Serious: the New Black?

by wjw on August 14, 2009

One of the things I sensed about Worldcon was a longing on the part of the fans for seriousness.

The program items featuring Paul Krugman were packed. Panels on political subjects were well-attended. A panel on the Drake Equation did well. Panels on social media were full— but then you’d expect that, with everyone networked and urging their Twitter-friends to show up.

But even the philosophy panels were full!

Is high seriousness the hidden secret of the Montreal Worldcon? I suspect that it is.

Ralf the Dog August 14, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Did they talk about the old Drake Equations or the Modified Drake Equations. The Modified Drake Equations ARE the new black.

While I like how simple the old equations were, I like the fact that the new ones all but prove the aliens are everywhere including the one that just purchased the house down the street.

dubjay August 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I wasn't actually present at the Drake Equation panel, I just heard about it from someone who was.

The equation is neat, I guess, but I have to wonder how much it means when the value of every single value is unknown.

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