I am surprised no one has started this topic yet.
The reason why many people venture out or keep a telescope or radio dish aimed at the stars isn't just to find strange new world alones, we also seek "new Civilizations", which would prompt the boldly go where no man has gone before line
Astronomy and Space explorations serves this fundamental purpose of seeking out "alien" life, perhaps its exo-biology and search for life on Mars, Titan, or Europa. Maybe, it's SETI and listening in to radio signals for alien broadcasts.
It's also a controversial topic, some claim it would remove the uniqueness of human species if we find other alien life forms beyond our little blue orb among the billions of planets in the universe. Some fear it would pollute humanity to non-terran cultures and beliefs.
Still, as the first poll of GA's Tech forum, I'd like to ask readers and writers alike, what are your opinions of this search for life and intelligent life at that.
Recently NBC brought this up as a news story for the manned mission to Mars,,is the risk of exploration for this cause worth its implications to humanity?
If we find martian microbes, what will change on earth? Is that discovery worth endangering life?
Also, the bigger question, after searching for so long, why haven't we found anything or anyone found us?
I share a similar view to Carl Sagan, we're not ready yet for contact or joining a larger galactic community. We are still too young and self-destructive as evident by recent social, political, and religious issues to be able to accept a larger universe of potential. In time, if we don't blow ourselves up, we may become a species worth a conversation, some of us are already there, but it will take generations for that to be a norm if at all.
By Thorn Wilde
Attention! This post does contain some actual swearing. Posted this to Tumblr earlier, where it was well-received. Thought I'd share with the community as well.
There are a lot of comparatively mild curse words that we just accept as being family friendly without much thought as to where they come from. Some are just milder versions of a word we consider unacceptable, such as saying 'crap' instead of 'shit' or 'darn' instead of 'damn'. Others have so completely lost their original meanings that no one even considers them anymore. Here are some fairly common British ones, with pop-culture examples for your enjoyment:
n. One who masturbates; same as wanker.
'Who's Harry Potter?' 'Oh, no one. Bit of a tosser, really.'
—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (seen by millions of children)
v. To sodomise someone
n. One who sodomises
'Bludgers. Nasty little buggers.'
—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Again, seen by millions of children)
'Sod this, you stay here if you want. On your own.'
—Sherlock, S02E03: The Reichenbach Fall (prime time TV)
n. Short for ‘Berkley Hunt’ or ‘Berkshire Hunt’, which is Cockney rhyming slang for ‘cunt’.
'Then what the hell did you tackle me for, you berk?'
—Rupert Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
And there are so many more. Like, how many people who use the word 'douchebag' actually think about what that originally entailed?
There's a story posted on GA I read a while ago. I can't remember the main characters name, but I do know he was involved with a military student by the name of Mike. They had a hot and cold relationship. There's was also an English foreign exchange student who he liked, but he had a hard time because he wasn't sure if the guy was gay or not. He acted jealous whenever he saw him with Mike. There was a part when Mike had cadets sing while they ran and asked him out. Mike had a confrontation and got banned from going back to the fraternity. The last chapter I read, the English dude confronted the main character because the fraternity he wanted to get into rejected him, and he thought he had something to do with it. If anyone can tell me the name of the story, it would be greatly appreciated.
I'm so stupid. I remembered the name as soon as I hit submit. It's the English Year by Jwolf.
By Thorn Wilde
What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare? To his audience? And how can we know such a thing as the phonetic character of the language spoken 400 years ago? These questions and more are addressed in the video above, which profiles a very popular experiment at London’s Globe Theatre, the 1994 reconstruction of Shakespeare’s theatrical home.
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I find this very interesting. It shows that for instance Irish and west country dialects are in many ways a lot closer to English the way it was spoken in Shakespeare's time than more 'refined' or 'straight-edged' dialects.