been mulling this over, and can't quite articulate my uneducated thoughts, but I think man tries to over simplify the reality. Big grandiose statements?
Like any puddle it will eventually evaporate and re condense elsewhere in another form, as Adams pointed out. In fact I think I had some in my coffee this morning! :D
parrotdolphin Mar 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're so funny. I've heard of the FSM, but I never knew what It was until I clicked on your link.
That's hard to believe, after seeing your great rendering [link] of the noodly one!
parrotdolphin Mar 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Giggle - The almighty FSM must have been noodling around in my brain when I did that.
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