15) Other Science

To understand human life, you need to know where we came from.

Evolution Prevented By Competition.  Most of the history of life is about changelessness, not evolution. A relentless struggle for existence produces creatures good at winning that particular struggle, not creatures that can open up new possibilities.

Should We Fear Alien Civilisations?  Suggesting that if they are there, they would have seen us through telescopes much better than we have used to find thousands of exoplanets.

Gaia, daughter of Pangloss.  Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis as Rehashed Religion.

Frankenstein.  How none of the films have been true to Mary Shelley’s original vision.

Big fierce animals are losers.  The monsters of the past mostly perished without issue.

Mammals that ate dinosaurs.  (But still went extinct, with smaller mammals being our shared ancestors.)

The Decline of US Science.  Bell Labs did good work which led on to useful products.  But modern business thinks short-term and neglects such things.

The Large Hadron Collider in 2008.  One Tetravolt is about the same energy as a flying mosquito.   But if you can squeeze that sort of energy into a space about a million million times smaller than a mosquito, interesting things happen.


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