mo

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  • @mo That sounds really sensible, thanks!

    I actually go to Pilates weekly and my instructor is a physio. I meant to discuss the issue with her this week, but it slipped my mind as I was in a rush. So I have contacted her for some advice. I am insured through work so could claim back some of the costs

  • Does not the whole usefulness of the equation rather hinge on that? That’s not a rhetorical question, I don’t know much about statistics so could do with some clarification.

    @mo The Drake equation is only a concise way of expressing an interesting, and not (to most people) immediately obvious, problem; not a way of generating any answers.

    It…[Read more]

  • But just because it is tolerable, doesn’t mean there’s anything about to tolerate it in the first place, necessarily.

    @mo True. But were know the compounds required. We now have a reasonable understanding of star destruction, planet forming, plus the goldilocks distance from a sun. It just comes down to statistics that a planet will form in the…[Read more]

  • That equation doesn’t really deal with the likelihood of life actually arising though does it? The chapter “Fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life, fl” touches on it saying that for one reason and other it appears to be a fairly likely outcome given the right conditions, but then this:

    @mo No it doesn’t – but it pretty much…[Read more]

  • Surely since to our knowledge life has only ever arisen once on Earth

    @mo It only had to once…

    And there are different forms of life, that use different chemical pathways for energy, some of which are mutually incompatible. Early oceanic life was sulphur-‘breathing’. It was mostly eliminated by the evolution of oxygen-based lifeforms; oxygen…[Read more]

  • Surely since to our knowledge life has only ever arisen once on Earth,

    @mo The different theories for the origin of life on Earth fascinate me. Several viable paths – we’ll likely never ever know which one(s) it was but the work does show how it could arise in different environments.

    But it goes beyond that – there are a number of things about c…[Read more]

  • Surely since to our knowledge life has only ever arisen once on Earth,

    @mo Two reasons why I strongly disagree with your premise:

    (1) We don’t know that life has only arisen once. Perhaps another kind of life arose (before or after what we know) that lost out the evolutionary battle long before the fossil record. Not that the earliest r…[Read more]

  • @mo Life on earth can tolerate a few hundred degrees temp range. In water, air and other gases. Given the number of stars, solar systems etc.. it would be more surprising if we alone in the universe.

  • Surely since to our knowledge life has only ever arisen once on Earth, all other things being equal, the possibility of the rise of life itself might be seen as being pretty unlikely?

    @mo No. Even using very pessimistic (but yes – still guessed at) numbers, the probability is pretty high we’re not alone:…[Read more]

  • troll replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    @mo How many vacuums did you check out before choosing the roomba?

    My sister got one in the Black Friday sales and loves hers

  • el replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    @mo But it won’t hoover sofas, or skirting board, or get cobwebs.I have a 15 month year old that is quite good at clearing the floor!

    I am quite tempted to get one to run around at night though, one that washed and dried the kitchen floor daily would be great.