An independent Czech thinker, speaker, writer, and composer.
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And what our lack of imagination means for the Fermi paradox

By MARTIN REZNY

In case you’re not aware of this bit of math, it is a speculative, probabilistic attempt at estimating the number of intelligent technological alien civilizations in our galaxy that we could talk to.

It goes like this:

N = R∗ * fp * ne * fl * fi * fc * L

where:

N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which communication might be possible (i.e., which are on our current past light cone);

and

R∗ = the average rate of star formation…


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A pacifist’s idea of defending something greater than oneself

By MARTIN REZNY

I’ll be honest, I didn’t go through a mandatory military service. In my country, the Czech Republic, it was canceled in 2005. Starting with my year of birth actually, as that was the year I turned 18.

Suffice it to say, I was glad. I never really thought about it before realizing there’s no reason to anymore. Well, other than knowing that it would be something I definitely wouldn’t enjoy, or agree with on the level of principle.

When pushed, given the kind of stubborn person I am…


For those who prefer listening to reading

By MARTIN REZNY

My voiceover experiments continue, now with a better pop filter that limits sibilances just enough. The only remaining thing to improve on the technical level, apart from my voice acting, is proper acoustic treatment of my room. I could try to improve it in post, but I don’t really want to alter my voice with EQ too much. I’d much rather learn to improve my sound by speaking better.

I guess I could try some voice modulation for when I’ll be making up voices when reading some of my stories…


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Or my attempt to express myself properly outside of the comment section

By MARTIN REZNY

I have recently gotten myself into a bit of a heated discussion with my fellow compatriots on YouTube, in the comment section under the trailer for the new film about Havel’s life. It turns out there’s a staggering amount of hate for Václav Havel, the first president of the current edition of the Czech Republic. Perhaps not entirely surprisingly, given that his most famous quote goes:

“Truth and love must prevail over lie and hatred.”

What I suggested in that discussion was that one of…


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Or my best guess, at least, which you’re welcome to question

By MARTIN REZNY

Yes, you read that right, this is an authoritatively titled esoteric article that invites you to think critically about it. I feel like a disclaimer is necessary, since this isn’t going to be the kind of article that people who would search for something close to the title of this article would expect to find.

For any skeptics who might have arrived here by accident, there is indeed no actual science to karma. Well, beyond the Newton’s third law (every action leads to an equal and…


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And how to maybe make them suck a little bit less

By MARTIN REZNY

When I was choosing which field to study at a university, I knew I was interested in journalism, but I was forced to pick one more field to combine it with. Why journalism couldn’t have been studied on its own at my preferred uni, I still have no idea. In the end, I narrowed it down to political science and psychology. I only got accepted to the former, so I didn’t really have to choose.

Throughout the whole thing, while the journalism teachers remained completely walled…


Three more of my stories got a voice-over treatment

By MARTIN REZNY

Hello random reader, since I decided to keep narrating my articles on a regular schedule (one per week), I might as well make these updates a regular thing — expect at least three new narrated articles every month or so.

Apart from the obvious convenience that this represents for people who prefer audiobooks, I think it’s also a good way of bringing up some of my more popular older articles back from the archives.

It will either be any articles that have become topical again, or the most…


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If you trust behavior panels

By MARTIN REZNY

To know what I’m going to talk about, I’m afraid you will have to watch this analysis first (it’s good, though, and I generally do recommend The Behavior Panel YouTube channel):

Now, isn’t this interesting. …


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Then I have good news for you, if you can at least tolerate my articles

By MARTIN REZNY

This story is fairly brief — I bought a new streaming microphone (HyperX QuadCast, can’t recommend it enough), and I started using it. Specifically, I decided to narrate my articles, for your convenience and to get my YouTube channel going. I have already done three:

Given how many articles I have managed to write and post on this platform alone over the years, I imagine it might take me a while to tackle any substantial percentage of them, but I do intend…


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Bridging the gap between conspiracism and skepticism

By MARTIN REZNY

NARRATED VERSION OF THE ARTICLE

Recently, I have been following the fallout from the Pentagon’s UFO announcement. Or rather, the lack thereof. It turns out that it isn’t that big of a deal to most people, at least not during a global pandemic. If you’re not familiar with it, I recommend catching up on it and on some broader historical context of ufology before reading any further, for example by watching The Basement Office YouTube series from the New York Post.

There have been some less than happy responses from…

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