I’m not sure where this is from, although if I had to guess I’d say it came from that enormous Taschen book dedicated to the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The quote comes from Christiane Kubrick, and it’s quite good.
"Stanley thought we are always falling behind our scientific and technical achievements. We are very good at making more and more things - but to do what with? We haven’t kept up, psychologically and philosophically. We are not profound. We are still getting away with the most boring entertianments. We are shallow, and we know it. We suffer from it. The choices we make are not satisfying. Our sins are all of omission - of not doing the more interesting things that we could do. There is a lethargy, a lack of energy and concentration that prevents us from reaching the key point where we are as creative and perceptive as we really wish to be. We are in the terrible position of being smart enough to know that we are not smart enough. For instance, we still can’t imagine, "What is God?" So In 2001 we see fantastic tools of communication. People can speak over zillions of miles, but nobody has anything to say. So we pretend. We live in a little world of nonsense and send each other funny photos and cute stories, with this enormous technology. “Happy birthday,” and so on, when nobody seems to care or react. It’s very melancholy - although two things we really can do. War and pornography we’re good at.”
Running fast in a herd while being as dumb as shit, I think, is a very good adaptation for survival.
Jack Sepkoski, Paleontologist from the Article “Does Life have a Purpose?”
Riding my favorite roller coaster before it’s closed forever this week. I love how bad this graphic is.
Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof.
Working in Miyagi…
Wow this is the best thing.
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So apparently IeSF (the International E-Sports Federation) is intentionally excluding women from some tournaments because
"The decision to divide male and female competitions was made in accordance with international sports authorities, as part of our effort to promote e-Sports as a legitimate sports."
Outrage ensues. And then the hole gets deeper with their response.
"2 - International standards. IeSF is very close to get e-Sports recognized as a true sports like it should be. Part of that efforts is to comply with the international sports regulations. For example, chess is also divided into male / female leagues."
Except, you know. It’s not. FIDE actually created a female championship because they noticed there weren’t enough women playing chess and decided to act on it. The world’s top-rated female player has actually never participated in the women’s championship and has only competed in the general “anyone can play” championship.
Turns out the international e-sports federation is kind of dumb. Who would have guessed?
PC Gamer has the full story.