Re: Static thinking

Robert Harley (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 17:49:04 +0200 (MET DST)

>there was a gamma burst
>that hit the Earth's atmosphere and was
>absorbed that contained enough energy to
>power the whole planet for a billion-billion years.

Presumably they were talking about the total energy released by the
event that produced the burst. But since it was about a bazillion
light-years away, only a barely measureable amount reached Earth.

>That might answer the fork-faq question of 'Could
>the earth survived on solar power alone?'

Return under that bridge, troll!

>For instance, when they predict 'enough'
>do they take into account the escalation of energy needs
>from increased usage and the de-escalation from
>advancing technnology? Show me the model.

They could probably propose a number of models, like those clueful
U.N. pundits who predict population over the next century:

Scenario 1: it will continue to grow.
Scenario 2: it will level off.
Scenario 3: it will start falling after a while.

I'll have my secretary expand that awesome analysis to 500 pages and
charge you $1e6 plus expenses for my consulting effort.

Any questions?