News Briefs 04-01-2012

Will 2012 be the 'Year of the Weird'?

Thanks to Greg, Rick and Mark

Quote of the Day:

Rather than speak of conspiracy theory we might instead try to construct a poetics of conspiracy. A conspiracy would be treated like an aesthetic construct, or a language-construct, and could be analyzed like a text.

Hakim Bey

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Quasicrystals were first described in the 1980s by Israeli researcher Daniel Schechtman, who was awarded last year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery.

Schechtman's ideas were initially treated with doubt or scorn by some of his peers, who thought the structures were "impossible".

Same old same old ;)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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It was pleasing to my ears, and indeed my heart and soul, therefore, when I heard no other than Henry Markram suggesting in a video, that “The Universe may have evolved the brain to see itself, to become aware of itself”.

Now, it is perhaps a bit surprising to hear a modern-day top scientist speculate along such metaphysical lines, which left me thinking: Wouldn’t it be great if he himself would elaborate on this fascinating thought, which, to me, makes perfect sense. It certainly poses a lot of questions too, but if true, it would allow me to be just the kind of atheist I wish to be: A non-believer of Deities, but humble observant of the Universe’s apparent natural inclination towards self-awareness, towards progress, and, possibly, perfection?

What would that perfection entail? A perfect consciousness? Isn't that an attribute of *gasp* the Divine?

I think the problem is coming to term with those concepts from a very limited and fixed Time perspective. We could just assume, in a very counter-intuitive way, that in the far Future (from where we stand) the consciousness in the Universe attains this God-hood perfection, through slow and painful evolutionary processes. But from God's perspective, the Universe comes into being and slowly reaching to join Him/Her/It.

Because if consciousness is a natural property of the Universe, why should it be bound and limited by space/time?

Already there are many Cosmologists who find it easier to explain the history of the Universe by fixing the far Future as the starting point.

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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Oh man Perceval - that Pingu's The Thing thing's unbelievable!

Henceforth consider yourself SIR Perceval, Grail Knight, Piercer of the Veil!

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Edison wrote:

In order to make sure that Topsy emerged from this spectacle more than just singed and angry, she was fed cyanide-laced carrots moments before a 6,600-volt AC charge slammed through her body. Officials needn’t have worried. Topsy was killed instantly and Edison, in his mind anyway, had proved his point.

You are a prick

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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When Luna Park burned down in 1944, the fire was referred to as "Topsy's Revenge".

Shouldn't it have been a fire also in Menlo Park?

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electrocuted stray dogs, cats, a horse, and eventually a human, who was a prisoner on death row. But it went horribly wrong taking forever to kill the man and therefore wasn't painless as he claimed.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................