A Science Joke…

Just heard a guy on a TV science show say “There’s a joke in biology – If you ask 200 scientists to define life, you’ll get 200 different answers.” That’s not a joke. It is a straight line for a joke.

To illustrate:

“If you ask 200 scientists to define life, you’ll get 200 different answers. But if you ask life to define scientists, you get only one.”

Because there’s only one Scientific Method that defines a scientist. Which is funny. Seriously.

Dark Energy is Self-Awareness?

I’ve often fancied that dark energy is self-awareness. As I understand it, dark energy was not present immediately after the big bang. So perhaps, it came into being as the physical manifestation of the actual, tangible self-awareness of the first thinking creatures. And as more and more sentient creatures came into being, the force of dark energy increased, leading to the accelerating expansion of the universe we have measured today. Probably poppycock, but an interesting notion nonetheless.

Lucky Baldwin’s Mine

Near our home in Big Bear, California. Lucky Baldwin was an entrepreneur in the 1800s in Southern California – a land owner and also owner of this mine up in Big Bear. The stamping mill here ran 24/7 in its heyday, but ruins are all that remain now.