Sunday, 4 March 2012

a matter of perspective

My Sunday breakfast ritual is to flip through New Scientist, reading the articles that look most interesting (and moaning to myself about the content free graphics mostly used to "illustrate" the longer articles).

I picked up this week's issue, and saw the cover headline: "The Deep Future".  Ooh, I though, I wonder if it's about the death of the sun in 5 billion years, or are they going for life after proton decay in 10^30-odd years, or maybe it's about the really deep future?

Then I saw the subhead: "A guide to humanity's next 100,000 years".  Ah, okay, recalibrate expectations.

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