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2013-04-19 10:46:57 AM
Not to mention how different life has formed and how life has survived multiple planet wide extinctions. (Snowball Earth, Meteor strikes)

Not a scientist but I thought environment had more to do with the evolution of life over Moore's law.
 
2013-04-19 10:47:25 AM

Oldiron_79: did we evolve from chimps


Well, we definitely didn't evolve from chimps, though we have a common ancestor.
 
2013-04-19 11:19:16 AM

swangoatman: Where did the mass for big bang come from?

t3knomanser: From the singularity that triggered the big bang.


From what I can make out, the current model instead says the mass for the big bang came from the big bang's producing the space to put mass in... with the Higgs field somehow playing a role.

If you're actually interested in this sort of question, I suggest stopping by a local college physics department, find a PhD candidate, and offer to buy them beer while they try and explain it to you. You may not really learn all that much, but it's usually entertaining.
 
2013-04-19 11:24:02 AM
 and the results suggest organic life first came into existence long before Earth itself

That, or something that is more a rule of thumb for technology than a scientifically verified law of nature really doesn't apply to biological systems.
 
2013-04-19 11:27:30 AM
Big Ramifications: I really hare how science is being over run by attention whores. Seems like a noticebale trend that is picking up speed.

Seems like it's doubling roughly every two years.
 
2013-04-19 11:27:43 AM
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Has some pretty solid theories on this matter as well...
 
2013-04-19 11:32:15 AM
You won't like your alien overlords once they show up
 
2013-04-19 11:44:01 AM

abb3w: From what I can make out, the current model instead says the mass for the big bang came from the big bang's producing the space to put mass in... with the Higgs field somehow playing a role.


Well, I should rephrase. The  matterin the universe came from the singularity. The  mass the matter has arises from the Higgs field.
 
2013-04-19 11:46:59 AM
I need to submit my paper to Nature on the approximately 6 year evolution of the 8-legged octopus from the 1-footed sea slug.
 
2013-04-19 12:19:01 PM

t3knomanser: swangoatman: Where did the mass for big bang come from?

From the singularity that triggered the big bang.

swangoatman: where did god(s) come from?

Human imagination.

swangoatman: how is there no beginning and no end of physical universe?

Who says there isn't? We know that spacetime and the universe as we know it started with the Big Bang, so we know there is a beginning. We have several plausible models for its end.

swangoatman: why is soap slippery when wet?

Soap molecules have a hydrophilic side (water loving) and a lipophilic side (fat loving). The end result of this is that they cluster into miniature ball-bearings with the hydrophilic side facing out. The "bearings" can slide and roll around, and attract water to themselves for lubrication.


DAMN---are you --- a wizard?
 
2013-04-19 12:21:51 PM

abb3w: swangoatman: Where did the mass for big bang come from?
t3knomanser: From the singularity that triggered the big bang.

From what I can make out, the current model instead says the mass for the big bang came from the big bang's producing the space to put mass in... with the Higgs field somehow playing a role.

If you're actually interested in this sort of question, I suggest stopping by a local college physics department, find a PhD candidate, and offer to buy them beer while they try and explain it to you. You may not really learn all that much, but it's usually entertaining.


I was a regular correspondent with Clifford Stole. After much time ---he said " the answer can be found in his Klien Bottle for $59.00" he is a Fraggle you know.
 
2013-04-19 12:35:18 PM
FTA: "Human evolution doesn't just occur in the genome; it occurs epigenetically, or within the mind, as technology, language and cultural memory all become more complex."

I ain't buyin' it. The point of evolution is that it's a physical process of organisms changing from physical one form into another. People who talk like the above just don't want to face the fact that H. sapiens is not the endpoint of evolution, that there will eventually be "higher" species than us. And they might not even come from human stock: remember that us mammals, who inherited the Earth from the dinosaurs, started out as tiny mousy insect eaters. Imagine if the next "intelligent" species to arise developed from bedbugs or hermit crabs.
 
2013-04-19 01:33:30 PM

The One True TheDavid: FTA: "Human evolution doesn't just occur in the genome; it occurs epigenetically, or within the mind, as technology, language and cultural memory all become more complex."

I ain't buyin' it. The point of evolution is that it's a physical process of organisms changing from physical one form into another. People who talk like the above just don't want to face the fact that H. sapiens is not the endpoint of evolution, that there will eventually be "higher" species than us. And they might not even come from human stock: remember that us mammals, who inherited the Earth from the dinosaurs, started out as tiny mousy insect eaters. Imagine if the next "intelligent" species to arise developed from bedbugs or hermit crabs.


Well, what the article says is sort of right.  Technology, language and culture all combine to help modify the definition of "strong" when it comes to reproductive fitness.  Things that would define you as unfit a century ago might not mark you as such today because such challenges can be overcome by technology and/or social cooperation.  Things that marked you as fit may not give any advantage anymore, as the advantage can be given to all through the use of technology.  Being big and strong would help you plow a field.  Now a tractor can allow the smallest weakest person to plow a field.  Being big and strong may still be a reproductive advantage, but nowhere near what it used to be.  Susceptible to disease?  Back in the day, your line would die out.  Now, just pop a pill and your reproductive weakness disappears.

Modern technology has greatly altered the evolutionary path of humans.  That doesn't mean it necessarily a good thing though.  We could reach a point (if not there already) where in the absence of this technology we'd go extinct.  A huge solar flare, nuclear war, anything to render our technology useless and we'd be screwed.  But many animals face this sort of thing.  Evolve to be too good of a killer?  You use up your food supply and go extinct.  Evolve to be in perfect symbiosis with your environment?  Great, as long as your environment never changes (which they always do).  Evolved a perfect protective shell to keep you safe from predators?  Great, but now you're too slow to migrate or to follow your food source.  Sometimes what can be a good evolutionary change in the short run turns out to be a death sentence in the long run.
 
2013-04-19 02:02:12 PM

stonicus: Modern technology has greatly altered the evolutionary path of humans.


I don't think "altered" is the right word. The human evolutionary path is one  of technology. We are tool users. Like pretty much any other species, all the way down to the lowliest bacterium, we take steps to alter our environment to benefit us. We're exceptionally good at it, at least by the standards of primates. Compared to bacteria, we're farking awful at it. This is their planet, we just provide them with a valuable ecosystem.

stonicus: We could reach a point (if not there already) where in the absence of this technology we'd go extinct.


Which technology? There are pockets of humanity who have no technology more advanced than pointy sticks. Humans won't go extinct without a massive climate change- drop a dinosaur-killer asteroid on us, then I'll worry about the genetic future of humanity.Because it's not a reproductive weakness- there's a pill that
 
2013-04-19 02:18:50 PM
You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here.
 
2013-04-19 02:58:55 PM

Lsherm: We aren't the aliens, we're just the success story in the garbage heap of the universe.


Nah, we just haven't run into our neighbors yet.
 
2013-04-19 03:06:18 PM
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2013-04-19 03:51:24 PM

MurphyMurphy: And we weren't seeded by an asteroid at random because the odds of that hitting a planet capable of developing anything would be nill.


How was babby er planet formed? You must be unaware of the Late Heavy Bombardment. :)
That said, evolution does not seem to follow Moore's Law. They are carting before the horse.

That makes the horse indignant.
 
2013-04-19 03:55:28 PM

Lsherm: We aren't the aliens, we're just the success story in the garbage heap of the universe.


This view seems intensely provincial
 
2013-04-19 03:57:54 PM
It's good to see clear evidence that lots and lots of degrees does not in any way preclude you from being really, really stupid.
 
2013-04-19 04:08:13 PM

hitlersbrain: It's good to see clear evidence that lots and lots of degrees does not in any way preclude you from being really, really stupid.


All the kiddies are doing it these days. It's the new thing!
 
2013-04-19 04:15:28 PM

swangoatman: DAMN---are you --- a wizard?


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=technomancer">http:// www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=technomancer
 
2013-04-19 04:17:11 PM

RedVentrue: hitlersbrain: It's good to see clear evidence that lots and lots of degrees does not in any way preclude you from being really, really stupid.

All the kiddies are doing it these days. It's the new thing!


Is it too soon to put forth my theory that Dinosaurs were actually killed off by terrorist bombs?
 
2013-04-19 06:03:03 PM

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2013-04-19 06:45:40 PM

captjc: NutWrench: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 461x419]

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Look, I'm not saying it was Centauri, but... it was Centauri.
 
2013-04-19 07:03:56 PM

goatleggedfellow: Lsherm: We aren't the aliens, we're just the success story in the garbage heap of the universe.

Nah, we just haven't run into our neighbors yet.


our neigbors are SEX OFFENDERS!!
 
2013-04-19 08:40:39 PM

hitlersbrain: RedVentrue: hitlersbrain: It's good to see clear evidence that lots and lots of degrees does not in any way preclude you from being really, really stupid.

All the kiddies are doing it these days. It's the new thing!

Is it too soon to put forth my theory that Dinosaurs were actually killed off by terrorist bombs?


hitlersbrain: RedVentrue: hitlersbrain: It's good to see clear evidence that lots and lots of degrees does not in any way preclude you from being really, really stupid.

All the kiddies are doing it these days. It's the new thing!

Is it too soon to put forth my theory that Dinosaurs were actually killed off by terrorist bombs?


It's never too early for terrorist pterodactyls.
 
2013-04-19 09:29:47 PM
You know what's really cool that aliens made us in  their image? They must of made others in our image all over the place. So there are other humanoids screwing each other over everywhere.
 
2013-04-20 03:01:40 AM

NutWrench: [dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 461x419]


Never play cards with a Centauri.
 
2013-04-20 03:04:22 AM

MurphyMurphy: And we weren't seeded by an asteroid at random because the odds of that hitting a planet capable of developing anything would be nill.


That's not true at all.
 
2013-04-20 03:57:52 AM

Big Ramifications: FTA: Moore's Law is the observation that computers increase exponentially in complexity, at a rate of about double the transistors per integrated circuit every two years.

That's as wishy washy as hell, and it uses a unit of time based on our planet in our solar system.

A pattern has been noticed between 1960 and now. They've used that 50 year data set to EXTRAPOLATE BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME. They've also assumed life evolves at the same rate as computer power.

I really hare how science is being over run by attention whores. Seems like a noticebale trend that is picking up speed.

~
My "unit of time" comment was stupid. I take that bit back.
 
2013-04-20 10:01:43 AM
A lot of folks here really seem to be missing the point of this article.  The scientists involved very clearly stated that this is nothing more than a thought exercise.  They admitted that they had to make wild assumptions, the formula is ridiculously over-simplified, and even if all that weren't true, that their theory still shouldn't be taken as fact or proof of anything at all.  It was simply a thought exercise.

That's the equivelant of a comic book series putting out a limited alternate universe mini-series, where they say, "let's pretend the heroes are the villians and the villians are the heroes", and now let's see how the story will unfold.  Kinda a la "Red Son".

It's just a thought exercise.  Kinda like how we all imagine sleeping with subby's mom tonight.

/well, not all of us together at the same time.  That would be weird and crowded,
 
2013-04-20 01:07:58 PM

Big Ramifications: Big Ramifications: FTA: Moore's Law is the observation that computers increase exponentially in complexity, at a rate of about double the transistors per integrated circuit every two years.

That's as wishy washy as hell, and it uses a unit of time based on our planet in our solar system.

A pattern has been noticed between 1960 and now. They've used that 50 year data set to EXTRAPOLATE BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME. They've also assumed life evolves at the same rate as computer power.

I really hare how science is being over run by attention whores. Seems like a noticebale trend that is picking up speed.
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My "unit of time" comment was stupid. I take that bit back.


You can't take it back. It's immortalized on Fark for the world to see. :)
 
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