Conceptual theorists deal regularly with complex theoretical models and holistic paradigms. Marshall Barnes has had experience in that regard dating back over 30 years in a number of fields requiring manipulation of multiply connected, abstract spaces, which makes him particularly good at complicated, theoretical physics models. He cites, in particular, his experience with video special effect design, requiring the layering and manipulation of multiple image inputs, as an especially important training that has allowed him to see significant flaws in space-time geometries promoted by physicists like Hawking which deal with multiply connected space-times. Marshall was doing video between 1979 and 1993, during the days before the computer technology existed that makes special effects simple and inexpensive enough for kids to do on their lap tops today. Back then, video production switchers were required to put camera images, tape playback and graphics together in a single screen display. At Thomas Worthington High School, Marshall explained this by recounting how he figured out how to put laser beams into video laser fight scenes without expensive frame by frame computer rotoscoping, by a complex process of keying, invisible vertical wipe placement, and 3 D axis manipulation - of a white line created with a Chyron, with a digital video effects generator for the beams. He also began to receive his engineering experience in those days, developing physical special effects, such as an "energy sword" that lit up for real and could be easily seen in broad daylight, as opposed to being painted in frame by frame (rotoscoping)
Marshall has caught a number of mistakes that Stephen Hawking has made and is currently favored to win a one hundred dollar bet with Hawking http://www.prlog.org/
Marshall's paper will be released on a site or sites, this week, yet to be announced, but is significant enough that a lecture tour is being planned behind it. Marshall's demonstration, of how the audio feedback example from the Discovery Channel Stephen Hawking mini-series is wrong, will be performed at the largest science festival in the country, the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. the last weekend in April.
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