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A Second Bite Of The Gamma-Ray-Burst Apple

A Second Bite Of The Gamma-Ray-Burst Apple

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DISCLAIMER ... From now on, if, in reading these columns, you encounter extraneous hyperlinked ads that have nothing to do with what I am writing about, please understand that I did not insert these ads. They are there because some single-digit-IQ evolutionary dead-end(s) decided to hijack WordPress, my development / writing environment, so as to get some advertising. I have no idea how to remove these abominations. They do not show up as href tags in the HTML. The hijackers owe us all an apology. Let’s lighten up a little on the otherwise-unmitigated pessimism and gloom involved in considering the consequences of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) for galaxies that experience them. The Universe is a big, big place, big enough that, even with GRBs irradiating galaxies, we might realistically ...
Night Thoughts on Dumbing Down and Shutting Up

Night Thoughts on Dumbing Down and Shutting Up

critical judgment, doubt, Ethics, extraterrestrial intelligences, Milky Way, Mystery, Mythology, Religion, Science, SETI, Skeptic, Spirituality
I am subject to occasional periods of insomnia, when I wake up at around 2 a.m., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and cannot get back to sleep no matter how much I toss and turn. I can be subject to strange, brooding thoughts during such staring-at-the-ceiling marathons. About a week-plus ago as this is written (1 May), I went through a few days of such insomnia. (One too many Starbucks "flat whites," I think.) My nocturnal ruminations turned to the subject of Fermi’s Paradox. I have written of Fermi’s Paradox elsewhere, and still find it both intriguing and perplexing. The great pioneer of nuclear physics and energy, Enrico Fermi, once asked the following question: if there are, as is often argued, perhaps 100 billion stars in our Galaxy, and if even a small fraction of those stars support i...