Category: Humor

Time Travel via YouTube

By Sean Carroll | July 7, 2012 12:39 pm

Via everywhere on the internet, here’s Jeremiah McDonald, who used a 20-year-old videotape of his younger self to carry on a conversation across time. (Seems legit at a casual glance, but I suppose it could be faked.)

Sadly we can’t actually transfer information into the past. If we could, I would have started writing this book a bit earlier.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Time

Hitler Learns the Tevatron Has Been Shut Down

By Sean Carroll | June 30, 2012 6:12 pm

I’m going to hop on a plane to Geneva. Have to see a man about a boson.

Here’s something to tide you over. A bit of friendly international-competition humor. [NSFW captions.]

“I should have gone into string theory!”

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Higgs, Humor, Science

Quote of the Day

By Sean Carroll | June 29, 2012 6:43 pm

Hey, anyone remember the lawsuits that were trying to shut down the LHC? They were finally dismissed by a federal appeals court in 2010, with the following concise summary of the situation:

Accordingly, the alleged injury, destruction of the earth, is in no way attributable to the U.S. government’s failure to draft an environmental impact statement.

Of course, maybe we’re just lucky enough to live in the branch of the wave function where the disaster didn’t happen?

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Higgs, Humor, Science and Society

More Gradual Erosion in the Dignity of Humankind

By Sean Carroll | June 27, 2012 10:01 am

The next obvious step in the robots’ scheme to take over the world: develop an unbeatable strategy for Rock-Paper-Scissors. (The robots are patient, their plan has a lot of steps.)

It didn’t bother me when computers became better than us at chess, but this is outrageous.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Technology

Trending Topic on Twitter

By Sean Carroll | June 20, 2012 2:54 pm

#HiggsRumors.

PhD Comics Explains the Higgs Boson

By Sean Carroll | April 26, 2012 8:06 am

Jorge Cham visits CERN, and comes back with tales of particles and mass.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Higgs, Humor, Science

Calamities of SuperNature

By Sean Carroll | June 18, 2011 9:40 am

Tony Piro, the artist behind the webcomic Calamities of Nature, explains the relationship between science and the supernatural better than I ever could.

Click for the rest of the exciting story. Via Evolving Thoughts.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor

Dark Matters

By Sean Carroll | April 28, 2011 10:46 am

Jorge Cham, creator of the celebrated PhD Comics, sits down to talk with Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng about dark matter (and visible matter!). But rather than a dry and boring video of the encounter, he cleverly illustrates the whole conversation.

Dark Matters from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

I think it’s an exaggeration to say we have “no idea” about dark energy — physicists like to say this to impress upon people how weird DE is, but it gives the wrong impression because we actually do know something about it. But not much!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Science

I love my students

By Julianne Dalcanton | April 6, 2011 5:00 am

Of the thousands of these I’ve received, this is perhaps my favorite student evaluation ever. Thank you anonymous student, for your helpful feedback.
This class needs more cowbell!

(And if this makes no sense, please watch here, or, if you must, read about it on wikipedia)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Academia, Humor, Miscellany
MORE ABOUT: cowbell

You Pinheads

By Sean Carroll | January 31, 2011 11:39 am

Update: darn it, Phil beat me by minutes. Always check your RSS reader before posting something from elsewhere on the internets.

Found this video yesterday morning via Swans On Tea. It was so good I had to include it in the talk I gave yesterday afternoon at the Skeptics Society.

Backstory: Bill O’Reilly is very fond of using the tides as evidence that science doesn’t understand everything. Apparently some pinheads tried to point out that we actually do understand that.

At a slightly deeper level: this is a good example of a worldview that can only imagine ultimate explanations taking the form of reference to some person — a being, a kind of conscious agent, who does things for reasons. If you try to give explanations that simply refer to the laws of physics, they will never be satisfied.

In the real world, things happen, not always for (those kind of) reasons. The laws of physics might not have any deeper explanation.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor
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