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2013-01-11 09:14:08 AM
It will have to come out!
 
2013-01-11 09:29:29 AM
It would really suck if we sent a colony of humans to another planet and found it to be teeming with life, only to have them all starve because the entire ecosystem was based on L chirality instead of D.
 
2013-01-11 09:31:35 AM
OMG!  I can so relate to this article!  It's just like, when I am trying to watch a game, and my wife won't stop talking.. If she would just slow down a little bit, everyone would win.
 
2013-01-11 09:32:48 AM
I got that backwards, didn't I?
 
2013-01-11 09:56:59 AM
Calm down, science, please.

How about no? These are exciting times, and if you can't keep up, then that's on you.
 
2013-01-11 10:27:07 AM
Ahhh poor wittle blogging journalist, it is sad to be paid less then what even the lowly scientist makes, isn't it?

Why, it is almost like journalism is no longer paying enough to have quality people writing for even the high end highly acclaimed media outlets.
 
2013-01-11 10:54:22 AM
Listen you dippy twat, if science is too much for you, you can always get your ass back to the kitchen an make me a sammich...

\bring me a Guinness as well
 
2013-01-11 10:55:10 AM
FTA:The one that has been attracting buzz most recently is called - I kid you not - KOI 172.02

Considering there are an estimated 17 billion Earth-like planets, what exactly does she propose as a better naming system? Maybe just call them all Eric?
 
2013-01-11 11:03:29 AM

pastorkius: FTA:The one that has been attracting buzz most recently is called - I kid you not - KOI 172.02

Considering there are an estimated 17 billion Earth-like planets, what exactly does she propose as a better naming system? Maybe just call them all Eric?


ABCDEFG - Eric the Half a Bee
 
2013-01-11 11:21:37 AM

pastorkius: FTA:The one that has been attracting buzz most recently is called - I kid you not - KOI 172.02

Considering there are an estimated 17 billion Earth-like planets, what exactly does she propose as a better naming system? Maybe just call them all Eric?


That would make it a lot simpler to teach science.

Teacher: "What is the name of this planet?"
Student: "Eric"
Teacher: "And this one?"
Student: "Eric"
 
2013-01-11 12:10:18 PM
Call 'em all Bruce. Cuts down on the confusion.
 
2013-01-11 02:15:57 PM
What the fark am I reading?
 
2013-01-11 02:39:24 PM
Article doesn't really say much.

And looking at Ms Petri's sidebar pic, she's ok, but she's no dish.
 
2013-01-11 02:49:55 PM

CognaciousThunk: Article doesn't really say much.

And looking at Ms Petri's sidebar pic, she's ok, but she's no dish.


2.bp.blogspot.com


She has that "Don't you think I'm hi-larious?!" look about her.

/No, Alexandra....I don't.
// Unless....you were actually sincere-in which case, you're a dolt.
 
2013-01-11 05:39:56 PM

Tommy Moo: I got that backwards, didn't I?


Not if you presume that the colony of humans was sent as food for those already on the planet.
 
2013-01-12 05:34:17 PM
I've said this before:

Technological progress is going to have to slow down anyway. Allow me to explain in my best James Burke impression:

[foppish british accent]

The oldest people alive today were born in a world that did not have radio. And their children were born in a world that did not have television. And their children were born in a world that did not have the internet.

And their children -- most of whom are not even born yet -- will grow up in an entirely different world that, when they become seniors, life will be every bit as strange and incomprehensible to them as it is to today's seniors who can't fathom smart phones or social media.

People tend to be resistant to change, and this resistance increases as one gets older. By middle age, most people have settled into a welcomed routine, a comfort zone based on what they know and what works for them. They are set in their ways and any gratuitous level of technological convenience simply means an irritating disruption to their accustomed lifestyle. For an example, look at the way younger generations have embraced the internet for news and information while their parents still cling to the morning paper. There is a severe generation gap of technological acquiescence at play here, and it's getting worse.

Anyone who's grown up without the latest new science find or technology can equally justify living happily without it for the rest of their lives and don't see any reason why they should need it (Fark's aging demographic attacking Twitter and Facebook is a championship example of this). Meanwhile, each succeeding generation renders the previous one technologically deprecated at an accelerated rate. It's happened to everyone before and it'll happen to you.

Change has always been one of the driving forces of human conflict, but in this day and age what's important is not change itself but the rate of change. There is a maximum limit to the amount of change that can be accepted by society, and any level beyond that is too much for people to process. They won't be able to assimilate the new knowledge fast enough and they will get frustrated and rebel against it. And I guess that's when Western Civilization has a collective nervous breakdown. If I had to guess, I would say this is going to happen sometime in the 2030s.

They will probably use VCRs as weapons.

[/foppish british accent]
 
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