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Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Update this evening...

Update: I thought I would relate a theory that I've been kicking around for a while concerning weather patterns on Earth.

I'll start by assuming that that when people want something to be true hard enough, it becomes true. This mechanism can be through consensus reality, or appeal to a cosmic entity of some sort (the theory works better by assuming the latter, as I'll get to below).

Now let's see how this might apply to weather. During the winter, people are cold. They want it to become warm, but nonetheless it stays cold for a while. In summer it's the reverse - It's hot and people want to be cool. So what's going on here? Perhaps people don't really get what they want by wishing for it? I wasn't ready to abandon my premise, keeping in mind the old skeptic's hedge, "They say it works even if you don't believe in it." That's when the pattern hit me - people wish for the weather to get warm; six months later it gets warm. They then wish for it to get cold; six months later it gets cold.

It seems clear that we're stuck in a feedback cycle, caused by a delay in the alteration of weather conditions due to our collective wishes. People want warmth in winter and wish for it, and when they don't get it immediately they wish for more. Millions of people ask for more and more heat, and they're asking for more than would make them comfortable if they actually received it, but they don't know this because they're still cold - there's no immediate feedback. Then it all starts getting granted in summer, and they're stunned by the amount of heat they've asked for and ask for cold, unaware that they're only working towards their future discomfort.

I could here lay out a plan for smoothing our harsh seasonal weather by selective mass sedation, but the theory has implications far beyond mere human discomfort. It allows us to determine the approximate location of God/The WeatherBeing!

I'll assume that at maximum, the request for weather change propagates at the speed of light, and likewise the command to change the weather is so limited. This means that The WeatherBeing is no more than three light months out from Earth, or approximately 15000 Astronomical Units away. What's that far out from Earth? The Oort Cloud, a hypothetical area of drifting rocks and ice which is believed to be the source of many comets!

Is The WeatherBeing composed of the Oort Cloud? Does It hurl comets at us from time to time in order to get our attention? These are critical questions which may one day be answered through further "wholesale conjecture". For now, I am content to have had a hand in pointing the Way.

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