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This is a poster for Guardians of the Galaxy. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the Film, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the publisher, Marvel Studios, or the graphic artist.

The latest trend among scientist, most notably Neil Degrasse Tyson, is to prove what happens in science fiction movies couldn’t possibly happen.  Guess what scientist?  We already know that shit.  We’re watching, in the case of Star Wars, a movie about a space civil war with vehicles that can just jump to light speed and can seemingly travel from one end of the galaxy to another in a matter of seconds to minutes, so it’s not like we’re expecting hard science facts in these movies.  After all they’re using laser swords that seemingly stop for no reason and crash into each other.

I think the absolute worst part of this trend is that your average nerd will see these YouTube posts and then come at you like they’re a genius for watching Tyson describe all of this.  As if anyone believes that anything that happens in say Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy could actually happen in the real world.

It would be one thing if these movies were claiming hard science like say Interstellar or say the original Star Trek, you know something that claims to have done the research and that everything they do is possible.  Sure point out flaws in that or explain to us why that could one day happen, but come on, leave the movies that are just using these things as fun story telling elements alone.  It really doesn’t make you look smart, it makes you look douche.

What’s your thought dear reader?  Do you like scientist coming along saying “well no the Death Star wouldn’t have blown up like that…”  or whatever, or do you just want to eat popcorn and enjoy the movie and not care what could or not could happen.

P.S.  I don’t give a shit that a parsec is a measure of distance and not time.

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Where are my manners, allow myself to introduce... ah... myself. I'm Josh, I'm a proud dad and I will probably write the majority of the content you see on this site (and editing 100% of it) because that's my background, writing. I'm an author of two books (Ripper, and Suburban Sky: American Tales) with books three and four on the way... eventually. I also have experience writing for various sites, including Bleacher Report, Redskins101, and more currently you can find me at Goingfor2.com where I write a weekly-ish satirical column. Here are the links to my books if you wish to check them out. Click here for Ripper: http://goo.gl/YGKNSj Click here for Suburban Skies: http://goo.gl/1zrZ6d So that's me in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy the site.

2 Comments

  1. If it is far enough removed from reality that it cannot be distinguished as anything more than magic or impossible than is that what it is. Not so fast my friends… If you start from an endpoint, such as a lightsaber from the Star Wars franchise, and then work backwards to prove that it is impossoible to create then you have broken a cardinal rule of science. You have made an assumption somehow or someway that you understand the object to begin with, in this case the lightsaber. If you work the other way and start from nothin to create something you do not have any knowledge of, or what it is then you cannot create it either. Neither case will allow you to prove or disprove the possibilty of a lightsaber. It will prove that right now we do not have the means or understanding to know whether or not a lightsaber could or could not exist.

    So, to all of these “Super Smarty Pants” out there, please spend your time focusing on real science so that one day we may be able to prove or disprove such a theory as the lightsaber!

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