Nick Bostrom’s written a fascinating article about why he hopes the search for extraterrestrial life yields nothing. Basically it comes down to the idea that if we discover the remains of some kind of life, then life is not as statistically improbable as we might like to think it is. And if it’s not that statistically improbable, then why haven’t we already been visited? One … Continue reading Great Filter!
â€œIf itâ€™s so great to be smart,â€ Dr. Kawecki asks, â€œwhy have most animals remained dumb?â€ Lots of Animals Learn, but Smarter Isnâ€™t Better [NYT], by Carl Zimmer, whose science blog The Loom is a favorite of mine. Continue reading dum da dum dum
Bruce Irons, not the surfer in question. Surfer Dude Stuns Physicists with Theory of Everything. Lisi’s inspiration lies in the most elegant and intricate shape known to mathematics, called E8 – a complex, eight-dimensional mathematical pattern with 248 points first found in 1887, but only fully understood by mathematicians this year after workings, that, if written out in tiny print, would cover an area the … Continue reading breaking news: not all surfers idiots