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by nash1429
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What's the difference between man and animals?
Replies: 135
Views: 14948

Re: What's the difference between man and animals?

As far as sentience goes, if we were ruled by instinct, would we realize it? After all, our worldview would be defined by our instincts. As I understand it, the majority of the frontal lobe (the essential difference between our brains and those of apes) works to allow us to avoid instant gratificati...
by nash1429
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:44 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

It seems that we generally agree on two things: a) The current high school math education system SUCKS (perhaps some don't feel quite as strongly, but at the very least it can be improved). b) Logic is valuable and should be taught in high school. I just don't see why adding logic necessitates the r...
by nash1429
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The most versatile undergraduate major
Replies: 18
Views: 3380

Re: The most versatile undergraduate major

I'm going to go out on a limb and point out that your undergrad degree really doesn't matter in terms of getting a job. The best software engineer I know is an English major and I know a few history majors in EE. I think going on to grad school is the only time the specific major matters. Employers...
by nash1429
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes
Replies: 51
Views: 8145

Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Fill me in on your definition of "creepy." To me, it seems like when you apply the word to human behavior (as opposed to spiders), there is a strong judgmental overtone to it. E.g., "that guy is so creepy! He looks like a rapist!" Or, "that guy sends shivers down my spine! ...
by nash1429
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

Even in college logic is often taught by the philosophy department, which generally fits in more with English and history classes. And arguing against teaching logic in English classes on the gounds that they do not already include it in the curriculum is rather stupid in a forum that is already abo...
by nash1429
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unschooling
Replies: 25
Views: 4664

Re: Unschooling

Unless you want a society full of people who, say, can't work out how much change they're owed, or can handle Further Maths but are unable to read and write, or whose understanding of chemistry comes to an abrupt halt the moment you reach, say, the makeup of the atom,this seems to me a really, real...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

I doubt that one very much. There are too many logical fallacy going around in informal arguments, like denying the antecedent. Well certainly when people try to formalize their logic it turns out rather ugly, I always thought of it more as a symptom of general ignorance and stupidity in society. B...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

The fact that trigonometry has its own course is absurd. It doesn't have its own course, it is taught as part of an introductory analytic geometry course, and it is just as much a part of the subject as conics, differentiation, and integration. which you have backwardsThat is definitely embarrassin...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The most versatile undergraduate major
Replies: 18
Views: 3380

Re: The most versatile undergraduate major

You could become a research assistant with a B.S., but this is not really a career-type job. Engineering is you best bet both for mixing math and sciences and for making money. Chemical engineering is the highest grossing major straight out of school, followed closely by aeronautical engineering (bo...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:12 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

The limits are used in analytic geometry: those deltas and epsilons (which you have backwards) are usually referring to accuracy levels around coordinates on axes. And trigonometry is just as essential to analytic geometry as conics (these topics are usually taught in the same course anyway), yet I ...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unschooling
Replies: 25
Views: 4664

Re: Unschooling

I think an interesting note would be the specific merits of this with "gifted" students, it seems the students who are already inclined to learn as much as possible would gain the most from a less structured(not unstructured) curriculum. Wasn't there a great article someone posted recentl...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes
Replies: 51
Views: 8145

Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Last year (8th grade) and the year before that, I knew plenty of kids who dated. It's by no means uncommon. And I, for that matter, find it creepy as well. In my experience this depends very much on you definition of "date" (and "plenty"): How long do they have to be together? W...
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes
Replies: 51
Views: 8145

Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Perhaps a more relevent question is whether or not what middle schoolers do actually counts as dating. I think that on very rare occcasions it does, but is that not creepy anyway?
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Does anyone else create formulae on the spot?
Replies: 21
Views: 3070

Re: Does anyone else create formulae on the spot?

It's also cool when nobody around you remembers any of their fifth-grade algebra and you seem like some sorta wizard by being able to re-tool recipes on the fly. I believe by "cool" you mean "disgusting." Seriously, some of the math that people get amazed at-being able to calcul...
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unschooling
Replies: 25
Views: 4664

Re: Unschooling

It is certainly a good idea to allow students to more extensively study subjects they are interested in, but not to the exclusion of other topics. If it is a good idea to only learn information when it becomes expedient why do people go to college to get degrees in specific topics related to their f...
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

Trigonometry is part of introductory analytic geometry, which is necessary for calculus. Unless you have sufficiently advanced geometry and algebra II classes that you can teach most of this analytic geometry, you need to have it in a seperate class. At any rate, pre-calculus classes are generally u...
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unschooling
Replies: 25
Views: 4664

Re: Unschooling

Dthen wrote:As a home educated child (of 15 years, so barely) who has done similar, I shall be watching this thread with interest.


Actually unschooled or just loosely homeschooled? The philosophy described by the OP actually involves making NO attempt to teach anything to children.
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Trigonometry and Logic
Replies: 40
Views: 5213

Re: Trigonometry and Logic

Parts of logic and proofs and such should simply be taught throughout students' math education. We teach calculation, not math. I don't see how mathemtical logic/reasoning will be useful to people who don't go to college (these people are either smart and can make something of themselves without a f...
by nash1429
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Unschooling
Replies: 25
Views: 4664

Re: Unschooling

This is an unbelievably horrible idea. No one can truly enjoy and understand (or understand their lack of understanding) anything in a given academic subject without at least a few years of being required to study it.
by nash1429
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Scholarships
Replies: 18
Views: 3452

Re: Scholarships

The FAFSA does not have a February deadline, but you should definitely apply as early as possible, even if you need to estimate your or your parents' tax information to do so. The priority deadline is school/state specific (mine is in February, I did not realize it wasn't nationwide). They will som...
by nash1429
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Scholarships
Replies: 18
Views: 3452

Re: Scholarships

Most of my tuition came from the FAFSA (I am in a rather convenient financial position of not having money but also not having many expenses by temporarily living with relatives). The FAFSA has a February deadline, but you should apply earlier because they are prioritized. The application only took ...
by nash1429
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Thank you for #435
Replies: 42
Views: 5398

Re: Thank you for #435

I really don't think Gladwell ever frames the 10,000-Hour Rule that strongly, granted I have only read part of Outliers and it was quite a while ago when I did. I interpreted the 10,000-Hour Rule as being more of a generalization. He is never too explicit about framing it as a law of nature but he ...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Thank you for #435
Replies: 42
Views: 5398

Re: Thank you for #435

Right. The claim that anybody can do X if they work hard enough is pretty unhelpful, because the amount of work that counts as "hard enough" could vary by orders of magnitude between individuals, which makes it pretty easy for one person to do it and effectively impossible for another. Ma...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Thank you for #435
Replies: 42
Views: 5398

Re: Thank you for #435

I've heard about differences in brain structure between men and women (e.g. men tend to be better at visual-spatial thinking), and theories that men might be better-wired for math... But I haven't really seen any evidence of this in the real world. My Calc BC class was ~80% women. :P (Though that's...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0021: "Kepler"
Replies: 7
Views: 4791

Re: "Kepler" Discussion (#21)

Wow, this one took me a while. I think it's been almost a year since I first read the strip, and it has bugged me on an off ever since. I had thought that it was a joke about Kepler himself, and didn't see the "sweeps out the same area" pun.
by nash1429
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16693

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

because qunatum mechanics=telepathy/free will/God :wink:
by nash1429
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16693

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

there is someone who made a big change like newton and they become the big talk of the masses that genius guy I don't think that anyone has ever reached Einstein's level among the masses. When we read biographies of scientists they often make it seem like their accomplishments are well known by the...
by nash1429
Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16693

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

Perhaps the only truly famous scientist was Einstein. While I have never observed it, I seem to have quite often heard of people not knowing what physics is, and generally the same people seem ignorant of figures like Newton, Heisenberg, or Schrodinger. All three of those people made breakthroughs s...
by nash1429
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How does one finish high school at 10?
Replies: 55
Views: 8913

Re: How does one finish high school at 10?

Rilian wrote:I don't remember reading anything well-written in anything called an "english class". They only make you read trash.


Care to elaborate? What books do you consider well-written as opposed to trash?
by nash1429
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things for College
Replies: 12
Views: 2432

Re: Things for College

Application forms ask for both for the years you have done these activities and the approximate number of hours per week you put into them This part of my application (University of Washington) was fairly minor (listing and describing accomplishments in high school) whereas the essays allowed for a...
by nash1429
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:10 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Need help with desk fan problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1213

Re: Need help with desk fan problem

Personally, I rather like the sci-fi aspect of bladeless fans (http://twistedsifter.com/2009/10/bladeless-fan-by-dyson/), although I don't completely buy the argument that smoother airflow is better and from my own observation I doubt their ability to get a nice sized breeze moving.
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: University Physics
Replies: 6
Views: 1712

Re: University Physics

Omegaton wrote:I took Econ I and Econ II simultaneously


As I understand it, Econ I and Econ II often cover very different and only loosely related material.
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things for College
Replies: 12
Views: 2432

Re: Things for College

In my own experience of college admissions, it is possible to create the illusion of being extremely involved in your community by being able to talk about a few minor activities that you have done and describe in great detail that activities' (possibly very slight) impacts on you. Remember that adm...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature
Replies: 15
Views: 3011

Re: Teaching language and argument: Logic over Literature

I have long thought that English classes whould focus on providing a deep cultural background for students rather than teaching them critical analysis. Literature, while providing a valuable media for such veiled expression as allegory, is MADE UP. It does not directly reflect the real world. Math a...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Responses
Replies: 8
Views: 2399

Re: Awesome Responses

My extremely epic pre-calc teacher has decided (rightly) that ellipses with horizontal major axes centered on the origin look like footballs, and being the most diehard Notre Dame fan on the planet, requires all of his students to label the quadrants ND#1. Supposedly, someone once put ND#_ (the team...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Need help with desk fan problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1213

Re: Need help with desk fan problem

Prop planes work with two opposite blades. Your brother's solution may actually have worked better by leaving one more blade to move air. Of course, your solution probably looks better.
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 7145

Re: How many organisms can be coded using DNA?

I don't think the third option counts as an organism, since an organism is by definition alive , and things that are alive need to at least do the food-to-energy thing and a few other things... Fair. Which leads the question to be unanswerable for another reason: we don't know enough about the geno...
by nash1429
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16693

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

I can promise you that WAYYY more people are familiar with Carl Segan than Feynman. Why do you think that you know what other people think better than we do? While Fooliam's statement is pretentious, I think that it is perhaps true that certain people on xkcd boards have forgotten what goes on in t...
by nash1429
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What exactly do you do for math research projects?
Replies: 19
Views: 4296

Re: What exactly do you do for math research projects?

silverhammermba wrote:I spent most of my time just cranking out thousands of examples on my computer


Convenient little things, computers. I always find it entertaining to read math books written before computers and calculators. Such quaint methods!
by nash1429
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 7145

Re: How many organisms can be coded using DNA?

I first read orgasms...does that label me something? I only know a few people who don't do this. I forgot to mention that I was reading a book called The Physics of Immortality by Tipler where the author claimed to have calculated this. I was a little skeptical of the answer he gave though since I ...

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