I mean, you can still press on with "Well, maybe the "computer" is [**magic**]", but certainly this pushes the theory from the practical and possible into mere imagination.
The pair initially set out to see whether it was possible to use a technique known as quantum Monte Carlo to study the quantum Hall effect
That is the nerdiest sentence I've read in a long time.
Now, the finding is technically that the known universe cannot be simulated by any computing device capable of existing in the known universe, but I think begging the question at that point is getting into some sort of ENIAC of the Gods scenario.
And I mean, hey maybe they're right - you never know! But you can say that about most religions.
No worries Scott, they're working on fixing that!
I'd make a joke about that just being the way West Virginia looks all the time anyway, but uh, this is pretty bleak. If there's any benzene in that smoke (and there's a fair chance there is), everyone in that town is going to die a horrible cancerous death.
To say nothing of what happens when all that crap goes into the Ohio valley waters and then the Mississippi.
Essentially, they argue that turning conservatives into liberals is most easily achieved by making people feel safe.
Arguably, the reverse process has been well used for some time, as conservatives have already naturally intuited how to make liberals conservative is by terrifying them.
It's probably not all as simple as this, but if it holds up, it'd balance out the conservative noise machine fear factory at least.