honestly my biggest pet peeve in fic AND in canon is everyone forgetting that kara is more than just a musclehead with the emotional range of a puppy and is actually a refugee, with her entire culture and language and religion wiped out, everyone she’s ever met dead, not simply a human with powers but a Kryptonian, always.
Who comes from a family of universe-renowned scientists, and was considered a genius by the standards of the extremely technologically advanced society that aren’t simply american humans in a few thousand years but people who probably have very different brains–along with also being created via the Codex and genetic manipulation (so it’s probably phased out any junk DNA, or vestigial structures–so, Kara probably doesn’t actually have an appendix or wisdom teeth tbh). If Kara had actually lived her life on Krypton, there’s a very high chance she would have went into the Science guild tbh
Really, imagine if you had gone through the equivalent of a rigorous phD program, and then all of a sudden put in a kindergarten science class. In the comics Kara was about to become the youngest person on the Kryptonian science counsel, ever
Yeah, of course Kara’s going to be bored with Earth level science, those science fairs that Alex dragged her along to are, to her, probably rudimentary at best, wildly off the mark at worst (and really–she’s been told to keep hidden. Genius children make news, genius children are noticed. Alex probably had a bit more leeway as the daughter of two world renowned scientists, already noticed by her teachers to be gifted but kara’s already the new adopted kid with the funny accent and mannerisms in a small town. That would be the exact opposite of laying low).
Lena’s probably a better tactician than Kara–a life as a Luthor would be a constant practice in tactics, long term planning. She’s definitely a brilliant scientist, but out of the two of them? Kara’s probably better.
And honestly? Lena realizing just how brilliant Kara really is, a fully fleshed three dimensional character, would be such a better story than just pretending that kara is an idiot with maybe 3 emotions.
Part of what makes Kara such a compelling character is that she’s been through so much, has so much anger and rage and sorrow but still manages to be a light and inspiration for others, intelligent, someone with a gift with words, a genius–someone who thinks of herself–Kara Zor-El, the powerless Kryptonian–as ordinary, someone not yet worthwhile, but she wants to be. She defeated Myriad through her words, through her sincerity and optimism, simply as herself. As Astra said, Kara “has the heart of a hero,” regardless of powers.Her heart is what makes her a hero.
tl;dr: kara is more than just a “puppy” who is incapable of intelligent thought
Any culture, from primitive to civilised has legends and mythology. So it’s not out of the realms of possibility to imagine aliens having a mythology telling of ancient deities, world creation, or super-beings who did extraordinary things to impress or frighten the previously mentioned gods.
But what about urban-legends? As the name implies it was something that evolved in urban areas (the more “civilised” areas) So doesn’t belong to a large portion of humanity.
What if aliens don’t have an equivalent of an urban-legend? They may get the ideas of stories and fiction and when they hear about things like Slenderman, Polybius, the Japanese Split-Mouth Woman, or even the old popping candy and cola makes your insides explode. They ask “Are these stories? a fiction to teach some moral lesson, or entertain in some way” But there’s always those people who are like, “NO, they’re true! I knew a guy, who knew a guy that this happened to!” And the aliens are just like “WTF! is earth even real?!!” No wonder humans are so tough if they have to survive all this!
This might seem arbitrary to most people, even intuitive. But, This is one of the deepest questions to have been answered in the entirety of mathematics.
In the thresholds of common day experience one might also find ‘things’ that do not seem to obey this proposition:
1 drop of water + 1 drop of water = 1 drop of water. 1 + 1 = 1.
1 cup of water + 1 cup of alcohol = about 1 ¾ cups of 100 proof alcohol. So 1 + 1 = 1 ¾
01 + 01 = 10 ( In binary )
1+1 =0 ( Modular addition by 2 )
1+1=11 ( concatenation of two strings )
But hey, 1 + 1 is 2. Conflicts arise due to improper usage of ‘1′, ‘+’ and ‘2′.
So, What does ‘1′, ‘+’ and ‘2′ mean?
Peanos axioms :
1) 1 is a natural number. * 2) Every natural number has a successor. * 3) No natural number has successor 1 (or 1 has no predecessor) * 4) Every natural number has a predecessor except for 1. * 5) You don’t need to know this one right now. *
We define addition a+b, for a,b natural numbers, as follows:
If a is 1, then a + b is b’s successor. *
Otherwise, a has a predecessor, denoted a’. Then, a+b equals the successor of a’ + b. * (Axiom 4)
For example :
3+2 = > successor ( 2+2 ) = > successor ( 1+2 ) = > successor( 2 ).
If either a or b is 1, but the other is not, then a = b is false.
Otherwise, there exist a’ and b’, predecessors of a and b, respectively (Axiom 4). Then, if a’ = b’ is true, a = b is true, otherwise a = b is false.
The decimal number system and Arabic numerals are not part of this theory - they simply represent natural numbers. In any case, the successor of “1” is denoted “2”, the successor of “2” is denoted “3”, and so on. *
So given these definitions, it is clear that 1 + 1 = 2.
The Russel and Whitehead proof.
Believe it or not, it took Mathematicians Russel and Whitehead hundreds of pages to get to this result in the Principia Mathematica. This is considered to be a more rigorous proof for the proposition.
Going down that road is something only a truly dedicated mathematician would dare to endure.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Everyone in the crew had a fallback plan in case shit went south. Michael would be an electrician, Jack always wanted to work in radio, and Gavin would be a cameraman on films. Jeremy mentioned something about how he went to school for animation and Ryan perked up and went “Hey, me too!”
When someone asks Trevor what his fallback plan was, he shrugs and goes “I got my degree in aerospace engineering” and everyone stops to look at him.
“Like… like rocket science?”
“You can make rockets and here you are, doing crime?”
“C'mon, when’s the last time NASA was funded? If anything, I made a completely reasonable career choice.”
the other day i was covering for one of our cashiers and a customer came through with a monster high doll. normally I’ll ask if the kid or whoever is a fan of whatever the person is purchasing and this person told me “yeah, she’s really into science and this one is sciencey, but i’m not too keen about the outfit”. i look at the box and nod and say “yeah, I don’t think open-toed heels are safe for a laboratory environment”. the customer just looked up at me with big eyes and whispered back “thank you for saying that”
Maybe the weirdness of humans isn’t
in our squishiness or our resilience or our strange cultural quirks. Maybe the
overriding ‘alienness’ of humans when compared to other species is our undying
curiosity and drive to go further when we don’t need to. Other aliens explore
and expand when it is required. There is no more space here so we must find more there.
But humans will go out and explore an ocean just to see what’s there.
Zing (not their real name, but they
were adapting to it as the only one the majority of their crewmates were able
to pronounce) trudged into the communal area of the hive. Sub-Hive 9hXGsse was
unimaginatively named and unimaginatively staffed and unimaginatively run.
Often referred to as the loneliest system in space it was mainly manned and
suited for outcasts of various species.