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Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.
Replies: 24
Views: 3233

Re: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.

Think about how an entire species dwindles and how that affects the nature of the surviving population. The environment, disease, new competition and lack of easy food are all reasons for decreasing populations. And loss of home by increasing human footprint. all these things push a common focus, a...
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Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.
Replies: 24
Views: 3233

Re: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.

And could it be a mechanism to leap evolution ahead when it is mostly needed? This is flawed thinking. Species do not evolve because fitness is "needed" per se. They evolve because they possess traits which allow them produce more offspring. Evolution isn't focused on producing a "mo...
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Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.
Replies: 24
Views: 3233

Okapi, excellent genes and evolution.

I just found out that Okapi aren't extinct, endangered, nor mythical. Of course I'm speaking of the fabled half-horse half-zebra looking animal. Turns out there are somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 living in Africa today. It was thought of as the African unicorn for quite some time, until scienti...
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Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: All the possibilities out side of known science and religion
Replies: 11
Views: 2093

Re: All the possibilities out side of known science and reli

I like the first idea. Slightly Descartes-y. I remember vividly when as a kid for the first time I really understood that everyone else is just like me, or more precisely, that they can look at me just the same way I can look at them. Could you elaborate? I'm no philosophy student, and am not famil...
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Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: All the possibilities out side of known science and religion
Replies: 11
Views: 2093

All the possibilities out side of known science and religion

I want to start a discussion that is of more entertainment value than anything, and that is explanations for our existence outside of the generally talked about explanations such as religion or simply the big bang happened and we evolved. This is being inspired by some thoughts I remember having whe...
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Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is there consciousness?
Replies: 107
Views: 12551

Re: Why is there consciousness?

How about this. A fruit fly has a very small and simple neural network by comparison to a dog or a human. This brain is aware of light and motion and reacts to these things accordingly in fairly predictable ways. You step this up to a more and more complicated network and you get a snakes brain. A s...
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Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternative Energy Storage
Replies: 50
Views: 5171

Alternative Energy Storage

The other day I got into a conversation with a buddy about the coming demand for energy storage. We weren't knswledgable about the industry, but were both engineers of backgrounds not including electrical. We talked about how a giant flywheel would be cool. I imagined a monolithic sized object turni...
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Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is there consciousness?
Replies: 107
Views: 12551

Why is there consciousness?

Speaking on just a scientific level, we will exclude religious or spiritual reasons for sake of the argument. Is there possibly a evolutionary theory that could predict the formation of a consciousness? I for one can not think of one and would like to hear some ideas from the floor.
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Fri May 22, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California eliminating welfare
Replies: 90
Views: 7293

Re: California eliminating welfare

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 3538.story

LA times reporting now. Seems legit.

This is going to be a huge story in a few minutes.
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Sat May 16, 2009 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)
Replies: 81
Views: 10239

Re: Reality vs. perception of consciousness

Your arguments seem flawed on the basis that we know as much as we will in the future. Your argument about fetus/5 year old for example: why does your list of ages prove anything? I am either missing the point or you are just assuming that since we don't know when consciousness occurs, it must be a...
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Fri May 15, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)
Replies: 81
Views: 10239

Re: Reality vs. perception of consciousness

I wish people would stop talking about rediculous limits like "Indistinguishable from humans" because they don't mean anything. If an AI is indistinguishable from a human, we wouldn't know so it wouldn't matter. The person who made it would obviously know it is an artificial intelligence ...
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Thu May 14, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 592802

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Deists exist and atheists exist, but none of them actually know if they are right, they just believe they are. I propose you are all actually agnostic but you are just unaware of the fact. I find a little bit of humor in the fact that many or most of us believe we know. It seems very immodest in my ...
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Thu May 14, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)
Replies: 81
Views: 10239

Re: Reality vs. perception of consciousness

I would like to redefine the consciousness we are discussing so maybe we can get a consensus on the definition, otherwise we will be arguing about different things. Can we all agree that consciousness is the 'knowing that we are able to think?' Sort of an interpretation of the self awareness argumen...
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Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Short Story
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Short Story

I need XKCD's help. I am marrying my fiance who's from Hong Kong in November in Hong Kong. It is tradition that I do some performance for her at the wedding. I can't dance, sing or play any musical instrument. I basically have zero performance talents. I have decided to tell a story. Please help me ...
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Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?
Replies: 53
Views: 5725

Re: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?

Actually, e and \pi are basically the same regardless of the base; that's why they show up a lot. I think he meant the decimal expansion of those values would be different. yes of course. Anyone willing to show some math based on pi or e? What I would really like to see is some e or pi based equati...
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Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16467

Re: The least racist country?

There is no correct answer, this much is true. And I don't have a specific country I would advocate. I do think that there are areas of the US that are very liberal and accepting and something like San Fransisco may be one of the least racist cities. I really wanted to add to this conversation the p...
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Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?
Replies: 53
Views: 5725

Re: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?

I was just thinking that those variables exist the way that they do due to our base 10 system. Of course if we commonly used a different base they would still exist at the same value but just look different. What would math be like if we used base pi? Also reminded me of this little gem: http://cowb...
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Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?
Replies: 53
Views: 5725

Re: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?

the laws of the universe are such that we exist in it. Is this really the best answer? This is more of a non answer. So I guess what you are saying is there is no answer, but thats really why I asked, to see if anybody had some cool or imaginative theory. I am betting this thread dies quickly becaus...
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Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?
Replies: 53
Views: 5725

After the big bang, where did pi, e and the rules originate?

Don't know if this would be better under science or religion, but decided to put it here. The question is pretty open and if you can come up with a decent theory, relay some known facts, or even a related question without calling on the omnipotent omniscient being, please reply. The reason for not w...
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Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43578

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

@btilly: Or that they generate forward thrust and use their pectoral fins like 'wings' and angle upward? Read the previous post to yours. I read the previous post, and see that you're still missing the point. Whether the downward thrust lift is generated by the shape of the tail or by the pectoral ...
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Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43578

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

@btilly: Or that they generate forward thrust and use their pectoral fins like 'wings' and angle upward? Read the previous post to yours. I read the previous post, and see that you're still missing the point. Whether the downward thrust lift is generated by the shape of the tail or by the pectoral ...
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Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: interesting "pseudoscience" company
Replies: 15
Views: 2667

Re: interesting "pseudoscience" company

I highly doubt that a physician could reformulate quantum mechanics, given that most physicists would have trouble just deriving the current form. Also, even if the thing does generate some form of useful energy, I would bet my life that the way it does so does not violate any know physical laws, e...
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Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43578

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

I've heard the box fish is really efficient also. Box fish swim really slow and also don't use any energy moving their skeletal structure, since the "box" shape is pretty much fused. They use only fast moving and small fins to propel themselves, I would liken it almost to a flagellum. The...
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Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space
Replies: 31
Views: 6872

Re: you're floating through space

the ejection system, like modern day ejection systems, right itself. Otherwise you may be left spinning and that could kill you.
But you have no way of interacting with it.
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Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: infinity
Replies: 91
Views: 10361

Re: infinity

Woah, dunno what came over me there. Anyway, I think it's fairly safe to say that infinite ties in with the word forever, yes? So forever can be defined as "an infinite amount of time". Now consider this. Suppose I were to take a loop of superconducting metal and induct a current around i...
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Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space
Replies: 31
Views: 6872

you're floating through space

Your spaceship was blown up by a ruthless space pirate and you escaped the blast by ejecting yourself into space with only your space suit. Your space suit has thrusters and an advanced life support system which can keep you alive for months. You have lost all orientation and cannot see out of your ...
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Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: interesting "pseudoscience" company
Replies: 15
Views: 2667

interesting "pseudoscience" company

http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/01/smallbusiness/blacklight.fsb/index.htm http://www.blacklightpower.com/ This company claims to be able to get large amounts of heat energy from using a chemical reaction with hydrogen which lowers its energy state to below ground state. According to modern quantum phy...
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Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: slaughterhouse 5
Replies: 33
Views: 5983

Re: slaughterhouse 5

you guys may want to put some spoilers on your posts.
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Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
Replies: 65
Views: 7232

Re: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

You guys totally forgot about all the Yetis!!
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?
Replies: 69
Views: 6064

Re: It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?

by The Great Hippo on Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:16 pm UTC The same reason we went to Vietnam--a combination of the social climate of the White House, the personalities of certain men in power (some of whom have been chomping at the bit for some time to go to Iraq), misguided political opportunism, and the...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?
Replies: 69
Views: 6064

Re: It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?

Give it 20 years, and we will have a better understanding of what happened. I personally am scared this may be the answer, because it backs up my belief that 99.99% of us don't know the real reason and we as a powerful democracy sit here in a war and don't know why. That should be a problem, bigger...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?
Replies: 69
Views: 6064

It's July 14th, 2008. Why did we invade Iraq?

This is something I still wonder about. Why did we really invade? What was the real reason? Here are some popular answers (some are very ignorant but ARE believed by american citizens): They had weapons of mass destruction, we had bad intelligence. George W wanted to finish what his father didn't (M...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Watching violent and risky sports--should I feel guilty?
Replies: 42
Views: 5266

Re: Watching violent and risky sports--should I feel guilty?

Its in your nature to enjoy seeing a powerful athlete overpower a similar specimen. It is in your nature because your ancestors relied on it. We used to have to protect our tribe from big animals, and we did so with our strongest men. We used to have "tribal" wars where there weren't any g...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Credit Cards
Replies: 61
Views: 7426

Re: Credit Cards

My friend back in highschool (12 years ago) wrote "check ID" on the signature line of his credit card. One time while checking out at a Walmart, the clerk would not accept his card because it didn't have a signature on it. He argued for awhile, but SHE WOULD NOT ACCEPT A CARD WITH NO SIGNA...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?
Replies: 65
Views: 7232

Re: If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

You should have said

"WHOA! A talking monkey!"
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: IMDB ratings "flawless"
Replies: 13
Views: 3938

Re: IMDB ratings "flawless"

by Quixotess on Thu Jul 10, 2008 1:51 pm UTC Well, I mean, if you take the rating as an invitation to find out more information, I can hardly complain about that. But the OP was dismissing movies or recommending them based on the rating system, without considering anything else whatsoever. Big diff...
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Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: slaughterhouse 5
Replies: 33
Views: 5983

Re: slaughterhouse 5

OP here: I ended up stopping half way through. Which in itself is sad, because it is pretty short. I do think it killed one of reading spurts (I'm on again off again reader). Lately, I've been winding down at night by watching 2 or 3 episodes of the new Doctor Who. I just got into the show this year...
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Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The World is Ending- What Do You Do?
Replies: 76
Views: 6031

Re: The World is Ending- What Do You Do?

I would do ton of cocaine and drive around the public roads as fast as I can like Mario Andretti, preferable with some apperatus attached to the back of the car that put burning gasoline on the pavement behind me so it looked like I was going so fast that the road was igniting like in Bugs Bunny car...
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Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where scientists and conspiracy theorists agree
Replies: 54
Views: 7774

Re: Where scientists and conspiracy theorists agree

Just wanted to point out that, a moment ago, there were 911 views on this thread. Just a coincidence that I happened to notice it (not that it had a 911th viewing, don't they all?).

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