Why "olsonb" dot com? It doesn't mean first initial is for Bob

The name olsonb was chosen for a few interesting reasons. For one, Olson is studying brownian motion and therefore olsonb is a short form for Olson's work on brownian motion. Shorter domain names are easier to use than super long ones.

The other reason olsonb was chosen, was because many years ago I was driving down a road and saw a sign that said "you're god's plan B". Being non-religious and against dogma, I thought this was very clever that humans were "plan b". The idea is that we are plan B to fight the heat death of the universe (and since I am studying brownian motion: this is Olson Plan B, or OlsonB.com). Is there a plan B?

Plan A is that we will suffer a heat death or an equilibrium death. What's plan b? If I'm god's plan B, that must mean that a non-religious person ends up replacing religion with second law violating science to save us from equilibrium death? Or does it mean that non-religious people are the plan B of religion? All this is recursively humorous, paradoxical, and absurd. I'm sure it's not the first time someone has named their web domain name after an absurd incident.

"You're god's plan b" could be interpreted from a pantheist Einstein style view - is science plan B? Superstition was plan A? However I am not a pantheist, nor religious, as I find the universe quite cruel (see Neil Degrasse Tyson's Stupid Design video). Pantheists tend to think the universe is godly or wonderous, whereas I see it as cruel and mostly unable to sustain life. The only way one could make it less cruel is to fight entropy by decreasing it in massive amounts (not just slowing entropy, which is possible, but decreasing the total entropy of the universe (which is considered impossible, cough). This was Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question", of whether entropy could be reversed (or significantly decreased) and I think if the last question is answered, it's indeed Plan B for humans.



Words from Dylan Thomas, little did he know he was speaking of Physics and the universe..

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night. "

© 2012-15 Larry Olson, http://olsonb.com    Email: mail at olsonb dot com