Jul 13, 2012
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about humankind's ability to prevent a killer asteroid from killing us all? (NO.....)
In his book, The Beginning of Infinity, Oxford physicist David Deutsch writes:
If a one kilometer asteroid had approached the Earth on a collision course at any time in human history before the early twenty-first century, it would have killed at least a substantial proportion of all humans. In that respect, as in many others, we live in an era of unprecedented safety: the twenty-first century is the first ever moment when we have known how to defend ourselves from such impacts, which occur once every 250,000 years or so.Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris wants to know what you think of Deutsch’s claim, and has set out a brief survey on his blog at the New York Times. Morris told me, "It may seem like another innocuous Internet quiz, but take my word for it—it isn't one." He also said, "There is a hidden question, which I’m not at liberty to reveal, that I think will interest you." and on his blog, he writes "When the results are announced, there will be a surprise."
I'm intrigued! I love surprises, even when they involve killer asteroids
Posted by the elegant ape at 5:34 AM
Furious religious establishment figures decry Life of Brian and John Cleese, who parries them masterfully
In this BBC 4 video, apparently contemporaneous with the 1979 release of Monty Python's classic The Life of Brian, a collection of robed clerics from the Church of England (and possibly others?) tell John Cleese that he's been very, very naughty for helping to make the movie, while Cleese and other Pythons parry them. It's quite a ride.
Posted by the elegant ape at 5:31 AM