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Be cool like Carl, and keep your hands off my science

My suit is made of SCIENCE

Carl Sagan was one of the greatest people who ever lived. Like ever. Seriously.

Not only was he a badass scientist (astrophysics, cosmology, astronomy etc) and science populariser, he was also a cannabis advocate and all around CHILL DUDE. He currently holds the world record for cheesiest yet sincere grin:

"Tee hee, science!"“I fucking LOVE science dawg”

In 1980 two great things happened. One, I was born and two, Carl Sagan started broadcasting his show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage on television. Cosmos was a thirteen part science based documentary show, chronicling science’s greatest achievements throughout the existence of the human race. Even though it’s over thirty years old it is still well worth watching today, not just for the science but also for Sagan himself. His amazingly calm and dreamy voice makes learning seem like pure pleasure and his empathy for all living things was something to be admired. He did so much for science that I can’t even begin to scratch the surface so you should go and at least read his wiki page, I guarantee that you’ll like what you read.

Carl Sagan died in 1996 and the world lost one of the greatest defenders of truth it has ever known. However just as the memory of Carl lives on today, so does his show Cosmos in a reboot of sorts being presented by one of today’s leading science populariser guys, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

ndgtThis guy. His head is just a bit smaller than Jupiter.

So far there have been three episodes of the new Cosmos that have aired, I’ve seen the first two and NDT does a brilliant job of carrying on Sagan’s legacy. You can tell he is just as excited about spreading knowledge and science as Carl was, and he pays homage to his mentor in a most respectful and touching manner in the first episode.

It’s a great programme and something that is badly needed these days; a science show about science and nothing else. But of course, you start to talk about Evolution and then BAM – the crazies come out of the woodwork:

Creationists want equal airtime on Cosmos

That’s right folks we cannot have a science based show that is just about pure science without those loveable bunch The Creationists throwing their extremely uneducated and tiresome opinions and objections into the mix. They want Cosmos to talk about the non theory that is Intelligent Design and how Creationism is a legitimate subject that should be taught as a science to children. This is idiotic. This is like watching Battlestar Galactica and complaining that there are not enough cowboys in it. It’s like listening to classical music and moaning that there is no dubstep style drop in the middle of the track.

You do no get to complain about this, fundamentalist religious people. You have entire channels, no scratch that, entire NETWORKS dedicated to god bothering. You would laugh in the face of anyone who demanded that you give Evolution equal time on one of your “Praise Jesus by giving us all your money” shows now would you?

Leave the science to the scientists and push your own silly agendas on your extremely well financed cable TV channels. Cosmos is about Science, not your false mythos. Evolution is not ‘just a theory’ and if you still cling to that belief then get a dictionary and actually look up what the term ‘theory’ means in a scientific context. The theory of Evolution is FACT, not a hypothesis. There are thousands of pieces of evidence and thousands of peer reviewed studies that prove it and refute Creationism at every turn.

Please, I know I’m not a massive fan or religion and a lot of what I say is hyperbole but I want nothing more than to accept religion as something that certain people do and get some good out of. It may not be my cup of tea but if it influences your life and the lives of those you care about in a positive manner, great – that is a good thing and you can believe whatever you want. However if your beliefs are dangerous, if you spread lies and misinformation and hatred and bigotry, you make it very hard for me to tolerate you.

jesus_and_the_dinosaursThis never happened

Cosmos is currently broadcasting on Sunday nights on FOX in the states and on Sky1 here in the UK. I highly recommend you watch it. In the meantime here is a cool little music video that features both Carl Sagan and NDT as well as a host of other important scientists (Feynman, Nye and more!).

Enjoy The Symphony Of Science – We Are All Connected (and it’s true, we are).

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The Philadelphia Experiment, but with airplanes

Heh, this will fool them

So I reckon most people who use the Internet have been keeping up to date with the news regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing last Saturday when it vanished off the radar somewhere in the South China Sea.

There’s been a lot of theories and rumours and misinformation going around all the media outlets in the wake of the disappearance, and here’s one of the more unusual ones that is quite interesting, if not far-fetched.

The plane had cloaking technology

Yup that’s right, some people are suggesting that due to the presence of twenty employees from Freescale Semiconductor being onboard there is a chance that it could have been a testbed for some kind of hi-tech cloaking mechanism. The company designs and manufactures embedded systems for all sorts of devices all over the world which apparently include weapons systems and aircraft navigation.

Not to downplay the tragedy in any way but if this was true it would be BADASS. Cloaking technology would enable me to finally live my life long dream of becoming invisible and hanging around outside bank vaults until they close for the night so I could sneak in undetected and get PHAT STACKS of money. I hate capitalism and wish that money wasn’t a thing, but it is, and I needs it, so I have no problem stealing from bankers especially when it would be nigh on impossible to get caught.

If anything it’s an interesting theory albeit one that is probably totally wrong. Making three-dimensional objects invisible is a Class 1 impossibility according to the marvelous theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku (read his book Physics of the Impossible for more information) . It’s almost certain that the plane has crashed somewhere and awaits to be found. But one can dream.

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First Study Of LSD’s Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

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O rly?

Ya rly.

It only took forty years to prove what a bunch of us already knew but finally there is recorded scientific evidence proving the psychotherapeutic benefit of lysergic acid diethylamide.

Now that the taboo on research has been broken (we hope) perhaps we can start to investigate this strange and wonderful substance further. Not to mention put it to use on those who could stand to benefit. This could be great news for people who suffer from crippling anxiety.

This article at Forbes explain the findings of the latest research. Let’s hope this gains some traction with governments around the world.

Pink Floyd Exhibition? Wat?

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Ermahgerd.

Just stumbled across this article in the NME which anyone who likes The Floyd will definitely be interested in:

Career-spanning Pink Floyd exhibition to open in Milan

So now I need to make sure I can get to Milan in September. Chances of that happening: Slim to fuck you.

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