A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2016 Aug 9, 13:07 -0400
Re: the film.
One can safely skip the first 2:45 minutes of painful titles. That's ridiculously large percentage of a 22 minute film, wasted.
There are some nutty assertions in that film. Here are some of the gems I noticed
It is asserted that if humans can learn mathematics, that there would be "billions of intelligent human computers". Seriously now, ever watch a clerk try to count out change without being told the answer?? Billions of "intelligent" computers?? Not a chance. Billions of human computers, maybe. The bulk not considered intelligent by any stretch of the imagination!
It is asserted that a human piloted missile would be able to outsmart the computer directed defense. Ha! Completely ignores dynamics and the laws of motion that every missile must obey. Every missile defense (Sea Whiz aks CIWS, Patriot, Iron Dome,THAAD) is computer directed, with automated input. No measure of human piloting input to the targeted vehicle will change the success rate of these defenses.
It is suggested that project number would allow humanity to " go around the computer", in effect, turning it off. A conclusion that would have been much more poignant would be the protagonist turning off the computer and getting totally annihilated the next moment. That would have been believable!
I'm not convinced that the Young's Modulus for a wooden pencil would allow it to be driven through an orbital socket into the brain, particularly by hand. Wouldn't the pencil just shatter under load? Moreover, that injury would likely only blind you, but would not be fatal. In effect, the protagonist gives himself a self inflicted lobotomy, not a suicide.
There are some other pearls, but these stand out
> But we do trust electronics, each and every day in myriad ways. That's not going to change. I would note that you "trusted" electronics to post this message about never trusting electronics!
There is always this classic: