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Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 92

by blind_abraxas (#38267594) Attached to: What Silicon-Based Life Might Be Like

What's funny about attempts to visualize other types of life forms is, we tend to visualize those life forms in our own environmental terms. That is, we tend to assume some basic atmospheric conditions, pressure ranges, and temperature ranges. We "assume" certain basic conditions that resemble our own conditions.

There's little to no point in imagining alien life if you can't get with it, Captain Kirk-style, and everyone knows that.

Comment: Re:So many extinction level events yet we linger (Score 1) 451

by blind_abraxas (#30445834) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought

at the precipice of become spacefaring people. Mega volcano? Mega landslide in Hawaii? Defrosting Russian permafrost? Global warming? Comet? Meteor? Gamma ray burst? Solar flare?

Pick one and we're screwed. Sadly all we care about it the latest trinket to amuse our monkey brains while we imagine we are safe from all danger. somehow. maybe.

Space stations are shiny.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_

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