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by doogly
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5926

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

There is a great deal of fantastic modern and abstract art, but Rothko is well and truly useless.
by doogly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A poem for a day
Replies: 91
Views: 35605

Re: A poem for a day

Spawn of Fantasies Silting the appraisable Pig Cupid his rosy snout Rooting erotic garbage “Once upon a time” Pulls a weed white and star-topped Among wild oats sewn in mucous-membrane I would an eye in a bengal light Eternity in a sky-rocket Constellations in an ocean Whose rivers run no fresher Th...
by doogly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 481
Views: 229089

Re: Recommend a book

For a homework assignment I need to compare and contrast a good blag with a bad blag. The good blag is obvious, but I could not think of any bad blags. Do you have any recommendations? P.S. $5 says you cannot say 'bad blag' 10 times fast. https://motls.blogspot.com/ It is notoriously terrible among...
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Magic needs rules if you are making a DnD sourcebook. For other purposes, this is much less important.

Ranbot wrote:
doogly wrote:Mostly it's not the setting that does it for me...
So what does? Apart from the niche of 19th century Russia...

Psychological insight, emotional evocation.
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Mostly it's not the setting that does it for me, but it's true that I've never read a book set in 19th century Russia that I didn't like.
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

wait so what you're trying to tell me is that one's taste in literature is a matter of taste

i was not ready for a truth of this magnitude before my third cup of coffee
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

The Handmaid's Tale and Harry Potter are great examples of things I find profoundly uninteresting, yes.
by doogly
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

That is literally the least interesting part of a story.
by doogly
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Also legit.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Vegetarianism

Kit. wrote:What is missing here is some excuses for not applying this "inflicting suffering is immoral" to procreation itself.

Seriously, you have no idea how many field mice get killed when I do this.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Vegetarianism

elasto wrote:As pointed out, veganism is certainly more ethical than vegetarianism.

Maybe some people are certain of that. Probably just vegans though.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1647

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

It is good to realize that the standards by which we judge, evaluate and incorporate our notions of truth, morality, etc, are purely aesthetic.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Vegetarianism

Also, screw you for saying abortion is immoral. I don't quite understand what you mean. Are you saying you want abortions to happen? The best alternatives to an abortion would require a time machine, and while those would be helpful here, they have so many other down sides that I think we're defini...
by doogly
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Vegetarianism

FlatAssembler wrote:It's hard to argue that abortion is moral


I absolutely do not break a sweat.


Also you are guessing at why people eat meat very poorly. It is not the best guessing. You should try other guesses.
by doogly
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I don't see what's so absurd about that, and I'm pretty sure a fair number of other people don't either. There are also a fair number of people who don't see what's so absurd about flat earth theory. A flat earth is not dismissably absurd, it's *demonstrably* wrong. You have to leave the house to d...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Oh so this is like a game where you are defining what a soul could be like? I totally dig this kind of game. Game, yes. But not in the sense of a children's amusement. More like war game, or language game, or game theory Right, big kid amusement. So then if your blog post is jumping in and playing ...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Oh so this is like a game where you are defining what a soul could be like? I totally dig this kind of game.
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Have you tried plugging it in?
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I don't argue that a Turing machine can't be conscious. I argue that specific types of Turing machines are unlikely to be conscious. That is even weirder. But I don't see how there can be continuity of consciousness in highly discretized processes in a system. I don't see how that matters for anyth...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Yeah I feel like it is absurd to suggest that there is something magic about the wet carbon in your brain that contributes to consciousness in a way that the exact same processing executing in silicon or abacus would lack. I don't think it would be terribly likely to get the same processes executed ...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3360

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Nah, a good part of this is definitely arguments from incredulity. You don't believe that consciousness can be embodied in "unlikely" mediums (repeatedly calling the idea "patently absurd"), like a Turing machine. I don't make this argument. Several of your later "refutatio...
by doogly
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hi! Looking for someone, no, I am not a bot or something
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Hi! Looking for someone, no, I am not a bot or something

Soupspoon wrote:(not admins who maybe could scrape it from the forum backend DB, but probably ought not to)

There's always bribes. You could try bribes.
by doogly
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone remember the story about the disabled village?
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: Does anyone remember the story about the disabled village?

Sizik wrote:
adamrobbins2018 wrote:And aparently the doctors gave the people wheely-braces for their backs so they could walk around bent backwards or something.

You'd think it would be easier and more comfortable to just give them wheelchairs like everyone else.

What? A morality play is overwrought? No, no, I refuse to believe it.
by doogly
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: "Generalized" polygons?

There is a really neat history of Euler's work on this:
https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0510054

Euler was a beast.
by doogly
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 936

Re: Word Based Consciousness

Yeah, there is a certain appeal to this line of theorizing, but as Phorrest has said, very discredited.
by doogly
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

It's a question of font. Every beta I see looks like that eszett though.
by doogly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27985

Re: Libertarianism

Tyndmyr wrote:I definitely think that personal ownership should remain an option.

I'm sticking with all property is theft.
by doogly
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.

OK I would roll up the sleeves and get started on some Solving Difficult Problems. I highly recommend Mechanics - Kleppner and Kolenkow Electricity and Magnetism - Purcell Calculus - Spivak I spent quality time with the first two when actually learning them. Spivak's Calculus I was too late to the p...
by doogly
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The theory of everything shouldn't exist
Replies: 11
Views: 1221

Re: The theory of everything shouldn't exist

OP is never coming back. Pour one out for OP.
by doogly
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The theory of everything shouldn't exist
Replies: 11
Views: 1221

Re: The theory of everything shouldn't exist

There is no reason why things exist. It is empirical.
by doogly
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2524

Re: Travel advice/questions

They have like 0 mountains. Some waffles and beer though, so there's that?
by doogly
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2152948

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Excellent!
by doogly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7262
Views: 542928

Re: Trump presidency

ObsessoMom wrote:John McCain's full statement on the Helsinki Summit press conference is a thing of beauty.

Unlike his voting record
snapppppppppppppppp
by doogly
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28504
Views: 3067967

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

English does sometimes use the word "check" with that meaning too. At a restaurant for example, "check please" is a request for them to bring you the bill, not a request for them to pay you by check or something. Only in the US, for the record. Yeah, that's where English is spok...
by doogly
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7262
Views: 542928

Re: Trump presidency

gmalivuk wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:Socially liberal/fiscally conservative

"I don't think LGBT kids kicked out of the house should die because they're queer, I think they should die because they're homeless."

That's excellent.
by doogly
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 2557

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

Right, the hard one is a bias towards "whatever I was just on."
by doogly
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 2557

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

You give the probability of flipping as y, but let's use x=1-y, the probability it is undisturbed on a given day. So the probability it is never flipped over your entire n day vacation is now simple to calculate, it is x^n And the probability of at least one flip is 1-x^n As long as there has been a...
by doogly
Tue May 29, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

ucim wrote:Hmmm.... the number of quantum states in the universe? (Well, quantum mechanics is absurd in itself!)

It's just 1 though!
by doogly
Mon May 21, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A fourth type of average?
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: A fourth type of average?

Soupspoon wrote:Mr Mean

Not to be confused with Mr Green :mrgreen:
by doogly
Mon May 21, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A fourth type of average?
Replies: 9
Views: 3739

Re: A fourth type of average?

You do not have to assume the other ones, they're right there in the first post.

Shoutout to the harmonic mean also, while we're at it.

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