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|Quote (Lou FCD @ May 15 2008,10:45)|
|Quote (Richardthughes @ May 15 2008,10:23)|
Metal rusts and silicon can crack.
Also, if science is correct, a silicon and metal “entity” requires a meat-based entity to create it.
|If there are interstellar travelers, they clearly would not be made out of meat.-Allen |
And you know this, how?
Joe has pointed out that the deadly 'space mist' might cause some rusting. It's not like vacuum is famous for preserving things or anything.. Does he think that Allen is talking about becoming a robot who drinks tea, has a bath, etc whilst waiting thousands of years for his interstellar voyage to finish?
Physics as we currently understand it would seem to indicate that the acceleration and deceleration necessary to make interstellar flight practical would render a meatsack little more than a messy stain on the bulkhead.
Of course, space-faring aliens would presumably have a better understanding of physics than we do, so there's possibly a loophole. Either that or they took the multi-generational approach to space travel, though I'd hardly call that "practical".
ETA: Dan Simmons dealt with the splatter issue by pulling an alien parasite out of his ass, which as outlandish as it sounds, worked OK for his story, Endymion.
Well, not really. 1G is sufficient, and that hardly would make us a splat on the bulkhead, and we'd get to Alpha Centauri in 2-3 years or so, ship time. I'm not sure how long it would take to Earth, but at least that system would probably be a reasonable time frame.
Actually, it wouldn't take that much longer to get anywhere else, either, though if you go too far there won't be an earth left to go back to.
Isn't relativity great?
To rebut creationism you pretty much have to be a biologist, chemist, geologist, philosopher, lawyer and historian all rolled into one. While to advocate creationism, you just have to be an idiot. -- tommorris