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by HungryHobo
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

This is why so many of these experiments are trash (and certainly anything set up by Randi is). The assumptions people make are leading to negative results in a lab setting when positive results can still be found in the field. This doesn't mean 'dowsing doesn't work', it means 'dowsing doesn't wor...
by HungryHobo
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

So my personal conclusion? Dowsing works, but through purely mechanical methods, and only where what you are looking for will result in ground disturbance. So trying to use dowsing to find a lost item - probably not going to work. As for the military using dowsing to locate mines and bombs - potent...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

...and no, I don't think your ridiculous notions make you insane, I think they point to other intellectual challenges, though. Of that I'm 110% certain. Foe'd. I'm gonna go with the foe option too. this guy is just too much of a troll and has failed to produce any data whatsoever supporting any of ...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

See, the problem here is folks who do not understand the difference between evidence, and conclusive evidence. I'm not sure you know the difference either. Technically there is no *conclusive* proof that the effect of gravity is real, there's a finite chance, call it 0.0000000(insert a few years of...
by HungryHobo
Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

My sole claim, this entire time, has been that there is no conclusive evidence for or against dowsing or most other so-called paranormal abilities, and that people who believe there is are operating on faith. There is evidence to support both stances, but none of it is conclusive. Re-read your own ...
by HungryHobo
Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Sure, link me to an actual test with negative results--one that outlines the procedures used, including how subjects were selected. I'll be happy to tell you what's wrong with it. I'm most certainly not going to look up something you claim exists when you refuse to look up something I claimed exist...
by HungryHobo
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

My point is that the burden of proof lies in the middle, not on one side or the other. If I claim to believe the tooth fairy is real does the burden of proof rest with me, the person claiming that a magical being exists or with everyone else who go with boring old reality? Does it rest in the middl...
by HungryHobo
Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Rackum, youre a prick you know that? But an intelligent one i must say, you know: A) how to complete other peoples sentences B) look up stuff on wikipedia Im done here, consider that a victory boys. I have better things to do than argue with people who argue for the sake of the argument. I will non...
by HungryHobo
Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

homeopathy doesn't work? it's sad to see a *smart* demographic such as the audience, INCLUDING the author (who keeps on poking at it), of XKCD be so narrow minded, when it comes to homeopathy. I thought we were all atheists and openly accepting the fact that we don't yet understand how some things ...
by HungryHobo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Choosing datastructures
Replies: 11
Views: 1620

Choosing datastructures

I've been thinking lately about the huge difference that using the right datastructures in your code can make. Now I've learned about the basic data structures but I've well aware that there's quite a few traps situations where they're far less than optimal. I was thinking of trying to make an app w...
by HungryHobo
Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Shine a flashlight at the solar system from billions of miles out such that both earth and mars are within the beam. then at some point a butterfly passes in front of the flashlight. The shadow passed over both earth and mars only a fraction of a second apart. earth and mars are 20 light minutes ap...
by HungryHobo
Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

teqmc2, have you ever read the book Bad Science by ben goldacre? I'd highly recommend it if only for the part about the shamans apprentice. Decades ago there lived a native Candian Indian called Quesalid.(look him up, try reading Levi-Strauss' "The Sorcerer and his Magic") He was a sceptic...
by HungryHobo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Data is a fact or measurement (edit: i.e. the value of a variable). Information is data arranged in a meaningful or useful manner, conveying additional facts or metadata about said data. Basic information theory. In the case of entanglement, the data is (spin up) or (spin down). Because of the prob...
by HungryHobo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Data, not information. Bell's Inequality, backed up by years of research shows that the wave function appears to collapse instantaneously. Please explain your distinction between data and information. There are communications protocols, involving entanglement, but not as an information channel (whi...
by HungryHobo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 117403

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

I remember seeing this comic a couple years ago, one semester, when I was practically on the verge of flunking out. I was falling severely behind in integral calculus, modern physics, and computer science. If I failed all 3 I'd have flunked out, and if I failed even 2 of the 3 I'd have been put on ...
by HungryHobo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Quantum entanglement has been observed, repeatedly and reliably. We have no idea how it happens, but entangled particles appear to be able to transmit data instantaneously, without any use of energy observed. There is no mechanism known for this property, though it can be described mathematically. ...
by HungryHobo
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 117403

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

tricky77puzzle wrote:If you don't know what A(m,n) is, try checking out Wikipedia.



Wrong link

wikiepdia is spam
wikipedia is what you want.
by HungryHobo
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Other phenomena do not have this benefit. They suffer from the fact that the first people to promote them widely were also crazy/stupid. This has put extra strain on the more moderate proponents of these ideas. So, I don't blame science for arguing against my experience, I blame my so-called "...
by HungryHobo
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I would like to applaud uncivlengr for reading all of the posts on this threat, keeping strait who posted what, and attempting to compile a composite image of my mindset. This is the type of analysis that Science is based on. Everyone else who is arguing from the dogma of science without doing this...
by HungryHobo
Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Administering water DOES NOT treat Bradicardia. Administering a large dose of a stimulant does. Administering a microscopic dose of a sedative also does. Any symptom can be caused by any of several causes. Bradicardia can be caused by a malfunction in the brain stem, it can be caused by weakness of...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

As for Homeopathy, the reason that it is perceived not to work is because most people do it WRONG. Homeopathy is, in fact, grounded in good biology. The idea is that the body has a minimum reaction to toxins. If a toxin that lowers the heart rate enters the body, the body will raise its heart rate ...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Magic, as in not scientifically understood concepts and/or practices exists. Saying it does not is just arrogant :) "magic" and all it's other little pseudonyms are just a placeholder for excuses for not trying to understand the world. know of several people who can successfully dowse for...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

edit: made a mistake posting this, re-writing.
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 101235

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

I remember back in school I did all the sciences, physics, chemistry and biology. We had a really good chemistry teacher who's I'm told confided in my parents at the parent teacher meeting that I was probably the person in the class most likely to end up in actual science (I have) she was worried th...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

What, no mention of evolution? Yeah, I can't figure out where business is using it either. Maybe an indication of a business opportunity? Perhaps an indication of the short term horizon of modern business? I dunno, but it does seem like a glaring hole. Farming? Dog breeders? Animal husbandry and se...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 87823

Re: 0806: Tech Support

The only time I've had to spend a lot of time on the phone for tech support was when I had a problem with a dell. problem was it was intermittent. Every now and then it would crash, not to blue screen (though it looked like it was trying to bluescreen) the screen would just go all diagonally fuzzy f...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 87823

Re: 0806: Tech Support

I just called tech support to get my online username and password from my ISP, thing is my roommates name is on the account, not mine. So the first time I call I give them all the secret information they need about the account for me to access it's information, and I'm a couple sentences away from ...
by HungryHobo
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94759

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Honestly I've come to expect more from XKCD. This comic is awful. Not to put too fine a point on it but Oil companies *do* hire dowsers and oil prospectors so dowsing tick magic isn't real of course but then it doesn't have to be magic. There's no need to resort to claims of psychic powers. Someone ...

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