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  •  The video doesn't tell anything pertinent (3+ / 0-)
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    atana, Tomtech, kurt

    I watched the video and agree that the behavior of the pendulum appears somewhat irregular. However, I can think of a number of completely natural mechanisms that can be used to create the effect seen on the video. What I can't see is effort to exclude any of those natural explanations through relevant experiments. Furthermore, I'm also aware of direct consequences that we should be seeing if the irregularity had anything to do with a gravity differential, but nothing of the kind can be seen, either. That a large number of visitors has already performed the experiment is evidence in favor of it being just a party trick. Thus, Occam's razor.

    And yes, I have no particular reason to doubt the recent discovery of the Standard Model Higgs, because the proper procedure was rigorously applied. Science is a bit like ice hockey -- goals only count if you play by the rules. :)

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