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by 44 stone lions
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 29191

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

As far as I know species extinction seems to be a natural part of the planets long term cycles. If you would talk about making ethical decisions on behalf of unborn human children, what about the species of 50-100 million years time whose existence may depend upon our eventual extinction? On one han...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54506

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

Actually yeah it reminds me of a long haul fight I once took on my own were I ended up seated next to a guy who was a model railway enthusiast, he must have spent at least 6 hours of the flight telling me about every intricate detail of every model railway layout he had ever made (turns out he'd mad...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54506

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

The expense of creating a program that could integrate into existing systems whilst also being robust and reliable enough would be large, plus the additional and ongoing expense of computational time (which may be small and trivial for a single flight but would be absolutely huge in total, consideri...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54506

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

Let’s compare this system to another system which had been approved of by the U.S. government, and by the UN (they are doing anything to try and stop it, so they must approve of it); Namely the contracts between the NCAA and the football players. Sorry but that is completely wrong. In addition to w...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your hand?
Replies: 49
Views: 12817

Re: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your ha

Neil_Boekend wrote:No way. I have hands like Gregor Clegane.


Surely if this is true the best thing to do would be to grasp the can firmly with both hands and crush it, causing the can to explode and releasing the Pringles.

Although this may be a bit messy it would definitely be entertaining.
by 44 stone lions
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your hand?
Replies: 49
Views: 12817

Re: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your ha

My knuckles can't get past the top without resorting to some rather uncomfortable hand contortion which basically reduces my fingers to chopsticks in terms of their functionality. Generally this method leads to more havoc to the stacking than tipping the can, and normally breaks most of them :( I do...
by 44 stone lions
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54506

Re: How can I express logical arguments?

Without writing several papers that are worthy of being published in a respected journal, I simple cannot explain the word [unclean]. This is what is meant when people say, "Lost in translation." Well I thought about this and decided to have search for some journals, and guess what some h...
by 44 stone lions
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

(And I'm not trying to start a debate on climate change. I couldn't care less about climate change. :twisted: I hate recycling, and fuzzy little baby seals look like dinner to me.) You do however seem to be making a debate about communism vs religion though which seems to be based on some flawed lo...
by 44 stone lions
Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 11853

Re: A science toolkit for beginners

That's because biology and stats suck! :P Jokes obviously, although to be honest they're not my favourite subjects.. I although I haven't read every maths textbook in existence, I can't imagine there are many introductory, general texts on the subject that don't come with, at the very least, an elem...
by 44 stone lions
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54506

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~To a Couple of People about Slavery~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Remember, 'slave' is a translated word and therefore inherently less accurate. Servant or contracted worker is a better translation. If a man is found guilty of theft and does not have enough money to pay the victim of the crime ...
by 44 stone lions
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

As a personal example I would say that the hours I spent with my dad teaching how to fix an engine or build things was far important, and had far more of an impact on our relationship and my development as a child than the hours we spent in church. I don't think you're fairly recognizing the fact t...
by 44 stone lions
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

No, my assumption was that you were from the US Yes I did consider that may have been what you had done, but ruled it out due to me having stated multiple times in the thread that I am British/from the UK. The remaining two choices were that you were from the US or that you had brought it up as a r...
by 44 stone lions
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 90399

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Relative importance to what? See, the ambiguity here is the object that it is important to. Unspecified, it is likely that each person is talking about themselves. So person A thinks that sensory pleasure is more important to them. Person B thinks that nutrition is more important to them. And by &q...
by 44 stone lions
Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A statics problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1987

Re: A statics problem

But calculating the torque or moment about the centre of mass of the beam gets you an expression with two unknowns, and you can only solve for one. That's why you take the moment about one of the reaction points, since there's no distance the force exerted on the beam produces no torque at that poin...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Well that would be that you brought up the US as a particular example and contrasted it to other more secular and liberal countries lend me initially to the conclusion that you are from the US, then from there your list seemed to imply that those were suggestions to fix problems in the US. The fact ...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 90399

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

What I was trying to get at is that if you had asked them at the time they would have defined themselves as objectively right, and why not? They had God on their sides. I’d imagine also that all the people that ended up victims of their actions would have defined the crusaders as objectively wrong, ...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Yes it is a pretty extreme approach I agree, and wouldn't be practical to implement, plus probably lead to a lot of backlash. It's just an idea, and one that I found interesting to think about anyway. It's quite simple really, and has been mentioned already in this thread: - Mandate that schools hav...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: CONCRETE HEALS ITSELF WITH BUILT-IN BACTERIA
Replies: 4
Views: 3613

Re: CONCRETE HEALS ITSELF WITH BUILT-IN BACTERIA

No sure about one building but a city of them could be called Healiopolis
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 90399

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Since you have based immorality on harm, and there are different levels of harm that can be caused, then there are also different levels of immorality that must be defined. This maybe easy enough to do from a physical perspective with killing somebody being the worst, but what about physiological or...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Well perhaps this is the case, in that I was presented with scientific fact before I had the ability to independently assess those facts for myself. But I was, ever since I can remember (and before I had the full ability to test scientific claims myself or at least understand the proofs or justifica...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Something you may not understand is that in the United States we have populations of people who are not very interested in coming together with us, who lived on the land we are now living on (and thus, cannot be told to "go home" or expected to assimilate, not that I think that is actuall...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Why would a liberal society allow its citizens to be forced into believing one thing when they don't have the competence and/or ability to question it or reject it? But you're not really talking about being forced in any unique fashion. Children are also forced to potty train, brush their teeth, pl...
by 44 stone lions
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Why would a liberal society allow its citizens to be forced into believing one thing when they don't have the competence and/or ability to question it or reject it? Nobody is suggesting that it should be OK to force people to believe things. The value I place on freedom of belief is precisely why I...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

It is complex issue for sure, that's why I posted it, it wasn't wholly motivated by my masochistic desire to be shot down in flames.

My view would be that it is if they were to teach that child never to use modern medicine in favour of alternative medicine.
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Yes I am referring to indoctrination, on rereading the opener is a bit vague, my apologies. I did say a particular theology, as was also considering that most children's exposure to and practice of religion is basically through indoctrination. My friend totally indoctrinates her kid into the 'Dinos...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

What precisely should or should not be illegal? The title sounds like in some way religion being illegal for the child but based on your post my guess is you might mean don't indoctrinate them or something? Anyway you haven't really made clear what exactly would be illegal. Bringing children to chu...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Why do you think that allowing children to be religious reflects a judgment about maturity, intelligence, or responsibility? We do not ordinarily require people to be mature, intelligent, or responsible in order to hold beliefs. In fact, I can't think of any belief that it's illegal to hold in a li...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

[Religion] is also capable of having consequences that are just as serious. Please explain. The salient difference between these two is that the former are specific acts with specific consequences through which somebody else is injured in a specific manner. The latter is a general outlook on life w...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 66939

Should religion be illegal for children?

I’ve had this thought for a while and I would like to discuss it, I have had a search and couldn’t find anything related to it and my argument is this: Society bans children from many rights and privileges on the grounds that they are not mature, intelligent or responsible enough to make certain cho...
by 44 stone lions
Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 11853

Re: A science toolkit for beginners

A book such as Stroud's Engineering Mathematics would be a great aid, when I was starting out getting a book that took me systematically from the number line and arithmetic of fractions to linear algebra, calculus and beyond was immensely helpful. It's a lot easier to approach more difficult areas o...
by 44 stone lions
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aerodynamics: Incompressible, Potential Flow Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2193

Re: Aerodynamics: Incompressible, Potential Flow Problem

Potential = Ur = cos (theta) This equation appears incorrect. Did you mean U*x = U*r*cos(theta), or did the notes actually say that? Sorry that was a typo, the notes said Ux=Urcos(theta). Thanks a lot, you've set my mind at ease for the moment, I'm going to talk to the lecturer today, so I'll be ab...
by 44 stone lions
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aerodynamics: Incompressible, Potential Flow Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 2193

Aerodynamics: Incompressible, Potential Flow Problem

I have a uni assignment in aerodynamics that concerns modelling a combined flow that is make up of a vortex and a north westerly wind of 80 mph. The question gives the stream and potential functions of the vortex and the first task asks for the stream and potential functions of the combined flow. I ...
by 44 stone lions
Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 119739

Re: Does God Exist?

Why not? would Jesus's teachings lose any moral validity if it's discovered he didn't walk on water or reincarnate on the third day? actually yes. Because they become less about God's teaching and more about some guy's teaching. Are you suggesting that the only reason Christian ethics are worth a d...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

Regarding withdrawal symptoms, I never said willpower can overcome fatal health conditions. If medication is necessary then it should be used. I'm sorry, but I thought your entire idea revolved around the use of rational and logical arguments. If this is the case I would have thought that your pers...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

I do know how to do it, it's just that it's difficult to do with people you don't know over the internet. I said that if I convinced a smoker that he needs to quit now, then he would quit. It doesn't mean I'm any good at convincing people. I'm sorry, but I thought your entire idea revolved around t...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

Do you have an addict in mind? I had assumed you had already started on the smokers you just mentioned, but if not then why not? You have so much faith in your method. Your hour starts... NOW!!! GO! I didn't say the success rate would be 100% This seems like a bit of a cop out after you have spent ...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

I have been talking with smokers. They say that they don't really want to quit smoking right now , they think they can "quit at any time ". Obviously this is wrong and once I convince them that they need to quit smoking right now , then they will quit If this were the case then rehab woul...
by 44 stone lions
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

The Pragmatist: If reason alone were capable of stopping addiction then all rehab clinics would consist solely of a table, upon which would be placed several leaflets, one for each different addiction. Inside the leaflet would be printed all the rational and logical arguments for giving up that part...
by 44 stone lions
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

Whilst it would be convenient to use dictionary definitions, in this case I have tried using them and they just lead you around in circles. Willpower is self-control, self-control is resolution, resolution is determination, and determination is willpower. It doesn't get you anywhere. My definition ...
by 44 stone lions
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour
Replies: 251
Views: 21778

Re: The cause of addiction and other irrational behaviour

Honestly, I'd prefer if we could go back to normal definitions if everyone is okay with that >.> No, I have defined willpower very specifically for a reason. Please go back and read my reason. It explains why we can't go back to using normal definitions. Is this the reason where you said that the n...

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