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by Philosophish
Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 475619

Re: Favorite home experiments

Anyway, what I'm really asking for (...) is where I might be able to obtain pressurised gas canisters of that kind of size (...) without too much in the way of monetary expenditure. Free, as it were. This made me lol. And think of Douglas Adams' HHGttG writing style. Hahahaha, I read this and went ...
by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: You must not say duck
Replies: 8258
Views: 790465

Re: You must not say duck

by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7696
Views: 744768

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yes. Lego is baus.

An empty CD-R?
by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is morality a bad thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 11274

Re: Is morality a bad thing?

Just replace every judgement with a hypothetical imperative (if ... , then ... - structure) "X should be the case" is a judgement of value, meaning that you value X over anything non-X, implying a moral superiority. However, stating that "If we'd like Y to be the case, then X should b...
by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could cancer be good?
Replies: 120
Views: 22672

Re: Could cancer be good?

Because... that's not how biology works? I'm not a biologist, but: A complex array of overlapping systems, each with its individual tasks--all of which, when combined, produces the ongoing process that we call 'life'--is probably not going to be helped by a mutated, out-of-step cell that's followin...
by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 26104

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Age old question, indeed, but being a philosopher myself, I'd have to go for a Spinoza-approach on this one, which basically entails that: There is no inherent right in objects. Rights are boundaries laid down upon us, being self-aware, by our fellow members of any form of community (from classrooms...
by Philosophish
Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 18600

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

The thing is, simply, that being one out of millions makes your influence practically insignificant. You have no noticeable influence on the eventual outcome, just as a meteor hitting the earth has no influence on its orbit. this leaves us with the only counterargument one may make: "what if ev...
by Philosophish
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fat children => child maltreatment?
Replies: 43
Views: 7976

Re: Fat children => child maltreatment?

Well, Feeding your kid unhealthy food counts as maltreatment IMHO, but the question becomes where the line lies between this maltreatment and the affiliation of the kid's body - basically: how can you know a kid is fat because of the food it gets instead of the way his body processes it? I myself, f...
by Philosophish
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53478

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

how delightfully primitive of you. "My dick is bigger than yours" is basically what you just said. Holland is small, yes. What's your point? And why would it become impractical? And would that impracticality weigh up against the benefits? If I would run a country, I expect immigrants to l...
by Philosophish
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53478

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

And non-native speakers should IMHO accustom to the territory they migrate to ("When in Rome, do as Romans do"). In Holland immigrants are by law required to learn our language and cultural customs. So if you're not a native speaker, you should at first learn the language before you can h...
by Philosophish
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53478

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

I'd rather let them vote and exclude anyone who says that others are too stupid to vote. You must think people are stupid for holding those positions. So either A) Geert Wilders is stupid, or B) he's lying to get votes. That is by far not what I said. I did not say a word on what political party is...
by Philosophish
Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53478

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

The 1890's South just called and they'd like you to return their terribly effective ways to purposefully disenfranchise the poor and non-native speakers. Being poor does not relate to having knowledge about politics. And non-native speakers should IMHO accustom to the territory they migrate to (&qu...
by Philosophish
Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Not everyone should be allowed to vote...
Replies: 0
Views: 2060

Not everyone should be allowed to vote...

I'm sorry about reposting this, but I really want your opinions on this, so here goes my little plea about not letting everyone vote. I thought it was odd that you didn't post this in the immediately adjacent thread on the topics of voting rights. Then I noticed that you did post there, but also fel...
by Philosophish
Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53478

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

It's a shame leadership is elected by the majority (read: the majority who can't even spell adequately. I don't know about you guys, but I study at a University in Holland and still 40% of my classmates can't apply correct grammar. It's sad, really). The thing is, here in Holland parties like that o...
by Philosophish
Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28072

Re: Free will, determinism, QM and all that jazz

I've long maintained that determinism and free will coexist in our mechanical universe. Here is the probably confusing thought experiment I usually use: Today happened, but then a wizard reverses time back to 12:01 and everything that happened in this 24-hour period is undone. Today again proceeds ...
by Philosophish
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28565

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

In a computer you can install your hard drives in various manners, including the method of RAID and JBOD. To enhance data-safety by making disks share data; RAID ('Redundant Array of Independent Disks' (and even worse, originally it was 'Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks')). As opposed to the tra...
by Philosophish
Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 475619

Re: Favorite home experiments

Rook wrote:Anyway, what I'm really asking for (...) is where I might be able to obtain pressurised gas canisters of that kind of size (...) without too much in the way of monetary expenditure. Free, as it were.

This made me lol.

And think of Douglas Adams' HHGttG writing style.
by Philosophish
Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 26934

Re: Thought-Expermient that (dis)proves Free Will?

But causality implies they could.
by Philosophish
Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 26934

Thought-Expermient that (dis)proves Free Will?

Dear you, First off; i cannot find a suitable place for this post, as there is no philosophy dept., but as it involves physics, I decided to post it here. If that is wrong, then I apologize, but implore the mods to create a a philosophy dept. Ok, so the thought experiment is as such; If we state tha...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: An alternative to evolution AND creation.
Replies: 123
Views: 13591

Re: An alternative to evolution AND creation.

You know what we need? Another side to this argument. Something new, something (...) Neanderthals were actually a different sub-species that has yet to differentiate itself from regular humans. Or better yet, they were descendants of one of the time travelers who just happened to be butt-ugly. Disc...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Rules of Life
Replies: 138
Views: 13925

Re: The Rules of Life

This thread is dedicated to posting the "Rules of Life" you have gathered in your many (or few) experiences. I'll start. 2. Being smart or strong doesn't make you superior to others any more than having an expensive Swiss Army Knife does. It just better prepares you for certain tasks. hav...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2781629

Re:

Um, I have a slight paranoia about the number 23. See, my bus number is 23, my birthday is May 18 (5+18 ), the other day I saw a guy reading "Dante's Inferno" and the book had 23 written on it, every time I clock a a clock it's xx:23, I do calculations in my head every time I see a series...
by Philosophish
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infinity; real or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 3387

Re: Infinity; real or not?

The last I heard (which is quite a while ago) we're not even sure whether the universe is open (infinite extent), or closed (finite volume). From what I have read in the past, the evidence seems to point to the universe being open. closed, yet growing. scientists suspected that the big babg created...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infinity; real or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 3387

Re: Infinity; real or not?

Which infinity are we talking about here? the physical infinity. thanks for pointing this out! And for the record, the answer to the "what's beyond the end of space?" question, according to my theoretical physicist roommate, is something along the lines with "there isn't a end to spa...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28072

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

what if you approach this issue with false premises? what if teh way we are constructed is too limited for us to understand these matters? we can all agree that we can call it '(un)deterministic', because of our perspectives, interpretations and the rules we have set up due to these (we call it (un)...
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 7zip Matryoshka
Replies: 164
Views: 27061

Re: 7zip Matryoshka

stuck on #5
by Philosophish
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infinity; real or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 3387

Infinity; real or not?

XKCD members, first off; i couldn't find a philosophy dept. so i hope this is posted correctly (if not; i plegde for such a dept. and this thread may be moved appropriately). ok; i have been struggling with questions like this one for years; it's my gift of being able to analyse extremely well, as w...

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