Brian Cox believes that we haven’t contacted E.T. yet because their technological development was so rapid and powerful that there wasn’t enough time for their society to deal with it and it destroyed them. He reckons we may be going the same way.
This may very well apply to human beings on the planet Earth but it is “putting the cart before the horse” when talking about extra-terrestrials. It is often stated in the scientific press or on TV that “because of the age and size of the universe there is BOUND to be a civilisation much more advanced than our own.” This assumes that there ARE other life forms out there. This is flawed logic; you can’t come to a statistical conclusion from a sample of one! It’s like saying there is one Mona Lisa so there must be millions! It is just as likely that we are the only life forms to have ever existed in the universe. Interestingly enough Enrico Fermi, a renowned physicist, was one of the first people to consider this “problem”. I thought these people were intelligent and logical! Maybe they weren’t people at all – but aliens!
A French blogger feels intimidated after being warned against asking “difficult” questions.
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Now they won’t let me read the headlines because I’ve turned off my java script! – the second biggest threat to online security (the first being unique identifier headers – perma-cookies).
Needless to say I went to one of the many other newspaper sites which don’t make such restrictions.
BILD INFO MESSAGE:
Why can’t I see bild.de. You have deactivated java script for your browser. Activate java script now to read our articles again.
I recently had occasion to visit a German newspaper site and was disappointed and annoyed that I was blocked from reading the articles! The reason being that I have an ad-blocker installed. However if I were so desperate to read this particular newspaper they would let me if I signed up for a subscription at a cost of €19.99 per year. For this very reasonable price, I would get the paper up to twice as fast and with up to 90% less ads. Is this extortion or sound commercial sense? The paper has to make money somehow and not everyone has an ad-blocker; have they tried charging the merchants double for delivering their ads? Somehow getting my debit card out and stumping up the money would leave me feeling slightly “poorly”. I would rather go to the news-stand and pay for a “real” paper which you can feel and which stays where you put it and slowly turns yellow over the ages – and the ads don’t blink, flash or give you an epileptic fit! The site in question is “BILD.de”.
BLOCK TV ADS:
I’ve not tried this device but the company states that it will block ads on a TV set.
Let’s hope this doesn’t go wrong! Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary! It will certainly help on his road to maturity but hopefully not at the expense of GREAT Britain; There must be subtle tactics working here!
An Americans’ view