News Briefs 26-09-2018

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Instead of looking at the screen, what I want to do is to turn around and look the other way. When we look the other way what we see is a little hole at the top of the wall with some light coming out. That’s where I want to go. I want to steal the key to the projectionist’s booth, and then, when everybody has gone home, I want to break in.

Jacques Vallee

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  1. I’m back…

    Young blood: Shouldn’t we be using that blood for people who seriously need it? I know that when you donate blood you obviously don’t know who’s life it could save, but better that that in the arm of a rather healthy 35 year old.

    I also can see how medicine manufacturers may one day be able to exploit this. Imagine it on a scale like narcotic drugs, where you can get a bag of plasma at the pharmacy. Would people become addicted to “feeling younger?” Welp, guess it’s time to become a vampire…

  2. The X-Files still relevant? Meh. BBC America has been running marathons of episodes, and frankly, I don’t find they’ve held up well at all. Some of them are almost laughable now, except that they’re so dark and paranoid in tone they’re too oppressive for a giggle.

    Maybe conspiracy wing nuts find The X-Files still relevant? Shrug.

    While I think The X-Files is probably a good reflection of the times in which it was filmed, those times are over. Conspiracy fever, while it might still be running high on the political far right, is no longer gripping the average USian as it was in the 1990s.

  3. Two main points:

    Time: There is no such thing.

    – There is no dimension of Time to measure.

    Time is about clocks ticking away, not about “measuring” something, not about reality itself. If you are trying to detirmine how long something has existed, or how long you have lived, you have a +/- error if you have changed clocks at anytime during your life. That may seem trivial on the scale of a human life, if you are off a couple of days, what does it matter, but when you are trying to come up with geological time the +/- error makes it impossible to know.

    The clocks they use to say how old a rock is are based on the decay of uranium in a sample. They dissolve the rock until they find little crystals called zircons. Each time a uranium atom splits it creates a shock bubble in the crystal. They count the bubbles in the crystal and using the half-life of uranium they say how old the sample “may” be.

    – The problem is, such a clock is not constant. There are natural phenomena that can accelerate the decay rate.

    So visualize geological ages. You lay down a layer of new rock, and at that instant the clocks start ticking. In laying down a new layer, you may accelerate the decay rate of the first layer of clocks while laying down the next layer of clocks. Have that happen each time a new layer is laid down, always accelerating the older clocks. You then take a sample today, try to count the bubbles in the zircon and come up with a number that is vastly wrong. It seems right in context with each layer of clocks, but if you had an outside control layer, unaffected by the process of creating new layers, the error would leap out.

    Reality: is a simulation.

    – They are over thinking the problem.

    When they talk about Reality being a simulation, they always mistakenly assume some vast computer somewhere that the simulation is running on, and that is where their logic fails.

    This bubble of reality that we exist in is a simulation running in that bubble. There is no outside, no vast computer, just the simulation itself.

    This copy Earth that we live on is one of millions of copy Earths in a copy Milky Way. That is self evident, nothing strange about it.

    Harry – “Professor. Is this all real, or is it just happening inside my head.”

    Dumbledore – “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, why should that mean that it’s not real.”

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (4/5) Movie CLIP – King’s Cross Station (2011) HD

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