|Adapted for the Internet from:
Why God Doesn't Exist
|The Planck Length
stretches and shrinks
Fig. 1 String Logic # 1: Walk the Planck
The shortest length is made of even shorter lengths! The 1-D line is made of 0-D points!
|Yeah, Bill! The Planck Length
stretches! Just like a slinky or the
neck of a giraffe! What's so hard
to understand about that?
1. The string mathematicians point to Exhibit A: a photograph of a straight, 1
Planck-length long, continuous 1D string, the shortest object possible according to
their impeccable calculations. This is already a non-starter because as you can see
the thickness of the string (i.e., its height) is smaller than the alleged smallest length
possible. This defeats their proposal. But let’s continue.
2. The prosecutors next point to Exhibit B and tell the jury that the Planck length
is made of tiny points. (So much for the Planck length!) Magnification of this shortest
of objects also reveals that both the points and the lines are two-dimensional (2D).
Each line and each point has both width and height! That’s why you can see it! (So
much for the 1D!)
3. Finally, the mathematicians break, stretch, coil this shortest, thinnest of objects
(Exhibit C), blatantly encroach on another mathematical dimension, and explain that
they unite it with other strings to form bigger loops (Exhibit D). The fact that we can
break the string anywhere supports their earlier assertions that the shortest of lines
is made of points. So at this juncture you wonder:
Planck length long entity if the mathematicians are going to stretch,
shrink, and bend it at will during the dissertation?”
of the world are a bunch of stupid morons?]