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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

WrongMonkey Re:It'll never happen (290 comments)

The concept of a Alcubierre drive requires negative energy density. It doesn't show that FTL is possible it just substitutes one impossible idea another impossible idea.

3 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

WrongMonkey Actual augmented reality (324 comments)

There is a potential userbase for augmented reality devices. But what those potential users expect is an full field of vision display that responds to head & eye movement in real time. A smart phone monocle just isn't going to cut it.

about two weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

WrongMonkey Re:History Channel (166 comments)

Care to name some countries that have better television? Particularly historical documentaries.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

WrongMonkey Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (755 comments)

The God in the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, is a physical being that is physically seen by the people like Moses. He communicates with people and performs miracles to prove his existence and power. Strangely, he is not omniscient and not all powerful. There are several times when God is tricked, negotiated with, shown to have incomplete knowledge or had his power overcome. The Bible is also clear that other gods exist and they do have power, but God of Abraham is simply the most powerful.

The Bible is kind of a crazy book that has very little to do with what's taught modern Churches. You really should read it some time.

about 1 month ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

WrongMonkey Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

Your statement just is empirically incorrect. The 20th century was the largest increase in human population AND the greatest increase in overall standard of living. We might someday reach the point where exhausting resources starts to diminish standard of living, but it hasn't happened yet.

about 1 month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

WrongMonkey Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (755 comments)

Your hypothetical higher being is interesting, but completely different than the "God" described in the Bible and most other religious works. That's half the problem with these arguments: as soon as science reaches a point where it really can disprove "God", the believers change their definition to something more obscure and intangible. You are now describing something so abstract that its completely meaningless either way.

about 1 month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

Not necessarily. Reducing the space program could mean more money for other research topics. NASA budget is twice that of the NSF. Does it really make sense to spend twice as much on space research as all other non-medical sciences combined?

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

Generally speaking modernity in Europe is considered to be about the mid 15th century to the present day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... Two the countries you name didn't even exist until the modern era. Try again.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

Wanderers are different than explorers. Nomadic people follow established cycles in known locations. Trading with the village in the next valley over is different than sailing into the unknown. Moving between established cities is different than spending trillions of dollars to hurdle a person through the void of space to a dead rock that's inhospitable to life in every conceivable way.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re: Shut it down (219 comments)

Sure, why not? Its not like space is a limited resource than can be monopolized the first mover.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

Exceptions that prove the rule. Out of thousands of cultures, the number of premodern societies that attempted any serious, sustained exploration can be counted on one hand. And really, its doubtful that premodern migrations to the Americas were any kind of deliberate exploration effort. It was probably just nomads following the herds.

Look at this way, modern humans have been around for about a quarter of a million years. The first migrations out of Africa were only about 30,000 years ago. If exploration were really some fundamental human constant, it seems odd that we spent 90% of our time in a relatively small portion of one continent.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re:Shut it down (219 comments)

Actually too many to name. There have been thousands of countries, nations, empires, etc. and very few of them had any policy of active exploration. The romantic notion of exploration is a very recent development. Throughout most of history, wandering beyond the horizon would have been suicidally insane and very few to attempted it were ever heard from again.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re: Shut it down (219 comments)

Exploration in the 1400s was taking a profitable venture (the spice trade, later precious metals) and finding new ways to make it more efficient (new trade routes). Discovery of new lands was incidental. Nobody wandered around the ocean without a particular destination in mind, that would have been suicide. So if we really follow your analogy, then we should stop manned space exploration, focus on activities that have immediate profit, and be satisfied knowing that new discoveries will take place whether we pursue them deliberately or not.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

WrongMonkey Re: Collosal waste of money (219 comments)

Apples and oranges. The manned space program and the ISS in particular contribute just about nothing to the development of satellites.

about a month ago
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Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

WrongMonkey Re:We suck as a people (28 comments)

So people care more about the planet we're living on and the policies used to govern it more than they care about some dead rocks in space. Is that really so surprising?

about a month and a half ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

WrongMonkey Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

It's subject to US laws and courts, but it can't be said to reflect US policy or values.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

WrongMonkey Re:Life Everywhere out there? (334 comments)

The arsenic replaces phosphate. Those lifeforms are still carbon and water based.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

WrongMonkey Re:For the novelty! (153 comments)

Manned space exploration is not unique in that regard. Any field of research will lead to new ideas and new technologies if we throw enough money at it.

about 2 months ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

WrongMonkey Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

You don't need to put people into space to study astronomy. There is nothing that a person can do in space that a robot can't do better.

about 2 months ago

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