Space Oddity

I absolutely love this video of Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station, singing “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. If you haven’t seen it, or haven’t seen it in a long time, well, go for it:

I watched this for the first time at the end of 2013, actually (not 2014). That marked a period in my life where I was super stressed, super overworked (like 80 hours a week), so I had not been following the great work Command Hadfield had been doing on the ISS, tweeting with schoolkids and posting fun videos in Zero-G (This is how I brush my teeth in space, kids!).

So when I finally got around to taking the few minutes to watch this, I found it spellbinding. I even got a little verklempt.

It got me started devouring the rest of his videos on YouTube and I later read his book (not the best written biography in the world, but full of interesting details nonetheless). Inspiring guy, and he’s done a great thing for science education.

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The Simulation Argument

Here is a philosophical argument that just about blew my mind, maybe 30 minutes ago. I had loaded up this academic paper on my iPad because it was referenced somewhere else, and I just read it.

It asks “Are you living in a computer simulation?” and argues that the answer, “Yes”, is highly likely. It uses math and logical, philosophical proof, to arrive at that conclusion.

http://simulation-argument.com/simulation.html

Have a read, and let me know what you think. There is already a slightly humorous, somewhat serious debate and public discourse about this idea. I haven’t gone into all of it, but if you go to the root website in the link above, you can follow along as well.

It brings to my mind the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, an obscure novel called “The Jesus Incident”, and of course, The Matrix.

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That’s me, Dork Helmet. I am a sarcastic parody of the fictional character Dark Helmet, who I’m told is himself a parody of… never mind.

You may know me by my gaming names, Dark Helmet, darkhelmet88, or darkhlmt. Sometimes I am addressed with my honorific, as in Lord Dark Helmet, which has been affectionately abbreviated as LDH. Feel free to use any of these methods of address. But please add the appropriate amount of respect and reference, lest I exact vengeance on your balls, or the lady equivalent of balls. I guess those would be ovaries.

This is my blog about gaming, science, science fiction (books, movies, and TV series), fantasy, science fantasy, speculative fiction, music, and media. Maybe it will be good, maybe not. We’ll see, won’t we?

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