The Stupidest Thing You Will Ever Read


E=mc2 is a meaningless statement in physics that purports to relate light to matter. In fact, no theory has successfully unified the laws governing mass (i.e., gravity) with the laws governing light (i.e., electromagnetism). Simply put, E=mc2 is liberal claptrap.

It’s courtesy, of course, of that paragon of stupidity, Andrew Schlafly, founder of alternative – and hysterical – encyclopaedia, Conservapedia.

It’s well documented that Schlafly doesn’t like Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Not because he advocates some other school of physics, but because he believes that it ties in with moral relativism.

Yes, I know.

Furthermore, the formula has nothing to do with relating light to matter. In this case, c is a constant. The formula relates matter to energy. Then again, expecting Schlafly – a man who clearly used his family’s money to buy his engineering and law degrees – to understand this, is asking a great deal.

Far from being “liberal claptrap,” the formula is elegant, explaining that energy can have mass, and explaining in simple terms just how our sun manages to produce light and heat for billions of years. Then again, given that Schlafly thinks the Earth and everything else is only 6,000 years old, he probably thinks the Sun is a giant lump of coal.

However, Schlafly doesn’t stop there:

For more than a century, the claim that E=mc2 has never yielded anything of value.

Um… besides the obvious example mentioned above, there’s the equally obvious answer involving nuclear weapons and power stations, as well as things like smoke detectors and the radio-isotopes used in medical imaging and radiotherapy.

But those are all to do with nasty, liberal science, so it can’t be true.

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5 Responses to The Stupidest Thing You Will Ever Read

  1. armondikov says:

    So, no obligatory linking to the homeopathy “doctor” saying how Steven Hawkins gave us the string theory that means E=mc^2. but since there’s hardly any mass we can cross it out and have energy equally the speed of light therefore magic water cure cancer? It’s perhaps the only thing stupider.

  2. Norseman says:

    The only thing that would make this better is if someone managed to ask Andy’s “rape is okay if you’re married” mother about her thoughts on E=mc^2, and she completely contradicts her own son.

    It’d be an Ed Gein moment, seriously. The guy idolized his mother so much, that after she died, he dug her up and put her decaying body back into her bed, still believing she talked to him.

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