Category Archives: Ethics

Wave of the Future


Presently I am being published at decodedscience.com  & I am inviting anyone who would be interested in subscribing to the site to stop by and first take a look. Things being as they are with the publishing world—paper subscriptions are certainly not dead–but many of us spend time and our personal resources to find, write and self-publish. In the not-so-distant-past, much of the content that is presented would fetch a decent living for science writers and writers in general. The present model of piling ‘ads to pay for content’  cannot go ad nauseam.

Peruse the content at decodedscience and perhaps you will agree that content that is worthy of pay —is justified.

Here are their links: (just copy and paste to your browser if needed)

http://www.decodedscience.com/

http://decodedeverything.com/

 

PLEASE NOTE: I will continue to post my regular content approximately once to twice per month on this site and silentastronomerII.com

I do apologize if anyone feels that this is spam—> it isn’t and I will see you in a week with new content here as well!!  for free!

 

 

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Life without mathematics


The following podcast is enlightening:
(from SETI.org)
Most scientists agree with the opinion– without mathematics most of industrialized society would not exist. However, one is apt to read (in the daily newspaper) that U.S. society ranks low in educating its children in mathematics. High school dropouts will leave high school because they could not pass algebra or geometry. (Although one may not know how to understand chaos theory in high school, the GIF below is has a “certain symmetry” which most can appreciate–in my very humble opinion). Is it possible to imagine a world in which no one could appreciate its beauty? 
 A sample trajectory through phase space is plotted near a Lorenz attractor with σ = 10, ρ = 28, β = 8/3. The color of the solution fades from black to blue as time progresses, and the black dot shows a particle moving along the solution in time. Initial conditions: x(0) = 0, y(0) = 2, z(0) = 20. 0 < t < 35. The 3-dimensional trajectory {x(t), y(t), z(t)} is shown from different angles to demonstrate its structure.

A sample trajectory through phase space is plotted near a Lorenz attractor with σ = 10, ρ = 28, β = 8/3. The color of the solution fades from black to blue as time progresses, and the black dot shows a particle moving along the solution in time. Initial conditions: x(0) = 0, y(0) 2, z(0) = 20. 0 < t < 35. The 3-dimensional trajectory {x(t), y(t), z(t)} is shown from different angles to demonstrate its structure. Author: Dan Quinn

URL of GIF:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A_Trajectory_Through_Phase_Space_in_a_Lorenz_Attractor.gif
 

Mission to Mars Project


The project has garnished quite a few applicants. The co-founder estimates that its total cost will be 6 billion U.S. dollars.

The concept is interesting and is centered around  ‘reality tv’ being the  ultimate  source of funding.

The source of the video news is TIME–at its Word Press site.

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Added after post– The initial cost is estimated to be 6 billion dollars–and not the total cost.

Contemplating SETI in a few short words? (Book Review III—Frontiers of Astrobiology)


When the SETI@Home project commenced 15 years ago, I imagined humanity would find evidence of ET within 25 years. In fact, I believed that it would be a matter of decades before a handful of interesting signals would captivate the general public. The fact is, the SETI paradigm is almost 55 years old, and the Drake equation may be subject to revision. (My supposition of the Drake equation may be more rhetorical…) However, Enrico Fermi’s question of ‘where is everyone,’ is more relevant than it seemed to me.

Those are my thoughts of SETI as I approached chapter 14 of the book which I have been ruminating upon for a few posts. The title of the chapter is If You Want to Talk to ET, You must First Find ET and it is authored by Dr. Jill Tartar and Dr. Chris Impey.

The chapter is written in style which illuminates the reasons for performing the search—and I found it to written clearly and concisely. The gist of the work indicates that if we do find a signal of worth in SETI—it would be the harbinger of a ‘possible future.’

After finishing the chapter my feelings could summed like this:

It is our own future bound-up in one of two paths; if we survive our own technology that signal would be the epiphany of how we survived and why. (That of course is a path worth traveling.)

With Gratitude and Inspiration!


Because you have chosen to read my blog, I am humbled and thankful. I will continue to write and find much enlightenment from all of you!

I thought I would post the image to illustrate how inspired I am from my fellow bloggers.

Here is a description of the image from its companion site:
Galaxies of the Infrared Sky
This panoramic view of the entire sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond our Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. The image is constructed from a database of over 1.6 million galaxies listed in the survey’s Extended Source Catalog; more than half of the galaxies have never before been catalogued. The image is a representation of the relative brightnesses of these million-plus galaxies, all observed at a wavelength of 2.2 microns. The brightest and nearest galaxies are represented in blue, and the faintest, most distant ones are in red. This color scheme gives insights into the three dimensional large-scale structure of the nearby universe with the brightest, closest clusters and superclusters showing up as the blue and bluish-white features. The dark band in this image shows the area of the sky where our Milky Way galaxy blocks our view of distant objects, which, in this projection, lies predominantly along the edges of the image.

Image Credit:  2MASS/T. H. Jarrett, J. Carpenter, & R. Hurt

If we are all made of stardust, then you have infused much into my existence and intellect!
Image Credit:
2MASS/T. H. Jarrett, J. Carpenter, & R. Hurt

“Atlas Image [or Atlas Image mosaic] obtained as part of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.”

Remembrance and gratitude


As I glanced over the blogs which I follow (Thanks Erik)—I was reminded of the anniversary of Carl Sagan’s birthday. I believe his wisdom and insight will be missed for sometime to come. However I, personally, recall one quote which I find apropos—like a mote of dust that can’t be ignored:

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.

REFERENCE:

Carl Sagan. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2013. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/carlsagan164545.html, accessed November 9, 2013.

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http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/carlsagan164545.html#SIRdZmRrzCDZPAmr.99

Death by a Million Spammers | CosmoQuest Blog


I am publishing this post by CosmoQuest in the hopes that someone can act in their defense.  CosmoQuest is run by a brilliant group of individuals who mission is to help disseminate science as public outreach and education.

 

Death by a Million Spammers | CosmoQuest Blog.