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August 27, 2011 – Comments (8)

Wow! This is really awesome!

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The Known Universe
By Barry Ritholtz - August 27th, 2011, 10:00AM

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/08/the-known-universe-2

Prepare to be delighted for the next 6 minutes . . .
(go full screen)

8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM, kdakota630 (29.56) wrote:

That was pretty cool.  Thanks, binve.

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#2) On August 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.69) wrote:

Thanks B-man that was awesome.

With a Universe so vast is'nt ito somewhat arrogant for Humans to believe were the only form of life out there.

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#3) On August 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

kdakota630,

Thanks kdakota!

HarryCarysGhost ,

Thanks HCG!

With a Universe so vast is'nt ito somewhat arrogant for Humans to believe were the only form of life out there.

100% agreed. Like Carl Sagan observed: 'we are all made of star stuff'. That is, that surpernova forged all of the heavy elements in existence before they blew up and dispersed them through out their respective galaxies. Those heavy elements collect in nebulas, form into systems, and thats how we get the Earth and eventually us.

It seems highly unlikely that with all of the galaxies out there and all of the supernovae that occur over 13.7 billion years within those galaxies that with all of the raw organic elements created in those explosions that *none* of those situations will deposit materials in an evironment to allow life to form.

I agree, it seems highly arrogant to categorically say that is not possible.

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#4) On August 28, 2011 at 2:48 AM, hhasia (66.28) wrote:

Outstanding!

Hi from Asia.

Binvette must be talking by now! oh dear, what does she say?

HHASIA

 

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#5) On August 28, 2011 at 5:02 AM, mhy729 (31.28) wrote:

With a Universe so vast is'nt ito somewhat arrogant for Humans to believe were the only form of life out there.

This is more a fundamentalist Christian viewpoint than anything...I am of course more than open to learning of other ideological groups out there that share this belief.  On the other hand, among the many people that claim they are entirely open to the idea of sentient life other than us humans being out there, I wonder how truly open-minded and accepting they would be in the company of such alien life...the stuff you see portrayed in sci-fi involves a lot of humanoid alien life, and when it comes to movies/tv shows like Star Trek the aliens are portrayed by -human- actors so I am entirely unconvinced when people say they are comfortable with the aliens in those shows.  One movie that comes to mind that did a pretty good job in presenting a "realistic" response by humans to a truly alien species is District 9...I even recall my brother's story about a female acquaintance of his who complained of the aliens speaking in a weird language (I'm sure she would've liked them to speak English like they do in Star Trek, etc.).

Also, Stephen Hawking put forward the entirely reasonable idea that we would definitely not want to meet any starfaring intelligent alien life, and shouldn't be so brazenly attempting to make contact and "giving away our position", for fear of what may happen should we be discovered by such technologically advanced life.  This is of course a somewhat perverse form of anthropomorphism...just because we humans have proven over history to be a rather brutish and exploitative species doesn't mean that other intelligent life would be so. 

Here's a fun clip for any gamers out there:

 

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#6) On August 28, 2011 at 5:05 AM, mhy729 (31.28) wrote:

I neglected to include in my comment above, that the video in the original post is very cool.  Really helps put in perspective how truly miniscule we are on a cosmic scale.  Thanks for posting!

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#7) On August 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM, dbjella (< 20) wrote:

Technical questions:  Did anyone else have a problem viewing this video?  I have a mac running over cable internet and I am frustrated by how slow it loads and plays.  I gave up :(

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#8) On August 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

hhasia,

Hey hhasia! Thanks!

Yeah, binvette is almost 2 and she is talking up a storm :) She talks and sings. She will say things like "what color is the pink bear?" to see if we are paying attention :)

mhy729 ,

Thanks! Yeah, I love videos that discuss the large differences in the order of magnitude of length scales in our universe. Here is another one that is one of my all time favorites: http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/not-about-investing-in-the/389390.

One movie that comes to mind that did a pretty good job in presenting a "realistic" response by humans to a truly alien species is District 9..

That is on my 'to watch' list. I am quite behind for the the last couple of years :(

Also, Stephen Hawking put forward the entirely reasonable idea that we would definitely not want to meet any starfaring intelligent alien life, and shouldn't be so brazenly attempting to make contact and "giving away our position", for fear of what may happen should we be discovered by such technologically advanced life.  This is of course a somewhat perverse form of anthropomorphism...just because we humans have proven over history to be a rather brutish and exploitative species doesn't mean that other intelligent life would be so.

Yeah, that is a very interesting counter-point by Hawking. I don't necessarily agree with it. Yet, in an event, I have no desire to meet alien life anytime soon. I would be fully content just to know that it is out there somewhere :) Thanks!

dbjella ,

Sorry that you are having problems :(..

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