But capitalism is desperate for it.

By Daniel Olah on Unsplash.

Space colonization can be a solution for capitalism?

Earth is a place with limited resources. Space is not. So, as long capitalism wants crazy good profits, it needs space colonization. But who will get there first?

When airplanes were invented, or steamboats, Portuguese caravels, or even at the beginning of mobile telephony, only an exclusive number of people benefited from these technologies.

Then, gradually, these things became more democratic. However, not completely, after all, it is still a small number of people who travel by plane, or even who traveled by caravel, or steamboat when these technologies were considered new.

However, the colonization and exploration of other places…

We have to admit it. He saved the world…

(1) Ronald Reagan on the left; (2) Mikhail Gorbachev on the right. Image under public domain (downloaded from WC), and edited by me.

Why we should thank Gorbachev for?

Since the fall of the USSR, poverty in Russia has increased, inequality has worsened; labor rights fragilized, and most of the people who lived in socialism miss it.

Also, free from the USSR, capitalist countries continued to wage wars. They lied to invade Iraq, worsened the standard of living in Lybia after intervening in the country, and inequality is increasing every day. Therefore, capitalism solved none of the world’s problems and continued to plunder and subdue other countries.

So why should we thank Gorbachev for? Only because the Cold War is over?

Yes, because the Cold War is over…

Did you ever wonder what could have happened…

The answer is no, but it is still a problem we should solve (maybe in more than one way).

Created by the author.

What is a “frame of reference”?

Every quantitative aspect of “movement” depends on the frame of reference of an observer (that’s what Galileo’s invariance, or Newton's principle of relativity, assumes). So we can only say an object A is moving (or not) at a certain speed by comparing the movement of object A with other objects.

What does “time is relative” means?

Thanks to Newton and Galileo, we can say “speed” is relative to an observer, while, thanks to Einstein, we can say “time” is relative to “speed”.

According to Einstein, if you had a magic spyglass that could observe someone moving almost at the speed of light while you are not…

Who is responsible for mediocrity and anti-progress in contemporary thought?

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There is a crisis in contemporary science

According to Nature’s famous article Scientists behaving badly (by Brian C. Martinson, Melissa S. Anderson, and Raymond de Vries), there are many unethical practices that became common in modern scientific research.

Here I selected four among the sixteen practices listed in the article:

  • Scientists drop observations or data points from analyses based on an imprecise “gut feeling” that they were inaccurate.
  • Many scientists chose not to present data that contradict their own previous research.
  • They often overlook others’ use of flawed data or questionable interpretation of data.
  • And they change the design, methodology, or results of a study in response…

The answer is simple: it’s because we don’t live under socialism.

by Romain Morel on Unsplash.

Welcome to capitalism

“You don’t hate Mondays, you hate capitalism.”
Says the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

There is already a lot of technology in the world, however, it has not helped us solve the problems arising from economic inequality. There are still, for example, long working hours, poverty, and unemployment.

Which is very strange, because if the working class is primarily responsible for building cities, producing food, and transporting any and all goods, then why doesn’t this class of people decide to manage the world and make it less stressful?

Inequality still is dangerous, very dangerous…

While one class of people lives paycheck to paycheck, one week after another…

A new partner for the best time-traveling detective in the precinct.

By Ross Sneddon on Unsplash.

Inside The Precinct Of The Best Time-Traveling Detectives

“Here, boss. The new guy,” says Elizabeth, presenting Busque to the director of the finest precinct in the time-traveling agency.

The director is having a difficult discussion on the phone. He doesn’t answer Elizabeth just yet, “I don’t care if he is the best chess player, a best-selling writer, or the richest motherfucker in the world. We want better detectives! Not more of the same shitty people that artificial intelligence is putting in here!”

Elizabeth whispers to Busque, “he is not speaking about you.”

Busque laughs. “I know… I used to be a bank robber.”

Elizabeth laughs, not believing him…

A big black mysterious structure in a silent planetary system

Art by Jim Overbeck (who authorized its use here).

“Who do you think built this? Extinct aliens?”, asked Rod while looking at that big, black, technological structure that looks like a thick spider web, but three times the size of the moon, and behind it a very green planet full of forests.

“I really don’t know…” replied Kat while monitoring the navigation.

Rod, “this structure’s pointy details may indicate it belongs to a religious tyrannical society. Or it’s a technology we don’t understand yet… But the chance to get killed here is still great.”

Kat, “oh, shut up.”

“It will all depend on what they take as proof of…”…

The Renaissance Artist Who Successfully Painted Social Media, Capitalism, and The Heroes of Our Time.

By redcharlie on Unsplash.

Rembrandt and The Heroes of His Time

Even the most successful men of his time (bureaucrats, merchants, teachers, etc.) who bought his paintings were painted by Rembrandt as agglomerated, very similarly dressed, proud, and ugly little men.

If we contrast the heroic sculpture of Atlas (below this paragraph), which dates from the same period, with Rembrandt’s paintings we can see he showed that those responsible for the 17th century’s Dutch success were ordinary, too much dependent on their social relations little men. Therefore, very far from any classical heroic figure such as Ulysses, Prometheus, or Hercules.

Or “The Binding of Fenrir.”

By visuals on Unsplash.

Greek myths, especially those in Plato’s books, are the most famous in the history of philosophical discussions. Consider, for example, the notions of ethics and human nature presented in The Ring of Gyges, or in The Myth of Er.

Even the most famous symbol of justice, the image of a blindfolded woman holding a scale and a sword (lady justice), has a Greco-Roman origin. It was a creation of the Roman empire, although it seems to be inspired by the Greek goddess Dike (who was also depicted holding a scale).

But here we will see how the Norse myth of…

From Malba Tahan’s most famous book The Man Who Counted.

Tuareg Tribesmen at a camel and music festival near Timbuctu, Mali. By Bob Brewer on Unsplash.

Malba Tahan is the pen name of Júlio César de Mello e Souza (1895–1974), a Brazilian mathematician who is the author of a famous adventure book called The Man Who Counted, in which the protagonist, Beremiz Samir, uses his mathematical skills to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, win fame, fortune, and other rewards.

The Division Operation:

In one of Samir’s adventurous episodes, he stepped to three brothers arguing over the inheritance of their dead father who wrote the following instructions in his testament: “(1) my oldest son will receive half of my camels, (2) my middle son will receive 1/3…

Alexander Bird

Top-writer in Science. M.A. in Philosophy. And my favorite science fictions are Metropolis and King Kong. alexand3r.bird@gmail.com

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