Category: Earth and cosmos

green issues, geology, geography, space, astronomy

Interesting scapes [2]

No question attached, just features of interest:

That one always reminded me of getting my suits made in the old days.  The one below I called Concrete in the Sun – those Med countries sure love their cement, brick and rock.

Last one has religious overtones:

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Interesting scapes [1]

I’ve a new desktop folder called Interesting Scapes, for pics which go a bit beyond the average scene, that have some point of extra interest.

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Aliens Cause Global Warming, by Michael Crichton

My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming.

All sorts of thoughts went through my Christianized brain – that as a scientist, he was going to take the amber fluid out of religions, that he was really going to argue extraterrestrials [see the first post of the day on Megyn Kelly and lizards].

It’s actually a very good read, of which this is one small fragment.

This serious-looking equation gave SETI a serious footing as a legitimate intellectual inquiry. The problem, of course, is that none of the terms can be known, and most cannot even be estimated. The only way to work the equation is to fill in with guesses.

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Brain architecture

No way someone not a brain surgeon or scholar can know if this is straight or the usual narrative today. 

However, for what it’s worth:

In the latest study, researchers honed in on the neural network structures within the brain using algebraic topology—a system used to describe networks with constantly changing spaces and structures. This is the first time this branch of math has been applied to neuroscience.

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