Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Raelism vs. Science: 21 Grams

According to Rael, the Elohim have "noted that an organism loses a few grams at the moment of its death - in fact this is merely the energy that all living things have available to them, which is eliminated at the moment" (p. 153, Intelligent Design) in a bid to prove that there are no ethereal souls. But, the mistake that he makes is that dead bodies do not lose any weight at the moment of death.

Popular culture, thanks to a physician Duncan MacDougall who conducted a series of experiments weighing dead people and animals in the early 1900s, holds the belief that human souls weigh 21 grams (MacDougall didn't notice any weight change in dead animals). Unfortunately, no one has been able to replicate MacDougall's experiment, which is now deemed pseudo-scientific. The main criticisms are that the sample size was too small (only 1 of 6 subjects supported MacDougall's hypothesis) and therefore was a case of selection bias. Following the publication of the experiment in American Medicine, physician Augustus P. Clarke criticized the experiment's validity. Clarke noted that at the time of death there is a sudden rise in body temperature as the lungs are no longer cooling blood, causing a subsequent rise in sweating which could easily account for MacDougall’s missing 21 grams. Clarke also pointed out that, as dogs do not have sweat glands, they would not lose weight in this manner after death.

But, how much energy do we exert at an instance, say a second? The digestion process releases stored chemical energy from food. This energy is measured in Calories. In food, what is commonly called a “Calorie”, actually refers to Kilocalories (Kcal), or 1000s of calories; a calorie is the amount of energy it takes to raise the temp of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius.

Okay so how much is that? 1 Calorie (Kcal) = 4184 Joules; joules is the universal measure of energy. So a 2000 calorie diet per day (recommended by FDA) corresponds to about 8.37 million joules or energy every day.

Power is stated in watts; a watt is equal to 1 joule / second. So if you consume 8.4 million in a day, or in 86,400 seconds, that’s about 96 joules every second, or roughly 100 watts.

So, the question is, does energy have weight (or, mass)? Weight of an object is the force with which the object is pulled down by earth, so you can only have the weight of material particles that have mass and are attracted by gravity .

Energy on the other hand is the ability to do work, in a body; like a car moving at a speed of 100 miles an hour has energy, it can hit an object and make it move, thus doing work, or a cell has chemical energy that it converts into electricity. It not a 'material body' that can be 'weighed', it is a sort of property of the object that possesses it, because of its speed, position or state. 

However, a dead body doesn't move, and therefore does not use up any energy. Looks like Rael relied on popular ideas around the time of his supposed encounters with our extraterrestrials creators, such as Continental Drift, Chemical Education, achieving Eternal Life by cloning oneself from a single cell (including memories inside it), and TV being the nervous system of the world (without the knowledge of the Internet being developed by DARPA around that time).

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[RAEL FAIL] Rael's Earliest Editions of his 1st Book

This is an edited reproduction of the now defunct www.rael.free.fr which can still be accessed through the Wayback Machine.
This is an analysis of Rael's very first book in which it is evident that there has been many changes to the "Truth":

cover THE BOOK THAT SAYS THE TRUTH, 1974 editionback THE BOOK THAT SAYS THE TRUTH, 1974 edition


(Vorilhon's picture)
The message
given by 
(Raelian Symbol)

Edition of the Message

The oldest version of the book published by Claude Vorilhon:

Was published on 
5 November 1974 
from the presses of the company

63 Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) for the 

Edition of the Message
(L'edition du message) 
Legal Deposit 4th quarter 1974 
copyright The edition of the message

On some copies, a new address has been added with a blue stamp (graphic below):

This first edition contains several notable differences compared to latter editions:

The book cover subtitle is "The message given by extra-terrestrials" but the subtitle of the first page is "I met an extra terrestrial" (In French: J'ai recontre un extra terrestre):

During that time, meeting an extraterrestrial was very banal since some books had compiled 100 testimonies of encounters with aliens from 1970 to 1977 , and even more than 200 similar testimonies from 1950 to 1974.

The difference between the subtitle of the first page and that of the book cover is necessarily a last-minute change on the part of the author; the change occurred AFTER the making of the pages and BEFORE the printing the book cover: there has been either carelessness in the layout of this book (yet "destined for humanity on the part of Yahweh" which is still not anything!) or a deliberate will to change a subtitle too banal for another that's more "eye-catching".

[RAEL FAIL] Yahweh lies To Rael

Copyright: Raelian Foundation
In Rael’s 1st book, Yahweh, The supposed leader of ETs that created all life on Earth said:

"So you can see that we have nothing to fear for the time being. We have the means to travel to Earth from our planet in less than two months with an atom-based propulsion method, which enables us to move at the speed of rays that are seven times faster than the speed of light.” (p. 89)

In Rael’s 2nd book, Rael allegedly made a trip to Yahweh’s planet. It took a little over 10 minutes, instead of 2 months:

"We sat down as before, and again I felt the same sensation of intense cold, but it lasted much longer this time - about ten minutes. Then the craft rocked slightly, and we stepped out through the trap door exit.” (pp. 159-160)

Before boarding the spacecraft, Yahweh confesses to lying to Rael:

"In the first message, you noted that we traveled seven times faster than the speed of light. That was true 25,000 years ago when we landed on Earth. Since then, we have made much progress, and we now travel through space much faster. It only takes us a few moments to make the journey that used to take us almost two months in those times, and we continue to progress." (p. 159)

Putting the lies above aside, Yahweh also claims their planet is about 1 light year away (pp. 89, 234). Okay... let’s do some maths. Traveling at 7 times the speed of light would take approximately 52 days to travel 1 light year. 52 days is 74,880 minutes. Now, 1 year is 525,600 minutes. If it takes 10 minutes to travel from Yahweh's planet to Earth, they spacecraft has to travel 52,560 times faster than the speed of light!

Our current understanding is that Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communication and travel cannot happen.

The special theory of relativity implies that only particles with zero rest mass may travel at the speed of light. Tachyons, particles whose speed exceeds that of light, have been hypothesized but the existence of such particles would violate causality and the consensus of physicists is that such particles cannot exist.

Either, our scientists are too dumb or Rael/Yahweh like telling tall tales. LOL

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