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Old 08-09-2010, 10:22 PM   #61
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I cant wait for him to say something original...
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:21 AM   #62
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Is Stephen Hawking ok?
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Of course not! He is facing a death panel in the SOCIALIST UK.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:44 AM   #64
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Of course not! He is facing a death panel in the SOCIALIST UK.
No he's facing run away global warming.
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I wet myself with laughter there!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:22 AM   #67
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Did anyone ever see that Onion story years ago about how Stephen Hawking's new mechanical exoskeleton gives him the strength of a hundred men and the ability to crush buildings at will, as well as to walk on the surface of the sun? Well it happened and it was pretty hot.
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wow, those special effects are so special when you freeze it like that
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The thread should continue "If you had a time machine where would you go?"

I personally would like to see all the prophets and religious leaders and practice time travel archeology. Of course there would be a temptation to see future lottery numbers. There would also be a temptation to go farther back in time and be a king of prehistory and dominate early humans. Of course you would have to make sure that you don't bring any diseases back in time because you would kill early humans.
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The thread should continue "If you had a time machine where would you go?"

I personally would like to see all the prophets and religious leaders and practice time travel archeology. Of course there would be a temptation to see future lottery numbers. There would also be a temptation to go farther back in time and be a king of prehistory and dominate early humans. Of course you would have to make sure that you don't bring any diseases back in time because you would kill early humans.
Do we get to just witness or participate (and if it is participate, are there consequences?)?

I'm more likely to consider going into the future anyway--which is possible right now to a certain extent.
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Do we get to just witness or participate (and if it is participate, are there consequences?)?
I guess there would have to be consequences theoretically, unless we are supposed to believe that it's a completely new time strand that doesn't interfere with the other. I think I'll have to ask Spock.

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I'm more likely to consider going into the future anyway--which is possible right now to a certain extent.
I want to see how humans evolve in the future.
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i agree KMac, the aliens thing makes sense, especially if you look at it from purely a numbers perspective. we're one of trillions of planets, surely there is at least one other form of life out there.
I'm not disagreeing or agreeing with you that there is life out there, but basing it on numbers is tricky. Yes, the sun is 1 out of 200 billion or so stars in our galaxy. And there are 100 billion galaxies in the visible universe. So people generally conclude that purely by chance there has to be life out there. But the question is, what are the odds of an environment to form with all the necessities for life around any given star?

If we're talking about life as it exists on earth, we need much more than just water. Our planet is an almost perfect distance from the Sun, we have a strong atmosphere that takes in the necessary sun rays, and blocks the harmful ones. We have a powerful magnetosphere, without which solar winds/flares would be a threat to life. Also, lucky for us, the solar system is not very active, as in there isn't much bombardment from asteroids/comets as there was in the early years of the solar system. Plate tectonics are relatively stable on earth, we're not constantly erupting and flowing lava. We even need our moon to survive, and its also a perfect size and distance from us. Without the moon, the earth's rotation would be out of whack. Speaking of rotation, imagine if one day on earth was more than 24 hours? One day on Venus is 243 earth days long. We would never survive on that. I'm sure there are many other pieces that came together perfectly in order to form life on earth.

Having said all of that, we shouldn't assume that whats essential or uninhabitable for us would be for other potential life forms. Who are we to say that all life in the universe requires water? Who are we to assume that other forms of (intelligent or not) life can't live in 10,000 degree temperatures, can't breathe carbon monoxide, or even need water?

The truth is that we really don't know. If the universe is limitless, then purely statistically speaking, we aren't the only ones. If I had to guess, I would guess we aren't alone, and that's partially because we believe that there are more planets with life in my religion.
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