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(Independent Journal Review)   Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the 5 things he would like to learn in his lifetime. (Video)   (ijreview.com) divider line 36
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2014-06-03 01:41:27 PM  
I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women.

/had to be done
 
2014-06-03 02:09:00 PM  

bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done


/also would have excepted "tides"
 
2014-06-03 02:42:14 PM  

grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"


No, you can't explain that.
 
2014-06-03 02:49:20 PM  

grumpfuff: /also would have excepted accepted "tides"


Just being a grammar nazi for today.
 
2014-06-03 02:51:41 PM  

grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"


what about magnets? how do those work?
 
2014-06-03 02:56:36 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"

what about magnets? how do those work?


They don't. Not anymore.
 
2014-06-03 02:57:03 PM  
Why do I ever read comments on sites which use Facebook auth?  Has any good ever come from it?

/run a site
//which uses FB auth...
///it's ok, because no one ever comments, job done.
 
2014-06-03 02:59:33 PM  

bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women.

/had to be done


His wife of 26 years might have something to say about that.
 
2014-06-03 02:59:57 PM  

Glitchwerks: grumpfuff: /also would have excepted accepted "tides"

Just being a grammar nazi for today.


......duh.

/facepalm
 
2014-06-03 03:04:42 PM  
i226.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-03 03:14:06 PM  
6. Whether it's possible for five Farkers to blow him at the same time.
 
2014-06-03 03:16:02 PM  
So his rationalization is that if aliens have visited us they got bored and left?  I'm skeptical.  I think our first contact situation is more likely to play out like the first act of Independence Day, except the aliens will keep on kicking ass until we're gone.  It's what we would do if the situation was reversed.  Call it Manifest Destiny.
 
2014-06-03 03:21:06 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"

what about magnets? how do those work?


Feynman can't explain it either.
 
2014-06-03 03:25:42 PM  
How about someone explain gravity without using a bowling ball on a trampoline. Gravity is what makes the trampoline bend!!!!
 
2014-06-03 03:29:32 PM  

Ambitwistor: ModernPrimitive01: grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"

what about magnets? how do those work?

Feynman can't explain it either.


onionesquereality.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-03 03:32:54 PM  

steve_wmn: if aliens


steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed


Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.
 
2014-06-03 03:37:24 PM  
The video was basically a bullet point of his "The Inexplicable Universe" series.  If you haven't seen it yet, Netflix has it streaming.  Some really cool stuff in there.
 
2014-06-03 03:40:46 PM  

Glitchwerks: grumpfuff: /also would have excepted accepted expected "tides"

Just being a grammar nazi for today.


NOBODY expects the Grammar Inquisition!
 
2014-06-03 03:41:01 PM  
I wonder how people would feel if aliens showed up and stated that no matter how hard they tried to explain how they got here, or what's really going on in the universe we just can't grasp it and never will unless they start tinkering with our DNA and maybe in a few generations we would get it.

Especially smarty pants like NDT, he would be like, "awe snap, aliens just called me stupid, I'm done."
 
2014-06-03 04:09:22 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: 6. Whether it's possible for five Farkers to blow him at the same time.


I think dark energy is the outward pulsing waves of hurt emanating from your butt.
 
2014-06-03 04:10:46 PM  

ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.


..... South Park did it
 
2014-06-03 04:14:13 PM  

Ambitwistor: ModernPrimitive01: grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"

what about magnets? how do those work?

Feynman can't explain it either.


Actually he does, but he points out that to explain it in terms the interviewer can understand is inadequate, and that you can keep on asking "why" forever. Eventually you just have to accept the answer that's good enough for your needs.
 
2014-06-03 04:17:13 PM  

ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.


Unless FTL travel has been created, any alien coming here, assuming that Earth was habitable to them, would come to colonize it. Distances in space are too damn big to just pass up a habitable planet.

/Other possibility: extremely long-lived aliens
 
2014-06-03 04:21:55 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.

Unless FTL travel has been created, any alien coming here, assuming that Earth was habitable to them, would come to colonize it. Distances in space are too damn big to just pass up a habitable planet.

/Other possibility: extremely long-lived aliens


Millennia-long life spans for the "visitors" seems a reasonable explanation. Or perhaps they reached the same technological singularity that some forecast to be in OUR not-too-distant future.
 
2014-06-03 04:27:47 PM  

Ambitwistor: ModernPrimitive01: grumpfuff: bluorangefyre: I just wonder if he'll devote time to studying that last, great mystery of the universe... women. magnets

/had to be done

/also would have excepted "tides"

what about magnets? how do those work?

Feynman can't explain it either.


He could, just not in terms that are common to your experience without referencing something that at its heart is magnetism in the process, thus ending up in a loop, since almost every single phenomena that you're possibly familiar with, except for gravity and nuclear radiation, is electromagnetism.

The correct answer is that particles which have this property we call "charge" generate a cloud of virtual photons which interact with other particles with charge in different ways depending on the charge of the particle and the polarization of the photon.
 
2014-06-03 04:52:18 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.

Unless FTL travel has been created, any alien coming here, assuming that Earth was habitable to them, would come to colonize it. Distances in space are too damn big to just pass up a habitable planet.

/Other possibility: extremely long-lived aliens


Why? If FTL hasn't been created they're obviously perfectly fine living on spacecraft for millennia.

/just sayin'
 
2014-06-03 05:10:34 PM  

knight_on_the_rail: Tyrone Slothrop: ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.

Unless FTL travel has been created, any alien coming here, assuming that Earth was habitable to them, would come to colonize it. Distances in space are too damn big to just pass up a habitable planet.

/Other possibility: extremely long-lived aliens

Why? If FTL hasn't been created they're obviously perfectly fine living on spacecraft for millennia.

/just sayin'


If you are traveling for millennia, you've probably invented cryostasis.  In which case, you aren't living on a spacecraft for millennia, you're sleeping through most of it.
 
2014-06-03 05:46:19 PM  
I heard this man once trolled Gravity, and it was pretty hilarious
 
2014-06-03 06:17:14 PM  

steve_wmn: So his rationalization is that if aliens have visited us they got bored and left?  I'm skeptical.  I think our first contact situation is more likely to play out like the first act of Independence Day, except the aliens will keep on kicking ass until we're gone.  It's what we would do if the situation was reversed.  Call it Manifest Destiny.


That is a horribly inefficient way to conquer a planet.

Any extraterrestrial race technologically advanced enough for interstellar travel is so far beyond our level that they would likely regard us in much the same way we would regard a bunch of hornet nests in a fallow field we plan to plow: Annoying, insignificant, and in the way.

The best way to take out a hornets nest is to smoke it.

Aliens would identify pretty quickly that all life on Earth needs O2 to survive. It's also highly likely that there's nothing in our atmosphere of any value to them (they might require relative amounts of the same things -- carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., but in different compositions), so they wouldn't have any apprehensions about messing it up.

At their level, it's not much of a technological hurdle to introduce an agent that turns the atmosphere into a universal toxin. If I had to wager a guess, I'd say argon would do the trick. There is already ample amounts of argon in the atmosphere already, making a chemical conversion of everything else a neat formality. Argon is colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic and non-flammable. Since it is a noble gas it is also inert to any chemical reactions so no one would detect any sudden changes in atmospheric conditions until it's too late. Nothing on this planet can breathe argon. It is heavier than air so all it needs to do is push sufficient amounts of O2 into the upper atmosphere to asphyxiate every living thing on the planet. A few dozen feet for a day or so will kill practically everything.

This is a winning strategy. Not lasers and ships, But global suffocation.

Alien casualties: Zero.
Human probability of amounting an effective counter-offensive led by Will Smith: Zero.

Once the hornets are dead, the planet is free for the taking. And that is what would really happen in an alien invasion.
 
2014-06-03 06:40:49 PM  

Driedsponge: knight_on_the_rail: Tyrone Slothrop: ltdanman44: steve_wmn: if aliens

steve_wmn: It's what we would do if the situation was reversed

Why would  aliens have/share human traits?

If there are aliens out there, why would they visit?  We can't even get along with members of our own species.  I imagine planet earth as the reality show for the rest of the galaxy.

Unless FTL travel has been created, any alien coming here, assuming that Earth was habitable to them, would come to colonize it. Distances in space are too damn big to just pass up a habitable planet.

/Other possibility: extremely long-lived aliens

Why? If FTL hasn't been created they're obviously perfectly fine living on spacecraft for millennia.

/just sayin'

If you are traveling for millennia, you've probably invented cryostasis.  In which case, you aren't living on a spacecraft for millennia, you're sleeping through most of it.


Why does everyone try and get around the FTL/cryo/etc. angles? Why not a ship of a few hundred of them (like in District 9) where the aliens reproduced on board. So those that showed up here would be generations removed from those that left their planet. Obviously -- with our physiology -- you'd have food problems, and genetic issues as inbreeding became a concern, but maybe there's a species that could make it happen. It's an angle that I can't remember having seen explored anywhere.
 
2014-06-03 07:09:56 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Why does everyone try and get around the FTL/cryo/etc. angles? Why not a ship of a few hundred of them (like in District 9) where the aliens reproduced on board.


Why would you assume aliens would "get old"? If they have the tech to cross the gulfs of space between stars, why wouldn't their medical technology be just as advanced? What if "getting old" is something that evolution on whatever planet spawned them didn't come up with. Then again, who says they would come from a planet? My point is alien life is going to be alien.
 
2014-06-03 09:12:20 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: 6. Whether it's possible for five Farkers to blow him at the same time.


7. How to STFU
 
2014-06-03 10:52:27 PM  

Ishkur: steve_wmn: So his rationalization is that if aliens have visited us they got bored and left?  I'm skeptical.  I think our first contact situation is more likely to play out like the first act of Independence Day, except the aliens will keep on kicking ass until we're gone.  It's what we would do if the situation was reversed.  Call it Manifest Destiny.

That is a horribly inefficient way to conquer a planet.

Any extraterrestrial race technologically advanced enough for interstellar travel is so far beyond our level that they would likely regard us in much the same way we would regard a bunch of hornet nests in a fallow field we plan to plow: Annoying, insignificant, and in the way.

The best way to take out a hornets nest is to smoke it.

Aliens would identify pretty quickly that all life on Earth needs O2 to survive. It's also highly likely that there's nothing in our atmosphere of any value to them (they might require relative amounts of the same things -- carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., but in different compositions), so they wouldn't have any apprehensions about messing it up.

At their level, it's not much of a technological hurdle to introduce an agent that turns the atmosphere into a universal toxin. If I had to wager a guess, I'd say argon would do the trick. There is already ample amounts of argon in the atmosphere already, making a chemical conversion of everything else a neat formality. Argon is colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic and non-flammable. Since it is a noble gas it is also inert to any chemical reactions so no one would detect any sudden changes in atmospheric conditions until it's too late. Nothing on this planet can breathe argon. It is heavier than air so all it needs to do is push sufficient amounts of O2 into the upper atmosphere to asphyxiate every living thing on the planet. A few dozen feet for a day or so will kill practically everything.

This is a winning strategy. Not lasers and ships, But global suffocation.

Alien ...


I'm hoping for your sake that you didn't actually take the time and energy to think this through for years and come up with this plan. Cause if you did....well, you're too smart for your own good and there will probably be a knock at your door fairly soon...
 
2014-06-04 07:10:33 AM  
Maybe he should study on how to not creep me out with his dead weepy eyes.
 
2014-06-04 09:06:45 AM  
Surprisingly absent, the definition of a planet.
 
2014-06-04 09:29:00 AM  
Scrotastic Method:


Why does everyone try and get around the FTL/cryo/etc. angles? Why not a ship of a few hundred of them (like in District 9) where the aliens reproduced on board. So those that showed up here would be generations removed from those that left their planet. Obviously -- with our physiology -- you'd have food problems, and genetic issues as inbreeding became a concern, but maybe there's a species that could make it happen. It's an angle that I can't remember having seen explored anywhere.

Heinlein did it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methuselah%27s_Children But he also mixed in the ideas of long lived humans and a magic inertia cancelling device, and then plain old FTL travel in the end.
 
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