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by bentheimmigrant
Sat May 17, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

Who said the fetus isn't alive? It's undeniably as alive as, say, my arm or leg. But just because something is alive , doesn't make it a life - my arm is alive, but it is not a living being. Firstly: Killing is an accurate term for something that is alive. Something that is developing, we call that...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat May 17, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social factors that determine your academic path
Replies: 77
Views: 7130

Re: Social factors that determine your academic path

I wasn't accusing anyone of being sexist at all. The problem is when girls don't feel able to do boyish subjects when that's what they want to do or would be best at (at conversely for boys). I apologize if my comment seemed defensive. I would have quoted you if I was directing my comments in your ...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat May 17, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

Which is why I personally think some account must be taken, both legally and morally, for viability. If the fetus removed from the uterus will definitely die as a result, regardless of what medical miracles you try to perform, I don't accept that it has more rights than the more-or-less fully-forme...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

Sorry, doing what anyway? I'm not trying to sound accusatory; I genuinely didn't follow what you were saying there. Do you mean drawing the line anyway? If so, good luck convincing most people that they lack the understanding to know where the line is. Abortion specifically. And the fact that "...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

I think because there is a need to draw the line somewhere, and the more confident a person feels that their choice of place is right, and any other possible choices are wrong, the more secure they'll feel that they've made the right choice. My mother teaches communication in the workplace, among o...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

That assumes that the nine months the mother spends being contorted, weakened, sickend, and generally physically tortured against her will are nothing. I said "much of the cost", not all of it. And not all of the nine months is torture. This of course brings back the question that all thi...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

I do not see the overall benefit in killing an unborn child. The overall benefit is to the parents. Having a child is a life-altering experience. Sometimes one's life is altered for the better. Most people who have abortions decide that, in their case, it would make their lives quite worse. This is...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 119884

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

So, with Hammer's help, I have arrived at the correct thread... and with a bit of copy and paste magic, I would like to try again: Is abortion justifiable? Does the mother's rights outweigh the fetus'? And how do you quantify those rights? Or even identify them in the first place? From a point of vi...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion and rights
Replies: 1
Views: 1000

Abortion and rights

Yes, I searched for it. And no, it didn't come up... Strange. Anyways... I start this with great trepidation. This is one of those topics that rarely goes anywhere, and someone being convinced by another's argument is even less common. Is abortion justifiable? Does the mother's rights outweigh the f...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social factors that determine your academic path
Replies: 77
Views: 7130

Re: Social factors that determine your academic path

So if we're blaming social factors for the gender split in science, are we blaming them also for girls being girly (and boys being... boyish I guess)? To what extent do these come naturally? Is it sexist to say that girls are girly by nature? Or is that something that The Man has forced on them, and...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Social factors that determine your academic path
Replies: 77
Views: 7130

Re: Social factors that determine your academic path

So if the segregation exaggerates the "real" differences, then what can be done about it? Special classes for women/minorities/etc so that they can learn something while their around people they can connect with? (I don't think that is a good idea, but I'm putting it out there) More propa...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri May 16, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6663

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

GCM wrote:Is this university level? I'm doing A-Levels right now, and an A is 80 as far as I know.


Yeah, I'm at uni... But don't take it to mean that it's easy to get a first. They try to assign work that actually assesses your understanding, not just what you can churn out.
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 404503

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

I have a lecturer from Kazakhstan who is slightly crazy, definitely alcoholic, and sound (no joke) just like Borat. In our first lecture: My friend in Kazakhstan, he give me nice whip. I can use it on students who sleep through my lectures, if you like. And the other day before an exam: You may have...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6663

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

This is why you always, ALWAYS ask what you'll be provided with on (or allowed to bring to) an exam. Formula sheet? Laplace tables? Integrating tables? Calculator? Graphing calculator? Precedence means nothing. Ask every time. Everything is so standard at my University, you just kinda get used to i...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Experiment Presentation.
Replies: 11
Views: 2085

Re: Biology Experiment Presentation.

These two sound interesting. My only concern is that for the first one, I can't really think of anything to use for the "tubing" or whatever. Both sound good though. Thanks guys! Are you allowed to steal borrow things from your school? I seem to remember Bunsen tubing does the trick. A lo...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6663

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

This is why you always, ALWAYS ask what you'll be provided with on (or allowed to bring to) an exam. Formula sheet? Laplace tables? Integrating tables? Calculator? Graphing calculator? Precedence means nothing. Ask every time. Everything is so standard at my University, you just kinda get used to i...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is anything actually random?
Replies: 26
Views: 2931

Re: is anything actually random?

Does radioactive decay count as random? I haven't done much quantum stuff except at high school, and that's getting to be a long time ago now.
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Experiment Presentation.
Replies: 11
Views: 2085

Re: Biology Experiment Presentation.

How about measuring the rate of uptake of water in the plant. From this you can deduce the transpiration rate per leaf area. For this you some water, a pipette, a small bit of tubing (rubber or plastic it doesn't matter so long as it is stretchy) and a cut plant stem - preferably non-woody and fair...
by bentheimmigrant
Thu May 15, 2008 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6663

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

Just found another reason for Engineering to suck: I had an exam this afternoon for Mathematical modeling. Nothing too hard, a bit of Euler methods, a bit of Newton. Random silliness about the steps we'd take to model a reactor or distillation column. Fairly simple. And one of the questions was to u...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed May 14, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)
Replies: 79
Views: 6663

Re: Engineering Sucks (Apparently?)

Am I the only Chemical Engineer around here? Reading all the American comments, I'm so happy that in the UK a BEng only takes three years. No general studies. All my credits are ChemEng, nothing else. And if you think that's unfair, just remember that the only reason American Universities force you ...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed May 14, 2008 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Experiment Presentation.
Replies: 11
Views: 2085

Re: Biology Experiment Presentation.

What kind of biology are you covering? If you want something real simple there's always the proving veins have valves thing. Just don't get carried away with tightening the ligature.

If you posted a few of the topics you've gone through in the course, we might have a better idea of where to start.
by bentheimmigrant
Wed May 14, 2008 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Physics] Time Travel
Replies: 70
Views: 8013

Re: [Physics] Time Travel

Time travel has no place in rational theory. (excluding, of course, moving forward in it) But if someone were to build a wormhole generator, and be able to transport one end of the wormhole close to a black hole, surely time would be traveling slower at that end than the other, and therefore passin...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed May 14, 2008 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: floating in a liquid
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: floating in a liquid

First do the force balance that hawknc gave. However, there is a second upwards force, the buoyancy of the solid. This is the weight of the liquid displaced by the solid. To find the relationship to be used for the drag coefficient, you need to find the Reynold's number relative to the solid: Re= \f...
by bentheimmigrant
Wed May 14, 2008 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Potato Cannon Science
Replies: 6
Views: 1272

Re: Potato Cannon Science

In terms of the combustion, you're probably looking at the same kind of calculations Mechanical Engineers do for pistons in combustion engines. It's ugly to say the least. Taking some references from a report I did last year for university: Benson, R.S.; 1982; The Thermodynamics and Gas Dynamics of ...
by bentheimmigrant
Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)
Replies: 15
Views: 2624

Re: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)

So far, the suggested formulae haven't taken the radii of the meatballs into account. Surely that's necessary? The separation of their centres of mass is not the same as the distance between their surfaces. But that would be needlessly difficult for a mathematical model like this... A radius of 2cm...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)
Replies: 15
Views: 2624

Re: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)

Hmm. G is given in meters 3 /[kg sec 2 , so G X mass has units meters 3 /sec 2 ]. Then distance 4 / [G X mass ] has units meters X sec 2 whose square root does not have units of seconds. My best guess as to the mistake is in setting up the solution of the last equation in your source. This equation...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 35370

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

I'm kind of surprised I've heard no mention of 'Tungsten carbide drills? What the bloody 'ell's tungsten carbide drills?' (answer: 'It's something they use in coal mining, father.') I fear the "drill" part reduces the sciencey-ness. Anything with nano works pretty well: nanorobotics nanof...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42192

Re: Illegal Immigration.

My point is that the employers may not be able to afford to pay minimum wage, and certain parts of the economy MAY be propped up by this cheap labor. It could be extremely damaging to get rid of it. Or... Illegal immigrants have been used as a crutch, reducing the presence of illegals would force t...
by bentheimmigrant
Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)
Replies: 15
Views: 2624

Re: Gravitation question (small objects attracting each other)

Well... Start here: http://www.geocities.com/physics_world/mech/two_accel.htm I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong on that page... So now you need to separate the differentials and integrate twice between r and 0, and t and 0... t=sqrt(r 4 (1/(6G(m 1 +m 2 )) tada!!!!!! Well it looks right to me, bu...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42192

Re: Illegal Immigration.

I apologize if I raise a point that was gone over 102 posts ago, but it seems to me that another major economic issue of making I.I.'s legal is that they would suddenly be entitled to minimum wage. Now I'm not saying it's right, but many farmers and such who employ them as cheap labor rely on the ch...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Those "school was really easy for me" people
Replies: 63
Views: 9571

Re: Those "school was really easy for me" people

I find it depends on interest and understanding. I did not have to study for Science or Math because as it was taught, I naturally developed an understanding. All other classes were treated the same. And so I got straight A's in Math and Science, and C's in everything else. But because of the school...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I want to be a scientist (am I crazy?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1926

Re: I want to be a scientist (am I crazy?)

Equating scientist and high pay (or low pay) is like trying to compare rectangles and squares. Sometimes they are, sometimes no. It all depends on what you do, how far you take it, and where you live. If you want a butt-load of money, follow through to a PhD in a relevant field (like pharmaceuticals...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anarcho-primitivists on the internet
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Anarcho-primitivists on the internet

I used to work with one... I guess anarcho-primitivist (yes I copied and pasted) would be the best way of describing him. He was very nice, and was trying to figure out the practicalities of living in less structured communes. He didn't necessarily want to go back to "the wilderness", but ...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2416496

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Howdy... I'm Ben... And I'm a foreigner wherever I go (because I'm an Englishman with an American accent). Ummm.... I study Chemical Engineering... Yeah. That's about it at the moment. I stumbled upon the comic when I was first RickRolled a couple days ago (I couldn't stop laughing for ages). Anyway...
by bentheimmigrant
Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 35370

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

I like "zeolites". I had a bizarre Russian lecturer who only wanted to talk about them... We had to do a report for him on "dehydroisomerisation"... It seems that my Firefox spell check complains about those. I find it strange that quantum physics is cutting edge, but a lot of qu...

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