Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Reality in the melting pot

"Because fake worlds can outnumber real ones without restriction, the 'real' multiverse would inevitably spawn a vastly greater number of virtual multiverses. Indeed, there would be a limitless tower of virtual multiverses, leaving the 'real' one swamped in a sea of fakes."

Therefore -- statistically -- it's extremely unlikely we inhabit a "real" universe.

Earth almost put on impact alert

"Some scientists believed on 13 January that a 30m object, later designated 2004 AS1, had a one-in-four chance of hitting the planet within 36 hours."

Reform in a country of cons; A new government is making strides to reverse years of widespread corruption and scams that are synonymous with the West African nation

"The widespread 419 scam has helped seal the West African country's image as one of the most corrupt places on earth. President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was elected in 1999 after 16 years of corrupt military rule, pledged to tackle the international fraud rings and clean up government graft that thrived during the lawless years of military dictatorships."