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In the past I've made various remarks here about the dangers of elitism, the need for greater diversity, the importance of audience engagement, the perils of being stuck in the past...

... but that Vox article is really, really, stupid.

Classical music continues to become more and more accessible. Anyone with an Internet connection can listen to whatever music they like, whenever they want. Of course there have always been issues about cultural gatekeeping, but the Vox article isn't so much a call for an end to gatekeeping as a sort of mirror-universe version. I'm sure there's a proper term for it, but it's something along the lines of OH MY GOD THAT SMALL GATE WHICH IS KEEPING ME FROM STUFF I'M NOT ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN AND WHICH I COULD ACTUALLY CHOOSE TO GO AROUND IS SO OPPRESSIVE, WE NEED TO DESTROY THE TINY GATE AND AGGRESSIVELY RESHAPE EVERYTHING THAT'S BEHIND IT UNTIL IT'S UNRECOGNISABLE AND BY SHEER COINCIDENCE MATCHES THE STUFF I LIKE, AND ANYONE WHO DISAGREES IS A FASCIST.
 

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Apparently there was already a CNN headline: "Is math racist?"
Whenever the subject of the possibility of life on other planets comes up, usually right around the time that funding for various projects is due, we get a round of silly statements like "suggesting that life as we know it may only exist on this planet is arrogant" and things of that sort. It may be true or false, but it certainly isn't arrogant.

I basically agree with the late Stephen Hawking that we had better hope that there isn't life on other planets, or at least not life capable of coming here. It likely won't be friendly little ETs.
 

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Whenever the subject of the possibility of life on other planets comes up, usually right around the time that funding for various projects is due, we get a round of silly statements like "suggesting that life as we know it may only exist on this planet is arrogant" and things of that sort. It may be true or false, but it certainly isn't arrogant.

I basically agree with the late Stephen Hawking that we had better hope that there isn't life on other planets, or at least not life capable of coming here. It likely won't be friendly little ETs.
There may be microbial life on Venus.
 

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Apparently there was already a Fox headline: "Is math racist?"*

*as always nowadays, this could have been faked, I know.

This absolutely would not surprise me at all, seeing as how it seems to be a Fox News. When there's REAL news to be ignored (Stuff that doesn't fit their far right narrative), they'll go with "bait" like this.

That said, it could be fake. You can do this yourself, just photoshop any dumbass phrase (with a question mark) in the chiron there, like

"Was Marilyn Monroe a Secret Socialist?"

"Biden Health Crisis?"

"Antifa putting hormones in the water supply?"

It's easy. Your turn.
 

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We will try to bring Jeezus to them. Save their little micro-souls.
Finding life on Venus would be very scary for our future. I never realized, but the logic is interesting. Maybe I can find the video, but maybe you already know the logic?
 

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Scary? What's scary about finding microorganisms in the atmosphere of Venus? Or were you thinking technologically advanced Venucians with hostile intentions? :)
It sounds convoluted, but it makes some sense.

"…..finding life beyond Earth would be horrible.
The more common life is in the universe,
and the more advanced and complex it is,
the more likely it becomes that a filter is in front of us humans."

 

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Finding life on Venus would be very scary for our future. I never realized, but the logic is interesting. Maybe I can find the video, but maybe you already know the logic?
No, I actually don't see where you're going with this . . .

If life exists elsewhere in the universe, it's creates religious and philosophical issues; the concept of God would have to become a little more elastic, as the Bible is quite Earthcentric. Philosophically, it's may not be much of an issue at all. I'll let the philosophers deal with that.

If we discover "life" in the form of microbes, we don't need to fear them. Their evolution is behind our own.

If we discover an advanced civilization we likely don't have to worry either, as they've been in close proximity and not cremated us with some heat ray or something. Oh, wait, heat rays are from Mars. All right a Cool Ray.
 

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If life exists elsewhere in the universe, it's creates religious and philosophical issues; the concept of God would have to become a little more elastic, as the Bible is quite Earthcentric.
Science has pretty much taken care of the geocentric claims in the Bible; we don't need evidence of aliens to convince those people who already know the universe is not geocentric and those who are not convinced by science already will never change their minds.
 

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Personally, I think that the universe is most interesting when there is sentient life to appreciate it. I hope that the existence of sentient life is not dependent on us, because we are messing it up terribly, and will probably cause our own extinction at some point (and maybe some point not too far off). I actually have no idea whether or not there is life in some meaningful form anywhere else in the universe, and neither does anyone else. I do get tired of what seems to be an obvious ploy to stoke public interest for the sake of diverting public money. How many times do we have to be told before we figure out the trick that "this is absolute proof of biological life" only to find that there is some mistake, and that, in the end, no biological life is presented. (We are also probably never going to sent out a colony of humans to live on any other planet, at least not without being totally dependent on this one sending supplies. Even if we find someplace that might allow us to have a self-supporting colony, reaching it is probably prohibitive.)
 
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