Thursday, 29 January 2015

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.

Thomas de Quincey

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

New technologies can be used for destructive purposes.

New technologies can be used for destructive purposes. The answer is to develop rapid-response systems for new dangers like a bioterrorist creating a new biological virus.

Ray Kurzweil

Thursday, 17 October 2013

If aliens visit us

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans.

Stephen Hawking

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Self-replicating spacecraft

We couldn't see any windows or propulsion systems in the alien spacecraft. It seemed to resemble a living organism. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

What will aliens look like?

They could in fact look remarkably similar to ourselves, if they come from worlds similar to our own. Our bodies are an optimised design for an intelligent creature that lives on Earth. We call this convergent evolution.

Standing upright, their limbs would be free to manipulate tools for developing technology. A head on top is better for self defence and gathering food.

Having eyes in their head allows a short nerve pathway to the brain. So those imagining eyes on wavering stalks could be disappointed.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012


The space shuttle crew gasped as the alien spacecraft materialized before them. It appeared to mean no harm. Tentacles drifted slowly as if in a gentle ocean current; sensing, probing. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The best thing about space travel

When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.

Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, 9 March 2010