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by Infornographer
Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama releases science plan, endorsed by 61 Nobel Laureates
Replies: 64
Views: 5564

Obama releases science plan, endorsed by 61 Nobel Laureates

So on Friday, two really big things happened that got buried under the economic crisis and the debate. I'd like to bring these two things to your attention. First off, Obama released an expanded science plan. This is the kind of statement I had wet dreams about. You can read it here . I will quote S...
by Infornographer
Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Robot functions with biological brain
Replies: 62
Views: 5217

Robot functions with biological brain

I didn't know where to put this (so many forums seem to apply!) but ultimate this seemed like a good place. Taken from Discovery News . Meet Gordon, probably the world's first robot to be controlled exclusively by living brain tissue. Stitched together from cultured rat neurons, Gordon's primitive g...
by Infornographer
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Our evolved selves
Replies: 25
Views: 2445

Re: Our evolved selves

We evolved noses so we could wear glasses.
EDIT: This topic interests me, but I have no biology background, so I've decided to just playfully bump it.
by Infornographer
Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Graduate level stat mech books
Replies: 6
Views: 1229

Re: Graduate level stat mech books

I cannot more thoroughly recommend Landau and Lifshitz's Statistical Physics. Huang's Statistical Mechanics is pretty good too.
by Infornographer
Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 30787

Re: Transexuality

PictureSarah wrote:The women you flirt with have more than one vagina? :shock:


The women you know all share just one? :shock:

:lol:
by Infornographer
Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 30787

Re: Transexuality

I don't know about you guys, but I regularly flirt by asking women if I could stick my phallus into their vaginae. Image
by Infornographer
Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 30787

Re: Transexuality

I know the discussion has veered away from transexuality and towards tolerance, but I'd like to contribute my two cents on the former subject. Anyone who thinks of sex (yes, physical sex) as a purely binary system has serious misconceptions of human biology. Yes, human beings exhibit sexual dimorphi...
by Infornographer
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 4892

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

There's one already , and it tells you that you're talking about Totalitarianism, not necessarily Marx's ideal of Communism, which is a common misconception. I did not mean to conflate Marx's communism with totalitarianism, and if I gave that impression, I apologize. I simply meant to point out tha...
by Infornographer
Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 4892

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

I have to disagree with you, Malbert. I think you've missed why most people don't actually like communism. People don't fear communism because of the Cold War. People fear communism because they fear centralization of authority. Many people in America today feel reluctant to hand over their power to...
by Infornographer
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: That Spitzer guy.
Replies: 22
Views: 2555

Re: That Spitzer guy.

Yeah, the media attention is kinda crazy. Personally I'm wondering why David Vitter and Larry Craig still have jobs and why we're not investigating Rudy Guliani's use of tax payer money for his adultery with such fervor. Giuliani's circumstances have become old news. Really, people just don't seem ...
by Infornographer
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9069

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

Since Plank's length seems to be a construct of constants, it makes me wonder if attempting to determine it with other constants would result in the same value. It makes sense that you would always have to use Plank's constant, since it is the basis of quantum mechanics, but could it be determined ...
by Infornographer
Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Olbermann -- on Clinton
Replies: 13
Views: 1898

Re: Olbermann -- on Clinton

Angry? Heh, definitely. The Clinton family has a very long history with Olbermann, particularly in defending his comments about the foul play amongst certain politicians and their campaign practices in elections. I doubt he feels anything but horribly, horribly, betrayed by the way Clinton has acted.
by Infornographer
Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9069

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

The biggest problem with the 'lattice' model, which I don't think anyone has brought up yet, it that it imposes a privileged orientation on the Universe. Forget relativity: invariance under rotation is a principle of physics going right back to Newton and Galileo. The fact that we can talk about 'm...
by Infornographer
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.

Any thread about Republicans pretty much auto-trolls me... you may claim I am the troll, but I must speak my mind. I may disagree with what you say, but it didn't come off as trolling. As a Canadian and a pacifist, I fail to see how either serving the United States for several decades, or graduatin...
by Infornographer
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I no longer feel safe on my college campus
Replies: 127
Views: 11198

Re: I no longer feel safe on my college campus

In the case of almost all of the student killers, they acquired the guns legally and didn't have any history of crime or recorded history of psychological problems. VA tech shooter had a history of depression and 2 restraining orders against him. and im pretty sure the most recent one had medicatio...
by Infornographer
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I no longer feel safe on my college campus
Replies: 127
Views: 11198

Re: I no longer feel safe on my college campus

im going to be honest. i have no problem with guns being on campus. if we do necessary background checks on people trying to obtain guns legally, there shouldnt be a problem. if students were able to carry guns, they wouldnt have to wait for the police. In the case of almost all of the student kill...
by Infornographer
Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9069

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

By "shortest length possible", do you mean that the universe is a lattice, and everything moves in discrete lengths, like in a gigantic 3-d game of Life, for example? Do you suspect that our 3-d lattice is a cubic lattice? Is it a hexagonal-close packed lattice? An s-orbital is perfectly ...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.

If people want to go on coherence and education they whould all vote for the Harvard educated, well-spoken Obama. As Gunfingers states, people vote for McCain because they believe he will get things done, and because they feel that McCain shares their values. Don't get me wrong, I'd love for every P...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.
Replies: 64
Views: 6731

Re: REPUBLICANS: Primary question.

So I know there are a few the Ronpaul threads already floating around here, but this is new. Here's what I want to know: Why the hell would you rather have a retarded, bumbling fool like McCain in office rather than the Ronpaul? What redeeming qualities does McCain have that Paul doesn't which make...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College for Physics Major
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: College for Physics Major

Even if everyone tries to get some position, not all do at the same time. I don't know about Harvard, but I know at MIT over 80% of the students get into research at some time during their stay. I can imagine the number would only get higher going over to Caltech (with its 3 to 1 student:faculty rat...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College for Physics Major
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: College for Physics Major

I can definitely see that, but I'd still debate the merits of going to a "big-name" university. If anything, you have an incredibly higher chance of landing awesome research positions with awesome faculty members at those schools, you know? I guess it comes down to matters of financial aid...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Homeschooling
Replies: 144
Views: 19989

Re: Homeschooling

(Note: this letter comes from the perspective that you eventually would like your child to have the ability to pursue higher education) I would definitely recommend sending them to an actual school (public, private, or even magnet) but giving them advanced tutoring in specific areas of their interes...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College for Physics Major
Replies: 18
Views: 1951

Re: College for Physics Major

You'll prolly get the most bang for your buck at MIT and Caltech. Beyond that, you can consider Harvard and Harvey Mudd College. Then you have the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and Cornell. Though really, your flagship state school probably has a good undergraduate physics program, too. You h...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: British Bacon Week!
Replies: 14
Views: 1725

Re: British Bacon Week!

Earlier this month I discovered Bacon Salt. I hate bacon, personally, but this just demonstrated to me that I can't win this war. Bacon will absorb all other food products by the year 2030. :/
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Kosovo?
Replies: 72
Views: 7344

Re: Kosovo?

I support the Kosovar people in their desire for sovereignty but don't know if those desires justify the possible violence ahead of them. Then again, I hate the state of affairs that lead to them feeling like they needed that sovereignty. Pretty much the same way I feel about the Kurdish nation. Som...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Individuality
Replies: 25
Views: 3366

Re: Individuality

I don't think raw information defines identity. If I could upload all of my mind to a machine, just because the machine has all that data, doesn't mean it has the same consciousness I do. Identity and individuality stem as much (if not more) from the manner in which we process information than just ...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I have an awesome textbook
Replies: 90
Views: 9644

Re: I have an awesome textbook

Okay I promised excerpts from Ryden's book, so here they are: In referring to Olbe's Paradox, she makes a footnote: "The name "olber's Paradox" is thus a prime example of what historians of science jokingly call the law of misonomy: nothing is ever named after the person who really di...
by Infornographer
Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Re: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

That book revolutionized the way I thought about computer programming...

... and also made me realize how much I'd hate to do it for a living. :P
by Infornographer
Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Re: Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

Heh, I took a class based on that book. The same people who did SICP wrote SICM, which a lot of people love. Structure and Interpretation of General Relativity will come out sometime in the not-too-far future...
by Infornographer
Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey and the Head Scarf
Replies: 44
Views: 5612

Re: Turkey and the Head Scarf

Turkey has a very active secular population among the religious. The army is devoutly secular. They are not going to back into Islamism, unless they continue to foster "secular"-phobia or the "war on terror" continues to propogate to neighbouring Muslim states such as Syria, Jor...
by Infornographer
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The milk left in the bowl after the cereal has been eaten.
Replies: 65
Views: 5477

Re: The milk left in the bowl after the cereal has been eaten.

I don't put any milk in my cereal, I love it dry.
by Infornographer
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 3950

Re: my theory on intelligence

I will cheesily take this thread as an opportunity to pimp the book Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge by E.O. Wilson (arguably the father of sociobiology).
by Infornographer
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey and the Head Scarf
Replies: 44
Views: 5612

Re: Turkey and the Head Scarf

Keep in mind, I don't mean to defend the banning itself (though I would fiercely defend secularism), I just want to give an insight onto the point of view behind the banning. Frankly, I sit on the fence too. I don't know how I feel about it. Restricting expression seems fundamentally dirty, but it a...
by Infornographer
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 3950

Re: my theory on intelligence

So how is that different, exactly? I agree that politicians shape society/culture - that is their job - but athlete and actors more than scientists? Perhaps individually, but do you really think that sport or theatre as a discipline has more influence on the development of culture than science? I d...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 3950

Re: my theory on intelligence

I didn't make the claim that this athlete shapes society more. I made the claim that he has more influence over society and more power shaping culture. And two can play the game of "who-came-before." What businessmen and politicians funded those dietary supplements and sought their develop...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey and the Head Scarf
Replies: 44
Views: 5612

Re: Turkey and the Head Scarf

I'm taking you at your word for your assessment of Turkey (well, for obvious reasons, given your background). So, assuming this is the case, then wouldn't it be more reasonable to go ahead and allow that freedom? The headscarf is supposed to be a religious symbol, not a political one. So going ahea...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey and the Head Scarf
Replies: 44
Views: 5612

Re: Turkey and the Head Scarf

I want to point out again that I speak as someone of Turkish descent, who lived in Turkey many years. The situation there, with the recent elections especially, comes down to one of symbols. The people who want their headscarves do indeed fly under the banner of "freedom of religion," but ...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I have an awesome textbook
Replies: 90
Views: 9644

Re: I have an awesome textbook

Oh man, Barbara Ryden has a book called "Introduction to Cosmology" which she has just filled with jokes and the like. When I get the chance I'll post some direct quotes.
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 3950

Re: my theory on intelligence

Well, studies have demonstrated that yes, lack of sleep impairs reflexes as well as the ability to commit information to long term memory. Studies on pilots demonstrated they proved far more successful in landing after having taken a twenty minute nap while while still in flight. Fatigue impairs mem...
by Infornographer
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 3950

Re: my theory on intelligence

I think the argument that one doesn't need to know math/science to function is a very, very dangerous statement. Yes, in order to do a classic 9-5 job, have a wife and kids, and be a typical middle-class American, one doesn't really need to know science and math. But that's reducing a person's life...

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