Let me throw out this specifically very creepy science fiction scenario for you.
When people in a zoo or in a preserve will try to raise a panda from a baby, or try to raise a condor from a baby or whatever they have ways they can convince the other, because they are so much more intelligent than the creatures. They have all sorts of tools for convincing the creatures that they are one of them. Like they will let you feed them … you can even make yourself look like its mother or smell like its mother. And out in the wild even, you know, in many cases if you can make yourself smell perfectly like another gazelle you can walk around the gazelles, and they’re so dumb … they can smell a lion and they know it’s a lion, and they know to be alarmed. …
So it’s easy to fool them that you’re one of them. In a way that’s it’s impossible for them to detect.
So, if there was another species that wanted to study us the way we study gazelles or the way we study rare birds or whatever,
if they are that much smarter than we are than we are to the animals, they would absolutely have ways to walk among us in ways that are absolutely undetectable.
Even we wouldn’t see them at all, or else we would mistake them for a fellow human.
But the way we portray them in movies, like the aliens are sort of clumsy in how they do it, like they don’t know how to mimic human emotion or that they don’t understand love or they’re very robotic … We’re kind of insulting the aliens when we assume that. They’d be smart enough to come here and they’d be of much higher intelligence, but they wouldn’t be able to mimic our social cues.
Ok, just like we can smear animal urine over our own bodies in order to pass among them, they would totally know how to imitate love and charisma and all of those things.
So I think if they were here and watching us, if they were that much more advanced than we are, we would never know they’re here. We would not be capturing their ships on freakin’ camera phones or whatever.
They would pass among us completely undetected and we would never know until they chose to let us know."
David Wong (aka Jason Pargin) on the Cracked Podcast
I recommend listening to the whole thing — it’s a pretty interesting conversation overall. This was just my favorite excerpt.
(via thegirlparachronism) (quote starts around 55:20)
Clearly it’s all a conspiracy. Media representation of aliens and alien invasions has lead us to believe that, at some point, we’d be smart enough to figure it out…that aliens will always fail, because they are hapless and stupid.
But if we figure this out, then the aliens will silence…hang on, somebody at the door…
I’ve been talking for a couple weeks about NASA’s great observatories: Hubble, Compton, Chandra, and Spitzer. They were all launched with overlapping lifetimes, which is not a coincidence, as dryly noted at Spitzer’s website:
The intention was to launch Spitzer early enough to permit a scientifically valuable overlap with the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
So Compton didn’t last that long, but let’s not undersell the mind-boggling awesomeness of having all these observatories, covering the electromagnetic spectrum from X-rays to infrared, all in space and operational at once. Despite their different positions in space—despite their different operational capabilities and imaging designs—you can point Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer all at the same point in space to create truly spectacular composite images. Like this galaxy, which has got invisible X-ray arms in addition to the visible ones.
[X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI & R.Gendler; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA. Chandra = blue, X-ray. Hubble = yellow and blue, visible. Spitzer = red, IR. Purple is from the Earth-bound Very Large Array, representing radio waves.]
This is incredible because the resulting images are very, very pretty. But they’re not just pretty! As I’ve noted before, these images represent real data, light collected from the farthest reaches of the cosmos. And yes, as NASA boringly puts it, they are “scientifically valuable.” Looking at just visible or just X-ray data would be like looking at a skeleton and trying to understand what else the creature was made of. By editing all the data from different parts of the spectrum into a format we can see, we can better understand all the different pieces that make up nebulae and galaxies and supernovae and black holes, all at once. This is what the universe really looks like. Let’s look at it for a while, shall we? Click the link under each image to learn more.
[X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Chandra = purple, X-ray. Spitzer = red, IR. Hubble = red, green, and blue, visible.]
[NASA/JPL-Caltech/O. Krause. Spitzer = red, IR. Chandra = green and blue, X-ray. Hubble = yellow, visible.]
[X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al. Chandra = blue, X-ray. Hubble = green, visible. Spitzer = red, IR.]
[X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/STScI. Chandra = blue, X-ray. Spitzer = red, IR. Hubble = gold and brown, visible. This colliding galaxy formation is known as the Antennae Galaxies and not, unfortunately, the Apostrophe Galaxies.]
[NASA/JPL/Caltech/P.Appleton et al. Chandra = X-ray, purple. Hubble = visible, green. Spitzer = red, IR. Blue is UV from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite.]
Idris Elba, on his dream role, to US Weekly (via camewiththeframe)
shut your fucking mouth i would die a thousand times to see this
FUCKKKK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSS DON’T PLAY WITH MY HEART, THIS IS NOT A GAME TO ME.