Lots of questions

Hemant asks which questions in your life go unanswered?

Here are my questions.  If anyone has any answers can you let me know.  Otherwise do you have any questions?

  1. What will replace humans as the dominant species on the planet when we’re all gone (if anything)?
  2. Why can’t we humans create a government that is able to plan for longer than 3 years ahead?
  3. When you die all your brain functions cease.  Where does the energy go when this happens?  Is it just emitted as heat or electromagnetic radiation?  How much energy is involved?
  4. Why do living things die?
  5. Is it possible to build the Matrix or something similar where a virtual environment is indistinguishable from a real environment?
  6. When you look in a mirror and see your reflection is that how people see you (only in reverse) or do they see you differently?
  7. Is it possible to build a tower that goes into space?
  8. Could we colonise Mars or one of the moons in our solar system?
  9. How close to the speed of light can we travel and survive?
  10. What sort of crops should I grow in my pokey little garden?
  11. Why do some people seem to need religion?
  12. Is there anything smaller than a quark?  I’ve heard of superstrings but the idea is too strange for my mammal brain.
  13. What’s it like to be a pond skater, a bird or a mole?
  14. What colour was a T-Rex?

Not thirteen questions but fourteen.

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9 responses to “Lots of questions

  1. oooooooooooooo exciting:
    1. crows
    2. because the people in power are short sighted and only interested in their own agenda
    3. it just stops. excess energy is your ghost
    4. because the body is made up of things which wear out and de-compose. We should be made of metal.
    5. no
    6. I hope so. I look ok in the mirror – bad in photos though. Can you explain why that is?
    7. no it would fall down
    8. yes if we could build something in which to house everything, say a protective bubble, and re-create the earth’s atmosphere. Possibly our moon or Mars, too hard anywhere else.
    9. No idea
    10. Green beans, raspberries and tomatos
    11. They need to believe in some higher power and to have a sense of purpose other than that we just ‘are’
    12. ummmm.
    13. pond skater – cool but you’re ugly. bird lots of fun but tiring. mole, scary and dark
    14. purple

  2. SarahH

    42, obviously. I thought you’d know that?

    And peapods or green beans in your garden.

    That is all.

  3. Pinky, you love crows don’t you?

    3. OK, if the excess energy forms a “ghost” when what keeps that energy from dissipating?
    4. We do wear out but we constantly rebuild ourselves too. Why can’t living things do that properly?
    6. You look good in photos too.
    10. We grow beans and toms already but they’re not in season now. Raspberries sound cool. I have no idea when to plant them though. We grow strawberries too. Yum.
    11. But why?
    13. But what would it actually be like to be so tiny that you could walk on water? What would it be like to fly under your own power? What would it feel like to dig around under the earth?

    SarahH, hi *waves* 42 just raises more questions. Why not 43? If the Hubble Constant were not 42 what would that be like?

    I was thinking of growing some cabbages. Red ones. There’s a cool experiment using the juice of red cabbages that I want to try out.

  4. tam

    i say grow snap peas in your hokey garden.

    oh, and mint then you can send me some for my Mojitos!

    kthx!

  5. Tam, we do have a small herb garden. Mainly mint, chives and coriander because that’s what we use in cooking. We do use mange tout a lot but I’ve never thought of growing them. Good idea.

  6. tam

    “mange tout”

    should i know what that is?

  7. Well, yeah. Mange tout are snap peas only in English (British).

    Tsk! Obviously!

  8. aquilabaxter

    Heya, just passing through as a result of a google search for BSOD Tshirts and this post grabbed my attention, being the question-a-holic that I am.

    4. re: Hoverfrog’s answer and question for point 4. There was an interesting article on TED.com recently where a scientist was theorising about immortality. Basically whilst the body does repair worn out cells, the process is imperfect, resulting in breakdown and aging. He says that it is possible to augment and perfect these processes, hence leading to immortality. Here’s the link: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging.html

    7. A plan for a space elevator has been kicked around for a while now. It would be the closest you could get to a tower into space.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator
    The problem thus far has been coming up with a substance stronger than steel that was mass-producable. Carbon nanotubes have been the solution and only recently a way has been found to increase production.
    http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/space_elevator_020327-1.html

    8. I remember reading a long time ago that Venus’ atmosphere was rich in CO2, perfect for plants. There was a hypothesis that if you introduced plants (and a lot of them), they would begin the process of converting the atmosphere into something breathable. No idea what they were planning on doing about the temperature though.

    9. If history has anything to teach us it is that there are no limits? People thought you would explode if you went faster than 40km/h (first car/train, I forget which). Then the speed of sound became the next supposed barrier until that was officially broken by Chuck Yeager. Now the next on the list is the speed of light. I accept that it may be one of those immutable laws of physics that prohibits us from travelling faster than light, but I’m not going to be surprised if human’s eventually surpass it.

    That’s all from me, before I bore you all into oblivion!
    Cheers

  9. Tiny Tash

    OK what?!

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