what science is this

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the theory that the universe is a simulation? It sounds kinda plausible to me, and the idea that some sort of programmer god actually exists is weird af.

The fact that some of the most prominent scientists and innovators of our time are considering the plausibility of such a theory and it’s being taken seriously to the point of committed researchers from credible universities…the concept is like an “!?” for science and for what we perceive as reality. 

See: ‘Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? – High-profile physicists and philosophers gathered to debate whether we are real or virtual—and what it means either way (Scientific American); ‘Is the Universe a Simulation? Scientists Debate’ (SPACE.com)

Regardless, confirmation of such a theory wouldn’t smother our curiosity as a species or create some type of knowledge void we are incapable of filling. Plus, we’ve been led into the future of discovery and further inquisition by that profoundly sobering assertion by English astronomer Arthur Eddington, when he said: 

“Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”

anonymous asked:

but what if science on Krypton was COMPLETELY different than science is on Earth? sure, kara would still be ahead, but it would maybe take her longer to adjust from kryptonian science to earth science than from kryptonian math to earth math.

mm you make a Valid Point anon.  it probably would take a while for Kara to adjust, but once she did, once she Understood and everything clicked [because everything will have undoubtedly clicked by now], she would probably be labeled a certified genius

Someone fucking chalked “learn to exploit and kill innocent animals” in front of the agronomy building???? Like what part of crop and soil science are you not understanding??? If you’re trying to make a point you’re doing a bad job

On Science & Magick

So I personally feel like science and magick are not complete opposites. There can be a great amount of almost spiritual satisfaction from understanding why the universe operates as it does and science can tell us a lot about how we are all truly deeply interconnected via common ancestors and how we are literally made of star stuff. It teaches us about how small we are and it also teaches us about how we can and have been harnessing the powers of nature for human benefit (and, not gonna lie, also human and environmental detriment). 

A lot of what was once called magick is now called science and a lot of people feel like that suddenly means that because we understand how it works that it’s no longer special. I’m not one of those people. I do not claim to be a scientific expert, more of an “armchair scientist” as it were, but one of my definite goals is to try and find places where science and magick intersect.

For instance, (a lot of these are ideas I’ve seen floating around and not my original ideas to clarify) making sigils out of the molecule structures for things like dopamine or drawing on dinosaurs for reference to “real life dragons” in spells. Using sigils for their psychological value and incorporating the psychological correspondences for candle color charts. Incorporating herbal medicine (responsibly) and looking into the properties of things like iron or fairy rings that might explain or enhance some of its magickal properties or looking into lingering energy sources as possible vehicles for residual hauntings, that sort of thing.

To be clear, I don’t think science has yet explained all of what is today described as magick. In the future, there will probably be many things that we today consider magick that are proven to be “merely psychological” in nature (though if you want my two cents that could really just be considered the method of action of the spell but that’s another story). On the other hand, we may also discover that there is more scientific evidence for what we witches have been experiencing magickally for decades that finally explains it to the satisfaction of the scientific community.

I’m personally of the opinion that it definitely can’t hurt to address your problems from both a mundane and a magickal approach (emphasis on using mundane methods too!) as a just in case. This is doubly true in situations where, mundane methods-wise, there is nothing you can do but wait and hope. If me casting a spell in situations like these has any influence on the outcome, regardless of what the method of action turns out to be (whether there is some conduit of energy connecting me to the situation that I have influenced or whether I have literally just made myself psychologically feel more at peace while I wait and hope for the situation to resolve itself) I see no harm in that at all.

anonymous asked:

It is not a good storytelling, when you immediately stop following the story and just make a facepalm, that HOW could it happen. Like the spaceship thing what is foreshadowed for S4. We can add magical "science", it works till story/characters catches your attentions. But when not, you see the holes, flaws and nonsense. ANd all can be explained, just none of them are plausible or scientifically accurate. Just start watching 12 monkeys or The Expanse, those are sci-fi, plausible, accurate. ITAnon

Yeah I agree, they failed badly in making their science accurate and basically depended on ppl believing that nonsense. The lack of research is clear and they are just making up stuff as they go, reason why theire are so many plotholes. The lack of coherence and consistency kills the show.

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Steve Bannon reportedly tried to make a movie about “blood purity” and wanted Mel Gibson to fund it

  • Steve Bannon once attempted to make a dark film that painted scientific advancement as a new eugenics movement, the Daily Beast reported.
  • And this was going to be one weird film. The movie, according to the report, covered a wide array of topics, including but not limited to: mutants, abortion, cloning and “designer humans.”
  • Bannon — who was a Hollywood producer in the 1990s — even met with Mel Gibson, the actor infamous for an anti-Semitic rant, about the project, according to the Daily Beast’s report. Read more

When you realize Overwatch now has TWO Time Lords running around the universe.

Sombra stole Harambe Winston’s tech and hacked it to work for her.

EDIT: Arnold Tsang talks about Sombra’s Translocator tech origins

EDIT2: Symmetra’s teleporter needs an exit module for it to work. Sombra just ‘relocates’ to another spot using one Translocator unit.

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I really do believe that at least part of the problem of people distrusting science has to do with how we as scientists portray ourselves.

We have actively created a system where we derive authority from being seen as better/smarter/more competent than everyone else and then when people ask why they should trust us we respond with a very condescending version of ‘because SCIENCE IS FACT’ or something along those lines.

Like, consider how that would feel from the outside? Here are a small group of people who you have never met/interacted with who sequester themselves in impenetrable ~elite institutions that you can’t access and don’t feel party to who then tell you that what they say is fact because they’re smarter and better educated than you. And if you ever try to question them (no matter how reasonable your objections may be/seem to you) they condescendingly pat you on the head and say something like ‘don’t worry we know better. you can’t possibly understand what we do.’

Why the hell would you trust them? 

No one likes being told that they’re not smart enough to understand something, and no one likes feeling excluded from something they’ve essentially been asked to accept sight unseen. 

I don’t really have a solution to this, except some vague notion about working harder to portray scientists as people working a job, rather than geniuses who are above it all. 

And like trying harder to understand where people are coming from when they question science. And remembering that being better educated than most doesn’t make us smarter than most. It just makes us better trained in certain types of thinking.

I just think we need to keep in mind what we are asking of people. Which is to put a whole hell of a lot of faith in us.