I'm lucky to be labile
while others are so fragile
nothing is absolute
that, my friend, is a waste of time to refute
The October 2009 issue of Scientific American confirmed something I've been suspecting for a while. Black holes are simply theoretical constructs. They have actually never been observed; only predicted. What has always bothered me is the notion of infinite density; it's simply untenable. Now, it is proper to refer to them as black stars. But do bear in mind that they were never holes to begin with. The physicist John Wheeler coined the term black hole in 1967, at a time when they were referred to as frozen stars. What's sad is that the general public took Wheeler's term quite seriously and actually thought they were holes.
Since my mind is labile, I have no problem accepting new information. For example, when Pluto was demoted, I was not bothered, as most people were. That's because most people think in absolute terms. There are 9 planets and that can never change. That's some hardcore hogwash and you better damn well believe it. Nothing is absolute, not even your slippery soul.
Now we know there are 8 planets in our solar system, evolution is the reason why humans exist (not God), teleportation of particles is possible, black holes are really black stars, many other planets exist outside of our solar system, etc.
There are lots of ways to divide up the minds of human beings. One can go the political route and say there are Republicans and Democrats, the religious route and say there are believers and non-believers, the biological route and say there are males and females, et cetera. But why not consider this - divide up human minds between those that are absolutists and those that are labile. (I'm going to invent the word labilist.)
An absolutist is one that believes some things never change. For example, an absolutist would reject evolution. A labilist is one that readily accepts change and adapts to it. For example, a labilist would accept evolution. Absolutist minds tend to be religious while labilist minds tend to be scientific.
In summary, human minds can be divided up between those people that are ABSOLUTISTS (do not accept change) and those that are LABILISTS (readily accept change). Absolutists have trouble dealing with information that conflicts with what they have "known" for a long time, such as the demotion of Pluto. Labilists understand that everything is subject to change, since the information we have concerning the universe is not complete. (If the universe ceased all activity, then I suppose the absolutists would have trouble accepting even that, since the end of change would require one hell of a change.)