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by Hekateras
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11472

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Taking the argument to its conclusion, the desk is also a product of evolution. Genes chosen by natural selection built the person who built the desk. You're going to have to define sentience if you want trees on one side and desks on the other. It truly is a multi-faceted topic. I just found mysel...
by Hekateras
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11472

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." In general the "why" questions are much clearer if we replace "why" by "how come" or "what for", depending on the information required. Dictionaries exp...
by Hekateras
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 74660

Re: 1321: "Cold"

That the USA put a guy on the moon is impressive, that they managed to overtake the USSR and get there first despite having to convert between foot-pounds and horsepower-fortnights at every step in the calculations is just incredible. I reckon there'd be a McDonalds on Mars by now if NASA had used ...
by Hekateras
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 74660

Re: 1321: "Cold"

The argument is to climatology (and maths) as "if man came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?" is to biology. Humans didn't come from monkeys . Humans are apes . I'm not sure it's good practice to correct someone's example of something that is wrong. I'm lost in the logic of wheth...
by Hekateras
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 61
Views: 12446

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar? Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor! Isn't learning fun? Anyway, sleep tight! Am...
by Hekateras
Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 21958

Re: 0890: Etymology

You may be missing the point here... Sure, there may be falcon-equivalents in the Star Wars Galaxy that the ship is named for....but how likely is LUKE to know what one is? I mean, he comes from a freaking desert planet! I certainly don't know the names of all the weird species that are on my own f...
by Hekateras
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 33963

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Wow, you guys are a hard crowd. Using "buy" instead of "by" isn't (in this case) a grammar mistake, as in the writer not knowing what the right word to use is - we all know Randall is better than that. It's just a miswrite. They're homophones, it's very easy to use the wrong one ...

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