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by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

SCIENCE BUTTON PRESSED!

YARRRR
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

That is not proof! Statistical evidence can only say, "The data strongly support conclusion A." Support is not proof.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13049

Thats somewhat reasonable... when considering doctors we will be referring to a guy on his first internship with over 100k of college loans from this point on. Sure. However consider how I came up with my definition. I thought what is the most common thing that comes to a high school kids mind when...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

Um, I think you just broke science. I think you might not know what science is. In science, theories cannot be proven true--only disproved. To make established science fit your paradigm, you would have to introduce a fuzzy new axiom of logic that stated, "A large body of evidence which strongl...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reason Magazine: Romney Torture and Teens
Replies: 39
Views: 4908

Another angle on the depravity of this place is that these parents are allowing themselves to deny their own weakness and inability to deal with common issues by passing it off as their children's fault. That's disgusting: they'll pay God-knows-how-much to send their kids to this place, but they won...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13049

Please. "I deserve money because I deal with people" is never correct. Your average cashier slave gets far less respect than a doctor and can't even begin to compare their salaries on a meaningful level. thats because the doctor spent 10+ years learning an incredibly difficult field. comp...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is this the same Dick Cheney?
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

The depths of human depravity never ceases to amaze me. I also feel as if the media has seriously, seriously failed us. I don't remember hearing anything about this video before the invasion. Having it publicized would have definitely been a huge blow to Bush's credibility, and the Democrats might ...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8252

But those highest-level laws would also be part of the laws of nature.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13049

It would be like a marathon runner running for 70+ hours per week, week in and week out -- eventually the runner would just break. haha. i'd like to see someone complete a single 70-hour week of running. the most any elite runner has ever claimed to have done in training is a 350-mile week. at a re...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13049

I don't believe you. And no hospital would let you. I can't prove my intentions. We just have to wait :lol: Neurosurgery is serious business--when evaluating your usefulness as a neurosurgeon, there are more important factors to consider than how much surgery you do. The idea is that doing surgery ...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8252

My point is that they have to be self-referential, because they're the highest order of law by definition--anything that modifies them is itself part of the governing laws.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Capital letter pi
Replies: 25
Views: 6493

Well spotted. That's what led the OP to deduce that the capital pi meant product.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More "The future is arriving"
Replies: 1
Views: 1379

I would take you, but my rocket belt seats exactly one.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8252

So I really need to take a high-level course on logic. I think we had a similar argument from another angle with the Law of Excluded Middle, Yakk. One of my main arguments was that the LoEM just intuitively makes sense--I saw no reason to discard it, and I only know one internally consistent system ...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 756*
Replies: 46
Views: 7200

Nobody is saying that MLB should officially put an asterisk by Bonds' name. That requires even more substantiation than has already been supplied. But everyone knows. CAT? How are you gentlemen! (They were CATS.) You Can't Escape The Large Text Baron Just By Hiding In A Baseball Thread.
by Pathway
Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich People Who Don't Feel Rich
Replies: 110
Views: 13049

Brilliant people shouldn't be working to get more money though VT. True. But they should be working. Money is what we use to make sure they do. Regarding those unfortunate, pitiable Silicon Valley millionaires: Violent Acres has an interesting perspective. (Although there's more to life than sittin...
by Pathway
Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 756*
Replies: 46
Views: 7200

quote By this reasoning ALL baseball stats should have an asterisk by them, because ALL baseball players MAY have done SOMETHING to give themselves an unfair advantage at SOME point in their careers. That kind of removes the purpose of an asterisk, doesn't it? Until he has been PROVEN guilty, you ar...
by Pathway
Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finally, the Future is arriving.
Replies: 43
Views: 9566

quote Also, wouldn't it suck if it ran out of gas? A car you can push to a gas pump, or if it runs out unexpectedly and far from a gas station then you have momentum you can use to get to a safe place to park while you get more gas. But this thing would just fall to the ground, skid a few times (rui...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: DVD Burning from VIDEO_TS folders
Replies: 2
Views: 1556

DVD Burning from VIDEO_TS folders

My uncle recently copied a DVD to his hard drive with DVD Decrypter, and then returned it to the friend he borrowed it from. That friend is several thousand miles away. Presumably, so is the DVD. Unfortunately he didn't copy it in .iso format--DVD Decrypter's default setting is to save the DVD as se...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that you're disappointed in after having finished.
Replies: 212
Views: 31066

Ok, so I just finished a book that didn't disappoint me so much as piss me off. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Has anyone read it? In the writing, he treats it like a memoir, or a collection of stories that tell his experiences in the Vietnam war. This was kind of ruined for me right off t...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8252

I am so on the fence about this, it's not even funny. I haven't even voted yet. To summarize: Both groups agree that this particular universe is governed by natural law. Necessitarians say this is the inevitable--or, if you will, 'necessary'--condition of any universe. Regularists say this is a feat...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight
Replies: 74
Views: 11891

This is the literary equivalent of putting a severed head on a pike. That isn't quite fair. The act of placing a severed head on a pike has a clear effect on those who become aware of its having taken place. This effect corresponds remarkably well to that which is intended by the placer of said hea...
by Pathway
Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8252

Yakk is genuinely neither. He's arguing (stop me if I'm wrong here, Yakk) that there is in fact no difference between the views of Necessitarians and those of Regularists, because their consequences are the same. I don't share his belief that if an idea would have no real-world consequences, then it...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight
Replies: 74
Views: 11891

I could not finish the part where the first soldier dies. I stopped at "Kiss the fleeting steed of death, wretch." Let it be known that I believe in reading the original wherever possible--authorial intent is precious to me. Ordinarily, that is. In this case, authorial intent is an abomina...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Milgram Experiment
Replies: 23
Views: 5054

by Pathway
Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 39916

Right now it stands at five votes for age 4 and one each for 5 and 6.

I think you should scrap this and create a poll with options for ages three and (perhaps) two.
by Pathway
Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15787

quote Douglas Adams. Followed by Neil Gaiman, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and Roger Zelazny. Herbert doesn't count becuase I don't like any of his work except Dune. And only Dune, none of those sequel things. That breaks my heart. You need to distinguish between his sequels and those written by his s...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smart vs. Intelligent
Replies: 62
Views: 7968

I've never really thought of smart vs. intelligent, but more of the different kinds of intelligence a person could have. Quick and resourceful thinking, skill with math, verbal skills, creativity, how to work with others, common sense ... People who do well because they are smart enough to figure o...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Levitating
Replies: 56
Views: 7908

Cheese wrote:
Trevor wrote:Lysergic acid diethylamide might make you have hella fun.

Okay, re-fix'd


Re-re-fix'd.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12939

"Is that your judgment or God's judgment?"

"Both."

hahaaaaaa

I mean, of course it's God's judgment. I believe this is right. God must too.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smart vs. Intelligent
Replies: 62
Views: 7968

quote I can think much quicker than nearly everyone I know, and have a knack for picking up and applying knowledge; however, I can't seem to make effort happen. I don't know why this is, but it is true and I wish I could change it. Have you started college yet? That's a huge jump. If you're not putt...
by Pathway
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conservapedia, awesome
Replies: 52
Views: 7956

Dibley wrote:
Pathway wrote:
Dibley wrote:In other words, your claim is sufficiently doubtful that we want proof.


Them's fighting words.


I now live in morbid fear of the gang of transsexual geniuses that are plotting my doom.


No, no, that wasn't "I am plotting your doom." That was approval.
by Pathway
Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So a while back
Replies: 6
Views: 1046

I don't know what you're talking about--but you might try Jorge Luis Borges for the original Library of Babel story . Also, keep in mind that you can narrow searches down a bit by displaying individual posts instead of threads. edit: not what you're looking for. however, in the forty-five seconds it...
by Pathway
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conservapedia, awesome
Replies: 52
Views: 7956

Dibley wrote:In other words, your claim is sufficiently doubtful that we want proof.


Them's fighting words.
by Pathway
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0297: "Lisp Cycles"
Replies: 86
Views: 25550

joeframbach wrote:I wonder what a paren would be like if it were a physical object.


Ever play Nethack?
by Pathway
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0297: "Lisp Cycles"
Replies: 86
Views: 25550

It isn't drawn on notebook paper anymore, that's for sure.

I'm thinking A4. :P
by Pathway
Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random Number
Replies: 23
Views: 8451

TheKhakinator wrote:I usually think that over 2 years gap is too much when you're in teens.


18^1.05 = 20.79...

15^1.05 = 17.17...

12^1.05 = 13.59...

I think it works very well.
by Pathway
Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Levitating
Replies: 56
Views: 7908

I saw this on TV. The meditator had his cane on the ground, and was levitating in midair.

...Actually, he had a chair to sit on. The chair was supported solely by his 'cane.'
by Pathway
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15787

David Foster Wallace. Not as easy to read as some others, but somehow that never matters.
by Pathway
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mechanics of pressups
Replies: 19
Views: 2615

Macbi wrote:Are we considering the energy needed to stop you falling backwards, or are we coming neatly to a stop when vertical?


With the minimum expenditure of energy, all angular momentum should be lost by the time you're perpendicular to the ground, right?

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