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A celebration of the internet pt.5

Every now and then I like to string together a series of interesting video’s I’ve found on the internet to share with you. The last one was A celebration of the internet pt.4 As usual, this one starts off with a little music.

Scroobius Pip

The man’s a genius, the lyrics are brilliant. With the exception of the very last line which needn’t have been in there (to ‘kill’ I assume being London speak for ‘make really good music’).

Large Hadron Collider rap

The scientists at the LHC have made a rap to explain what the 27km particle accelerator is for. It’s super cheesy, but highly educational. In short, it’s brilliant.

Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s presentation on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.”

This starts off with a bit of dry heavy maths, but stick with it. You will soon realise why our inability to comprehend exponential growth is possibly the most important problem facing humanity. If you want to know why there’s wars over oil - the reason is in here. If you think Ethanol can save us, that’s debunked in here. If growth of oil consumption continued at the same rate as it had from 1870 to 1970 (7% growth per decade, for one hundred years, is a solid trend) then by 2001 there would have been no oil left on Earth. And more importantly, because 7% per decade actually means that in ten years you consume the same amount of oil as humanity has in the entire of history before that decade - to get another 10yrs worth of oil would mean needing to magically discover an amount of oil equal to all the oil we have ever found in the entirety of human history. For just ten more years of life as we know it. His video’s are full of well explained consequences of the arithmetic in all sorts of fields.

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