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    Literature, History, early 16th/17th Century but any British, and some early American, Philosophy, Theology and of course, Astronomy/Cosmology.
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  1. Reading the blurb around a couple of books recently and it was said, by one neuroscientist, that it only shows the pattern of blood flow around the brain, and these are its limitations.
  2. Are you aware of any general trends in sea levels around the world, Ed, seeing your post made me ponder the question of what is happening - only generallly speaking - out there?
  3. I was watching a programme recently, generally centered around cyberwarfare, and the reliance of the web upon prime numbers and quantuam computing was a component. Anybody care to discuss some of the features of quantum computing, what we might expect from it, where it's up to in terms of progress, how it differs from everything we've been doing up until now in computing?
  4. Whilst watching a programme this week on measurement and the history of science I picked up on the designation "Quantum Age". Although dealing with the history of measurement, and suggesting that improved temperature accuracy is becoming very important to science, esp. in areas such as engineering ( one area where batter understanding of heat measurement is sorely required) and by way of one example -- this should eventually allow companies like Rolls Royce to improve aircraft engines enabling greater fuel efficiency and .... wait... back on topic warning ... so anyway, naturally quan
  5. Interesting and thanks for the links, I'll watch those documentaries, and if there's interest, we could always set up a new thread. (I keep atttempting to watch the L Susskind documentary on holograms, but keep getting distracted. I did manage however to watch two science prograames this week, one on gas being drawn into the central bulge/Black hole, and another on the foundations of measurement, by Marcus De Sautoy, if I've spelt that correctly, the mathematician, that was an exceptionally good quality programme, I'll probably rewatch it actually. 3 episodes, on foundations.
  6. Ed, why do you think we seem to be transitioning so slowly towards these new sources, is the technology still in its infancy, is it cost, or are we still too heavily invested in oil? The UKs energy problem has been left far too long and now we seem to be rushing towards nuclear power stations, built by the French, wind turbines have attracted a great deal of criticism, to date, ruining views or clogging up the near shore seascapes.
  7. Gees, I don't think we've advanced very far in terms of understanding consciousness. Our most powerful computers aren't really "intelligent" in the way that many of us tend to understand human insight and intelligence. It seems that SF has somehow popularised this idea of a computer that will - one day in the distant future perhaps - miraculously go "self-aware" at a previously derived or random point of complexity. The problem for me, personally, with all this... is that it assumes that "consciousness" can be designed from the ground up, and perhaps it can, but everythng I'
  8. If we ever captured a Unicorn, I guess we'd have to rethink sicence, or at least a part of the fossil record!. What sometimes interests me, is why do unicorms exist at all, even in the imagination, it's not the unicorn, specifically, but anything like it, and if it exists in the imagination, does it in some sense exist. I think that this division between the abstract and the real is very complicated, and in some sense, that everything that has been thought of, does in fact exist, but obviously we distinguish. If we were to go back several hundred years, and enter the mind of somebody f
  9. Would the centre of the galaxy be anywhere near as bright as in that artist's impression, if the gas clouds moved aside and we could see it. I've heard somewhere that it would show up in the sky like another moon?
  10. I'll have a go just for some fun: Energy is real to us, because as an objective observer, we can see the effects of energy, a cooker hob turns read, ice melts on a warm surface. A philosopher might say, 'energy is real because we notice it, it affects *us* in any number of ways, the sun heats out face, the glass of whiskey becomes more full as the ice cubes melt. However, without an impartial observer, it exists anyway, the ice still melts, the sun is warm, even without an observer to comment on the action. Energy is also potential energy (yes- physicists?), the ice cube has th
  11. Travelling over the flat-plane of the universe is one of most difficult concepts to conceive, well for me at least, because you naturally begin to add in dimensions, if you pass over a surface, and ask - but what is above, why can't you penetrate it, and go straight down and through it, we seem to be limited by our ability to visualise in only 1, 2 or 3D perhaps? Enjoyed watching the TED lectures in here.
  12. - as one headline catchily puts it! Any videos or interesting articles on this spectacular event folks? I have a BBC Horizon programme to watch on this, aired last night -- so that prompted me to open this thread. I haven't been able to skim every/all prior posts within Science. net, so apologies ahead if I double-up at any time... nb- I still haven't quite got the hang of the site's cut and paste facility. I gather we have to save our files initially, and then upload using the tools below, as cut/paste directly into here is not possible?
  13. Yes, that's how I've always understood it. And on that note, I'll back away and return to reading, as I don't wish to emulate the proverbial dog chasing its proverbial tail.
  14. Swansont, if we ignore the age of the light for a moment, and enter a Carl Sagan type of Spacecraft that can zip us around to each and every point of the universe, wherever we choose, so we'll meet up with star nurseries, and nebulas, and young galaxies, and older galaxies, and some of those will be closer to the date of the BB, say, 12 billion years old, others yet, only 8 or 3 billion years old... what do we know, or what theories have there been to date - if any - about the distribution patterns of the same? I'm aware of the example of the balloon where we use a marker pen and scribble
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