Category Archives: Talk

Talk about politics, society, science, computers, internet, psychology, and philosophy.

Why colonize space?

I think it is important mankind learns how to travel between stars and find new planets to colonize.

Why?

It would give our lives meaning beyond being a top-level predator.

If we were to go out among the stars and start terraforming planets, we’d use plants and animals from the earth, and all of a sudden their survival rate, in the long run, would increase manyfold.

We would be able to give back to other species for all the shit we’ve subjected them to…

Unless, of course, we started terraforming planets with life…

Isolate or Integrate?

There are two major approaches to dealing with continuous exposure to foreign cultures: Either you isolate yourself until that pesky foreign culture tires and go somewhere else or you integrate that culture until one plus one equals another one.

There are many ideas and theories about integration and perhaps very few good clean facts and answers, I actually don’t know…

…but I do know this; you can always ask any North Korean about isolationism…

…if they even understand that’s an issue in their country…

…and if you’re even able to contact them…

…yeah, you probably can’t ask a North Korean…

Mankind is doomed!

Raging Anti-Americanism in Future Religion?

State Senator Lynn Hutchings defense of the death penalty:

The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me. I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.

Yes. And Jews were involved, on a corner, in the execution of Christ, and because of that, Christianity has always been afflicted by raging antisemitism that culminated (we hope) in the terror regime of Nazi Germany.

So, if American executions would happen to produce a future religion, that religion would then treat Americans like Nazis treated Jews?

I have a proposal:

Fucking stop it! Now!

Forty-Two

7.5 million years ago.

“Let’s build a giant computer that can give the ultimate answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything!”

“Let’s do it!”

One year later.

“We’ve built a giant computer that can give the ultimate answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything!”

“Let’s test it!”

“Ok. It’s just a beta so let’s start with something simple like ‘seven times six’.”

One minute later.

“…It’s slow.”

“Yeah, let’s get some lunch…”

One hour later.

“It’s really extremely slow, isn’t it?”

“Let’s wait and see…”

One day later.

“Still computing? Is it even working?”

“Yes!”

“OK. Let me know when you have the answer…”

Today.

“The giant computer that was built to give the ultimate answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything has produced an answer!”

“Yay! Let’s hear it!”

“It’s … forty-two.”

“What was the question?”

“It doesn’t seem to have been programmed to remember, but I can only assume it was along the line of ‘What is the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.’ Don’t you think?”

“And the answer is ‘forty-two…’ fascinating…”

Make a Wish

“Hey, what happened? Did you fall into the lake?”

“I hate my parents…”

“Why?”

“Make a wish my boyfriend said, and when I did he threw me into a well…”

“That’s horrible! But how is it your parent’s fault…?”

“I know I shouldn’t date idiots, but still… if they hadn’t named me Penny…”