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Quantum Physics Books for Beginners
Quantum physics is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there. This, of course, refers to Erwin Schrodinger’s experiment which revealed that putting a cat in a box with acid will not prove detrimental until the box is opened. Therefore, the cat can either be dead or alive.
They're Made Out of Meat
"They're Made Out of Meat," by Terry Bisson, is one of the most influential stories in science fiction, and is regularly discussed in college classes about cognitive science, cosmology, and philosophy. The story consists entirely of two extraterrestrials having a conversation at a dinner. Their mission is to discover sentient beings capable of traveling faster than light, and offering them "first contact." Human-beings, as carbon-based life, befuddle the aliens. They cannot fathom how "sacks of meat" can be sentient. Disturbed by their discovery, the aliens mark the solar system has uninhabited, cutting off humanity from the galactic community. "They're Made Out of Meat" is regularly cited as an explanation to the Fermi paradox, the contradiction asking why we cannot see other intelligent life in the universe.
Sci-Fi Anime Robots
Anime and giant robots are to Japan what baseball and warm apple pie are to America. They're an institution, a national export that has managed to captivate people all over the world. Japan may not be the place to originate the giant robot, but they're certainly the place that’s managed to popularize them in the collective consciousness of popular culture. We here at OMNI, after several days of long heated debate, have collected our favorite sci-fi mechs for our definitive list of the best sci-fi anime robots to ever come out of the land of the rising sun. Check out our list and see how it stacks up against your personal list for the best badass robots in anime.
Space Conspiracy Theories
Everything you know about space is a lie. We’ve never been to the moon, Pluto is a hologram, and Obama visited Mars twice. Conspiracy theorists believe all of this and so much more. NASA is one of the top organizations accused of conspiracy theories, and has been since the day it was created. Established in 1958, NASA was founded to compete with the Soviet Union in the space race. After Russia launched Sputnik, people were afraid that they would start building weapons in space. NASA was created to combat this. In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy approved the Apollo program which was aimed at successfully sending a man to the moon. While the Apollo 1 ended in disaster, the Apollo 8 and 10 missions went to the moon to test equipment and take photos but did not land.
Best Star Wars Books
Star Wars is perhaps one of the most important franchises of the 20th century. The 21st century promises to deliver more of the ever expanding universe. Disney has bought Lucasfilm and has mapped out the next decade of Star Wars activity. With some of the most exciting characters in the franchise being women, the audience for the franchise has grown exponentially. Not only has J.J. Abrams rebooted the movies, but the franchise has inspired an army of writers focused on the Star Wars universe. The Star Wars books enhance the experience of being a Star Wars fan, whether it’s learning ancient history, getting background on a favorite character, or following the heroes of the original trilogy.
Cults are like car accidents: horrific events that people cant help but gawk at in shock. Cult members sacrifice their individuality for the perceived friendship, connections, identity, and meaning the groups offers. It is difficult to define the psychological profile of individuals in cults. There is a significant diversification in terms of age, career, education, ideology, and talents among cult members. Powerful dedication to ideology deludes members into believing they are revolutionaries, or devout followers of a new age religion. All too often, cults end in destruction, through mass suicide or violence. Terrifying, and fascinating, cults manipulated countless people and made headlines throughout the twentieth century. A look at these cults offers more insight into the type of groups that appealed to the varied individuals that would become members.
80s Sci-Fi Cult Classic Movies
Contemporary sci-fi often gets so overladen with pristine special effects that it almost seems too sterile. There is a sense of newfound political correctness in today's sci-fi, which sometimes even seems a bit preachy. It can make one yearn for 80s sci-fi cult classic movies. It was a time of transition for movie making and a decade of experimentation in the film industry. The top 90s sci-fi cult classic movies would encompass a decade of institutionalizing film production. 80s sci-fi films will remain an anomaly in the history of film for a number of reasons, but primarily because they remind us of a time when there were no boundaries to the imagination, and films did not cost hundreds of millions of dollars to deliver a limited storyline and cookie cutter actors and actresses. These cult classic movies will remain a must-see for the sci-fi fans of all ages.
Best Sci-Fi Porn Parodies
If you are a lover of movies like Star Wars and Avatar, then these sci-fi porn parodies may not only grab your interest but fulfill some of your wildest fantasies. There are a number of hot porn parodies of famous films many love to watch and those that are top-rated.
Best Space Travel Movies
Space, the final frontier. As much as our narrow sighted governments have decommissioned our space programs, we have not given up hope at reaching for the stars. While for the average person it might seem like a herculean task innovators like Elon Musk and Richard Branson have devoted their vast fortunes to continuing to push the boundaries of going beyond orbit. But the future of space travel won’t entirely be dependent upon a handful of billionaires carrying the weight of human exploration on their backs. The only ones who can truly carry the torch of exploration into the 21st century is the next generation. The children of tomorrow who will grow into the next generation of scientists and engineers who will build the machines that will take humanity into the stars. For those future dreamers here are some of the best space travel movies that will hopefully inspire them with the possibilities of the stars and what great wonder the universe has for them to behold so they might use these dreams as the fuel for their minds to build the engines of tomorrow that will take their children to the stars.
Best Genetic Modification Movies
Genetic modification is the foundation of evolution. All species change and are altered because the planet is exposed to radiation. Radiation causes DNA to break down; the damage is repaired and is often followed by mutation. This mutation is what creates variety in individual species and the world as a whole. Genetic modification movies have reached across all sub-genres including comedy, horror, thriller, and mystery; but they will always belong under the heading of science fiction. Science is not at the same level that is portrayed in these films, giving them a somewhat magical element that viewers are more than ready to embrace. From Sharktopus to X-Men, here are our top genetic modification movies.
Best Alien Invasion Movies
American fears of the cold war with the USSR in the middle of the 20th century manifested themselves in stories of alien invasions. The movie aliens themselves often took the forms of outright green blobs, which in my opinion was probably a budgetary issue, resolved by some special effects coordinator suggesting that they leave it up to the audience's imagination. From stormtrooper looking soldiers to individual messengers of doom, the aliens kept coming until science fiction films in general became the highest grossing film genre over big movie weekends in the later 20th century. If there is even a shred of predictive truth to these films, we should have no excuse when the time comes for an alien invasion. Watch the best alien invasion movies. Get prepared.
Understanding the Collective Intelligence of Pro-opinion
True Story. In May of 1968 an American nuclear submarine, the USS Scorpion, vanished in the calm waters of the Atlantic. Chaos ensued deep in the war rooms beneath the Pentagon. The greatest military minds could not with any degree of accuracy locate the vessel. It could be anywhere within a 20-mile radius and at great depth. Finding it was a monumental endeavor.