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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Time Event
The Known Universe by American Museum of Natural History

Here is a video to give you an idea of the expanse in time and space of the known universe. My theist friends will be as awed by this intimation of the size, power, and dignity of the creator of such lovely vastness as my atheists friends will be awed by the magnitude and intricacy of blind nature at work.

Each side will perhaps be astonished that the other does not realize how clearly such magnitude proves either that is must have been made by God or proves that it could not have been.

More importantly, my Cthulhu-worshiping friends will of course be as enraged as am I to see that Pluto, or Yuggoth-on-the-Rim has been cruelly insulted once more by the astronomers and scientists of the vicious Pluto-Haytah cult, who went immediately from making this video to spitting on the grave of Clyde Tombaugh, and marking his tombstone with uncouth graffiti.

On a more personal note, my loyal science fiction fan will be disappointed to hear that my current work-in-progress, which I meant to be large scale, only carries out the plot action to the range of one billion lightyears (farthest mapped galaxies) and I leave the quasars and farther objects unexploded--perhaps my imaginings are still too parochial.

It Aint Never Going to Happen (Except in SF)
A reader writes: 

"And I think eventually we'll learn to harness gravity, once we understand what the hell it actually is, and then this pesky Einstienein relativistic-light-barrier will fall soon after that."

My comment: 

Ain't going to happen. Apples did not start falling up when Newton refined Aristotle's physics, and time did not start running backward when Einstein refined Newton. No advance refutes the previous evidence--it only reinterprets it. Faster than light drive is as likely as a ride on the back of a fairy-magic unicorn.

"Assuming the aliens don't arrive..."

Is there even the slenderest scintilla of evidence that homo sapiens is not utterly alone in the universe? I do not mean a semi-unsupported hypothesis based in turn on a totally-unsupported hypothesis about the origin of life from non-life, I mean evidence, something you can bring into a court of law? Collapse )

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