quinta-feira, 25 de agosto de 2011

Loucuras correlativas

Paul Krugman: Fake Alien Invasion Would End Economic Slump (com video)

"If we discovered that, you know, space aliens were planning to attack and we needed a massive buildup to counter the space alien threat and really inflation and budget deficits took secondary place to that, this slump would be over in 18 months."
Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists, no Guardian

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.
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NOTA: Vale a pena ler o post completo no WUWT acerca do paper a que a notícia no Guardian se refere e que foi publicado na Acta Astronautica, concluindo pelo estado actual das práticas de peer review.