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Richard Feynman on What It Means


Richard Feynman on What It Means | The Experimenters | Blank on Blank from Quoted Studios on Vimeo.

“The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important, what was exciting, because I can’t learn everything.” – Richard Feynman in 1966

The Experimenters, from the creators of Blank on Blank: Icons of science, innovation and technology on what spurred their creativity.

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It’s a sci-fi trope, but are “beings of pure energy” really possible?

“Beings of pure energy” are oft-used tropes in sci-fi. They have no physical bodies, tend to be “enlightened,” and transcend time and space. But, is this transcendent state possible? Xaq Rzetelny at Ars Technica investigates:

If you’ve experienced science fiction in any of its many forms, chances are you’ve encountered “energy beings.” Unlike the other aliens in sci-fi, they have no ‘physical’ bodies but rather exist as beings of pure energy. They’re usually able to flit about the Universe at will and often demonstrate great abilities befitting their advanced, ultra-evolved state.

They are also typically portrayed as more powerful, more enlightened, and possessing a deeper understanding of the universe. It’s almost a given in most science fiction that sufficiently advanced civilizations will eventually develop this way. Converting themselves into beings of pure energy seems like the ultimate stage in the development of any civilization. It’s a ubiquitous trope—as if “pure energy” is our own mass cultural idea of humankind’s far future.

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CIA Global Video Program: Soviet Perceptions of the USA

Overview of Soviet perceptions of the United States, created by CIA’s Global Video Program. Reagan was interested in the subject and wrote how important it is to see “how others see us.” To learn more, read Ronald Reagan: Intelligence and the Cold War on CIA.gov’s Historical Collections Division page at http://go.usa.gov/XWQ.

h/t Mother Jones.

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Live Dodo or Hoax?

This is probably a hoax (actually I’m about 99% sure it is). But I always get a kick out of hearing about the newest cryptozoology findings.

This film was allegedly shot in Costa Rica. It appears to capture a bird very similar in appearance to a Dodo. Unfortunately, the filmmakers should have done their research. Dodo birds never lived on Costa Rica, they were endemic to the Mauritius island. A bit of an oversight, eh?

h/t Unexplained Mysteries.

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The Ideological Babelfish

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