Darvin IV

There are billions of galaxies out there, billions of stars in each of them. There are trillions or quadrillions of planets in our universe and some of them harvest life. What happens in the bottom of our own oceans surprises us, let alone far planets around other stars in other galaxies (and assume that’s the only recipe for life).

Other life forms are extremely far and unreal, as if they don’t exist. But they most likely do, and so many of them indeed. But how do they look like? I think although our universe is ruling them all similarly, the potential is so huge that anything we can imagine proably exists somewhere. And anything that our imaginary creatures can imagine, could as well.

What other life forms may look like has not really captured our imaginations. Alien Planet – Darwin IV is the best (realistic, still very earthly) animation I have come across. There are many documantaries out there but no fictional motion pictures that I know of. If you know of some pleases hint me. If you haven’t watched this, give it a try. Don’t think fiction but more science. Think reproduction, growth, survival, energy, memory, intelligence. Think life! It’s fun.

The long tail of terrestial life

If you are an organic molecule, a molecule of terrestial life, is it more likely for you to be a part of a big animal, or a microorganism?

Let’s say you break (or not), you will travel from body to body, from a plankton to a fish, then bacteria, a tree, to a pig, or to a human. You spend there short or long. But where will you spend most of your lifetime? A big or a small host?

I would say both.

Could there be a simple answer to this, that applies to every other livable planet, at any stage of their evolution?

On ours, among uniqe species krills consist most of the biomass, human are second, arguably more than pigs and cows (still farmed by us). Though if you count thousands of species of ants as one, they win over all.

Still, seems all sizes are involved at this stage of life.

Geometrically I would say big should win at the end of the game. (Feel a jar with big marbles, then smaller, then sands, etc.)

Economy of scale aside.

The Yellow Duck!

The black dog affects millions and millions of people (black dog being “depression”)

Now should we talk a little about the “yellow duck” that affects billions and billions of people?

Black dog will eventually catch your attention but the yellow duck will never appear to your sight. It’s always invisible, though if you pay attention to that animation just like the black dog you can also spot the yellow duck. It’s always somewhere in the frame, but the person affected can’t see that. Yellow duck affects billions and billions of people but no one has a problem with it. No one wants to escape from it. ‪#‎Stupidity‬ ‪#‎YellowDuck‬

Islamic Golden Age

I am allergic to the buzzword of Islamic golden age imposed by the western historians when they rediscovered a remote part of the world, so let me reflect upon it:

This is said a lot before, but still. Claims such as Saying Islam brought us a lot of scientific advances:

To paraphrase Monty Python, what has Islam ever done for us? You know, apart from the algebra, the trigonometry, the optics, the astronomy and the many other scientific advances and inventions of the Islamic Golden Age.

is like saying Christianity gave us the Renaissance. No, they were just co-existing in the same region. And they may have even been counter-forces most of the time. Many of the scientist of the so-called Islamic golden age were self-claimed atheists or had philosophical agenda or personal life styles quite against the dominant Islamic ideology. One could argue that actually reviving the Islamic faith by scholars like Al-Ghazali and excommunication of reasoning and philosophy eventually put an end to the golden age of the Middle East. An age that owes Islam (as a religion, what it is) nothing, perhaps except its sunset.

On Increasing Entropy and Evolution of Ideas

Mass will always follow a form of religion. And it’s a good thing when we can’t handle more disorder and chaos. Think of it, our species has already outsourced all it could, even creativity, and soon there will be no more room: We are isolated and it means ever increasing entropy. Isn’t it then safer if mainstream synchronizes with an external force, rather than each leading and pioneering? Imagine if each of these people had their own opinion, their own brand, their own cult. Imagine if each of us were a prophet or an emperor. All the great ideas that could emerge aside, the world would collapse in no time.

Life One

This article might introduce a new and interesting concept to some, which is interesting, yet is confusing a conventional and intuitive notion of life with a more general definition.

I think trying to define life so it fits our intuition about the term, RNA-hypothesis can be necessary and sufficient. Darwinian evolution on the other hand is a more general concept that can potentially go beyond the life on our planet. It might be encoded into the physics of the universe. In that case self-organization, growth, reproduction and complexity can take place in many other contexts from computer viruses to ideas and from social memes to a potential/theoretical/extraterrestrial “life”. (As the article agrees)

My point here is that one random appearance of such physics may have given birth to RNA-based life on our planet that we can call Life One. Accepting the RNA hypothesis, that it evolved once, and that all its instances are relatives, there wouldn’t be much debate on what’s Life One. And Life Two or Life Thousand, theoretically predicted or really observed, wouldn’t confuse us.

Survival of the fittest

There’s an evolutionary reason why everyone loves rainbows. Myth says there’s a treasure to be found at the end of it, for the person lucky enough to find. Well-said! That temporary treasure could be the right timing for food and water during tough ages of climate change in Africa. And those who found it were our mutant ancestors, lucky enough to search for it. Those who didn’t like rainbows, didn’t chase it, didn’t find the treasure, and died out.

I never saw my-old-self

Now he’s gone crazy and has told everyone: A man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he’s from the future!

Believe me I’m not bullshitting! This man who calls himself Eloi is right. He had left the future long before my departure. He arrived later, however, since he couldn’t time-travel directly and had to stop a couple of “time”s.

I actually met him back in 2076. I was a kid when he picked me up and flied to a far old café: “You’ll make this place happen!”, he said. And I thought he’s mental. Eloi claimed he knows me and I don’t know him yet: “Not yet!”, he was repeating. He wished he had brought me to that weird place only two years earlier, to show me an old man who so wanted to visit me but he was told not to, strictly:

You could see your-old-self! Nima died without knowing that he could see you.

It was the first time I heard this name. Let me keep the details but he told me some stories, and that after the old man died, things turned out to be very different: “Nima should have come to tell you what he knew”. And then he gave me a note:

[You will grow and this time, remember you MUST meet that little kid to tell him what you will know…]

For many years I kept that note, but it was lost before I had to escape my homeland. I knew Persian from my biological mom. So it was not hard to make up stories after I arrived here. And the note was right! Many things indeed became clear throughout my life. But I never figured out what is that I will know and how long I should wait…

p.s. By the way, P=NP in case you were wondering!