Grey Goo for Dummies: a Layman's Breakdown of the Realities of the Nanotechnology "Worst Case" Scenario
What "grey goo" means in the context of nanotechnology, explained for the layman in plain terms.
Symmetry is aesthetically beautiful, but there's a lot more to it than just good looks. Symmetry can be used to make predictions and discoveries in science, too.
Want to have your mind blown as you're falling asleep? Consider the cyclic model of the universe, in which everything is annihilated periodically, only to be created once again anew.
Olbers' Paradox is one of my favorite concepts in physics to think about, even though it is now considered resolved. Looking back at the history a bit, we find an unexpected source for solution.
Want to live to be 200? What if I told you that your quality of life well into your 100s could be higher than it is today? Radical life extension is taking a great leap forward right this minute.
Why is unification such a big deal? What's a "theory of everything", and why do physicists care so much about it? Here's a very brief history of unifications so far, and where we may be headed.
What the heck is the Higgs boson, and what's the Higgs field? This will be a lot easier to understand than you might think, and at the very least, you'll be able to sleep easier!
What did Einstein mean with his most famous equation? If you're having trouble sleeping and would like to know, here's a little help!
Is it possible that we're living in a simulated universe? It might be more conceivable than you think. Here's why!
Perhaps transhumanists (or "singularitarians") are asking the wrong questions. Maybe we shouldn't be asking when the technological singularity will happen, but rather how long it has been happening.
Nanotechnology is not a complicated notion, but it sure can sound fancy. If you've heard about it but you'd like to learn a little more, here's a quick primer on nanotech.
Why are all the numbers having to do with the universe so perfectly suited for intelligent life to develop? We'll take a look at the anthropic principle and the multiverse theory very briefly.
What separates human beings from all the rest of the animal species today is that we are connected in a way like never before, all across the world. How did this happen, and where are we headed?
A common mistake a lot of people make is to set their own personal goals far too high. Here's a compelling argument for doing the opposite.
Gazing out in wonder at the immensity of the universe, or peering within at the scale of the atomic particles, it's important to note that it's almost all empty space.
Physicists often talk about a "finite but unbounded" universe. What does this mean? More importantly, can thinking about it help you fall asleep?
Sitting at the airport, I looked around and was startled to realize I was far better prepared than almost everyone virtually every step of the journey. Here are things I do differently than most.
Sort of a "Physics for Dummies" look at the force of gravity. What makes it so "weak" when we obviously feel its powerful effects every day? Doesn't gravity dominate the universe?
Consciousness uploading, the dualism problem, and a wild philosophical and scientific discussion of things to come as the technological singularity approaches.
From dark matter to dark energy to the very fabric of spacetime itself, we may have a lot to learn about the universe. What do we actually know?
Three quick, simple tips (okay, they'll take some time to implement, but you can get the concepts right away!) can change the way you're doing things on a daily basis.
It's the dawn of a new era of productivity, but at what cost? Is your phone the boss of you, or vice versa? Take control of your phone in just three easy steps here.
I found myself thinking about how I come up with ideas, the very action behind inspiration. What I came up with surprised me. Here are the three ways I think.
This is the plan that has worked really well for me, as I continue to remain very active and approach the age of 40.
My own personal experiences with earning passive income thus far, and where I'd like to head in the near (and far) future
Nearly six years ago, I quit drinking. Over the course of the last five years, I've increased my productivity dramatically, accomplishing business and personal goals galore. Here's how I did it.
When I'm having trouble sleeping at night, I try to make sense of some of the most complicated concepts in physics and relativity. The speed of light is one of my all time favorites.
Keeping the heebie-jeebies away from you is absolutely crucial when training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and as a gym owner, the onus is on us as much as it is on the individual to prevent skin infections.
If you have a big heart for our four-legged furry friends and want to help out with making the quality of a dog's life better, here are three simple ways you can make a huge impact.
Our miniature Dachshund dog, Hallie, passed away earlier this year. However, we were able to give her four great years, and in spite of what the vets said, we fixed her high liver values with diet.
Do you have an excellent vocabulary, but find yourself losing at online Scrabble to someone who lacks your word mastery? Here are some tips to help "game the system" in playing Scrabble.
Whether you're interested in investing for the future, or just to have some money put away for a "rainy day" or emergency, saving money when you don't have much can be tough. Here are some tips.
We've seen enormous paradigm shifts over time that have changed our mentality about a lot of things. Could pregnancy and childbirth be in the same category?
This is all about our beloved miniature Dachshund, Hallie, who lighted up our lives for four years. She brought so much light to our lives, especially Alley's.
If you've been following the news in the tech world about "brain uploading" and all the crazy progress that has been made recently, you may have already noticed a large, gaping hole in the logic.
I run a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in Richmond, VA. We've grown a great deal over the past 2 years, and as a result, I've learned how to manage the growth with apps on my smartphone to a large degree.
The word "cyborg" has a dirty, nasty connotation that brings to mind sci-fi movies where the world is being destroyed by robots, or by "The Borg." But we might be closer than we want to admit...
This explains how monsters under your bed will come and get you if you're not careful, how to prevent them from getting you in the first place, and how to have fun with life.
The issue of Net Neutrality threatens to change the very nature of the Internet away from an individual-empowering one to "Big Brother" of Orwell's 1984 or from Apple's Macintosh commercial from 84.
Where are we going, and how did we get here? These are the two most important questions we can ask ourselves as a species, and here are some speculative answers based on today's best evidence.
We look back with nostalgia on the 1980s right now, and during the 80s, we looked back on the 50s. But how good were these times? Let's take a slightly closer look at the big picture.
My nonfiction reading list has been all over the place the last few years, from history to how social systems operate, to nanotechnology and beyond. The really important ones have common traits.
There are certain "life hacks" that you have to experience out of necessity in order to learn, and being in a punk rock band in the late 90s was a great, if brief, experience.
As we continue to become one with our inventions, heading toward a possible technological singularity, there's only one thing that makes this revolution different: our perception.
Ever have a hard time falling asleep at night, but don't want to turn on the lights to do some reading? If you enjoy thinking about the universe, these thought experiments will blow your mind.