EPISODE 278: COMIC-CON 2012

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  1. Patrick says:

    The first 20 minutes or so of this episode are so eerie. Clearly this was recorded before the tragedies of Friday morning, but it seems to comment on them in a profoundly unsettling way.

  2. Hearing about your Comic Con experience makes me wish I had been there all the more. Maybe I’ll get the chance next year.

    I had to also comment on the notion of electronic technology ceasing to work being “completely untenable” because I had a physics professor in college who was fascinated with this idea. He believed that a worldwide failure of electromagnetic-reliant technology would be a likely effect of the Earth’s next geomagnetic reversal, the last of which occurred 780,000 years ago in the Brunhes–Matuyama reversal.

    I’ve been doing some research on this, and apparently my physics professor overestimated the potential impact on technology. The most-frequently cited abstract on this can be found here:

    http://palaeomagnetism.geologist-1011.net/

    The hypothesis, at least, was enough to cause concern for the scientists like Plimer, as well as my own physics professor. Even though it’s been demonstrated that a total worldwide catastrophe isn’t likely to occur as a result of the next geomagnetic reversal, I thought it was worth pointing out that the idea itself actually isn’t all that far-fetched.

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