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by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Thesea wrote:It is not wrong it is just different from common math. Learn to branch out.


It's your poor communication of history and questionable understanding of how axioms work that bothers me.
by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Some physicists bring the Physics Department's requested research budged to the president of their university, which totals in the area of 26 million dollars. "Damn, physics is so expensive," says the president. "Why can't you guys be more like the Math Department? All they ask for ar...
by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

So you accept (admit) that the maths are essentially unprovable, and there is no more reason to believe them than Scientology besides "intuition"? That only follows if you have a pathological desire for certainty, and equate everything that is not absolutely certain forever with everythin...
by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Now, this is just me , but my mind rejects basing such complex systems about things we consider to prove themselves. They don't prove themselves, though; they're taken for granted and then mathematicians work out what they would imply. We can't, for instance, actually prove that the axioms of moder...
by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

On a random note, how are math/physics dual majors able to sleep at night? How can you be entrenched in different fields that use opposing methods of reasoning? Inductive (sensory evidence) and Deductive (absolute proofs)? In my case, given that all but the most trivial systems cannot be both compl...
by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

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by AstralRunner
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199581

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Biology is only partly applied chemistry. The main part of it, evolution by natural selection, is not dependent on the physical nature of the replicators in question: it applies to any conceivable or inconceivable system of randomly varying replicators under non-random selective pressure. Indeed, ge...
by AstralRunner
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 42152

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

Feynman's arguments may not necessarily be valid. The question is, could MythBusters become more rigorous without sacrificing the ability to teach people to hold their beliefs up to experiment? If so, then they can still be legitimately criticized for their lack of it.
by AstralRunner
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 42152

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

The decomposition must be damaging Feynman's brain. You'd never find string theorists in a lab.
by AstralRunner
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0337: "Post Office Showdown"
Replies: 155
Views: 29574

Re: "Post Office Showdown" Discussion

But you know what improves things even more than Battle Without Honor or Humility?

Yakety Sax. This rule even applies to Kill Bill fight scenes.
by AstralRunner
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 75187

The tiles I step on when transversing tiled floors form a pattern that may as well have been left by a Knight.

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