The Implications of Being Alone

Someone once said, I forget who, that “we are either alone or we are not, both options are equally terrifying.” I’d like to propose a corollary to that, while they may be equally terrifying, the implications of both, especially when taking into regard the Great Filter hypothesis, are markedly different from each other.

If we are alone that’s arguably good, but still terrifying, news, because it means we have past the Great Filter that so many other would be civilizations have failed to pass through, we essentially have the entire universe to ourselves, and will not only survive, but thrive, perhaps even become as gods, but the implications of what it means to be alone are still vast. I dare not explore them.

If we are *not* alone, that’s bad, and still terrifying, news, because it means we have *not* passed the Great Filter, then, and we don’t have the universe to ourselves. It means that the path to a toolmaking and spacefaring civilization is an easy one, and that the Great Filter lies beyond the point at which life arises.

If we discover extraterrestrial microbes, that’s bad news, if we discover complex extraterrestrial life that’s even worse news, if we discover extraterrestrial toolmaking intelligences that’s a death sentence for ourselves and them.

Let us pray we do not discover alien life any time soon, however, the likelihood of alien life existing is, as a recent study showed, statistically inevitable, so we may be doomed after all.

How Did Life Begin? New Study Reveals Life in the Universe Could Be Common

Have chimps entered the Stone Age?

Over 3 million years ago our distant australopithecine ancestors made tools more complex than anything modern day apes can make, the oldest evidence for stone tools dates back 3.4 My old cut marks on ancient animal bones showing signs of having been butchered with stone tools, the next oldest finds are the Lomekwi tool industry, which I’ve gone over before. The Lomekwi tool industry is much more complex than what even chimps can make, but much more primitive than even the Oldowan tools made by early *Homo*. Whoever the makers of the Lomekwi tools were, they deliberately singled out large rocks, at the expense of smaller ones, and their tools are heavier than any stone age tools discovered since then, the largest one weighing 15 kilos.

This is a video by the small and underrated channel North 02 who goes over the common headline that chimps have entered the stone age, he points out that even fish use rocks as tools, and to say that they’ve only recently entered the stone age is ludicrous, we’ve known that chimps have been making tools for at the very least thousands of years (that in and of itself may be due to chimps observing ancient humans making and using stone tools, rather than any innovation among themselves).

I wrote this synopsis of the video both to flesh it out a little bit (specifically the archaeologically focused segment) and provide an explanation of what the video’s about for people uninterested in watching Youtube videos.

I believe Tara Reade

That’s all there is to it. Biden is a rapist. What happened to “believing all women?” It’s as if it doesn’t apply to politicians who are blue. I get accused of being a Trump enabler for not being willing to vote for a rapist, but Biden isn’t much better than Trump anyways. Being “better than Trump” is a really low bar, and shouldn’t be the standard we apply politicians to.

Biden has a lot of problems, including having voted multiple times to cut Social Security and Medicaid, numerous problems with race, such as sponsoring the 1994 Crime Bill that severely impacted African American people, having said he’d veto Medicare 4 All  if it went to his desk, and more.

#VoteBlueNoMatterWho is a sham. Vote the way your conscience dictates, not they way some hyper-liberal fucks tell you to.

800ky old human proteome unlocked

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2153-8

The dental proteome of the 800k year old archaic human Homo antecessor has been decoded using fancy new methods of extracting ancient biomolecules from their hosts.

If you’re not aware, Homo antecessor was a variant of Homo erectus that inhabited Europe for a time span of ultimately 400ky from 1.2 Ma to 800kya, but were ultimately a dead end in terms of evolution. It was thought they may have been the progenitor species of archaic hominin from which modern humans, Neanderthals, Homo heidelbergensis, and Denisovans arose, but it turns out they were a sister taxon not directly ancestral to any of the populations I listed above.

However, it is known that when the ancestors of the Neanderthals and Denisovans (the so-called “Neandersovans”) left Africa, they intermixed with a so-called “super-archaic” that were the remnants of an extremely early human migration out of Africa, some 1.9 Ma.

Make of that what you will.

Do the ends justify the means?

I think the answer is more complicated than either a mere “yes” or “no.” Hear me out. Let’s say you’re a person who is poor and desperate, you either have a job or you don’t, but assuming your economy is soul-crushingly laissez-faire capitalistic as today’s is, your wages are low and not nearly enough to provide for any meaningful living, you can barely afford your own rent, and you have kids, to make matters worse you’re a single parent, maybe even disabled, and the social safety net is either weak or nonexistent, does that make it okay to steal? The answer ultimately comes down to whether you consider people or property to be more important, unfortunately for the working class the law takes the side that property is more important than people, because the law ultimately does not exist to protect you, it exists to protect capital, to protect the ruling class.

This is why even supposedly “good” cops will still enforce evictions, tear down homeless camps, and whatnot, and you are powerless to stop them because they’re “the law” and you’re not, you’re not the person wearing the jackboot, you’re on the receiving end of the jackboot. So, with all that in mind, does that make crime okay? Do the ends justify the means?

Consider your answers carefully, it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then speak and remove all doubt

Trump allows for banks to steal stimulus checks right from under our noses

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/beyond-predatory-trump-treasury-department-gives-banks-green-light-seize-1200

Somehow the bourgeoisie always find a way to be so self-servingly corrupt, even evil, and don’t give me your pro-capitalist bullshit on this. This is, and I quote, “beyond predatory.”

Anyone who’s okay with this is a monster, and the people who allowed this should be shot. The people who perpetrate this should be slowly tortured to death. I am *beyond* pissed.

Late Heavy Bombardment put under the microscope

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-01074-6

The article goes over the case against the cataclysm scenario, and it turns out the case isn’t as rock-solid (sorry, had to put a pun in here somehow) as previously thought. It turns out that what we previously thought was evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment was actually a sampling error, as the article attests to in the quote below:

Yet just when the idea of the LHB finally seemed unimpeachable, holes began to appear. Apollo data and ‘crater counting’, which estimates the order in which craters were laid down on the basis of how they overlap, had indicated that three of the largest crater basins on the Moon’s near side — Imbrium, Nectaris and Serenitatis — might all be about 3.95 billion years old (see ‘Sampling the Moon’). But high-resolution maps from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which started circling the Moon in 2009, spotted rays of debris extending from Imbrium5. This suggested that the impact that formed the crater might have knocked rocks into nearby Serenitatis, contaminating the Apollo samples picked up there. In 2010, a reanalysis of rocks thought to have been ejected from Nectaris indicated that they were also chemically and geologically similar to Imbrium material6. “We started realizing that maybe we were sampling Imbrium over and over,” says Zellner.

The article goes on further, saying that “we find no evidence of a large spike in impacts occurring around the 3.9 billion year mark” (slight paraphrasing). It also mentions the existence of crystals dated to 4.1 Ga that “demonstrate the existence of relatively calm pools of liquid water,” which would’ve been supposedly evaporated from the surface of the Earth from that period of if the LHB hypothesis is correct.

The article concludes by saying that at the most the evidence indicates a “more prolonged period of bombardment, as opposed to the sudden spike in impact events as predicted by the cataclysm hypothesis.” Others are skeptical of even that, instead believing that there was one single rapid spike that occurred very shortly after the solar system formed, whereas others believe there was no spike nor period of bombardment at all.