I’m taking my second semester of quantum mechanics from a woman who probably has an IQ of around 160. Which, also means I’m probably fucked because she’s going to think that hard concepts are easy. So, yeah… fuck that sexist shit.
Thunderf00t is a contrarian, and if you think that he’s in any position to cast that level of shade on the topic, you’re really just not seeing the whole picture.
Do you know what thunderf00t gives people? Do you know why he makes his money? He gives people a sense of superiority. You feel superior to people who are optimistic and excited about spacex.
That’s what he gives you, that’s why you watch his videos. It’s also kind of what drives the completely unnecessary ick factor in the new atheist movement - and is primarily why the movement fails to effect change other than making neckbeardy people who were agnostics into neckbeardy people who are atheists, as if that’s what atheism needs by association.
So… Yeah. I actually calculated the radius of a BFR explosion based on energy, though it’s very rough. It should be 80% of a hiroshima bomb, which is a 1 mile radius. So, 0.8 miles away is about 10 football fields. Plenty of water and land, and you could make it 10 miles away from any structures and you’d be fine.
Furthermore, you could build a shielding system within the spacecraft and on the launchpad so that passengers would survive, after you get the explosion rate down to one in a million.
There are some obstacles to overcome, but it’s really not nearly as far fetched as thunderf00t would have you believe. Don’t believe that contrarian crap - think critically, do the math yourself - and if you don’t know the math, learn some of it at least. Try to look at it from more angles than just the contrarian one.