Analysis: Sunburns, evolution, and aliens

Last week I was sitting there, covered in cooling ointment, my arms (and my face) completely red. How come? I caught a bad sunburn after spending the day outside with my bro, doing research for my novel.

How is that possible? How do you get a sunburn when you actually are climbing about rocks and boulders, and you’re surrounded by fog?

It seems as though our bodies are just not capable of dealing with so much sun. But, wait- we are a species that evolved on a planet with a sun, right? Have you ever seen a giraffe complaining about sunburn? An ape? A jellyfish? So, how come animals can deal with the sun, but we can’t?

Aren’t our bodies used to the sun anymore? Were our ancestors not always outside? OK, troglodytes were supposedly dwelling in caves, but they did come out of them from time to time, didn’t they? So, what’s the deal?

Apparently, we lose abilities if we don’t train them. I for example was thrown out of ballet classes in drama school because I didn’t train enough. So, could this apply in evolution? If we only use dictation and autocorrect to write, could we actually lose our ability to write? Could our hands shrink? If we look up everything in the internet instead of learning it from books, could we damage our ability to actually learn things?

And if we were to invent devices which would allow us to communicate telepathically, would that mean that our ability to hear, and to talk would suffer?

I could very much imagine an alien species that has become so intelligent that they literally only need their brains to steer computers, which steer AIs, which steer, I don’t know, anything from administrating the society to provide food (but then, would such a species need food? Or would brain food be sufficient?), to choosing your outfit (maybe caps would be a trend).

If we had AIs doing everything for us from tidying up our kitchens to working for us, could that mean that we might lose the ability to…you know, everything? We would be nothing but brains, but unable to do anything without the help of our AIs, because we would have no limbs, no abilities left, and we would have forgotten everything about how we built all of this because our AIs are storing the information, not we. We couldn’t even talk, because we would use the AIs to speak.

So should we stop using sun lotion, to prevent evolution from taking away our ability to speak? Literature (and every physician) advises us not to. It might not be such a good idea.

And maybe, if we were composed only of brains, we would at least have become intelligent enough to invent a treatment against sunburn, because that really hurts.

Conclusion: You should really use sun lotion.

Aquamarine is out now!🌊

My new and fourth album “Aquamarine” is out now. The album is all bass & blues and water.

Decide yourself:

https://open.spotify.com/album/7MKZ7NwMoE2kAxrDCZfOka?si=jVUtNeh8Q2Wch_SBFqVi2Q

So how did this album develop? I’ll tell you below.

London Lights

Just a song inspired by my residence, and one of my favourite cities, London. Have you ever driven along the Strand at night, maybe on your way to a show, the lights around you glittering, and twinkling in the night? I actually haven’t, even though I live in London, but I have walked along the Strand at night, and it is marvellous!

Kiss It Or Leave It

A song about commitment, which actually ought have appeared on “Neon Colors”. I actually did a bit of a challenge in that song, as the main vocals have been recorded live, and I gave it only 2 or 3 attempts. What did you say? Crackpot? OK, I understand you.

Spotlight

A song about something or somebody that will make you feel great, or cheer you up, because they make you laugh, or because you just like them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a love song, but I guess it would make a great love song.

Love Under

I admit, this song was about fun recording it. It is a breakup song, with a special background. Whilst recording the new album, my hard disc with all my samples and songs on it failed, because I had unplugged it coincidentally. So I had to set up everything from the backup. But suddenly, one of my favourite virtual plug-ins wouldn’t work anymore and it was then when music production and I, the producer, really had a hard time in our “relationship”. This inspired me for this breakup song.

Beach Love

This song was obviously inspired by a beach, and by a picture of Palau.

Build Me An Ocean

Sometimes I love dramatic songs like that. It is another breakup song, and yes, it might have evolved because of that hard disc.

She Ain’t Me

This is one of my favourite songs, because of its message I bet you won’t get first. The song appears to be about jealousy, but actually is about online game addiction. And a girl that is jealous about the online game, OK, so it’s mingled both of them.

Taunt

Another nerdy song- this song was actually inspired by Hearthstone!

Every Step

This song is quite a challenge to sing live. I’ve tried. I know that this song stands a bit out because it is so experimental, but it’s just so fun creating songs like that (even though they’re hard to sing). You don’t wanna know how many hours I had to low-cut my vocals for this song.

Salt And Sand

While I’ve been called “EDM producer” even when I had started to make different music, and this album was supposed to be a step away from electronic music, I couldn’t resist include at least one song with a more electronic vibe. The song is about too much salt destroying a relationship; the gamers among you will get this.

Crazy

This song with its floating sounds was inspired by water. You will notice that this song comes without any bass (sorry, I know it’s a bass & blues album), as I wanted it to sound like water softly trickling in a beach.

Aquamarine

The breakup song that gave the album its name was of course inspired by the water, and because the song sounds blue to me, I decided to call it “Aquamarine”.

Would extraterrestrials really try to contact us? A few thoughts on the WOW Signal possibly debunked

With the WOW Signal possibly debunked, this leads us to a few questions.
The most important question is: Was it aliens? The narrowband radio signal – the ‘Wow Signal’ – that reached Big Ear telescope of the Ohio State University in 1977, was so strong that astronomer Jerry R. Ehman commented “Wow!” at the side of the printout of the measure. The signal had been received during a search for extraterrestrial intelligence project. Therefore it was reasonable that scientists thought that it might have been an attempt by extraterrestrials to contact us.

Now, the signal seems to have been finally decrypted, and scientists said that it had transpired to be no message from extraterrestrials after all. Instead, scientists were cited to have discovered that that the signal most likely was caused by a comet.

But this leads us to the question: Would aliens really contact us using radio bursts or radio signals? And would they accept that leakage of their technology could cause them being discovered by another civilisation?

Could other civilisations discover us humans because of our technology leakage? Well, yes, they could. The question is, do we want that?

I imagine that other species possibly would tell us, ‘Hey, are you mad? Do you know what kind of civilizations there are out there in the universe? Do you really want to lure them to the earth?’ If we imagine species like Giger’s aliens (you know, the ones from the Alien movies), I guess we really do not want to lure them here.

Stephen Hawking even warned that we ought not try to get the attention of other civilisations, because there could be evil civilisations, that could try to conquer the earth. We know that this is not so far-fetched, because we know that this is possible; we only have to look at earth’s history. When the Spanish discovered America, they conquered the continent and subdued the native people there. An alien species, especially a species that is very developed, could do the same to us. We know the way the native people in America were subdued; we do not want to find out what a civilisation, hundreds of thousands of years older than the humans, and way more advanced than the humans, could do to us if they’d attack and conquer our planet!
What if an extraterrestrial civilisation might think exactly like this? What if they are afraid of being discovered and subdued by an evil alien species? They would use some kind of contraption to avoid leakage of their technology. And then we cannot be sure that an extraterrestrial civilisation would use exactly the same technology. It could be possible that they do not use radio signals. Imagine a civilisation communicating using quantum communication. There wouldn’t be any leakage for us to examine, and maybe, there could be an alien civilisation near us and we wouldn’t notice. All we could examine would be the way the atmosphere is built up and whether the planet is in the Goldilock’s zone, and therefore could support life, or not.

If a species would attack this planet, they would not expect a developed civilisation, so the extraterrestrials there could use this as advantage. If they’d attack the earth, on the other hand, they’d know quite a lot about us, as we have sent years of tv programs, radio and other signals out into space. We might want to consider if we really want to have other civilizations know about the earth, or if we want to listen to Stephen Hawking and not try to lure alien conquerors near the earth.
What we can be sure, I guess, is that either way, if the extraterrestrials know about us and want to contact us, they will contact us.