Twitter cuts (#13)

As a myth of advanced modernity, this does a lot of work:

March 16, 2015admin 16 Comments »

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  • Alex Says:

    They were reverse engineered from crash landed UFOs

    Chyeah right. Super-advanced alien craft capable of interstellar travel just happened to “crash land” with technology on board capable of being “reverse engineered” by the gubbermint.

    How very convenient.


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 7:18 am Reply | Quote
  • Hegemonizing Swarm Says:

    This is vaguely similar to David Brin’s book Existence in which civilizations send out probes around the universe that teach whoever finds them about technology, with the underlying goal to manipulate them into doing their bidding. In the book it turns out to be cheaper to piggy-back on on intelligent life already present than sending around fully-fledged Von Neumann probes (or, the horror, colonies of biological lifeforms).


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 7:24 am Reply | Quote
  • Erebus Says:


    “…Claude Shannon…”
    “The puppetmasters slowly leaked the technology into society by “declassifying” technical papers under these names.”

    Shannon was a mathematician/cryptographer/logician — and his papers (example) were, emphatically, not the sort of thing you could easily derive from any piece of celestial hardware.

    It would be more logical, in some respects, to implicate some of the other folks at Bell Labs, but — as the development of the transistor and the laser were large, well documented, multidisciplinary projects — our conspiracy theorist wouldn’t have much success with that, either. (Among other reasons, William Shockley was nobody’s puppet.)


    Hegemonizing Swarm Reply:

    Like any myth it falls apart if you look too closely.

    Psychologically I find this myth quite interesting. It starts with the current zeitgeist of technological imperialism [Give a developing civilization, especially their elites and future influential (the youth), cheap and ubiquitous technology and once they grow dependent on it, they have effectively integrated themselves into your command and control network], and extrapolates them back a step, over time and space. As always it’s turtles all the way down.


    R. Reply:

    Is it a myth? Seems more like a joke, really…


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply | Quote
  • zog Says:

    the jews did this


    Orthodox Reply:

    The Ark of the Covenant is an alien artifact. Muhammed made a deal with the proto-Bronies, which is why he was given a flying My Little Pony to ride “into heaven.” Jesus was an alien who said everyone can use alien tech, but Muslims went brony and the rest is history.


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    everyone gets this wrong. It’s ‘the juice’; the alien enemy has the form of ordinary apple juice, since it is a distributed sentience. If the Jews finally grasped this as we Dorkly Enlightened have, they would go back to calling themselves ‘Hebrews’.

    However, since the other malevolent alien intelligence takes the form of ordinary coffee, the phrase ‘he brews’ might instigate some odd confusions as well.

    In short, we know that the juice did this, but there is nothing we can do about it.

    Drink deep!


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply | Quote
  • Twitter cuts (#13) | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply | Quote
  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    Admin pulls at the thread of a fascinating mythos:


    Mechanomica Reply:

    That was a fun story. Shulman’s a great study for anyone who wants to learn how to pull off a masterful con. (Or how to defend against such, I suppose.)


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 11:57 am Reply | Quote
  • grey enlightenment Says:

    @Hegemonizing Swarm

    it makes the assumption that humans and aliens are of roughly the same intelligence/level, such that the aliens would derive some economic value out of coercing us, but we don’t coerce the ants when we want to build a highway


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply | Quote
  • Collins Elite Press Office Says:

    E.T. gave us information tech?
    No, the truth is MUCH more disturbing, Earthlings:


    Posted on March 16th, 2015 at 11:11 pm Reply | Quote
  • Krelian Says:

    I almost laughed for a bit.

    But then, I think we should not forget that the philosophical questions of computation offer something truly horrifying for the wayward soul to ponder. To play off the original post…

    People think computers grew out of human ingenuity. The truth is much more sinister.

    Turing described what would become known as the Turing Machine, a universal computer capable of meta-circular evaluation that can be adapted to simulate the logic of any algorithm. A consequence of this is that it can simulate itself and any other class of Turing machines running on alternative instruction sets, whether they be Quantum Turing machines or non-deterministic Turing machines, and so on, given unbounded memory of course.

    When you take a small subset of the mass of our Universe, and can configure it in just the right way that you produce a computer processor capable of universal computation–a Turing machine, and behold, it actually works–what does that tell about reality as a whole?


    Posted on March 17th, 2015 at 4:23 am Reply | Quote
  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    It is very much the sort of thing Modernity predisposes one to fear. It incorporates some old myths (such as abductions by the Sidhe, who supposedly had ‘advanced technology’) with every fear of the demotic morass: no one is ‘in control’ and yet bad decisions are being made. WHO IS THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!? Plus, it conveniently unpersons very distinct personalities; in the massivity of metal, all atoms are interchangeable, so long as they face the magnet, lay flat in plate, or run along the wire. Celebrity is fake: so must be notoriety.


    Posted on March 18th, 2015 at 12:03 am Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Then the aliens bought their stupid cousins in because they couldn’t get jobs on their home planet, which explains most IT departments. Certainly mine which succeeds in making technology slower every year, unless I’m getting exponentially smarter and my motor skills are getting faster with age. They aren’t.

    We won’t discuss who’s taking over the government, because clearly even Vogons have limits as to how much bullshit they’ll put up with on their Home Worlds. Remember they’re not Evil, they just run things.


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 2:49 am Reply | Quote

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