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by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Objections to the Social Contract theory?
Replies: 21
Views: 10297

Re: Objections to the Social Contract theory?

I only think this counts as a flaw in the social contract theory if you want to make it all encompassing, explaining all of morality. Surely these examples just serve to highlight the fact that the social contract is woefully inadequate for explaining the full spectrum of morality? It's a great fram...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting a head start on the presidential election.
Replies: 27
Views: 2021

Re: Getting a head start on the presidential election.

Biden in 2012. Depending on when Obama is assassinated, Biden might or might not be eligible to run in 2016. Either way, Hillary will be too old to be electable, so it's anybody's guess who we'll get then. Maybe Palin will have learned enough to be a decent president. Why are people assuming that O...
by seladore
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stupidest comment ever
Replies: 339
Views: 34717

Re: stupidest comment ever

@ashi

I've been reading this thread, and the second (global-warming) girl actually caused me to die a little inside. Dear Jeebus that is stupid.

Maybe global-warming-related stupidity bothers me more than the regular, non-downfall-of-all-civilisation flavour of stupidity.
by seladore
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Lets get tedious, tedious." (Annoying things)
Replies: 131
Views: 9768

Re: "Lets get tedious, tedious." (Annoying things)

meaningless expressions ('could of', 'could care less'). While I'm with you on "could of," I have no problem with "could care less." Here's why: I consider the original to be "couldn't care less," implying that one cares so little that caring less is impossible. This f...
by seladore
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28031

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

States like North and South Dakota don't really matter a damn, they get three votes each, for example. Doesn't that introduce rounding errors? North Dakota has 3 EVs, which is ~0.5% of the full 538. What I don't understand is how the EV system gives North Dakotans more of a say than simply using th...
by seladore
Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6955

Re: Islam reaches out

islam's PR is terrible in america. its about time they worked on that. What has mainstream Islam ever done to cause bad PR in America? I think it's time America worked on its perception of Islam. america doesnt give enough of a shit to do that and is perfectly content to blame their problems on a s...
by seladore
Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28031

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Perhaps this was never the intent, but I think the electoral college accounts for treating states as entities that have their own representation. Hypothetically, without the electoral college, an entire region of the country could go completely unrepresented. With a liberal north majority versus a ...
by seladore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting a head start on the presidential election.
Replies: 27
Views: 2021

Re: Getting a head start on the presidential election.

Honestly, I kinda hope the Republican party splits into two - the Party of Palin, and the party of reasonable republicans... That would be such a superb outcome to this whole fiasco. Palin becomes figurehead for new republican movement, splinters away from the main party. Becomes fringe group, and ...
by seladore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flying Flowerpot Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: Flying Flowerpot Problem

^^ Surely formula 2 should be [imath]v = v_0 + at[/imath], rather than [imath]v = v_0t + at[/imath]?
by seladore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says
Replies: 23
Views: 3059

Re: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

Anyone not subscribed to ApJ can get the paper here , in case you were interested. I'm off to read it now. I wonder how much it has been hyped by the journalist? EDIT: Hmmm. I'm not familiar with the technical aspects of the paper (I'm not a CMB person), but it does seem to have been hyped somewhat....
by seladore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Astley - Best Act Ever?
Replies: 10
Views: 1493

Rick Astley - Best Act Ever?

Rick Astley has won the MTV award for 'best act ever'.

Source

I wonder if they played the song at the ceremony. I can't help but feel this is someone's epic rickroll stunt...
by seladore
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting a head start on the presidential election.
Replies: 27
Views: 2021

Re: Getting a head start on the presidential election.

Palin is dead and buried. The republicans dislike her pretty openly as far as I know - she hasn't got a chance.

I'm going to call 2012 for Obama.

In addition, I'm going to call 2016 for Ralph Nader, 2020 for Anne Coultier, and 2024 for Nixon's head atop a giant robot body.
by seladore
Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?
Replies: 27
Views: 2816

Re: Assuming big bang = true, now is universe =/= sphere?

Liet Kynes wrote:I do believe that the universe is a hyper-donut but I don't remember exactly.


A 'hyper-doughnut' is also called a torus. It's a way to make the universe closed, but keep the flat ([imath]\Omega = 1[/imath]) topology.

Not sure if this is still in vogue though, I'm not a theorist.
by seladore
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28031

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Anyone seen the accuracy to which the models at 538 predicted the result?

He predicted 349-189, and it's currently 349-162. Whatever happens to the remaining votes, those models are good.
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6955

Re: Islam reaches out

islam's PR is terrible in america. its about time they worked on that. What has mainstream Islam ever done to cause bad PR in America? I think it's time America worked on its perception of Islam. "Mainstream" America doesn't hate Islam, either. If i can be called an ignorant hick every ti...
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work
Replies: 29
Views: 3762

Re: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work

OK, OK I take it all back.

The WHAM! is on, and I'm fast on my way to becoming a better person.

Apologies for missing the irony.
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6955

Re: Islam reaches out

mazzilliu wrote:islam's PR is terrible in america. its about time they worked on that.


What has mainstream Islam ever done to cause bad PR in America? I think it's time America worked on its perception of Islam.
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rutherford's Gold Leaf/Gold Foil/Scattering Experiment.
Replies: 8
Views: 2213

Re: Rutherford's Gold Leaf/Gold Foil/Scattering Experiment.

Off the top of my head, they expected a smooth distribution of scattering angles.
Instead they got a discontinuity in the distribution, with the majority having almost no deflection and a minority having a huge deflection.
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work
Replies: 29
Views: 3762

Re: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work

Except that's not how physics works... Lenz's law isn't thought to be true just because it always happens, but because it is a mathematical result of deeper principles. Perpetual motion fanatics invariably lack an understanding of these deeper principles, and are convinced that their next clever tr...
by seladore
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Islam reaches out
Replies: 85
Views: 6955

Islam reaches out

Link here: BBC Article Basically 138 leading Islamic clerics have identified common ground with Christianity, and are attempting to paint a picture of the two religions worshipping the same god in different ways. They have called on the Vatican to join them. This made my morning - such a great repud...
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexual Marriage?
Replies: 394
Views: 36408

Re: Secular Case Against Gay Marriage

So tl;dr - Prejudice. I'm not sure what you are saying here... gay people shouldn't marry because it's unusual, and can't procreate with one another? What about abstinent / infertile couples? If you are just playing devil's advocate, then I'll just say I am not aware of any good reason to deny gay p...
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst Cover ever?
Replies: 78
Views: 6744

Re: Worst Cover ever?

Anyone attempting a Sigur Ros cover.

Just... no.
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Haruki Murakami
Replies: 91
Views: 80397

Re: Haruki Murakami

I finished 'Wind up Bird" today. I can't even really work out how I feel about it, I've never read anything so strange and lovely. Does anyone know of a site with any serious criticism / analysis or his work (especially "Wind up Bird")? I'm itching to read what other, more well read p...
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what time should we expect a result on tuesday?
Replies: 67
Views: 5599

Re: what time should we expect a result on tuesday?

22/7 wrote:Can that accurately be applied to the first non-white candidate to actually have a reasonable chance at winning the White House?


Maybe not, I don't know under what circumstances it was decided that it no longer applied. This election is a good way to test it, I guess.
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what time should we expect a result on tuesday?
Replies: 67
Views: 5599

Re: what time should we expect a result on tuesday?

There's also the closet racist effect - to be honest, I don't think Obama has it nearly in the bag as current polling says. That being said, I'd guess he still takes it. Actually, the 'Bradley effect' hasn't had an effect on results for about 15 years (according to the guy at 538.com), so I'm not t...
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relaxation thread
Replies: 11
Views: 1343

Re: Relaxation thread

There is a British comedian called Jimmy Carr, who maintains that to relax he likes to 'puts Smarties tubes on cats' legs, to make them walk like robots".

Here is a Smarties tube for the culturally impaired...

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by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy’s Faustian Bargain: Never Facing Reality until…
Replies: 21
Views: 4152

Re: Democracy’s Faustian Bargain: Never Facing Reality until…

Maybe the OP isn't a native English speaker?

I get the impression that there was some underlying thought that hasn't been properly expressed. Maybe try and be more concise, and clearly separate your points?
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work
Replies: 29
Views: 3762

Re: idea about perpetual motion and want to know why wont work

Except that's not how physics works... Lenz's law isn't thought to be true just because it always happens, but because it is a mathematical result of deeper principles. Perpetual motion fanatics invariably lack an understanding of these deeper principles, and are convinced that their next clever tri...
by seladore
Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 12279

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

You are inciting it as soon as you are encouraging someone to go through with it who wouldn't otherwise do so, surely?
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Energy contained in a relativistic system
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Re: Energy contained in a relativistic system

Damn, ninja'd. This is what you want. The energy E = \sqrt{m^2c^4 + p^2c^2} is an invariant - you were just looking at the change in energy due to the rest mass changing. Not sure what you mean by "electrodynamical", also. There are no electric forces involved here. And 'standpoints' are g...
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban
Replies: 61
Views: 4661

Re: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban

Guide to sarcasm:

A sincere, open, and honest request for clarification enrages the sarcasm gods, causing them to rain their bounty down upon your head.
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban
Replies: 61
Views: 4661

Re: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban

Nougatrocity wrote:...Some of us Americans can read your posts, y'know.

We don't like this crap any more'n you. :cry:


Yeah, I know. But at least you guys get to vote on it... American foreign policy affects so many people (directly and indirectly) that have no say in it whatsoever.
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Philosophies That Underpin Science
Replies: 20
Views: 2570

Re: Philosophies That Underpin Science

There is a really good website that you can go to, where you can search for information on many subjects just by typing a few relevent words in. Try it! It's fun and useful.

Try these, also...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_science
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban
Replies: 61
Views: 4661

Re: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban

Yeah, me too.

It's also bad here in the UK, because of our un-voted-on 'special relationship' with the US. It is feeling more and more like the 51st state over here.
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 32452

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

She seemed to take it pretty well. I actually have some sympathy for her, after re-listening to the call - I certainly wouldn't want to risk calling the President of France out on being an ass. Triggering the headline "PALIN TO SARKOZY: "YOU AREN"T THE REAL PRESIDENT" " isn'...
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban
Replies: 61
Views: 4661

Re: South Dakota to vote on abortion ban

I stopped being surprised by the US a long time ago. Me too. I almost wish they do elect Palin, just so the rest of the world can watch them crash and burn. Thought, I think if they went down, they would take us with them. A crashing and burning global imperialist power isn't going to be fun for an...
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 32452

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Such a funny interview... she seems totally clueless. She doesn't listen to anything he is saying at many points. When he said he watched 'Huster's Nailin' Palin', she didn't say 'oh, I haven't seen that', but just agreed. When he said the French equivalent of Joe was "Marcel, the guy with brea...
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cory Doctorow on Privacy
Replies: 12
Views: 1244

Re: Cory Doctorow on Privacy

I assumed he meant 'not how awful it is', given a baseline level of awfulness. So he isn't making a generally applicable statement, just one that applies to terrorism based activity. So if you have x% chance of dying in a bus crash, and 0.0001x% chance of dying in a terrorist bus attack, it's crazy ...
by seladore
Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Euthanasia (Merged)
Replies: 105
Views: 12279

Re: Euthanasia (Merged)

In Australia we have a law that makes it "illegal to transmit by phone, internet or fax any information that directly or indirectly incites suicide or provides instructions". This is completely ridiculous in my opinion. Arguably this entire thread could breach this law. This has been draw...

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