Fermi proposed his paradox: if the universe is so big that life must be common, where is everyone?
Robin Hanson answers that directly: there’s something filtering out civilizations across the universe.
There’s a pretty chilling two-way conclusion to all this: either 1) the filter is behind us, we’ve already passed it, and we’re a lot more alone than we think, or 2) there’s actually lots of places like Earth, the filter is in front of us, and we’re in a lot more danger than we know.
FWIW: This caught my attention because I met a pair of grifters in a pub in Edinburgh in 1984. They were running a scam on “fruit machines” (not far off from what Americans think of as a slot machine). Anyway, they both had Geordie accents. One of them I could understand. But the other one, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out a full sentence, and we sat around the pub drinking and talking for at least an hour.
Shooting fish out of a barrel: what’s not to like?
This actually is a serious contraption, meant to help with the transportation of live fish over distances. I didn’t know such a thing was needed, but after watching the video, I can see that it is.
I particularly like when the salmon is almost ready to come out of the tube, and the tube shakes like it’s vomiting. It reminded me of some scenes of the the aliens’ craft in Spielberg’s version of War of the Worlds.
FWIW: Whooshh, the company that makes this initially developed the technology for collecting fruit that can bruise. They have cool videos of that too.
If you don’t know how horizontal drilling and fracking work, watch this video.
This is the only YouTube video I’ve ever seen where the dislikes are nearly as high as the likes (as I write this, they’re running about 60/40 with the likes in the lead).
And yet this is an educational video. Apparently it’s OK to dislike educational videos if they’re about subjects you don’t like, or are put out by corporations from industries you don’t like. And yes, I know the point of a like or dislike is to tell people what you like or dislike — I’m just pointing out that this sentiment is about as deep as not liking a book about birds because gannets wet their nests.
That’s f***ed up: would people react the same way to, say, Schindler’s List?
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