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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Future Human Evolution

Future evolution human race. These words yielded an unexpected site. Space exploration astounds and delights simultaneously.

However, my interest was primarily regarding natural human evolution. For instance, if one were to study natural developments of the fossil record with special focus on primate evolution, what would be probable results for homo sapiens 1 million years hence. Of course any number of variables could impact such projections, nevertheless, with hindsight as our foundation projections would be more realistic than if we only had a million years of fossils on which to base our projections.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Interstellar Travel : a Reality

Realistic Voyage to the Stars

Real funds for real scientists who have an astounding vision.

How thrilling that this is DARPA and NASA behind this project. Astounding!

"Last year Mr. Millis calculated that it would be at least 200 years before society had the energy resources to send 500 people out of the solar system."

"Scientific probes could go sooner and cheaper. Professor Dyson recently pointed out that soon all the genetic information needed to reconstruct Earth's biosphere could be packed into something the size of an egg. Dispersed through space to different planets, such eggs could create homes-away-from-home waiting for us. 'The new technology will be biological,' he said. 'It will make everything else obsolete.'"

"A lot of us are quite young. We grew up hearing about the Apollo program," he said. "We want to be part of a significant journey. We personally think we may be doing something important, driving humanity out to the stars." He quoted Arthur C. Clarke, the late writer of science fact and fiction who invented the idea of communications satellites and helped found the British Interplanetary Society: "If you believe something is possible, you can make it happen."

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

40 Thousand Years Between Habitable Worlds

A Space Ark with hydroponic gardens and frozen animal embryos for a 40 thousand year voyage between star systems would be the 21st century equivalent to Noah's wooden ark. We would take no reptilian embryos with us. We've had enough of dragons and serpents on Earth.

A Super Earth world that could be a port-of-call might be Glise 581 g [*] with its relative proximity since it is 20.3 years from Earth.

May God grant us his unmerited favor to speed us heavenward wherever it may be among the distant stars.

[*] Habitable Planets in Our Galaxy

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

Pasolini's Modern Adaptation in "Accattone" (1961)"

The entire theatrical version of this classic Italian film can be watched by clicking the above link.

Saint Sebastian (died c. 288) was a Christian saint and martyr, who is said to have been killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians. He is commonly depicted in art and literature tied to a post and shot with arrows. This is the most common artistic depiction of Sebastian; hofuwever, he was rescued and healed by Saint Irene of Rome before haranguing the emperor and being clubbed to death. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Church.

For a traditional depiction of the official church history version please see the link below. Subtitles are not crucial since it follows the description outlined in the Wikipedia article.

Sebastianus Christianus Film Clip
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