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by VMhent
Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1014
Views: 248516

Re: Recommend one artist

If you like rap, or just really just good music in general (I really promise, just give it a try!), this band might not be on your radar, but should be: Blue Scholars Two very intelligent young men coming out of my hometown, Seattle, WA. A lot of their content is focused on the plight of the third w...
by VMhent
Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Autism costs $27 billion a year?
Replies: 77
Views: 5096

Re: Autism costs $27 billion a year?

Despite the actual veracity of the article, yeah, autism is a huge problem that's on the rise. Psychiatrists don't know why. My father, a child psychiatrist whose current work involves treating very low-functioning autistic children, thinks that it's about environmental toxins. Granted, he doesn't r...
by VMhent
Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics and Constants- Inconsistency with the Universe?
Replies: 31
Views: 2836

Re: Mathematics and Constants- Inconsistency with the Univer

Maybe I wasn't entirely clear. I understand that we can have useful representations and such of things like Pi. My question is a little more like this- if we can't write down Pi comprehensively (like, "Oh! There it is on my calculator, completely precise!") then it seems like our paradigm ...
by VMhent
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The individual death of the counterculture
Replies: 59
Views: 8148

Re: The individual death of the counterculture

I've been watching this thread, waiting for another point to dive in, and I found it. It's important to distinguish between counterculture as a concept and counterculture in a specific incarnation. The first isn't dead and cannot die: with any given dominant culture, there is going to be an opposin...
by VMhent
Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are Unions Still Relevant?
Replies: 129
Views: 13707

Re: Are Unions Still Relevant?

Our issues with unions really result from a history of poor labor relations in our country. If you have time, this is a fascinating radio story roughly regarding the subject: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/403/nummi Unions, good or bad, are really just a symptom of American c...
by VMhent
Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The individual death of the counterculture
Replies: 59
Views: 8148

Re: The individual death of the counterculture

If there is a death of countercultures, maybe that's because people are fairly satisfied with the mainstream culture? There's an example of what I was referring to. But more generally, I was talking about the 'good enough' attitude. My argument is that things aren't necessarily 'good enough,' we're...
by VMhent
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 24253

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

I think the simple answer is that it's not necessarily stupid in itself, just stupid in sight of competing options. All a lottery ticket really is is a low-yield investment. You could buy a Vanguard Index- especially one of the riskier ones for entertainment's sake- and ultimately come out ahead of ...
by VMhent
Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The individual death of the counterculture
Replies: 59
Views: 8148

Re: The individual death of the counterculture

I think these suggestions that go along the lines "yeah, counterculture died because life is better now" really run the risk of being obscenely naive- Francis Fukuyama style, no less! I'd say that what really happened is that mainstream culture learned how to effectively own and marginaliz...
by VMhent
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics and Constants- Inconsistency with the Universe?
Replies: 31
Views: 2836

Mathematics and Constants- Inconsistency with the Universe?

I do not pretend to be any sort of expert in mathematics, nor even well-educated on the subject. However, that doesn't seem to preclude me from asking a fairly basic philosophical question of math: If math is out there in the universe for us to discover, derive, and manipulate, why are all the major...

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