Late Night: The Cosmos Is Unstable, Professor Over-Proves

 


 
Guess what? The cosmos, like Victoria Jackson and life itself, is probably inherently unstable. Most of us probably already know that instinctively without needing the Large Hadron Collider to prove it.

I once had a teacher in high school, Jim Hosney, who wanted to teach a course in existentialism where there would be no rhyme or reason as to why people got the which grades that day. That concept might not have gone over real well at an all-girl prep school where eating disorders and substance abuse seemed to be part of the curriculum.

Hosney was a brilliant and challenging social history teacher who showed us films like The Beguiled, Weekend, and The Devils. Hosney’s methods thankfully had nothing on this professor of quantum mechanics, apparently a frustrated (and very bad) performance artist, who began his lecture by saying:

in order to learn quantum mechanics, you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain and start over again. … Everything you do in your everyday life is totally opposite of what you are going to learn in quantum mechanics.

 

 

A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background….The professor, Emlyn Hughes, proceeded to redress himself in black, complete with sunglasses, and hug himself on stage at the front of the classroom, a large theater.

As Hughes sat in the fetal position, two “actors” dressed in ninja costumes walked onstage and placed white stuffed animals – lambs – on stools before the audience, according to a student-recorded video of the incident posted on Vimeo.com by “Bwog,” a campus news website run by Columbia students.

The ninjas blindfolded the lambs, then a ninja impaled one of the stuffed animals with a long sword and banged it against the stool – right as an image of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 started rolling on a large screen behind the performance…

After the lamb’s grisly “death” and the images of 9/11, the footage turned into a montage that included clips of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Hitler – as well as numerous shots of war images – tanks rolling, bombs exploding, people hanging upside-down, troops marching, and the like.

 
Weekend, Jean-Luc Goddard:

The Beguiled:

The Devils:

21 Responses to "Late Night: The Cosmos Is Unstable, Professor Over-Proves"
Twain | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:04 pm 1

I don’t even understand this but Victoria Jackson is definitely unstable. What’s with the things she puts in her hair?


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:06 pm 2

Well, bacon monkey pajama saucers! Fried newspaper mammyjammers and such. Mimsy borogoves. You know.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:07 pm 3

HEY! This comment system is TOTALLY UNSTABLE! I did not write that stuff at #2.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:12 pm 4
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 3

The world’s a mass, it’s in my kiss!


Synoia | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:16 pm 5

inherently unstable

Nope. Chaotic. Of which instability and feedback are parts.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:29 pm 6
In response to Synoia @ 5

Chaotic neutral, in a good way.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:30 pm 7

It’s scientists to claim the cosmos inherently unstable. I think it can be, if you don’t expand a vision. Victoria Jackson is definitely unstable.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:32 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 6

Yes, but chaotic evil means never having to say you’re sorry.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:37 pm 9
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 8

Ahahaahaah! I know a chick like that.


demi | Tuesday February 19, 2013 08:42 pm 10

Maybe she thinks the hair stuff distracts from her chubby little chipmunk cheeks.
I dunno. Some kind of disrupted maturity.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 09:14 pm 11

she SCARES me


marymccurnin | Tuesday February 19, 2013 09:14 pm 12

Lord. The devils! I saw that when I was tripping in acid in the early seventies. Explains are a lot, doesn’t it.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday February 19, 2013 09:21 pm 13

Seeing it and The Beguiled (and The Women) at an all-girls school was um, mind openng. Hosney had the best sense of perverse humor.


marymccurnin | Tuesday February 19, 2013 09:38 pm 14

I loved “Women in Love”, too. Crazy and exotic, erotic stuff.


tammanytiger | Tuesday February 19, 2013 09:48 pm 15

At Yearly Kos in 2007, there was a husband-and-wife couple: one was “Unstable Isotope”, the other was “Free Radical.” Got to love that.


cmaukonen | Tuesday February 19, 2013 10:46 pm 16

all-girl prep school where eating disorders and substance abuse seemed to be part of the curriculum.

Where I went to HS these were requirements for graduation, I think.

But I digress.

I had a physics instructor that taught simple harmonic motion using ladies dong a hula dance and the laws of energy and motion using a pool table.


wigwam | Wednesday February 20, 2013 12:00 am 17

wigwam | Wednesday February 20, 2013 12:02 am 18

Q: What did the Higgs boson say to the priest?
A: You can’t have mass without me.


Starbuck | Wednesday February 20, 2013 03:44 am 19
In response to Synoia @ 5

Neither and both…if you wait long enough.


seaglass | Wednesday February 20, 2013 08:55 am 20

Maybe Einstein was wrong after all when he said, “God doesn’t play dice with the Universe.” Maybe not, but maybe roulette then?


solerso | Wednesday February 20, 2013 09:13 am 21
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 6

how could “neutral” be “good”??


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