Tag: space

How better to celebrate the day after Valentine’s Day than with the discussion of WAR? I’ll let you in on a little secret, something I’m rather ashamed of: my knowledge of history is really lacking. I blame it on my schooling: basically, we studied the Romans, the Tudors, some Jurassic/dinosaur stuff… and that’s it. Seriously, I left school not knowing a thing about World War 1 and 2, or any contemporary political history. Oh, I forgot: we also studied the…

You probably know by now that I’m a bit of a pragmatist. I don’t totally discount the possibility of the paranormal, and pragmatism is a little too strict really, but I’m definitely of the scientific, that-which-can-be-proven mindset. I think there’s more to life than eight decades of faffing about and then decomposing in the ground. I just think it might be a little premature to assume we have a soul, an entity tethered to us in some indescribable, untenable way…

On a surprisingly regular basis I get asked the question: ‘What would your empire be like, Seb?’ It always makes me stop and think. Who told you I’m planning to be an emperor…? I don’t think I’ve told many people about my aspirations of world domination, but perhaps it’s the kind of thing that manifests and makes itself known in other ways. Maybe it’s the sparkly¬†glint in my eye, or the grandiose sweep of my arms when discussing important issues…

For as long as we’ve been human one resource has always been valued above all others: knowledge. The success and progression of civilisation is measured in just one way: the extent of our knowledge. We pride ourselves on how developed we are. How much more more civil we are compared to our barbaric ancestors. We sure have come a long way from the grunting, cave-dwelling proto-human. Guns. Medicine. Democracy, equality, liberty; these concepts, these inventions are fine examples of our…

The bay (Atlantic Ocean) with the lights from the nearby stage reflected upon it.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law In 1968, Clarke and Stanley Kubrick finally finished 2001: A Space Odyssey – the book, and the film. It would change the way the world looked at evolution and ethics; artificial- and extra-terrestrial life. Religion and genesis. But those are meaty topics that I couldn’t hope to cover in a simple blog entry. Instead, I want to talk about all of them combined, magic. Events that leave…

No, I’m not talking about one of the best BBC dramas in recent years, I’m talking about space in general, and life on other planets in particular. Recent research points to a good possibility of life on Mars. Not complex life, though. Probably just methane-producing bacteria below Mars’ surface. Even so, the fact that there might be living, breathing, reproducing organisms on a planet as close as Mars has massive implications. Scientists are discovering lots of new planets, and there…