How to Think Like an Alien in the Year 3000
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>What do extraterrestrial aliens know that we don’t? </li></ul>
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>What will humans know in the year 3000 that we don’t know now? </li></ul>
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>It may be difficult to imagine what more there is to learn about the world </li></ul><ul><li>O...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Scientists used to think that space and time were constant </li></ul><ul><li>They now believe ...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Astronomers found out that, not only is the universe expanding, but it is expanding at an acce...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>We have yet to come up with a unified field theory in physics </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t under...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Black holes, dark matter, dark energy, worm holes, sub-atomic strings… </li></ul><ul><li>The p...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>The Hubble Space Telescope has enabled great leaps forward in understanding our universe </li>...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>We fully expect to eventually figure out what gravity is and how it is related to electromagne...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Maybe we will figure out that, by playing some incredible tricks, we can travel faster than th...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Another problem we have is sorting out complex systems </li></ul><ul><li>We have trouble under...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Any time you get even a dozen variables operating simultaneously you have too many things to t...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>The point of all this is that we should be aware that we are thinking inside the box 99 percen...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>To get outside this box is really not an easy prospect at all </li></ul><ul><li>We need our sh...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Ideas that are too far out are less likely to stick, because there are fewer links to familiar...
Think Like An Alien <ul><li>How much more does an alien know than we do? </li></ul><ul><li>As an individual, has the alien...
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How To Think Like An Alien

  1. 1. How to Think Like an Alien in the Year 3000
  2. 2. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>What do extraterrestrial aliens know that we don’t? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>What will humans know in the year 3000 that we don’t know now? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>It may be difficult to imagine what more there is to learn about the world </li></ul><ul><li>Over the past 500 years western civilization has made tremendous progress in science and technology </li></ul><ul><li>In physics, chemistry, biology and in information and communication sciences it might seem that we have learned close all we will ever learn </li></ul>
  5. 5. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Scientists used to think that space and time were constant </li></ul><ul><li>They now believe that space and time are relative but that only the speed of light is constant </li></ul>
  6. 6. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Astronomers found out that, not only is the universe expanding, but it is expanding at an accelerating rate! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>We have yet to come up with a unified field theory in physics </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t understand the nature of gravity or consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>While we once thought that matter was made up of elementary particles, the best guess now is that matter is reducible to bits of loopy strings (string theory) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Black holes, dark matter, dark energy, worm holes, sub-atomic strings… </li></ul><ul><li>The pace of discovery of the essential materials of the universe is accelerating </li></ul><ul><li>This is in part due to the accelerating rate of technological progress </li></ul>
  9. 9. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>The Hubble Space Telescope has enabled great leaps forward in understanding our universe </li></ul>
  10. 10. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>We fully expect to eventually figure out what gravity is and how it is related to electromagnetism and the micro-forces that hold atoms together </li></ul><ul><li>What will we be able to do with that knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>Fly anti-gravity machines? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Maybe we will figure out that, by playing some incredible tricks, we can travel faster than the speed of light </li></ul>
  12. 12. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Another problem we have is sorting out complex systems </li></ul><ul><li>We have trouble understanding, predicting and controlling very complex systems </li></ul><ul><li>And you don’t have to look very far to find complex systems </li></ul>
  13. 13. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Any time you get even a dozen variables operating simultaneously you have too many things to think about </li></ul><ul><li>This is especially true if there are feedback loops involved, so that the emergent outcome behaviour of the variables has an influence on the subsequent behaviour </li></ul>
  14. 14. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>The point of all this is that we should be aware that we are thinking inside the box 99 percent of the time </li></ul><ul><li>We think within the terms of the commonly shared ideas within our respective disciplines and cultures </li></ul>
  15. 15. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>To get outside this box is really not an easy prospect at all </li></ul><ul><li>We need our shared common ideas to give us reference points and a sense of orientation </li></ul><ul><li>To step too far outside those boundaries is to risk becoming disoriented or even “unglued” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>Ideas that are too far out are less likely to stick, because there are fewer links to familiar ideas in our long term memories </li></ul><ul><li>They can slip out of our grasp as quickly as they arrive </li></ul>
  17. 17. Think Like An Alien <ul><li>How much more does an alien know than we do? </li></ul><ul><li>As an individual, has the alien given up personal knowledge of many things so he can specialize in one area, leaving other specialised knowledge for others of his kind? </li></ul>
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