Why you should maybe fear fear a bit more, and also something unmissably readable about multiverses.
A week’s a long time in science, but not long enough to prevent the following being news:
Now remember, there is nothing to fear except fear itself, because fear can kill you, and that’s something to be afraid of right there. Of course, a lot of things can kill you, some of which are no doubt looking at you right now, but very few of them have the bad grace to be ironic about it. If this entry sends you into some kind of fatal feedback loop, I can only apologize.
Did you know that being in the dark makes you feel creative and imaginative? Think about when you’ve felt most creative, for example. Is it whenever you’re surrounded by a heady, intoxicating darkness filled with your own lively and potentially award-winning hallucinations, or when someone removes that darkness and makes it painfully evident that it contained nothing but fire safety notices and empty diet Fanta bottles? The scientific method’s words, not mine.
Actually, Anna Steidle, the psychologist responsible for this illuminating (ha?) study, suggests the optimal method recommended involves “dimming direct light and having a light bulb somewhere in your field of vision which is turned on from time to time.” That’s right, science advocates pinging a light bulb on to come up with ingenious new schemes. It’s important not to allow a small, personalized raincloud to appear over your head, though – this can be seriously detrimental to your mood.
Hey, what if our universe isn’t the only one? What if it’s part of a multiverse of infinite other universes? And what if our multiverse isn’t the only one? What if there are, say, two to six other multiverses? Whoa, slow down there, this isn’t a free-for-all. What we can say is that scientists are looking wearily at the prospects of various other universes, where the laws of physics are all topsy-turvy, and two and two makes … well, probably still four, but maybe written in a weird font or something. Obviously, this is a mind-blowing possibility, and scientists are understandably a bit worried that it may screw with their understanding of the universe and make the Large Hadron Collider’s money-guzzling a bit less fruitful.
Finally, in a presumed invitation to potential conquerors, the gif to the left is being sent into space to make contact with aliens. You know what they say, you can only make one first impression, and what better first impression is there of an entire race than that of a balding man’s glassy, uncomprehending stare? Where’s your “giant leap” now, Neil Armstrong?
Image: Orin Zebest (Flickr)