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Old 11-09-2009, 03:43 PM   #21
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I wish there were more hardcore science shows like this on TV. The Universe is OK, but it's kinda grade school. I want a miniseries on dark matter, or a whole season on quantum physics.
I'd love to see something like this as well. I enjoy The Universe, but it is usually pretty elementary. There are a number of good videos available on youtube that go into more detail.

As for the scale of things, you're right - it is absolutely amazing.

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Old 11-09-2009, 05:01 PM   #22
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:55 PM   #23
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:34 PM   #24
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And that's just the 'space' aspect but the 'time' aspect is equally mindboggling. Advanced civilizations, way more advanced than us, could have come and went many times over in this universe.

What if we knew that our planet was going to end relatively soon? What could/would we do? Perhaps build some sort of spacecraft and load it with certain hardy forms of primitive life such that we could send it on a several-hundred (if not several-thousand) year trip in an effort to 'seed' that planet with life? Maybe that's what happened to earth billions of years ago. OK...maybe that's a stretch.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #25
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I always hate thinking about this stuff...makes my head explode from thinking too hard

What always gets me is thinking about just how small humans...or even our planet is in the grand scheme of things. We're just miniscule molecules and atoms in the big picture - then start thinking about the individual atoms that make us up and our planet! Just how infinitely small THOSE are...and compare that to the vastness of the universe as a whole...

I just don't think it's possible to understand and realize the total number of atoms in the universe. Can the number even be written? Surely there is no comparison for us to comprehend the vastness of their numbers...I just looked up how many atoms (approximate) every human is made up of...it's 7x10^27...that's a 7 with 27 zeroes after it...then multiply that by 6 billion...and that's just the atoms for HUMANS on a SINGLE planet in the ENTIRE universe!

OK I think I see smoke now...

 
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:50 PM   #26
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And that's just the 'space' aspect but the 'time' aspect is equally mindboggling. Advanced civilizations, way more advanced than us, could have come and went many times over in this universe.

What if we knew that our planet was going to end relatively soon? What could/would we do? Perhaps build some sort of spacecraft and load it with certain hardy forms of primitive life such that we could send it on a several-hundred (if not several-thousand) year trip in an effort to 'seed' that planet with life? Maybe that's what happened to earth billions of years ago. OK...maybe that's a stretch.
Interesting thing to think about. Here's a question for ya. What good does it do humans to seed another planet with primitive life such as bacteria? Let's say that we even had a target planet in mind (or a moon) and where able to nail it, once we're all dead, it doesn't really matter. I know it sounds Nihilist but I do think that our value on human life is only relevant in the context of the living. In the minutes preceding a complete extinction event such as a meteor impact or our sun dying, I wouldn't feel the least bit of comfort knowing a yeast spore is on its way to a planet, even if the planet was made of 50% maltose.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:13 PM   #27
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Interesting thing to think about. Here's a question for ya. What good does it do humans to seed another planet with primitive life such as bacteria? Let's say that we even had a target planet in mind (or a moon) and where able to nail it, once we're all dead, it doesn't really matter. I know it sounds Nihilist but I do think that our value on human life is only relevant in the context of the living. In the minutes preceding a complete extinction event such as a meteor impact or our sun dying, I wouldn't feel the least bit of comfort knowing a yeast spore is on its way to a planet, even if the planet was made of 50% maltose.
I dunno...the thought of a new civilization, making beer, billions of years in the future because we seeded Maltosia with Chico yeast just sounds kinda cool.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:35 PM   #28
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The next star is so far away that we'd need to reproduce aboard the starship along the way, or go cryogenic. Which option sounds more fun to you?

Anyway, the size of space is not that big a deal after you invent an FTL drive.
Relativity saves us there, just get the ship up close to the speed of light and you'll be at the next star before ya know it.
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Imagine if this planet-seeded population was beer. Living, thinking, loving beer.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:51 PM   #30
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This reminds me of that trippy chapter in one of Papazian's books about wort blobs floating in space, each picking up a different yeast and becoming a different beer, or something like that.

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