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by etaoin
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker

The big question is what you want to take as default position in case of uncertainty. In this case, I see very good reasons to assume that characteristics of the mind are changeable and not inborn, unless there is very, very hard evidence against that view. Because it is extremely easy to take a th...
by etaoin
Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 42 - Eoin Colfer Is a Complete Kneebiter
Replies: 119
Views: 20050

Re: 42 - Eoin Colfer Is a Complete Kneebiter

Came here to say... I thought it was good!

/ducks

Seriously though, even if it had been horrible, it's a fictional book. You can take the sequel-by-another-author or leave it.

It really was quite good though.
by etaoin
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker

You know the type: they took twins, measured their index fingers, tested their math capability and attractiveness for the other sex, and then there is an explanation of how prehistoric natural selection would explain this. But it's good to ask yourself every time: is there some other way how we cou...
by etaoin
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs that you can't stop listening to
Replies: 111
Views: 18673

Re: Songs that you can't stop listening to

The two big ones for me:

"Rocky road to Dublin" as performed by the Irish Descendants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYbXV5eMGsM.

"Strange powers" by Magnetic Fields http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Hdz9wKOQc.
by etaoin
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20542

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

It's a really long story, so if you don't really care maybe skip a paragraph or two or something. That explanation was brilliant! I think I finally get it. I did rather suspect that it was a matter of modern music flouting conventions that I never knew existed in the first place. I guess you can't ...
by etaoin
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20542

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

Anything by Percy A. Grainger. Yes, all of it. I haven't finished going through all of these, but I can confirm that everything by Percy Grainger appears to be fantastic. Also liked Mackey very much. I also re-listened to "Liebestraum" on your recommendation & thought it was beautiful...
by etaoin
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20542

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

This is brilliant! I'll be at it for days with this many new leads. Thanks! :)

Yes, Dvorak's symphonies 5-8 are definitely on my list as well.
by etaoin
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282703

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

I learned this recipe is from the wonderful book "Dangerous River" by RM Patterson, an adventurer who traveled on the Nahanni River in N. Canada in the early 20th century. Best breakfast EVAR. RMP's porridge -Make oatmeal porridge in the usual way, boiling it in milk (preferably) or butter...
by etaoin
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: How the Mind Works-Steven Pinker

Haven't read it, but have read his "The Blank Slate," which I would highly recommend. Essentially an argument for human nature & against several tropes that are widely believed by modern western people: the blank slate (Pinker shows why there is good reason to think humans are born wit...
by etaoin
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20542

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

Is this the sort of thing this thread is for? Heck yeah! :) The Bartok was awesome. The allegro movement at the end was great! Albeniz... hadn't heard of his music. You were right, that was some virtuoso playing right there. It makes me feel inadequate. All I can do is whistle. Oh, and here's a vid...
by etaoin
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20542

Concert (aka Classical) music

A great place to look sophisticated by dropping names! In all seriousness though, I searched for "classical" in this forum, & while there are some posts, there is no one comprehensive thread for recommendations. I am always interested in what other people like in this genre. Not just c...
by etaoin
Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Engineers
Replies: 25
Views: 4116

Re: Engineers

Although there is a lot that's useful in the narrow definition of science as hypothesis-testing, etc., it pays to recognize that the distinction between science and the rest of human knowledge is pretty much an English-language-only one. In German, basically everything that concerns factual knowledg...
by etaoin
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Which is worse?
Replies: 35
Views: 4938

Re: Which is worse?

A classic example of a philosopher doing bad physics (the bit that really annoys me starts at 7:30): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLFtGb9RKPo I would have to go with the idea that the philosophers doing physics are worse, although it's close. But yeah... science and engineering is very good at tea...
by etaoin
Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spirit Roverukkah
Replies: 12
Views: 1721

Re: Spirit Roverukkah

This is a brilliant idea.

nbonaparte wrote:um... whoa. Get out of this thread, Randall?


Mars is in conjuction with the (biggest of the year) full moon tonight. That may have been the reason for the Mars Rover comic, too. :)
by etaoin
Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2421576

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

What ho, xkcders all! My name is Ian. I'm an engineering student, especially interested in optics, living in Edmonton, Canada. Also, I am a biggish fan of the great trifecta of comedy writing: PG Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett. Any other fans should know that merely by mentioning that fac...

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