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The first frightening thing you learned about the universe
Posted: 24 June 2010 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Stormy Fairweather - 24 June 2010 05:15 PM

Gavity works by bending space.

If you travel in a straight line in curved space, then it is the curvature of that which will dictate your path.

Mathematicly, the earth travels in a straight line.

Kinda why inertia does not throw matter off the planet as in travels at 36 000 kph in what amounts to a doughnut track.

OK, I won’t quarrel with that.

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Posted: 25 June 2010 07:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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DarronS - 24 June 2010 05:42 PM
Stormy Fairweather - 24 June 2010 05:15 PM

Gavity works by bending space.

If you travel in a straight line in curved space, then it is the curvature of that which will dictate your path.

Mathematically, the earth travels in a straight line.

Kinda why inertia does not throw matter off the planet as in travels at 36 000 kph in what amounts to a doughnut track.

OK, I won’t quarrel with that.

That was good - I wonder how many drink bets Stormy has won with that one.  grin

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Posted: 25 June 2010 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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citizenschallenge - 25 June 2010 07:22 AM

That was good - I wonder how many drink bets Stormy has won with that one.  grin

I owe him a shot of his favorite beverage.

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Posted: 25 June 2010 07:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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When I was four or five years old, I had the old idea in my mind that the universe was mostly stable.  The stars and the Sun stayed in their place, the Earth rotated to make the Sun looks like it moves, and the other planets orbit the Sun.

Then I found out that everything was moving, and thought that was frightening… how could the objects avoid colliding!  I didn’t learn that they were in stable orbits and so very far apart until later.

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Posted: 27 June 2010 06:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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1) The sun “blowing up” and expanding past the earth’s orbit, thus sautéing us.
2) It’s more than just likely that there’s no “point” to all of this, that we are simply emergent phenomena of chemistries that made copies of themselves.

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Posted: 27 June 2010 10:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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DarronS - 24 June 2010 04:32 AM

I don’t find anything actually frightening about the universe, but one thing makes me melancholy: the odds are overwhelming that we will never contact an alien civilization.

I’m still thinking about the “first” thing—I think that the universe didn’t frighten me when I was little…

but the MOST frightening thing about the universe to me now is that we MIGHT contact an alien civilization ‘bigger than us’.

Cue the Wings’ Live and Let Die
http://www.lyrics007.com/Wings Lyrics/Live And Let Die Lyrics.html

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Posted: 27 June 2010 03:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Jackson - 27 June 2010 10:39 AM
DarronS - 24 June 2010 04:32 AM

I don’t find anything actually frightening about the universe, but one thing makes me melancholy: the odds are overwhelming that we will never contact an alien civilization.

I’m still thinking about the “first” thing—I think that the universe didn’t frighten me when I was little…

but the MOST frightening thing about the universe to me now is that we MIGHT contact an alien civilization ‘bigger than us’.

Cue the Wings’ Live and Let Die
http://www.lyrics007.com/Wings Lyrics/Live And Let Die Lyrics.html

Hopefully, they’ll be both bigger and kinder.  Maybe WE would be the barbaric ones.

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Posted: 27 June 2010 06:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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That People are Apes.

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Posted: 29 June 2010 06:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Entropy

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Posted: 29 June 2010 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Some Guy - 29 June 2010 06:05 PM

Entropy

WHY?

Because it introduced the reality of “FINITE”-NESS?

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Posted: 29 June 2010 07:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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mig - 27 June 2010 06:00 PM

That People are Apes.

Yea, and I saw yu Mama man and she ugly bro…
(don’t believe me?  Check it out! ... she ugly man…)

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Posted: 29 June 2010 07:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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steveg144 - 24 June 2010 06:12 AM

Perhaps the thing that terrified (terrifies) me the most about the universe is the theory, which I read about just a few months ago, that the whole universe is actually a 2-dimensional construct, and what
we experience is just one vast hologram. Disturbing, deeply disturbing.

Hmmm,
I had a weird ‘thought connection’ earlier, that may have started here…

Since I totally reject the above notion ~ and personally relate most of our (suicidal) current world problems to people’s inherent confinement to their limited 2-dimensional perspective of the world around them.

What if:
God is Fractals

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Posted: 29 June 2010 11:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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I sort of agree with Some Guy.  I didn’t get frightened when I first learned about entropy, but I certainly got P.O.ed.  I didn’t believe it at first and thought very hard to try to come up with some way of disproving the 2nd law (OK, so as a kid I wasn’t a wise ass. Rather, I was a smart ass.).  It took a while, but it really helped me restructure my concept of the universe and reality.

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Posted: 30 June 2010 12:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Entropy didn’t/doesn’t scare me, nor does the fact that before it dies, our sun will swallow the earth. It is just the shear space that goes on and on while physicists debate the size and shape of the universe!

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Posted: 30 June 2010 06:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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I can’t really say that anything that I’ve ever learned about universe scares me. If I ever felt fear, it was probably because I didn’t understand something. I thought it was very scary, for example, that we are on a collision path with Andromeda, until I learned from Philip Plait that we are actually merging with another galaxy at this moment and that doesn’t seem to be going too bad, does it? I learned that spaces between stars are too great to cause stars to collide with each other when galaxies are merging. Ignorance is not bliss, at least not to me.

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