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Sometimes cycling hurts... I never new Kerry was a rider. Cool. Good health to you!

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For those interested in an overview of the lightsail solar sail craft, this is an intro:
The LightSail-A spacecraft uses the 3U CubeSat form factor measuring 34 by 10 by 10 centimeters in size with a total mass of around five Kilograms. Two of the CubeSat Units are occupied by the stowed...
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Else of course they would talk like scientists, eager to explain everything they know and don't know and what foundational understanding of nature they seek.
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Oh how science threatens the self centered. Oh how science threatens the deluded. How it threatens those who can't face their own painful past and have built emotional escape through elaborate fantasies of utopian paradise. Paradise as escape fantasy is not new. Religion is built of it. Mysticism. Ecstaticism. Heaven. Paradise. Eternal life. Omnipotence. Omnipresence. Exceptionalism. Its all the same. Same motives. Same desperate need. Same refusal or inability to face reality.

Same old self lies. But when these lies impinge upon the territory of science (transhumanism, singularity tech rapture, space cultism, for example), when they pervert the very filter of self noise that science is meant to be... that's when I will step in to shine the light of objectivity. Science matters. 

Fake science, pseudoscience, subjective noise acting as science... this is so much more a treat to science than religion has ever been.
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What a tragity it must be, to want what you know to be subjective noise, yet also believe science, the great eliminator of subjective noise, is the means by which your subjective wants are to be achieved... in fantasy. Wow... If you weren't mentally ill when you first constructed your delusional fantasy, you will be after you try to fit delusion to science. I think I just described the futility of the geek trinity that is singularity, transhumanism, and space cultism. If the futility of these new religions wasn't enough, think what will become of these people as they become older and it becomes more and more obviouse that they've been bending truth to the breaking point to keep their fantasies alive. What do self lies of this magnitude do to a person over a period of decades?
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In which a quantum flying saucer pilot says that Sean Carroll doesn't understand quantum physics:
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Or imagine a person was to say that there was an important distinction between a person convinced that they had flown a quantum powered flying saucer, and a person who claimed that water having been thawed and refrozen was proof that we humans could be made to live forever.
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Sixty of your very own virgins, eating grapes and playing lutes with Zeus, dinner reservations with Jesus and his wacky band of singing angles, a 90% off species reassignment surgery coupon at the Transhuman Center of America, a one way Elon Musk rocket trip to utopian libertarian Planet X, your very own fusion drive Kurzwiel Oz booth…

All the same. All desperation driven hubris BS.

Every delusional obsession is all born of the same need to keep hidden the stuffed memories of childhood trauma. All are born of a need to escape the feeling of existential helplessness.

Owning a gene splicer, a rocket, a 3D printer, or a quantum computer doesn't make any of this subjectively motivated existential bullshit any more scientific than the monk spinning in circles to trance music. But, using science in the pursuit of subjective ecstasy does harm science, does confuse and muddy the important difference between want and is.
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Science is the means that requires you care about science more than you care about what your fucked up brain is telling you to want and to fear. To care more about what everything that is, than those parts of what is that resonate with you.
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Turns out lots of people who tested well in science classes believe in the most absurd of paranoid and mystical and magical bullshit. The problem isn't a lack of education. Education only helps people think if they aren't battling the ravages of trauma memories and the Byzantine mental structures that are so often built as a means of avoiding these memories. This google+ circus is chock full of people with engineering degrees who dream of being kapn kirk at the helm of galactic space ships in utopian geek wonderlands of singularian, transhumanist, space cult insanity, every bit as escapist as religious heavens and paradise and 60 virgins and fountains of youth and alchemic riches and and and and and... No time in history has the knowledge of science been so available and so accessible and its fruits so obvious. Yet look at the way minds stand defiantly clear of its profoundly simple message of causality, of causal and effect. If we want people to understand reality, we are going to have to set up society such that fewer and fewer people ever fall victim to any trauma in the first place.
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Same old same old just easy we know where trauma happens it happens in places of poverty and places of 2nd culture in places where people are struggling and we know where those people are in our society and yet we have regressive laws that put less resources into those areas in our society that manufacture trauma. We have to get a grip on reality and move forward in a progressive way taking responsibility for the sources of trauma and the cost of not dealing with them which is always greater than dealing with it. We need a safety net that is more secure and automatic.
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Real scientists know what science is. Know what makes science unique among human activities. It is largely engineers who get science confused with the mnemonic that is "the method". If a person thinks for instance that they are doing science while they frantically look for the fountain of youth, or for a secret back door that allows them to avoid causality, or to live forever, or to go faster than light and become kapn kirk... these are examples of the very subjectivity and noise of vantage that science seeks to know, isolate and remove from observation such that the objective shared world can be measured and formalized. Escape and self reward are the noise makers science is meant to filter. If you know science only as a method, as a recipe... you might be tempted to apply that recipe to self indulgence, to subjective pursuits, to the very fear and want derived pursuits the method was meant to tame. Yet the method doesn't say anything about why it exists in the first place. Allowing a whole generation of geeks to think that amy delusion becomes science if you have to do some math or use a test tube or if a rocket engine is involved.
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Ok space cult singularian transhumanist geeks...

You want to be honest? Write an article about how much you really really really want to be kapn kirk in a perfect kurzweil singularity rapture paradise and you know that it won't happen in your life time, so you are absolutely desperate to live long enough into the future to partake in the delusional fantasy, and that you are willing do disregard any part of causal reality you need to disregard in order to keep believing in your selfish delusional fantasy.

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Sean writes well…

But so f-ing what. Lets say you could go 10 times the speed of light. The average star in our own rather normal little galaxy would still be over 5 thousand years travel away from earth. Would you check in at LAX for a 5,000 year one way trip? 5,000 years break your sick leave budget? Lets go for warp speed broke and bump our little fake space engine to 1000 times light speed. Oops, our trip to the middle of the galaxy will still take 50 years. Tell me what would have to be on the other end of 50 years worth of peanuts and plastic cups filled half way with Sprite to make the trip worth loosing your job, family and 2/3rds your life span? Yes, as a matter of fact bitch, I do want the whole can of Sprite! And a pillow! 

 Its all of it a giant joke. The only way any kind of space travel makes sense is if we can make the universe a lot smaller. I'm not talking metaphors. I mean it. The energies and resources involved in traveling even the most impossibly small distances in this universe make it absolutely reasonable to talk of ACTUALY shrinking the universe instead. In point of fact, it only makes sense if you are going to go all the way, if you are going to get rid of all spacial dimensionality. Dump it! Drilling down under space time, not in a stupid bounded bubble sort of way, as suggested by the impossible ship in this post's proposal. With relativistic spacetime, going half way is going no way at all. But if you can dive down under the sheets and pop up on the other side of the perminant singularity substrate (yes I know how crazy this sounds), if the trip takes ZERO time because THERE IS NO DISTANCE being traversed NO MATTER HOW FAR YOUR DESTINATION...

OK, yes, I admit that there will be causal hell to pay at the event horizon, but all we are doing here is talking about impossibilities that look less like Sandra Bullock and more like Liv Tyler… right? One thing is for f-ing sure, nobody is going on a 5000 year trip to an unknown planet. So if we are simply smoking crack and talking shit, we might as well talk about a brand of bullshit that a human being would actually eat.

Admit it, if someone asked you what you'd rather do, and if one of the options was sitting in a can for 5000 years, you'd choose instantaneous self spaghettification that lasted zero time... and you'd choose it every time. Shush Mr. Susskind, no I don't want to hear about time stopping and me being frozen forever half spaghetified at the horizon... just because you actually did the general relativity section problems and I didn't. Nobody likes a know it all.

When can we start talking about why people need to escape the very place and the very life evolution custom made us for?  
A bit ago, the news streams were once again abuzz with claims that NASA was investigating amazing space drives that violate the laws of physics. And it's true! If we grant that “NASA” includes “any person employed by NASA,” and “investigating” is defined as “wasting time and money thinking about ...
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Real scientists know what science is. Know what makes science unique among human activities. It is largely eengineera who get science confused with the nmemonic that is "the method". If a person thinks for instance that they are doing science while they frantically look for the fountain of youth, or for a secret back door that avoids causality, or to live forever or to go faster than light and become kapn kirk... These are examples of the very subjectivity and noise of vantage that science seeks to know, is so late and remove from observation such that the objective shared world can be measured and formalized. Escape and self reward are the noise makers science is meant to filter. If you know science only as a method, as a recipe... you might be tempted to apply that recipe to self indulgence, to subjective pursuits, to the very fear and want derived pursuits the method was meant to tame. Yet the method doesn't say anything about why it exists in the first place. Allowing a whole generation of geeks to think that amy delusion becomes science if you have to do some math or use a test tube or if a rocket engine is involved.
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"Consciousness" Woo Alert
You need no brain (or central nervous system) to protect the self. Simple one celled entities have the capacity to respond to their environment in ways that have the equivalent effect as "knowing" where they end and where everything else begins.

Yet this particular central nervous system solution to that same problem causes us to imagine all sorts of wacky exceptionalism. This same "consciousness" mistake has been made many times before and for the same reason. We want to feel ourselves special and we want to think that we will find a back door through which we can escape the limits of causality. We aren't. There isn't. Get over it. The universe just isn't that into you. In fact, should you or your species want to effect much of the future, you'd better learn the prime evolutionary lesson: predict the biggest future, then make of yourself the shortest path to that future, else you will be as food to any other entity that chooses the lesson over its self.

So, add "consciousness" to the long and embarrassing list (ether of phlogiston, life energy, aura, mana, chi, soul, life force, crystal energy, élan vital, etc.) of convenient and dead wrong hidyholes for our desperate insecurity. The Oz booth is just that.
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Whateverer dude. There is no way to string words into an argument that makes what you feel about x into what x is. So, if your defending the obvious, that we like to believe we can change reality through the act of thinking about reality, than absolutely! We love that notion. The problem of course is that that notion isn't in fact true. Want isn't is. So if you want todefend your right to maintain the delilusions that make you feel better... Cool. Just don't call it anything but your little emotional crutch. Such crutches are the noise science filters in order to reveal the actual shared causal universe. 
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Evolution selects for the best prediction scheme. In this universe, prediction means heat death and how to get there the fastest... How to get from any here to the one there that is maximal dissipation – via the shortest path.
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I block all Google+'ers who don't share a full profile (including a comprehensive "Introduction" section), a full legal name, a recent and accurate photo, a means of direct communication, or who use this forum for purposes other than honest and serious discussions of real issues. I also block people who rarely or never post their own original thoughts in their own words.

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Darwin did a fair job defining the HOW of evolution – within the domain of biology. But the scope of evolution is far larger than the bounds of biology.

I seek a domain independent understanding of evolution. I seek the WHY of evolution. Why does complexity increase in pockets? Complexity is energy and configuration expensive. In a universe that can only get more and more simple, maximal complexity is the fastest path towards the deepest eventuality. Evolution is the process by which the universe iteratively computes the shortest path from all here and now's to the asymptote that is heat death.

The ultimate fate of the universe is set and unavoidable. The only variable is the rate at which it gets there. Configurations that maximize this rate dominate the energy flow within their environment and thus have the greatest influence over the shape of change. You can only maximize energy flow to the extent with which you understand it.  Knowledge and the processing of knowledge is what evolution in any universe will produce.

You can get better and better at knowing how the universe works and why – or you can become food for systems that do. There is no other option.

THE EMPIRICAL CREED
ALL of my theory work is Standard Model Compliant. If a measurement has been taken, I assume that the result MUST be considered valid. Furthermore, ALL theory must agree with ALL measurement and with ALL measurement confirmed theory – period. No exceptions. This is the solemn oath we take before we engage in the scientific process.
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Have worked for 11 companies that have burnt through all of their money within a year and a half.
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Consulting at the intersection of computation, self evolving systems, decentralized node based computing, artificial intelligence,
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