Comments for Damn Interesting https://www.damninteresting.com A collection of fascinating true stories from history, science, and psychology. In text and podcast form. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:33:48 -0700 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Comment on Starving for Answers by Voracious Reader https://www.damninteresting.com/starving-for-answers/#comment-71868 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:33:48 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12259#comment-71868 DI, as always! Leaves me hungering for the next article (as always!).

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Comment on Starving for Answers by matthew1701 https://www.damninteresting.com/starving-for-answers/#comment-71866 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:58:18 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12259#comment-71866 Damn chilling… for a good cause or not, that’s not a test that I would want to be a part of in any way shape or form. Especially the starvation part, I love me some food!

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Comment on Starving for Answers by KS Reader https://www.damninteresting.com/starving-for-answers/#comment-71865 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:40:17 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12259#comment-71865 Thank you for writing this, Erika; it was very interesting. I wondered if any of the original men from the experiment were still living. I know they’d be in their 90s now, but I discovered that one of them, Marshall Sutton, was alive at least two years ago — 96 years old and living in Maryland. I found some other interesting quotes from him and other survivors in an article on the Twin Cities’ “Pioneer Press” from Nov. 15, 2014 (http://www.twincities.com/2014/11/15/70-years-ago-the-minnesota-starvation-experiment-changed-lives/), which included the surprising (to me) detail of the enduring respect between the experimenter and the men who participated. They even had a reunion! Thank you again for bringing this landmark study to our attention.

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Comment on Starving for Answers by jparenti https://www.damninteresting.com/starving-for-answers/#comment-71864 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:15:23 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12259#comment-71864 Damn interesting — and somewhat horrifying.

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Comment on Starving for Answers by calisonic https://www.damninteresting.com/starving-for-answers/#comment-71863 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:26:47 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=12259#comment-71863 First.

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Comment on America Warned Hiroshima and Nagasaki Citizens by ferrox glideh https://www.damninteresting.com/ww2-america-warned-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-citizens/#comment-71862 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:57:57 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=30#comment-71862 Keith Reust- Yes, the Japanese did warn the Americans before the Pearl Harbor attack, but the warning was ignored and not spread because the military thought that it would cause panic. It almost reminds me of the warnings by foreign intelligence agencies to the USA about an impending terrorist attack on 911.

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Comment on The Voyager Golden Record Experience by Floyd Council https://www.damninteresting.com/voyager-golden-record/#comment-71857 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:58:40 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=12027#comment-71857 Do you there’s secret message if the record is played backwards ?

Having said this, do we know if there were any instructions included advising on the direction the record should be played ?

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Comment on The Voyager Golden Record Experience by Dreeze https://www.damninteresting.com/voyager-golden-record/#comment-71856 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:01:26 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=12027#comment-71856 @ Alan

I’m not blaming anyone, it’s just that given the oportunity the whole of humanity could’ve done a much better effort. Given the fact that it’s very (extemely) unlikely the discs will ever be found or read, the fact that we tried is pointless unless we make a genuine effort, which we didn’t.

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Comment on The Voyager Golden Record Experience by Alan Bellows https://www.damninteresting.com/voyager-golden-record/#comment-71855 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:05:29 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=12027#comment-71855 @Dreeze: Dr Sagan and his team had less than a year to design the cover, gather the audio/images, secure permission from the artists, press these two-of-a-kind records, and secure them to the spacecraft. All this while navigating a vast governmental bureaucracy. A Rosetta-stone-style translator was just out of their practical reach. Besides, the golden records are really more for the benefit of humanity than that of any aliens. They are a gesture of optimism and self-assertion, like many of our monuments here on Earth.

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Comment on The Voyager Golden Record Experience by Dreeze https://www.damninteresting.com/voyager-golden-record/#comment-71854 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:14:43 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=12027#comment-71854 Ah, the voyager discs! The worst joke humanity ever pulled off. A pointless message in 155 different, incohesive languages, spoken by 155 different voices, articulations and accents, with no delimitation between them. If an alien civilization ever tries to decode it’s meaning they’ll find that there is no common rationale in any of it, and they’ll just end up frustrated that we wasted this truly unique chance of communicating on a stream of unintelligible garble.

We could’ve given them a Rosetta’s stone, with one side of the disc containing images and the other side simultaneously describing what it is that can be seen in them. And all that in one, well articulated voice and in a language that’s easy to learn, not the incredibly complicated mess of words and sounds that is English. Preferably a less complex language like Malayan which has hardly any conjugations and plurals are simply the singular noun repeated.

It would probably be best even have used a made up, easy to learn, basic simple language as 40.000 years from now, there won’t be anyone on Earth who understands any of the languages spoken today. So if the aliens were ever to reply in the same language, we would have to relearn it all anyway.

Basically the only thing that can easily be extracted from the information on those discs is Earth’s location, so the aliens will know where to send that fusion bomb when they finally realise we’ve pulled their leg and made them spend lots of valuable resources for absolutely nothing.

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