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by gavin
Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 15256

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

Depends on how you view life. If you believe that a growing organic organism is living and that human DNA makes it human, then a lot of human life could be saved. If you believe that a fetus is neither alive, nor human, then I guess a lot of life is allowed to start that otherwise wouldn't? There wo...
by gavin
Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6916

Re: Physicists - Not all that

Well I think he's pointing out that, unlike physics, there are large parts of history that are subjective Theoretical and subjectivity are not entirely unlike terms. History also has some solid facts as well unless you want to branch off into conspiracy theories or philosophical debates on what we ...
by gavin
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eye transplant
Replies: 69
Views: 6169

Re: Eye transplant

Hmm, I wonder if this method of tricking the brain applies to the larger area of it using a transplanted eye in a way it is not expecting to be able to.
by gavin
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So I'm an ass[?]
Replies: 9
Views: 2396

Re: So I'm an ass[?]

I think most everyone here is correctly pointing out your intention. You wanted to make someone happy by showing them how much you care. This is decidedly un-ass-like. The gift receipt is a good idea for the future though. If they go back and sell it and then complain, then they're the ass! Haha. In...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eye transplant
Replies: 69
Views: 6169

Re: Eye transplant

Depth perception can be gained at any point in life, it may not be perfect, but it's still possible. We are not asking for a complete solution here, a "just good enough" wiring would do. I can't find the persons name, they were interviewed for a documentary. The researcher has a news snip...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eye transplant
Replies: 69
Views: 6169

Re: Eye transplant

Actually, it has been shown that you need visual input in the first years of life for proper wiring and depth perception - it's been done looking at babies with visual impairment (eg ones correctable with glasses but gone unnoticed) and other lovely experiments on animals by depriving them of sight...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eye transplant
Replies: 69
Views: 6169

Re: Eye transplant

Sound and light are not interpreted in the same way by the brain. You really cant draw analogies between them Do you have citation? It wouldn't be hard to find someone that was blind for the first 20 years of life and were then "repaired". How do these individuals interpret visual data? I...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 582280

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Man, I'm now pretty certain my sarcasm detector is busted. Poe's Law. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Poe's_Law Parodies of fundamentalist behavior are nearly impossible to discern without the parody instigator giving off a hint, like a wink or "jk". I'm not that nice to you though, I someti...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 582280

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

No, promoting would be saying that one way is the best way, like if you're a Nord and marry an Argonian, you get a palace but if you marry a Redguard you get jack. Having a Nord marrying an Argonian being an option is not a promotion, just a thing. The typical idea of promotion is advocation. That ...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 12845

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

Incorrect. In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part,; [b]a national, ethnical, racial or religious group , as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 363254

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

After a buddy of mine started brewing what tasted like the best beers on earth, I have acquired all the various components to beer making and am starting with a basic Irish Red.
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6916

Re: Physicists - Not all that

And the ladies. Boy oh boy is it about the ladies. specifically, being rejected by them? As a programmer, I totally get the tendency to think "What's so complicated here? I'll just make a program accounting for all the variables and see what happens!" The rejection usually occurs when som...
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 582280

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

SirBryghtside wrote:
gingermrkettle wrote:Fahrenheit was a 15, so don't assume that.

The article says it was only violence that gave the rating, I was more going on that...

Edit: And just to be clear, Skyrim isn't promoting bestiality. Got that? Gooood.
It's just promoting sentient bestiality? I guess that's... better.
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6916

Re: Physicists - Not all that

The Reaper wrote:Engineering isn't about being absolutely right or wrong. Its about being right within tolerance.
And the ladies. Boy oh boy is it about the ladies.
by gavin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eye transplant
Replies: 69
Views: 6169

Re: Eye transplant

The first requirement would be that the recipient needs to be young for the brain to have any chance of learning how to utilize it. We know this is true for auditory senses because the brain can't interprete data properly after a number of years with those areas of the brain going unused. For exampl...
by gavin
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

This is the point I disagree with. Yes, there are ways that time can proceed at a different speed in relation to us (astronauts just traveling into orbit experience a different relative time). But their now is the same now as our now. No, it really really isn't. This is basic relativity , here. Ah,...
by gavin
Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

No. I mean if you were able to travel faster than light. Well yeah, the actual ability to travel at the speed of light seems laughable. If that's what you're referring to. But "its now" is undefined, because of the relativity of simultaneity. Someone traveling away from us who passes your...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Ok, I've wanted to ask about this. How does traveling faster than the speed of light actually effect time? If you're traveling at all faster than light in one frame, there's another frame where you're traveling backward in time. Do this in both directions and you end up in your own past. The frame ...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken
Replies: 55
Views: 7938

Re: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken

It may be that changing the lifeform in this way may give the creature a particularly arduous or painful life. Designing a creature that you know will feel pain because of the way you altered its natural course isn't nice (at least we seem to be pretty angry at God for it). But if you didn't do tha...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken
Replies: 55
Views: 7938

Re: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken

It may be that changing the lifeform in this way may give the creature a particularly arduous or painful life. Designing a creature that you know will feel pain because of the way you altered its natural course isn't nice (at least we seem to be pretty angry at God for it).
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Ok, I've wanted to ask about this. How does traveling faster than the speed of light actually effect time? If you're traveling at all faster than light in one frame, there's another frame where you're traveling backward in time. Do this in both directions and you end up in your own past. The frame ...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Locality is more than just "location". Yes, the Universal Computer could store A and B (two particles light-years apart) close together in its Universal Memory, and just set their .position property appropriately. Then it can totally have A cause effects on B faster than a light-speed sig...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Intuitive" perspective for quantum entanglement?
Replies: 121
Views: 13052

Re: "Intuitive" perspective for quantum entanglement?

So, what you're saying is that a space hobo riding a space train with his legs hanging over the side of an open compartment who pulls his legs inside just before the compartment slams shut will never be viewed as having had his legs slammed on by the compartment door from any angle? Well yeah. Othe...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Intuitive" perspective for quantum entanglement?
Replies: 121
Views: 13052

Re: "Intuitive" perspective for quantum entanglement?

No, that doesn't work. If two events are spacelike separated rather than timelike (timelike being the sort where you can say one is in the past/future of the other), then to ALL observers the events are spacelike separated. Two different observers X and Y might see A and B happen 'before' or 'after...
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken
Replies: 55
Views: 7938

Re: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken

Tirian wrote:My mind immediately leaped to this keen observation on the rationality of geneticists.
Hah, perhaps the idea is making the owl stronger? Did the wizard think of that?!
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken
Replies: 55
Views: 7938

Re: Scientists Create Reptile-Snouted Chicken

Science, all about coulda, not shoulda.
by gavin
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Definitely a wall of text. Sorry. Below is a response to gmalivuk, PM 2Ring (again, sorry I missed your post the first time) , doogly, and dedalus . Why not? What are you basing this claim on, other than personal incredulity? This was an unfair removal of my very next sentences. "Maybe I'm wron...
by gavin
Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

No, but we also shouldn't assume something does, just because that's what our experience with classically behaved big chunky slow things has led us to expect. It is scientifically impossible to prove that a cause doesn't exist for something (or, in fact, that any particular physically possible thin...
by gavin
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

You think you can explain particular radioactive decay events? Please, enlighten us. If we don't know what causes something to happen, we shouldn't assume that nothing actually causes it. There have been many things throughout history that we didn't know why something happened even though we could ...
by gavin
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Ok, so I was incorrect about the atomic world's principles being significantly different from the macro world. The math is just far more complex and the uncertainty is significantly higher (perhaps the later informs the former). I am not incorrect, however, in the fact that QM does not claim that so...
by gavin
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17325

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

If the insurance industry was a cartel, then yes, you would be right. Aren't they? This seperation between the person and the cost of the care they're recieving is exactly one of the problems I'm talking about. It isn't a problem, it is how the market works. Do you know what would happen if your id...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

gavin, Yes, I think a being could create the universe and not qualify for the label "God." But it's a side issue, so I'll leave it at that. I disagree that different laws and principles apply to the macro world vs. the atomic world. Fundamentally, the same laws and principles apply at all...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17325

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Again though, you're only making half an argument. U.S. medical tourism may be up since 2007, but the .2% number for Canadian tourism to the U.S. is unattributed, Without knowing when it was current and whether the latest numbers are up, down or the same, attempting to make comparisons is dishonest...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17325

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

The fuck? How many exactly are in 'is huge'? What percentage of the U.S. populations makes up 'is huge'? You can't just start tossing around numbers and then leave an 'is huge' right there on the table where everyone can see it. Some things are considered common knowledge. The fact that Americans c...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Or perhaps they're both the same thing? What do you mean by "exist"? Is it in anyway meaningful to speak of a events before the paradigm of Time is introduced? Not really. Time as we keep it (seconds, minutes, etc.) is merely a construct, so no, it can't be spoken of in a meaningful way. ...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25160

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Hmm, interesting comments so far. I'd like to take part in this albeit late. For the purpose of this discussion, I'll take the position of accepting the feasibility of a creator or sentient start of the universe. I say it that way because if God exists, He would be a natural being/force just as the ...
by gavin
Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17325

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

The fuck? How many exactly are in 'is huge'? What percentage of the U.S. populations makes up 'is huge'? You can't just start tossing around numbers and then leave an 'is huge' right there on the table where everyone can see it. Some things are considered common knowledge. The fact that Americans c...
by gavin
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 17325

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Err...I believe I specifically already mentioned the CIA World Factbook is not a source I'd consider likely to do any independent research. It's an almanac. An aggregator of information from a variety of public information sources. I have no doubt that both organizations, however, are accurately re...
by gavin
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: At what level does quantum uncertanty vanish?
Replies: 34
Views: 5375

Re: At what level does quantum uncertanty vanish?

But as I understand it, the little wave/particle thing includes position *and* momentum information at every time, and this is even somewhat where the uncertainty comes from. Because as you smear out time to get a better handle on momentum, position becomes less precise. And as you constrict time t...
by gavin
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: At what level does quantum uncertanty vanish?
Replies: 34
Views: 5375

Re: At what level does quantum uncertanty vanish?

You have two options: You can measure position at a particular time t, and measure momentum at a particular time t. This generally makes good sense. Both position and momentum operators evolve in time according to the schrodinger equation (or, you know, states evolve. whatever.) Yes, this is what I...

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