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by Sleeper
Mon May 05, 2014 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 28573

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Agrajag619 wrote:I’ve come to accept that evolution occurs


Heck yeah! You rock.
by Sleeper
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 29835

Re: Definition of Marriage

China's one child policy is the response to the idiocy of the Mao years. Mao, proving that good generals make poor administrators, had among other poorly thought out ideas mandated that all the peasants have 6+ kids. In a country that was still technologically backwards and had 500 million people b...
by Sleeper
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 29835

Re: Definition of Marriage

Just a note: There can be restrictions on marriage that are not part of the definition, yet are still quite solid. There can be restrictions like the people have to be adults, and they have to consent. Those are good restrictions. I think keeping homosexuals from getting married is a bad idea for a ...
by Sleeper
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are space objects ever pictured according to gravity fields?
Replies: 2
Views: 1538

Are space objects ever pictured according to gravity fields?

It's really hard to visualize large-scale space structures because the proportions are so extreme: If the whole Oort Cloud is small enough to fit in your field of view, the whole Earth is invisibly tiny. The proportions are way outside any human scale. I've been thinking that a better way to visuali...
by Sleeper
Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Poland Grants Pastafarians Right to Register As a Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 3406

Re: Poland Grants Pastafarians Right to Register As a Religi

Jediism has had some success in being recognized, too.
by Sleeper
Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4272
Views: 542081

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

Whizbang wrote:Which just goes to show you never can tell.


Quit being racist.
by Sleeper
Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?
Replies: 24
Views: 5278

Could we ever replace fossil fuels in aviation?

There's a lot of discussion of switching over to automobiles that use electricity or alternative fuels like hydrogen. It might even be feasible over time for the whole world to switch entirely to electric or alternative-fuel vehicles. But what about flight? Flight is an essential part of the modern ...
by Sleeper
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Can "freezing time" ever make sense?
Replies: 12
Views: 6104

Re: Can "freezing time" ever make sense?

Maybe a better way to think about it is not "freeze time" but "freeze all motion". If you have a device that freezes all motion outside your "bubble" the effect would be really the same. There are still some problems ... For example if you freeze motion down to the ato...
by Sleeper
Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess The Next Poster
Replies: 23681
Views: 1850268

Re: Guess The Next Poster

Ynt... no... hold on...

Patzer?
by Sleeper
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess The Next Poster
Replies: 23681
Views: 1850268

Re: Guess de Next Poster

Rodan?
by Sleeper
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess The Next Poster
Replies: 23681
Views: 1850268

Re: Guess de Next Poster

Sleeper.
by Sleeper
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4272
Views: 542081

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

(Have you skill enough to rephrase thine sentences to avoid echochamber's currently-in-effect automatic word-replace?)
by Sleeper
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4272
Views: 542081

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

Guys, it seems we have gotten off-topic.
by Sleeper
Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Can "freezing time" ever make sense?
Replies: 12
Views: 6104

Can "freezing time" ever make sense?

Sometimes part of the plot of a fantasy or science fiction story is that "time is frozen." They've used it in a certain episode of the Twilight Zone, the movie R.I.P.D., the TV show Heroes, and lots of other places. There's lots of things wrong with the idea of "freezing" time an...
by Sleeper
Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Persistent Stable Storm on Earth
Replies: 8
Views: 4057

Re: Persistent Stable Storm on Earth

There is such a place, and there is such a storm. Venezuela has a storm that it seems has been going since at least 1595. http://www.artifacting.com/2011/09/venezuelas-never-ending-lightning-storm/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catatumbo_lightning (admittedly, it's not <i>exactly</i> what you're thi...
by Sleeper
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists
Replies: 50
Views: 33931

Re: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists

It was difficult to admit it - I knew my father wasn't perfect, but it was quite tough emotionally to face the fact that the man who influenced me so much growing up, who seemed to be (who still is , in many ways) intelligent and reasonable, can be so wrong about something so major, and admitting t...
by Sleeper
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do we have a way to watch out for Gamma Ray Bursts?
Replies: 6
Views: 2240

Do we have a way to watch out for Gamma Ray Bursts?

So apparently a Gamma Ray Burst could cause a mass extinction, and it may have already happened once.

Have astronomers ever figured out what the signs are that a star might soon produce a GRB? Are there any plans to catalog such stars and figure out if they pose a risk to the Earth?
by Sleeper
Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists
Replies: 50
Views: 33931

Re: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists

I bring this up because I think it's crucial to understanding conspiracy theories -- they rely on an all-encompassing antagonist who's power grows in proportion to the evidence against the theory. The more proof you find that they're wrong, the bigger the conspiracy becomes. I think you're right. W...
by Sleeper
Thu May 30, 2013 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Grouping classes in school by personality profile
Replies: 38
Views: 18927

Re: Grouping classes in school by personality profile

How would you initially sort the children? Obviously, using a magic sorting hat. Sneaky kids who will turn out to be evil go to Slytherin, for example. Hogwarts is a surprisingly good (fictional) illustration of a school organized by personality and learning types. I didn't make the connection unti...
by Sleeper
Thu May 23, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Grouping classes in school by personality profile
Replies: 38
Views: 18927

Re: Grouping classes in school by personality profile

sam_i_am wrote:How would you initially sort the children?


Obviously, using a magic sorting hat.

Sneaky kids who will turn out to be evil go to Slytherin, for example.
by Sleeper
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could we launch a probe at a star to get a better look?
Replies: 10
Views: 2022

Re: Could we launch a probe at a star to get a better look?

So maybe the solar sail wouldn't work. Maybe we'd use a different propulsion method.

I'm curious about how close we'd have to get to be able to tell whether a planet actually has life.
by Sleeper
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could we launch a probe at a star to get a better look?
Replies: 10
Views: 2022

Could we launch a probe at a star to get a better look?

A couple weeks ago humanity discovered two planets that are more Earth-like than any others ever found. Kepler-62 and its planets are about 1,200 light-years away and "ahead of us" on the galactic carousel our solar system is in, orbiting the galactic center. You can see the area they're ...
by Sleeper
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there any way to overcome the expansion of the universe?
Replies: 5
Views: 2165

Is there any way to overcome the expansion of the universe?

The galaxies are pretty darn far apart, and the ones that aren't going to smash into us in 5 billion years ( Hi, Andromeda! ) are moving away and will eventually be un-see-able because the universe's expansion is speeding up and will one day accelerate beyond the speed of light. Question 1: Would it...
by Sleeper
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)
Replies: 39
Views: 11531

Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Jane Goodall
Brian Green
Stephen Hawking

Goodall's my favorite of the three.
by Sleeper
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 18789

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

It IS worthwhile to vote, even if for no other reason than to be able to honestly say that you did your part in bringing about the outcome you want. If you care at all about which direction your country goes, then you probably prefer one candidate over another. (Even if it's "the lesser of two...
by Sleeper
Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 18789

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

It IS worthwhile to vote, even if for no other reason than to be able to honestly say that you did your part in bringing about the outcome you want. If you care at all about which direction your country goes, then you probably prefer one candidate over another. (Even if it's "the lesser of two ...
by Sleeper
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36595

Re: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizatio

Perhaps an airproof container, taken from the surface, might offer similar advantages to the storage of water on land. You could dry things in it? Of what use would that be? (I'm sure there are plenty of uses, but can't think of any just now). You couldn't start a fire or do internal combustion in ...
by Sleeper
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36595

Re: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizatio

Something else I just thought of: We humans use an underwater environment to simulate outer space for astronauts in training. Underwater is the closest thing we can attain to weightlessness in Earth's gravity well, apart from brief trips on a vomit comet. So is it likely that an aquatic species, onc...
by Sleeper
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36595

Re: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizatio

A good example species might be the squid or octopus. The smarter Cephalopods are probably the world's most intelligent invertebrates. They diverged from us a much longer time ago than chimpanzees, elephants, and cetaceans did, so they're much more distinct. Squid are probably the closest thing we'l...
by Sleeper
Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36595

How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?

Some science fiction has intelligent aquatic aliens flying through space. Apart from being brought into space by another species, how could an alien race plausibly develop spaceflight? To them, land exploration would be a cross between what deep-sea diving and space exploration is for us. They're o...
by Sleeper
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What new myths might the 21st century bring?
Replies: 28
Views: 8276

Re: What new myths might the 21st century bring?

Hadron collider... "they secretly opened up a gateway to a parallel universe" myth happening by now. Maybe in 20 years? Dude. The LHC is a Stargate. FUCK YES. There's a book called "Einstein's Bridge" that explores this very idea. Good book. Well, they didn't use the LHC, it was...
by Sleeper
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What are the ways to get to the future?
Replies: 5
Views: 3049

What are the ways to get to the future?

I'm trying to think of different ways a person might travel thousands of years into the future. The DeLorean can take you to the future. With SCIENCE! So can Hermione Granger's Time-Turner, only with magic. A spaceship that took you close to the speed of light, relative to the Earth, could dilate ti...
by Sleeper
Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What new myths might the 21st century bring?
Replies: 28
Views: 8276

What new myths might the 21st century bring?

Myths of the past have included ghosts, fairies, elves, and so on. The twentieth century produced a new mythical archetype: The creepy alien visitor. Lots of people actually believe that our world is frequently visited by spindly whitish alien visitors from another planet. The myth's popularity is c...
by Sleeper
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Other improvements like Roman VS Arabic Numerals?
Replies: 7
Views: 5694

Re: Other improvements like Roman VS Arabic Numerals?

(The complex plane extends the number line into another "dimension". The Reimann Sphere extends the complex plane into a third "dimension". Is there anything that would require a fourth "dimension"? What would that be used for?) The Riemann sphere doesn't give the comp...
by Sleeper
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Other improvements like Roman VS Arabic Numerals?
Replies: 7
Views: 5694

Other improvements like Roman VS Arabic Numerals?

Archimedes was a brilliant Greek mathematician who was hampered by his numerical system. Systems like the Greek, Roman, or a binary number system can sometimes become unwieldy for doing math (or so I've heard). Isaac Asimov wrote that our present number system is much easier than that of Archimedes....
by Sleeper
Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 211049

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Can anyone recommend a book that seriously deals specifically with the issues surrounding human evolution, and how the idea might be made palatable to the religious? The chief source of opposition to the theory of evolution seems to be that it also explains our own evolution. If we could have left h...
by Sleeper
Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 211049

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Hey everyone, I'm looking for a CS type related book to read. Something that is fun to read, and it would be a bonus if I learned anything while reading it. I know this description is kinda vague, but let me know if you have any suggestions! This response may be a bit late, but: I recommend the boo...
by Sleeper
Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What alternatives to Creation VS Evolution are there?
Replies: 59
Views: 17203

What alternatives to Creation VS Evolution are there?

There's evolution, and there's Creationism. What other conceivable possibilities for the origins of life are there? A possible alternative to Darwin's "natural selection weeding out ineffective genes and favoring others" is Lamarck's "acquired traits getting passed on somehow". A...
by Sleeper
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals
Replies: 24
Views: 20792

Re: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals

The books 2061 and 3001 by Arthur C Clarke focus on life-forms based on a different chemistry that has evolved (or been guided into evolving) on Jupiter's moon Europa. That chemistry is poisonous to people.
by Sleeper
Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How to make Companion cameras like the Neanderthal Parallax?
Replies: 3
Views: 3937

How to make Companion cameras like the Neanderthal Parallax?

In the sci-fi trilogy The Neanderthal Parallax , in an alternate universe humans went extinct long ago and Neanderthals came to occupy the position that humans occupy in our universe. They have advanced technology because their society is Sawyer's idea of Utopia. One of their technologies is a thing...

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