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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
  Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen

Alright! Betting on science is cool. Course, I don't know enough to make smart bets, but...

Article: Biggest bets in the universe unveiled�| New Scientist

For two weeks, British-based bookmaker Ladbrokes is opening a book on five separate discoveries: life on Titan, gravitational waves, the Higgs boson, Cosmic Ray origin and nuclear fusion.

“We’ve taken bets on life on Mars before,” says Warren Lush, Ladbrokes’ novelty bets expert, “and we wanted to provide something completely different.” The initiative follows an approach from New Scientist, and the full 10-page feature, Monsters of the Universe appears in the print edition of the magazine.
If I was a betting man, which I am, and I had the money to bet, which I don't, and I had known this last Thursday and could have gotten a wager in at the 500-1 rate, I would certainly have put $50 on catching a gravitational wave before 2010. At the current odds, of ten to one, I think I still like the bet.

And, I think
Ladbrokes has set the odds of finding intelligent life on Titan by 2010 at 10,000-1, the maximum odds allowed.
is a suckers bet. If their life on Titan, and it is truly intelligent, it won't let us find it. First thing we'd do is fuck it up. If we find it, it can't be too intelligent, and it probably won't be around long. We'll pollute the hell out of their environment, especially if there's a way to make a profit. Hell, if we find life there, regardless of it's intellectual capacity, we'll figure out some way to exploit it. No, this is a suckers bet. Truly intelligent life, would avoid contact with the human race like the plague we are. 
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