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by RockoTDF
Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202281

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My husband would like to contribute his nerdyness: Reading Harry Potter as an E-book on his PSP, while listening to Remixed metroid music, and waiting for a 3D model to finish rendering, while on the clock at work, in the tech office at school. Did he get a swordfight in while he was at it? I'm so ...
by RockoTDF
Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202281

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Oh, anyone else tend to start counting things at 0 instead of 1? No, but here's something related: instead of ranking things on a 1 to 10 scale, I use a 1 to 9 scale. Think about it: if you use a 1 to 10 scale, and you want to say that something's smack in the middle, what ranking do you give it? A...
by RockoTDF
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0334: "Wasteland"
Replies: 199
Views: 28529

Re: "Wasteland" discussion

Reminds me of Snow Patrol "Set the fire to the third bar" I think the alt text is meant to imply that she has moved on and that he has not. This basically happened earlier to me earlier on in the week. I thought I had moved on until I saw on facebook that my ex gf has a new boyfriend. I ac...
by RockoTDF
Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Neurology and weird brain "problems"
Replies: 18
Views: 2318

Re: Neurology and weird brain "problems"

There isn't really one catch-all term for those who do brain research, here are the fields that come to mind: Neurologists: medical doctors that deal with the brain (also do medical research on the brain) Neurosurgeons: Brain surgeons. Neuropsychologists: Deal clinically with those that have brain d...
by RockoTDF
Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?
Replies: 73
Views: 12265

Re: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?

I think the robotics thing is the safest bet because it is hands on. Games can be kind of misleading in that very few of them would end up in that field. It might be prudent to explain that "game design" is CS but that CS is not game design. I also think the Ti-83 idea is clever because it...
by RockoTDF
Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of Light
Replies: 68
Views: 6617

Re: Speed of Light

funny, because whenever I press "C" on my calculator, it just makes everything zero!
by RockoTDF
Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

Your question is wrong. No, its not. You actually said that I am "making an association with science" by discussing neuroscience. If I am wrong, what did you mean? This discussion is going to be pointless if you allow misunderstandings to persist (or be created) just to win the argument. ...
by RockoTDF
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

Suppose I could give you a pill that had no effect other than to make you always choose "rock" in Rock, Paper, Scissors, and believe you had freely chosen "rock" . That's the sort of thing I'm saying didn't exist in our evolution or our upbringing. However, I don't see any reaso...
by RockoTDF
Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

So why do we call it free? Because our choices are, in practice, not affected by things outside of our consciousness. There was nothing in the environment in which we evolved that could poke our brains just right to cause us to make some particular choice*. Thus our belief in the independence of ou...
by RockoTDF
Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

I'm not sure what you mean there. Software is an emergent property of the behavior of hardware. Mind is an emergent property of the behavior of the brain. So how is that view any different than the hardware/software thing? You don't need software to run hardware like your computer does. Think of ve...
by RockoTDF
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

You are making two mistakes. First, your mistake is that somewhere in the back of your mind, but not quite to the forefront where you can see it and judge it rationally, you have it that we are not our brains. Thus, if our brains (and their mechanisms) are controlling our actions, that must mean we...
by RockoTDF
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What did you study?
Replies: 89
Views: 12896

Re: What did you study?

Currently a psych major at cnu, but will be going for a phd in neuroscience. I am an "almost minor" in Computer Science, unfortunately I don't have enough time left to finish the insane (and in some cases, unnecessary) amount of prereqs for some of the upper level CS courses. I had some ba...
by RockoTDF
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5174

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

Neuroscience as it stands right now is starting to gravitate away from the hardware/software analogy and towards just being hardware. We are not like a modern stored program computer, there is no "hard drive" in our brain that holds memory (if anything its more like a raid controller). You...
by RockoTDF
Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0329: "Turing Test"
Replies: 120
Views: 64757

Re: "Turing Test" Discussion

What I mean to say is that one alters the hardware of the brain and not the software. Now, I only kinda understand what you're saying, so here's a stupid question: how do you class learned behaviour or sudden changes to behaviour from a traumatic experience, or even hypnotic suggestions? It seems t...
by RockoTDF
Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0329: "Turing Test"
Replies: 120
Views: 64757

Re: "Turing Test" Discussion

The really interesting thing here is that you could probably get said extra credit. Firstly, I think we all agree that the human body is a causal mechanism. Cause renders effect. Some are not willing to accept that the mind is one too, but what would you put forward as an alternative? Everything we...

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