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mikedreamer787
12th Nov 2013, 03:11
The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of | Motherboard (http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/what-150-of-the-worlds-smartest-scientists-are-worried-about)

Anyone want to add any more?

Lon More
12th Nov 2013, 03:43
Can't say I've ever thought of most of those things - either awake or sober.
There again, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

PLovett
12th Nov 2013, 05:11
I think some of the list were desperate attempts to think of something to put in the list but #14 I found interesting:

14. “I’m worried that our technology is helping to bring the long, postwar consensus against fascism to an end.” –David Bodanis, writer, futurist

That is something that I have certainly seen in my lifetime and suspect that it will continue to develop. :sad:

Ascend Charlie
12th Nov 2013, 06:07
That smart people--like those who contribute to Edge--won’t do politics.

That is keeping smart people awake at night?

Politicians are professional liars, so the smart ones don't take this up.

PTT
12th Nov 2013, 06:30
This one made me chuckle:
The coming fight between engineers and druids
I know who my money's on... :ok:

onetrack
12th Nov 2013, 07:43
151. That Islam will become the ruling global religion and power base, and that all its adherents will then be easily radicalised to embrace Sharia Law.

152. That we will continue to be largely reliant on Middle-Eastern oil for transportation.

153. That the ever-increasing power of global corporations and the financial world will mean that individual Govts will become virtually powerless.

154. That Israel will make a pre-emptive nuclear strike on a violent Arab terrorism group that acquires potent and frightening weapons, and which threatens to annihilate Israel.

155. That Putin makes himself Emperor of Russia. :(

Capetonian
12th Nov 2013, 07:48
156. That North Koreans should watch foreign films :
Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.
Probably excluded though on the basis that whichever vile Kim of son of a Kim is in charge isn't very smart.

BenThere
12th Nov 2013, 08:11
Can you imagine facing the firing squad for watching 'Animal House', 'Hangover', or 'Groundhog Day'?

highflyer40
12th Nov 2013, 08:24
one track

151- I don't think you have to worry about that one. the world is becoming more and more secular. especially in the Middle East. the governments are realising this and that's why the more hard line rule. but in the end in won't matter. governments can't change the course of the people in the long run, just delay the inevitable. in my opinion the majority of twenty something's and under is the Muslim world aren't religious.

BenThere
12th Nov 2013, 08:30
It's the religious Muslims, though, that seem to be the problem. You know, the ones who have been through the madrasahs and convinced that murder and/or suicide is the path to salvation.

tony draper
12th Nov 2013, 08:39
Number 8 is a bit daft,worrying about the Sun eventually shutting down,the human race will have been extinct for so long we wont even be in the fossil record, the rock strata that contained our fossilized remains will have eroded away and become dust that dust itself will have been compacted into new rock subducted and remelted and vomited up again in in places like the mid Atlantic ridge.
We wont even be dust by the time the hydrogen runs out.
:rolleyes:

onetrack
12th Nov 2013, 09:29
It's the religious Muslims, though, that seem to be the problem. You know, the ones who have been through the madrasahs and convinced that murder and/or suicide is the path to salvation.

And each one of them is capable of brainwashing and leading 1,000,000 "moderate" Muslims into extreme violence against Westerners, who have "offended" Allah ... :ugh:

Remember, there's a lot of people in a lot of Western countries who have spoken out against Islam, and who still have fatwas out against them - and they will be carried out - as many already have ... :suspect:

List of fatwas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatwas)

Muslims - worshipping the God of Hatred and Intolerance, since the 6th century ... :suspect:

OFSO
12th Nov 2013, 10:12
#94 is interesting: the separation of making "love" (which I guess should be better described as "having sex") into two distinct functions, procreation and fun.

I suppose at one extreme this means one has a wife AND a mistress. Or if you live in the Middle East you have a wife and a young male friend. Or in NZ, a wife and a sheep. The permutations are endless (unlike the sheep).

OFSO
12th Nov 2013, 10:13
Can you imagine facing the firing squad for watching 'Groundhog Day'?

The BBC program schedulers should be shot for putting "Groundhog Day" on over and over again, b--- repeats !

Dushan
12th Nov 2013, 16:42
154. That Israel will make a pre-emptive nuclear strike on a violent Arab terrorism group that acquires potent and frightening weapons, and which threatens to annihilate Israel.

I would' put this one in the "fear" category. More like in the "wish" category.

Sunnyjohn
12th Nov 2013, 16:52
That I'll waste my time reading stuff like this instead of going out and doing something useful with the rest of my life.

rgbrock1
12th Nov 2013, 18:39
BenThere wrote:

Can you imagine facing the firing squad for watching 'Animal House', 'Hangover', or 'Groundhog Day'?

Can you imagine your fate for watching 'Debbie Does Dallas'? :}:}

rgbrock1
12th Nov 2013, 18:41
OFSO wrote:

I suppose at one extreme this means one has a wife AND a mistress. Or if you live in the Middle East you have a wife and a young male friend. Or in NZ, a wife and a sheep.

Or in Connecticut USA, a wife and a cow. (Although some wives in CT greatly resemble cows.)

ShyTorque
12th Nov 2013, 19:11
Number 6 is the most worrying for me.

Occurrences such as the post "Super-Typhoon" crisis in the Philippines show just how vulnerable the human race will always be to natural events. These events could occur again, tomorrow, next week, or whenever. As soon as clean water, food, shelter and electricity are no longer available, we're done for, or at least the society we now know will be gone.

A huge meteorite strike could send many of us, if not all, the way of the dinosaurs. Even if an imminent strike could be detected, it would make little difference, because nothing could be done to prevent it. I'm certain no government would dare to tell its people because of the panic it would cause.

Radical, society changing natural events could be just around the corner.

tony draper
12th Nov 2013, 20:41
The Universe the Earth Nature and all that in there is ends for us all eventually,we will all pass through out own little personal event horizon,so worry not about the big picture,the odds are you will not be here when the big one happens.
:rolleyes:

OFSO
12th Nov 2013, 20:54
Can you imagine your fate for watching 'Debbie Does Dallas'?

Yes, I can: it already happened. My VCR broke down for ever, just where *** and her ugly friend *** washes the guy's car and they get their t-shirts wet, and he invites them indoors to change...and I can't find anyone with a reasonably-priced one for sale.

VCR, that is.

tony draper
12th Nov 2013, 21:04
Am I the only person on proon who has never seen or indeed previously to proon never heard of 'Debbie Does Dallas',have I missed out on summat?
:rolleyes:

ShyTorque
12th Nov 2013, 21:28
The Universe the Earth Nature and all that in there is ends for us all eventually,we will all pass through out own little personal event horizon,so worry not about the big picture,the odds are you will not be here when the big one happens.

Maybe, but if I'm vapourised, who will feed the Jack Russell?

P.S. Re your later post...Yes, you are the only one :p

tony draper
12th Nov 2013, 21:44
With a title like that one assumes it's a musical which explains why I have never seen it, one simply cannot abide musicals.:rolleyes:

ShyTorque
12th Nov 2013, 21:52
No, I don't think the vocals were particularly musical, although she did hit the odd right note. One of the male actors (sorry, participants) felt he'd been orchestrated.

PLovett
12th Nov 2013, 21:53
Am I the only person on PPRuNe who has never seen or indeed previously to PPRuNe never heard of 'Debbie Does Dallas',have I missed out on summat?

Tony, you were probably all at sea at the time. Yes, you missed out on something. No, it is not a musical. :E

Sunnyjohn
12th Nov 2013, 22:00
I had never heard of it, either and, yes, there is a musical. Wiki:
Debbie Does Dallas is a 1978 pornographic film starring Bambi Woods. The plot of the film focuses on a team of cheerleaders attempting to earn enough money to send the titular character to Dallas, Texas, to try out for the famous “Texas Cowgirls” cheerleading squad. The fictional name "Texas Cowgirls" was seen as a take on the real-life Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Woods had previously tried out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in real life, but was cut during auditions. The film was highly successful, selling 50,000 copies when it made it to videotape, making it the most successful video release of a porn film in its time. It is regarded as one of the most important releases during the so-called "Golden Age of Porn", and remains one of the best-known pornographic films.

Contrary to the title, the film is not set in Dallas nor does the eponymous Debbie "do" anyone in or from Dallas. The movie spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs including Debbie Does New Orleans, Debbie Does Wall Street, Debbie Does Dallas Again and the unrelated Debbie Duz Dishes franchise. It also spawned a 2002 Off Broadway musical, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical.

funfly
12th Nov 2013, 23:30
I dread the 'environmentalists' taking over the minds of the establishment with their Calvinistic ideas that anything that you may enjoy must be bad for you and in some magic way we, the human race, are going to 'save the planet'* whatever that means.

*'Saving the planet' is a concept whereby we halt nature exactly at this point in time in its evolution, in a sort of Western European Utopia.

SilsoeSid
12th Nov 2013, 23:51
Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of;

Richard Dawkins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins) - Being wrong :E

11Fan
12th Nov 2013, 23:57
No, it is not a musical.

I thought for sure it was. And there was a title song.. What was it ?

Maybe if we got her to hum a few bars.....

mikedreamer787
13th Nov 2013, 03:09
There are some I reckon that are quite pertinent -

4. That pseudoscience will gain ground. – Helena Cronin, author, philospher

12. That search engines will become arbiters of truth. --W. Daniel Hillis, physicist

54. That the internet will end up benefiting existing power structures and not society in general. –Bruce Schneier, security technologist

61. “We should be worrying about a growing dominance of the Fourth [pop] Culture and how it may directly or indirectly affect us all." –Bruce Parker, professor ( my ref: Edge.org (http://www.edge.org/response-detail/23804) )

69. That we will spend too much time on social media. --Marcel Kinsbourne, neurologist

98. “What worries me is that the debate about gender differences still seems to polarize nature vs. nurture, with some in the social sciences and humanities wanting to assert that biology plays no role at all, apparently unaware of the scientific evidence to the contrary” -- Simon Baron-Cohen, psychologist

113. Superstition. –Matt Ridley, science writer

131. That we will have no Plan B when the internet inevitably breaks down. –George Dyson, science historian

probes
13th Nov 2013, 06:26
Well, I seem to be the third one, Mr. D. :sad:

Otherwise, apart from the regular (fears of getting helplessly ill or something happen to children etc.) I have no personal fears - it's just scary to see how self-destructive the behaviour of people is. As a species and as individuals.

Worrals in the wilds
13th Nov 2013, 11:13
The prevailing one was 'that we worry too much'.
I agree; we have it good. Every year there's less worldwide war, less hunger, less crime (though it ebbs and flows locally) and most of us have far more comforts and posessions than our grandparents ever dreamed of...but still we worry. :(

Maybe that's a key part of the human condition.

Worrals in the wilds
13th Nov 2013, 12:12
While polite society still recoils at the mention of Linda Lovelace, Jenna and their friends, their antics are positively G rated compared to the works of the Marquis de Sade (1714-1814).
Juliette (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliette_%28novel%29)
Should you weary of internet porn his complete writings (or rantings) are available in a Kindle version, newly re-translated into English. None of it is suitable for work. :ooh:
The Complete Marquis de Sade, Vol. 1: Marquis de Sade, John Yankowski: 9780870679407: Amazon.com: Books

Nothing is new, particularly fetishism and degeneracy. When the issue of internet porn has come up I've steered a few young firebrands towards the aforementioned Juliette, only to find them come back with :eek:/WTF expressions.

Flying Binghi
13th Nov 2013, 13:03
What-ever happened to the GLOBAL WARMING worries...:hmm:

Nearest i could find were...

147. That because of climate change, resource shortages, drones, or other unanticipated reasons, a major war will arise. –Steven Pinker, psychologist

Although, Pinker were immediately cancelled out by...

148. Stupidity. –Roger Schank, psychologist











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Flying Binghi
13th Nov 2013, 13:08
Nothing is new...

The basic equipment has not changed since language were invented so ah guess we'll have to wait for some genetic engineering 'add-ons' for those new 'experiences'...:)










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Worrals in the wilds
13th Nov 2013, 13:19
What-ever happened to the GLOBAL WARMING worries...http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/yeees.gif
Maybe it's a bit like global over-population (the great fear of the 60-70s) which has now been replaced by global under-population, as seen by various references to greying and low birth rates.

Sometimes problems sort themselves out before they actually become problems, which throws back to the 'excessive worrying' concern.

Blues&twos
13th Nov 2013, 20:59
No one mentioned automatic car washes.
Terrifying.

mikedreamer787
13th Nov 2013, 21:26
When the issue of internet porn has come up I've steered a few young firebrands....

So whenever you talk to young men Worrals eventually
they'll all feel an inevitable compulsion to speak to you
about internet porn?

There must be something about ya that causes that. :E

Worrals in the wilds
13th Nov 2013, 22:14
So whenever you talk to young men Worrals eventually they'll all feel an inevitable compulsion to speak to you about internet porn?It's part of the gig.
You wouldn't believe (actually you would :E) how often porn becomes a workplace issue. I talk about it (much to the embarassment of many) because it's easier to talk about things before someone is facing dismissal rather than afterwards and IME, these days it's one of the most common reasons people get the sack.

ShyTorque
13th Nov 2013, 22:18
Has anyone made "Porn - the musical" yet?

onetrack
13th Nov 2013, 23:23
No one mentioned automatic car washes.
Terrifying.

But .. if you're a dog or a cat .. it's vacuum cleaners! :eek:

tony draper
14th Nov 2013, 08:47
Not sure if it was in that list didn't read em all, I think it frightening the speed at which our rely on technology interconnected society would collapse into total chaos after some disaster,specially in a place like the UK with such a small land mass,just three day without gas water and lecky and empty shelves at Tescos and we will be butchering each other in the streets,have to be sharpened steel though as we int allowed guns.
:uhoh:

Worrals in the wilds
14th Nov 2013, 09:07
I think it frightening the speed at which our rely on technology interconnected society would collapse into total chaos after some disaster,specially in a place like the UK with such a small land mass,just three day without gas water and lecky and empty shelves at Tescos and we will be butchering each other in the streets,have to be sharpened steel though as we int allowed guns.This is true. A few years ago we had a medium sized disaster (nothing on what the poor Filipinos are dealing with at the moment :() and the grocery shops just emptied overnight. Very few people had a supply of food for even a few days and there was deadset panic looming. Fortunately the water supply largely held up, because even fewer people had either spare water or treatment tablets on hand.

We get very used to relying on the huge, complex supply chains that keep our utilities functioning and our grocery stores stuffed with food that's available 24/7. When those chains get disrupted by bad weather, many people are left floundering even when everyone gets a few days notice.

From that experience, I'd add Complacency to the list; particularly the mistaken belief that food, water supply and waste treatment are 100% guaranteed.

In short, I think you're right.

mikedreamer787
14th Nov 2013, 16:13
Yep.

Beneath the thin false veneer of so-called 'civilised behavior' lurks
our ancient deep-seated survival passions of hunting and pillaging
when scarce resources are to be competed for.

When one is hungry (I mean really hungry) all civilised bets are off.

tony draper
14th Nov 2013, 17:24
Apparently it is already happening in the Philippines and I suspect they are a much hardier people then we, more accustomed to hardship and going without.
Indeed Mr Mike the beast lurks not far beneath us all.

:uhoh:

modtinbasher
15th Nov 2013, 20:21
3 snowflakes in Llanilltud Fawr and there will not be a loaf of bread, container of milk or a can of Albright for a long, long time! They've never forgot the BIG snow of '82, isn't it?

MTB