Posts Tagged ‘Cosmos’

Dark Energy

The occult force of cosmic disintegration accounts for roughly 70% of everything that is strongly suspected to exist. Breaking things up pleases Gnon at least twice as much as holding them together. The party of unity has a steep slope to climb.

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(Nova does dark energy.)

September 26, 2016admin 31 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#96)

(Open thread + links)

On facts and truth. Herds (viz). The schizoid empire. A Russian refuge. Soft power (plus outrage). The r/K social super-cycle (succinct version). Defection problems. Lessons of osmosis. An Amerika link-squirt (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The weekly round.

A few 2015-16 reflections (1, 2) and predictions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Aping ideology (viz). PC and the Turing test. Back-to-back political spectrum warpage. Constitutional code. Philosophers of the 21st century. Property puzzles. The JQ gets weird.

British exodus. The House of Saud is built on sand (1, 2, 3). The Chinese debt monster. End of the deflationary epoch? Scared liberals.

Trumpenführer panic report (‘It’s happening!’ ‘Noooo!’). Mixed messages on Trump and the GOP establishment. Scream samples (1, 2, 3, 4). Listen to your laughter.

2016 starts with a gang bang (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). Cover-up and denial (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Who could have guessed? Cologne, biorealism, and religion. Video nasties (1, 2). Global rape culture. Reflections on Submission (1, 2). Gasoline on the fire.

” … the further modernity moves away from C7th Arabia (in every dimension, social and technological) the greater the tension with Islam-derived moral sensibilities and framings. Hence modernity creates a deep problem for Islam in a way that has no equivalent for any other civilisation. Hence the temper tantrum with serious homicidal edge that Islam is having with modernity.”

Catfishing and media cluelessness. Into the dream world. Medieval black magic. Please, stop screaming.

What twitter wants (but also, plus). Bones of the cloud. Ex Machina, the program. Matrix mutterings.

An image of everything. The edge of extinction. Into the anthropocene. Hybrid solutions.

January 10, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#78)

(Open thread + links)

Hard history. The new man (and also). Odd comparisons. The medium is the message. Pan-nationalism (and ideological genetics). The Norman hypothesis. Restoring virtue ethics. Why I am not a propertarianist (related). Against horrorism. Democracy in question. Meanings of immorality. Is updating imaginable? The weekly round.

The Fed-media disconnect. More cultural libertarians and stuff. Totalitolerance. Culture war escalation. Politeness works.

“Austrian-like perspectives on China are looking pretty good these days.” Plus, a China-slide primer. ZH on the yuan (1, 2). Stockman on local government debt. Some Chinese counter-spin. Investing in failure.

Nervous about the Norks. Italy’s 15-year flatline. Twitchy Pakistan. Silent in Bangkok. Grimness in Gaza.

Germany rolls over. European comedy hour. Image analysis. International fencing champions. Opportunities. Better still. The Australian way. What people are reading.

Trump fear and loathing watch (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Implications of contingency. “If you like your religion, you can keep your religion.”

Computers can’t solve communism. Closer to fusion gain? Exploding batteries. Dehumanized (and retro-chronic) Singularity. Complicated dark matter.
Dead ends. Genes from junk (see also), and synthetic bug bits. Smarter people (or not). Cellular skepticism. HBD blogging season.

Scales of conflict. Solitude or death. Trustless biology. Demand crunch. Talking tools.

What‘s your poison?

September 6, 2015admin 14 Comments »
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Sentences (#22)

Three clotted together is stretching the category, but still. Here‘s Laird Barron:

Lovecraft’s vision interests me more than the particulars of that vision. In the sense that he looked past mythological horrors, and the modern horrors of writers such as Dunsany, I try to look past Lovecraft and into the essence of what provokes our fascination with cosmic horror. We’re all gazing into the same abyss. As it pertains to fiction, the biggest, constantly repeated mistake in contemporary horror is that most writers fixate on Lovecraft, or CA Smith, or Ligotti, and so on, instead of examining that radioactive core at the heart of everything.

August 28, 2015admin 3 Comments »
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Rudy from Germany

… has some very important things to say to you about the true source of the world’s racial disharmony:

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August 8, 2015admin 27 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#19)

ClarkHat on Gnon provides some classic fright-night material:


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May 15, 2015admin 37 Comments »
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The Iron Law of Six

The Zhouyi (or Yijing) identifies ultimate cosmic law with the order of time — which is the eternal in change. It consists of hexagrams — figures of six lines — because decimated duplication produces the endlessly recurring sequence of six phases, in the cycle 1, 2, 4, 8, 7, 5. As explicitly acknowledged in the Ten Wings of the Zhouyi, this six-step cycle is diplo-triadic. It consists of two trigrams, or twin triangles, with each set of pairs summing through addition to the number nine. Notably, exponential growth and rigid cyclicity are integrated in the abstract model of time. The ‘byte’ (2^3) still defers to its final authority in advanced modernity. That is the robust, arithmetically indisputable foundation of The Iron Law of Six.

“If you would promote a law, first submit yourself to it.” There is perhaps no antidote to moralism sounder than this. How, then, to make of The Iron Law of Six an overt, private fatality?

Consider this (utterly crude) convergence upon the same problem. In an age of unprecedentedly scrambled attention, “deep projects” tend to get lost. Nothing that is not built into the order of time will get done. (Some very relevant neuro-psychological background can be found here.)

Submission to the order of time is thus indispensable to any real power of execution. That time repeats is the only basis upon which to build anything new.

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March 31, 2015admin 11 Comments »
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Cosmic Order

Outside in is unable to defer to the authority of this abominogram, whose degeneracy, contamination, and incompleteness are self-evident, but it seemed worth putting up for reference purposes.

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(Clicking on the image opens a new cosmic door window, where one additional click brings up an expanded version.)

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November 18, 2014admin 8 Comments »
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T-shirt slogans (#16)

Separation is Creation

(The imperative version is Split!)

A little background:

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October 10, 2014admin 14 Comments »
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Abstract Horror (Note-2)

A very special jolt of bliss for Friday (Horror) Night — a whole new monster (the ‘Phantom’):

Most models of dark energy hold that the amount of it remains constant. But about 10 years ago, cosmologists realised that if the total density of dark energy is increasing, we could be headed for a nightmare scenario – the “big rip”. As space-time expands faster and faster, matter will be torn apart, starting with galaxy clusters and ending with atomic nuclei. Cosmologists called it “phantom” energy.

To find out if this could be true, Dragan Huterer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor turned to type Ia supernovae. These stellar explosions are all of the same brightness, so they act as cosmic yardsticks for measuring distances. The first evidence that the universe’s expansion is accelerating came from studies of type Ia supernovae in the late 1990s.

If supernovae accelerated away from each other more slowly in the past than they do now, then dark energy’s density may be increasing and we could be in trouble. “If you even move a millimetre off the ledge, you fall into the abyss,” Huterer says.

Huterer and colleague Daniel Shafer have compiled data from recent supernova surveys and found that, depending on which surveys you use, there could be slight evidence that the dark energy density has been increasing over the past 2 billion years, but it’s not statistically significant yet (Physical Review D, doi.org/vf9).

Phantom energy is an underdog theory, but the consequences are so dramatic that it’s worth testing, Huterer says. The weakness of the evidence is balanced by the fact that the implications are huge, he says. “We will have to completely revise even our current thinking of dark energy if phantom is really at work.”

(If I’d been making this stuff up, about the entirety of cosmic space being a concealed monster poised to rip every particle in the universe apart, I’d have named the hero ‘Dragan Huterer‘ too.)

September 5, 2014admin 5 Comments »
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