Thursday, April 21, 2011

Of white blood cells and stars


"If you brought the Sun down to the size of a white blood cell (7 micrometres), and then brought everything else down to scale, our galaxy, the Milky Way, would be the size of the continental U.S.A."

Source: Tredid on reddit
Picture credit: Michael Richmond

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    1. We are probably all that we will ever know.... so to us, being "all that", is probably correct.

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    2. Hahaha, +1 to relativism/Steven.

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  2. Steven, I sure hope you are right. Because as I see it the only way this world will ever have peace is if we have a common enemy outside our own planet. And as we sit now, we are NOT prepared for that war....

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    1. The only way we would be at peace is if we were at war with aliens. That makes total sense...

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    2. He is kind of right, actually. I know its fictional, but something like "Independence Day" would occur; that is, total and unified cooperation from all mankind in defence of ourselves. HOWEVER, this would be temporary...if we were to win this "Armageddon war".

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    3. Temporary changes, lasting effects. Singularity theory posits that complete meshing of languages or deletion of language barriers will essentially bring the world into a new age by necessity of the technological progress that this barrier-breaking is beholden to.

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    4. At least there'd be some fucking action. PEW PEW PEW! Be a hero boys!!! PEW PEW! Think of all the technology we'd salvage if we could actually fight it off. I say bring it on!

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  3. Red blood cell = 7 micrometers. White blood cells are typically over twice that.

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    1. Yip, I was just about to point this out also, i wonder how accurate the rest is..

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  5. @Hristal: STFU! The point was well made in the article. By having to point out an error that, while factually correct, is irrelevant to point intended by the article makes you an insecure, annoying ass who shows an incredible external locus of identity.

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    1. @Keith Get with the times brah, anti-pedanticism isn't cool.

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  6. @Keith wow, you mad, bro? What an overreaction. He's just pointing out a small inconsistency. If you studied biology, medicine etc. you would probably be slightly irritated by it too.

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