“look for what’s detectable..”

A fun and fascinating talk by physicist Freeman Dyson from 2003 begins with George Washington at Princeton, and grow-your-own-cat [or dog] biotechnology kits, before moving on to astronomy. Specifically the possibility of life on the Galilean moons of Jupiter, and further afield – such as the newly named plutoid dwarf planet Makemake with its surface of frozen methane – rather than say.. Mars.. Via TEDtv, via the Professor.

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  • joeCanuck

    What’s this got to do with Northern Ireland? Well, once those kits are readily available you could create little marching bands. Nanotechnology will provide the instruments. Then a march could be held in an alleyway avoiding all the public disruption.
    Now that that is out of the way, I can highly recommend Tedtv. Awesome site for wonderful lectures.

  • Pete Baker

    I disagree, Joe.

    It has nothing to do with Northern Ireland directly.

    And is more interesting because of it. ;op

  • Greenflag

    JC , I agree with PB- Anything not to do with NI has got to be more interesting by definition :). NI is thank christ not the centre of the universe and neither is the Republic 🙂 That said Freeman Dyson is a rare individual .

    ‘heretics who question the dogmas are needed… I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies

    Freeman Dyson

    Amen to that 🙂

    Thanks PB For the links and JC for the reco on tedtv.com

  • joeCanuck

    I was being facetious guys; trying to forestall anyone else asking that question!

  • This geezer’s name is a thinly disguised anagram of ‘Andy Freemason’. Someone contact Jim Corr.

  • Pete Baker

    I know Joe.

    Hence the smiley ;o)