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by Sonic#
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 4188

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

Did you know that time moves four times faster for people born on leap days? Four years pass for every year they could be born, so in compensation their bodies age four times faster to cycle back to normal time. If you slow down your pace of speech by four times, they will understand you but think y...
by Sonic#
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 4711

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

For me, friendships are bound to form when there are two or more points of regular contact, at least one of which is voluntary. In college, this is often easy: (1) Class/club/circle of acquaintances; (2) You go do some other activity or activities together. After that, I've found friendship to be of...
by Sonic#
Mon May 01, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 5487

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

For some reason I can't help but think of FiveThirtyEight, with the caveat that some of its readers may be more overconfident about insights than Nate Silver himself, who admits the uncertainty inherit in many of his site's projects and estimates. Education seems at least somewhat resistant to algor...
by Sonic#
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 9810

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

What would it look like if Japan were the center of the map? I asked that because a lot of the distortion depends on what is at the center of the image, and the Pacific had a lot of space to be shrunk through. http://i.imgur.com/4ZhtwkD.png Original (imgur) Technique used: rescaled with Photoshop, E...
by Sonic#
Fri May 08, 2015 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 26337

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

How about English? Certainly the scientific community benefits from being able to communicate both to its own members and to members of the public. At the very least I would put English at the top of a second major degree-off. If asked to clarify, I'd put technical writing and rhetoric on top for i...
by Sonic#
Tue May 05, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 26337

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

How about English? Certainly the scientific community benefits from being able to communicate both to its own members and to members of the public. At the very least I would put English at the top of a second major degree-off. If asked to clarify, I'd put technical writing and rhetoric on top for im...
by Sonic#
Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

At this point we're repeating distinctions brought up earlier in the thread and not convincing each other. I will continue to maintain that you're misappropriating the argument by adding extraneous criteria; you will continue to maintain that those criteria are implicit to the argument. I don't have...
by Sonic#
Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

^ It doesn't literally state that, and I'm not claiming that God has some ontological qualities but not others. The ontological argument establishes that if you accept a particular definition of God, then the implications of that definition mean that God must exist not only as an idea but in reality...
by Sonic#
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

Logically several things can be at the same place on a scala, they aren't greater then all other things in that case but there is no reason why there has to be a unique greatest. True! And that's one way to object to Anselm's reasoning (which is influenced by monotheism and neoplatonism to imagine ...
by Sonic#
Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

The "no other being has" is wishful thinking. Logically, only one may be greater than all other things. So once again, it is internally consistent with the argument. You removed necessary parts of the argument to make a strawman argument. You've asserted a class called "ontologically...
by Sonic#
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

It doesn't result in the same wishful thinking. Doing what you've done removes the initial definition and assumes it pertains to any other object. Well, yeah. It's a strange assumption. If it holds true only in this ONE case, and not in any other, you maaaaybe want to justify why that is. He does. ...
by Sonic#
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

But it's still the same wishful thinking: "If you imagine a donut as existing in reality, then it exists in reality". Ontological argument is logically not based on any other "perfect" property of God. Its main (and fallacious) idea is that if we can imagine a sequence of: 0(<do...
by Sonic#
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

You'll notice you didn't quote the part where I added my more concrete defense - that virtually all of the premises require reference to unproven initial assumptions. I quoted your entire first post save "the argument is silly." I didn't address the last sentence of your post because my d...
by Sonic#
Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

I don't think that "every greatest property" is any better. It's not much better. My wording is not nearly as precise as either Anselm's or a formal logician's. To expand on that term, there is a set of qualities (some from Aristotle, some from other writers) that medieval philosophers ho...
by Sonic#
Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 35070

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

Most of the people in this thread are rejecting the ontological argument on grounds of triviality. However, they're violating its logic in order to do so, demonstrating a misunderstanding of its terms. For instance, It amounts to "if something can be conceived to exist in the mind as most excel...
by Sonic#
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 16961

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

A couple of commenters are committing an unsupportable assumption - that the text will survive indefinitely, or at least a very long time. What does it mean to survive as a quotable text? Not only does the text have to survive, but it has to be widespread and in current circulation. Languishing in a...
by Sonic#
Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 50378

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Great comic for a great battle. One funny part is that white is only a few decades away from winning. Possibly they thought Lear would not appeal to high school students, as it's mostly about the problems of old age. That's like saying that Macbeth is mostly about the problems of actuarial predictio...
by Sonic#
Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 51124

Re: 0914: "Ice"

The AAA is also the American Association of Anatomists. I assumed that he woke up in a tub of kidneys, only because it was amusing to think that she took his ice instead of his kidney.
by Sonic#
Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 38755

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Archaeoaeolotropic?

Somehow I can't find the word in the OED, but people keep citing it as a really long word. I assume (based on the likely etymology) that it's a geological term?
by Sonic#
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 53107

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

Highlights from the JFK speech: For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace: the penis-shaped obelisk. We have vowed that we shall not see...
by Sonic#
Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 380
Views: 71771

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

But to what end do we seek these other interpretations of a work? You can't say, of course, that this new interpretation is something that the author advocates. You can use it as a way of citing the text in support of whatever ideas you want it to support -- which makes it meaningless. Certainly th...
by Sonic#
Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 380
Views: 71771

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

I agree that most intelligent people could write a decent paper, but whether they could write a decent, original paper which makes links to the most relevant texts to the argument being made is open to question, and surely this is what English is about - learning what's been said, learning what app...
by Sonic#
Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I saw it on the telly, I want one.
Replies: 68
Views: 9040

Oh and I also want an Enterprise. Any one will do, but the newer, the better, cause like, they rock. Yes! Or if I couldn't have that, I'd at least want the Millennium Falcon. Or the Delphinus. Or the Ragnarok from Final Fantasy 8. Or Serenity. Or Jean Luc Picard + Optimus Prime flying through space...
by Sonic#
Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 61816

Yes, in between the graffiti in the bathrooms and in library stalls, it is pretty amusing. Most of it is drivel, either racist, bigoted, or overtly Christian. I have two favorites. "I will be an architect 8/29/05. I will marry Scott. He loves me." I'm not sure if it's true or not... but I ...
by Sonic#
Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your handwriting!
Replies: 330
Views: 119693

http://web.utk.edu/~jhowar16/writing.JPG I write in print when doing math, and in cursive when doing any other subject. I'm faster in cursive, and it fits a comfortable pace with how I write. My print is slightly more legible though, and that becomes more important in math, where I don't type up ho...
by Sonic#
Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Embarrassing stories of youth.
Replies: 91
Views: 11336

(This took place when I was in 3rd Grade) I would always hang around with my brothers and their friends since it seemed fun. Well one time, we were eating dinner somewhere and my brother's friend was talking about how bad yesterday was. He kept saying f*** over and over. (They were 20 at the time.)...
by Sonic#
Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 425958

watched a part on this national geographic program that was based on this book. and now i want to read the book! its called guns, germs and steel: the fates of human societies by jared diamond. its actually pretty interesting if you are curious about a different view on the forming of cultures. oh,...
by Sonic#
Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Finals!
Replies: 9
Views: 3484

Indo-European Folktales Now that sounds awesome. What does it span? After two other math exams and an English exam on Monday and Tuesday, I have my Romantic Prose and Poetry I exam in an hour. It's not comprehensive, thank goodness, but there's still tons of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Austen, and Lady ...
by Sonic#
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Climate change? Noooo... Hey look, no snow on december!
Replies: 49
Views: 9923

There was a funny moment, shortly after Thanksgiving (late November), when we were in our math class, discussing order axioms. The people on the other side of the room are looking out the window and not paying attention, so the professor looks too. Snow coming down... not sticking, but just blowing ...
by Sonic#
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Calling all those in the US of A
Replies: 26
Views: 5356

Wikipedia does provide this, but it's understandably disputed because there is no true US standard adhered to anymore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Clothing_Sizes I've also seen a site describing the US size only two less than the UK size. http://www.ethicallyme.com/help_sizes.html So ...
by Sonic#
Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0195: "Map of the Internet"
Replies: 160
Views: 46087

Woo, party in block160 with... Sony! Hm, I'm pretty far out there.

I like looking at it kind of like a world map from an RPG or something... you have the overdeveloped northwestern continent, the desert continent I'm on, the rival state above... and the green spots are water. ^_^
by Sonic#
Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0182: "Nash"
Replies: 113
Views: 37913

I interpreted it as not being stable. Assume the starting point (two less-desirable girls) is the equilibrium. Now, if it's stable, as time goes on, the guys will always stay a certain distance (emotional, interested, etc.) from the equilibrium point. However, this is not so, as at least one solutio...
by Sonic#
Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 186366

If I remember right, it's a mole. 6.022*10^23 things. XD
by Sonic#
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When I Was Your Age...
Replies: 93
Views: 16545

I don't know. It could go the other way too, which is the scary thing. "I remember the time when cars ran on gasoline, and you could get across the country in less than a week driving... and less than a day flying. Heck, I remember when you could fly. And there was a country. And when you giant...
by Sonic#
Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 186366

I'm so nerdy that I'm planning on going to graduate school in English... but I'm also majoring in math 'for the heck of it.' The classes I'm most excited about next semester are Feminist Criticism and Probability. I organize an entire Model UN delegation just so I can go to a conference. When I was ...

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