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by VorpalSword
Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Shakespeare Thread
Replies: 59
Views: 9741

Re: Shakespeare Thread

I had to study Julius Caesar in school, but came to really like the story. I'd highly recommend the movie version with Brando and Mason as Mark Anthony and Brutus respectively. Any other fans? I also enjoyed Julius Caesar. Is it just me though, or does Brutus seem like a big hypocrite. He says he c...
by VorpalSword
Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An Explanation
Replies: 20
Views: 2316

Re: An Explanation

Yup. To elaborate, the potential energy between two charges is: U = \frac{kq_1q_2}{r} where U is the potential energy, k is a positive constant, q 1 and q 2 are the charges, and r is the distance between them. The sign of the charges matters in this equation; two like charges have positive potentia...
by VorpalSword
Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Political Fiction
Replies: 20
Views: 3902

Re: Political Fiction

sje46 wrote:There's some focus on dystopia here.
I suppose Brave New World counts? I'm currently reading it.
I can't think of any Utopian novels.


I haven't personally read it, but you could always try Utopia by Thomas Moore.
by VorpalSword
Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 30649

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

"I believe I am conscious" can be proven internally with the argument "cogito ergo sum". How do you arrive at the conclusion that you believe you are concious from cogito ergo sum? I think all that it says is that thinking implies existence (perhaps there is more to it, I only r...
by VorpalSword
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: trust to distance
Replies: 8
Views: 1259

Re: trust to distance

If you go with the version of the saying "I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them" then obviously trust can be represented as a function of distance, where trust is zero at the set distance, and higher the closer to you they get. f(x) = (x - throwing distance) some even exponent...
by VorpalSword
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 30649

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

The difference is that 'I believe I am concious' is not an empirically testable fact ,it is in fact a vague construct having no meaning in science. However 'I say that I am conscious' is indeed empirically testable as true or false. Your argument is the same as: A stone believes he is conscious ......
by VorpalSword
Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Underrated/overrated poets
Replies: 14
Views: 5020

Re: Underrated/overrated poets

I feel that one of the most overrated poets out there is T.S. Eliot. The Wasteland is supposed to be a great masterpiece, but I feel he put so much effort into allusions and making it "elite" that he forgot to put anything meaningful or interesting into it. Eliot could definitely learn fro...
by VorpalSword
Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bending Newton's Third Law?
Replies: 14
Views: 2277

Re: Bending Newton's Third Law?

Newton's third law does apply for gravitational and magnetic forces. When the earth pulls you towards it, you also pull on the earth with the exact same amount of force. Likewise, a magnet that pushes against another one will also be pushed backwards.
by VorpalSword
Sun May 31, 2009 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 17800

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

I was doing a problem on thermodynamics mixing two fluids, one at 5 degrees C and one at 27. Due to a mix up I still don't fully understand, I was able to get them to come to equilibrium at -5 degrees.
by VorpalSword
Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theories that are right for the wrong reason
Replies: 32
Views: 4489

Re: Theories that are right for the wrong reason

The ancient Greek theory (by Democritus possibly?) that matter ultimately comes down to fundamental unbreakable building blocks he called atoms. Also Newton's theories about gravity, which while not quite true, are close enough that they have lead us to better ones (General Relativity).
by VorpalSword
Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 321764

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

To measure it we simply need to get the feather far enough away from any other large gravitational bodies, then measure the amount of warping it does to space time. The easiest way to measure the mass though, would be to design a new system of measurement, here the base unit = 1 feather (a feath per...
by VorpalSword
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions and Reality
Replies: 18
Views: 2289

Re: Assumptions and Reality

Is it okay to assume things? yes. The uncertainty principle means we can't ever fully predict everything. The fact that our senses are faulty, and our brains imperfect means the data we work with isn't always right. If we listen to Descartes we can prove that we exist, but not anyone or anything els...
by VorpalSword
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47831

Re: Books that made you cry

How has no=one mentioned All Quiet on the Western Front ? The way the war affects every character by KIlling his friends off one by one till even the main character dies right before the war ends , especially When Katz dies as Paul is dragging him to safety and he doesn't even realize it I'm not...
by VorpalSword
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 95175

Re: Israel

What is particularly wrong with the manner of Israel's creation? I think everyone can agree that for a large number, staying in Europe after WWII wasn't an option. nevertheless, there weren't any countries that really wanted 1+ million refugees. The British ruled Palestine at the time and offered it...
by VorpalSword
Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9943

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

What the question means depends on how you are defining poor and poverty. Capitalism does set up a system where some people have to be on the poor end; its a competition based process so someone as to lose out. But capitalism has historically worked out to both improve economic efficiency as well as...
by VorpalSword
Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Buttered Cat Paradox
Replies: 110
Views: 29747

Re: Buttered Cat Paradox

Clearly the problem here is in the way we're viewing the paradox. Fact: Cats always land on their feet Fact: toast always lands buttered side down. If you force reality to choose between the two, it cant and you set up a rotating system that under no circumstances can reach the ground. But conservat...
by VorpalSword
Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A little game for evil science types:
Replies: 50
Views: 4844

Re: A little game for evil science types:

Anyone read Watchmen? If one giant mutant monster can kill 3 million people, getting all 6-7 billion would merely require teleporting 2 to 2 1 / 2 thousand of them at once. Granted this would take more than three days of prep work to prepare, but then could be accomplished instantaneously to make up...

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