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by Bismark
Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 202703

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

I must admit I didn't entertain any other possibility than it being Vimes' deepest self, his self control, conscience, who he wants to be, etc. Interesting idea though, made me think. Then again does that necessarily preclude it from being an entity equal and opposite to the Summoning Dark? It just...
by Bismark
Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Named" vs "Called"
Replies: 20
Views: 20020

Re: "Named" vs "Called"

If I were to introduce myself I would say "My name is X, but call me Y" Here the name becomes something immutable, an intrinsic quality of my personhood, whereas what I prefer to be called is capricious and can be changed. the named/called thing is probably different depending on region so...
by Bismark
Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Ignorance a Requirement of Good Science?
Replies: 18
Views: 3116

Re: Is Ignorance a Requirement of Good Science?

You've basically asked is purely theoretical modeling viable science, statistics, theoretical physics(mathematical), and so on. It depends who you ask, many astronomers find theoretical physics laughable, while physicists defend it to the last. The argument ultimately boils down to whether or not a ...
by Bismark
Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can science based public policy issues be genuinely debated?
Replies: 16
Views: 1716

Re: Can science based public policy issues be genuinely debated?

What most posts here fail to address is the political science side of this issue. As far as I know there are no true democracies on the planet, all liberal nations are formed as a republic. This entails that elected officials are vested with the power to make decisions on issues, rather than voters ...

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