Sunday, March 06, 2005

Flights of Angels

"If an astronaut and a caveman got in a fight, who would win?"

I'm going for the astronaut, because the astronaut has had decades of solid nutrition, making him taller and stronger than the caveman.


Anonymous Noumenon said...

Astronauts are picked from among the elites of our society. If you selected a similar caveman, he could be as well nourished. I've got a link that says that Bushmen in the Kalahari can gather 2,100 calories a day in only 20 hours a week when conditions are good. They spend the rest of the time lounging around, not fighting or exercising, so it doesn't really make them fearsome opponents. But they are well fed.

I'd say the astronaut is more likely to be ruthless than the caveman, but cavemen have no moral compunctions about killing strangers. Advantage in an arranged duel: astronaut.

It's not a duel, though. Cavemen are more experienced at mounting group raids and ambushes against opposing tribes, for vengeance or women. The astronauts would lack the kind of "street smarts" that comes with a lawless society's high murder rate. Brains over brawn, I'll go with the cavemen.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

On the other hand, astronauts tend to have military backgrounds, thus giving them the training and discipline to stop the group raids.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Noumenon said...

Their military backgrounds are as fighter pilots -- not exactly known for their strict discipline or group combat tactics.

I wonder if we should take this argument to People who don't seem to get the blogs are participating there. I heard there's some kind of "history VS chemistry" smackdown going on already.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Hamlette said...

I vote for the astronauts. Why? Because Angel said the astronaut would win, of course! And if you can't trust your favorite vampire, who can you trust? Darned if I know!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Noumenon said...

How about your other favorite vampire, who spoke out in favor of the cavemen.

Or Drusilla, who picked the burning baby fish to win.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

In defense of fighter pilots, the development of group fighter tactics was what won the Battle of Britain and made us so effective against Japanese formations. I don't know if this is still true in the air-to-air missile world.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Hamlette said...

Ok, Noumenon, here's the deal: I think Spike is hot, but I love Angel (and think he's hot too). This being the case, I will of course side with Angel in any dispute with Spike, even if Spike is wearing that tight black t-shirt. It's like if Cowboy here was arguing with Johnny Depp. I'd of course be thinking "Whoa, Johnny is hot!", but I'd side with Cowboy. Cuz he is my One True Love, which involves more things than just me thinking he's sexy. Same goes for Angel (I've actually loved him longer than I've loved Cowboy; scary, huh?)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Hamlette said...

BTW, I didn't mean to imply that Johnny Depp is just a pretty face. He's also a highly talented actor as well, of course.

7:36 AM  

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