anrwlias

anrwlias

  • Commented on I'd hate to have his email inbox right now ...
    "Sure, but that's begging the question. Why this belief?" Surely there's a self-selection bias going on. The people who are most passionate about space colonization are going to be the ones who are most vocal about protesting objections to it....
  • Commented on I'd hate to have his email inbox right now ...
    I don't think that there's anything especially mysterious about it. A lot of us grew up with the dream of space colonization and the hope that either we, or our children, would participate in it. I've become a space skeptic,...
  • Commented on Post-oil ...
    The one problem I have with the "let's go nuclear" plan is that it seems that we're swapping one non-renewable resource for another. I'd hate to exchange Peak Oil for Peak Uranium. That said, I don't know how much energy...
  • Commented on Post-oil ...
    Bicycles are great if you live on relatively flat terrain (like Amsterdam). They aren't such an awesome solution when you live in a place like San Francisco. That said, mopeds and motorbikes are very fuel efficient and well suited to...
  • Commented on Post-oil ...
    I think that one effect will be that, as fuel prices move upwards, air transport will, once again, move back into the domain of something that only the very rich can afford. That means an end to cheap tourism, and...
  • Commented on Invaders from Mars
    Gould's claim that if you rerun the tape you get a different outcome is only half true. Organisms are very malleable and their evolution is highly contingent, but niches tend to have long-term stability and the forms of the organisms...
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