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by selfassembled
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Interactive Evolutionary Tree of Life
Replies: 16
Views: 7280

Re: Interactive Evolutionary Tree of Life

Regardless I still think it is misleading to talk about evolution as a whole moving towards increasing fitness. I think that it creates too much room for misunderstanding. The fitness of any individual to me only makes sense in the context of its current environment. This is combined with the fact ...
by selfassembled
Mon May 06, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 26006

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Oops. There are many, many organisms that have far more genes than humans. It's a very poor metric; protein coding genes? Individual numbers of proteins possible? 'Stuff doing genes' (good luck measuring that!)? Parasites go through multiple host organisms; that requires insane complexity! Are para...
by selfassembled
Mon May 06, 2013 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 26006

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

I haven't read the thread but I would like to post my thoughts on the subject of emergent complexity. The environment of an organism, consisting of basic physical hurdles such as gravity and the weather, as well as competition with other organisms of same and different species, contains a (very) lar...
by selfassembled
Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'
Replies: 30
Views: 4787

Re: Syria may have crossed the chemical weapon 'red line'

My cousin just flew in from Syria. Apparently 10,000 Hezbollah soldiers just crossed the border to support the regime. People in Damascus are essentially under really harsh military rule and can't leave their homes much, that is, until the fight makes its way there too as eventually the rebels will ...
by selfassembled
Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP Twitter account hacked - Claims White House was bombed
Replies: 6
Views: 1930

Re: AP Twitter account hacked - Claims White House was bombe

I think people sold and computers repurchased, but it's hard to tell from the article. If computers sold, we are in an age of AI I had not anticipated.
by selfassembled
Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 93648

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

The scanners indicate that suspect with the white cap is confirmed and...I think still doing his thing while the cops try to figure out a way in.
by selfassembled
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 652562

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamed about a girl I silently turned down two months ago. I dreamed that some curse made her seem incredibly old and as she expressed herself some God cured her and turned her back to her normal self, but that her eyes remained more radiant and wiser than before. Then we kissed very passionately...
by selfassembled
Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Did the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer really cost $2 billion?
Replies: 4
Views: 1435

Re: Did the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer really cost $2 billi

That could include the launch ($500m) and installation, which might even make up most of that cost.
by selfassembled
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Radiation-Based Biology?
Replies: 42
Views: 6790

Re: Radiation-Based Biology?

I always thought that if life on Earth had somehow evolved the secret of nuclear energy (which it can't, just as it could never evolve the wheel), we would never need to eat, could jump over mountains, and run at the speed of sound.
by selfassembled
Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Superrationality
Replies: 73
Views: 15081

Re: Superrationality

Could the idea of superrationality http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superrational be useful to convince amoral intelligent people to behave in a moral way? No--because one of the first things an amoral intelligent person would realize is that the world is not full of amoral intelligent people. Yes, but...
by selfassembled
Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evidence"
Replies: 102
Views: 11519

Re: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evide

I would pretty much expect all rape victims who are ok with abortion to just get the morning after pill.
by selfassembled
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possible to look into the past?
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Re: Possible to look into the past?

But something about my working interpretation of travel speed and time tells me that an FTL ship could also just go in circles around the earth and still end up in the past. Tachyons are thought to travel back in time and thus violate causality. The simplest way to imagine it is that as particles ap...
by selfassembled
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title
Replies: 33
Views: 2969

Re: The latest foreclosure horror: The Zombie Title

To think that because some people can profit marginally from someone being in their home rather than out of it, they would proceed to kick them out, to the net negative utility of both parties, shows how our society has produced rules too cumbersome and convoluted for a darwinian-capital landscape t...
by selfassembled
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 220988

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I thought it was clever and said something about me...
by selfassembled
Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 652562

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Me and some friends came across a limo driver / kung fu master who caught a wasp with his hands while in limo driver uniform. The wasp was large and purple and flew not with wings but by emptying a sac of fluid near its abdomen and wasn't really a wasp at all but for the name. We sat in the back of ...
by selfassembled
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I find reading boring. Please hear me out.
Replies: 43
Views: 48141

Re: I find reading boring. Please hear me out.

Seeing a similar problem in myself, I think the problem the OP has is not one of a lack of appreciation of books, but a mild to extreme internet addiction. I have one myself, I'm sure many people do. Changing tabs and clicking links every few seconds is usually much more stimulating (in terms of dop...
by selfassembled
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Neuroaesthetics
Replies: 10
Views: 3882

Re: Neuroaesthetics

The marketing industry has been studying this for some time, I'm sure they have a wealth a data scientists could be using. It should be reasonably simple to measure pleasure responses to various pictures. For example, altering the ratios of parts of an image around the thirds rule could perhaps prov...
by selfassembled
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

...except for the fact that the Palestinians in Jerusalem were offered citizenship, and Israel's population is 20% Muslim. That may be true, but I just found this on the East Jerusalem wiki and it seems to me that they merely resorted to the long term tactics of apartheid to gain the land instead o...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I'll give you some more modern ones then. Natanyahu in 2010. Woman: Wait a moment, but then the world will say "how come you're conquering again?" Netanyahu: the world won't say a thing. The world will say we're defending. Woman: The Oslo Accords are a disaster. Netanyahu: Yes. You know th...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

These sections of the charter are eerily similar to Israeli attitude about the issues. Netanyahu, and those who support him, generally speak of ANY land offered the the Palestinians as an 'unacceptable loss' (Netanyahu). This is the crux of the issue, two stubborn, religiously ignorant bastards. I d...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria removes itself from the internet
Replies: 8
Views: 2220

Re: Syria removes itself from the internet

It kind've already has. Douma, a suburb of Damascus, is rubble; all my family members there have lost their homes, one mother killed. Halab is (from second hand reports) about half destroyed. It's really incredible what the country is doing to itself; I blame both sides, and sectarian animosity, for...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tattoos?
Replies: 1117
Views: 437996

Re: Tattoo Thoughts?

I always wanted this tattoo, which is a somewhat similar concept. Without the red ring. It represents the cyclic but progressive and more nuanced nature of evolution and the continuity of life in general, as a bonus, I do believe the length of the line subtended between the perimeters of the circles...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coins and balances - a different twist
Replies: 14
Views: 4440

Re: Coins and balances - a different twist

Nitrodon wrote:I am fairly sure this works.
Spoiler:
1,2,3 vs 7,8,9
1,4,7 vs 3,6,9
1,9 vs 3,7
2,8 vs 4,6


That's brilliant. And that's technically 6 jestingrabbit.
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Kill Hitler
Replies: 15
Views: 5785

Re: Kill Hitler

I'd just like to add that regardless of all the delicate variables, the trend of cultural (memetic) evolution (at least in terms of broad technological achievements) has been so reliable over the course of human society (whence many potential Hitler-class humans have likely died untimely deaths) tha...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coins and balances - a different twist
Replies: 14
Views: 4440

Re: Coins and balances - a different twist

4. Make 4 pairs; the fractional difference between 999v1000 and 1000v1001 gives us the power to determine by looking at the scale whether the heavier bag has 1001 coins or is merely being weighed against the 999 bag. Checking 8 of them in pairs of two will show at least one of the irregularities, t...
by selfassembled
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria removes itself from the internet
Replies: 8
Views: 2220

Re: Syria removes itself from the internet

That is indeed the reason. I expected this to happen earlier, the internet gives them organization and strength. The government has always had control over the internet there (still blocks facebook, etc.), I remember when they first opened it up, my family was quite happy. Apparently there are still...
by selfassembled
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If you could take it with you, what would you take?
Replies: 15
Views: 2662

Re: If you could take it with you, what would you take?

I don't understand the purpose of bringing back data given the vastness and archival nature of the internet. Sure not everything is saved, but historians of the future will be drowning in data. The waybackmachine goes back almost to the birth of the internet.
by selfassembled
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Then engage the Israeli army, defeat it, and force Israel to surrender and be done with it. But thats such a complete fantasy its hardly worth even considering. But you see, as ineffectual as their rockets are, the fact they are firing rockets into Israel makes their recent demand that Israel lift ...
by selfassembled
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

My point is that women were quite possibly caught in cross-fire. Gaza is incredibly small and crowded. Also, no one ever proved that they threw rocks; all we know is that women were caught in tear gas. Regardless, there were more important details in my post... edit: I believe it's safer to assume t...
by selfassembled
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Micro-organism maintains genetic diversity by eating DNA
Replies: 3
Views: 2285

Re: Micro-organism maintains genetic diversity by eating DNA

I wonder if this sort of behaviour could be viable on a macroscopic scale? I can't think of any mechanism for that. DNA is digested before absorption; beyond that there is no mechanism of adding to our genome permanently that I know of. There is a slug which only partially digests the chloroplasts ...
by selfassembled
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

means they aren't terribly concerned for their childs safety in the first place. All mothers care about their children, it's instinctual. To claim otherwise indicates how little you appreciate the humanity of the other side. Dude! You're actually going to post that sentence right after describing a...
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Physics in the US- Dead?
Replies: 15
Views: 4340

Re: Nuclear Physics in the US- Dead?

I know that significant supercomputer time is still dedicated to nuclear simulations. That might be one route to look into.
by selfassembled
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Flow of Time
Replies: 15
Views: 4205

Re: The Flow of Time

It does feel like the 'now' iteratively progresses - but would our conscious experience feel any different if the 'now' moved backwards, jumped around at random, or didn't move at all? Given that entropy means we can only remember the past, not the future, I mean... This. Just as we can have moment...
by selfassembled
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 356
Views: 199086

Re: Photography thread.

He was taking those Arabic books out to be burned because the new Egyptian government is mandating all literature be in English, some pathetic attempt to "modernize".

...

Kidding of course, he was a worker for the book shop, in the same place those musicians and the clapping mob boss were.
by selfassembled
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 356
Views: 199086

Re: Photography thread.

I was in Cairo during the anniversary of the revolution. Here are some pictures I took that week, all with a 50mm prime.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/81196900@N ... 741170909/
by selfassembled
Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 28386

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Try it and find out. There are reputable papers proving it decreases sperm count, testosterone levels, testosterone reception, and increases estrogen reception. Many of these effects act directly on our brains and muscles. I have been shaving twice as often since I stopped, the clearest example of t...
by selfassembled
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 28386

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

The best piece of advice I can give to a certain kind of person, one not too rare on an internet forum I expect, is to completely give up watching porn, and to stop masturbating. It's a really difficult climb for some who've had the habit for years, but once on the other side you will notice signifi...
by selfassembled
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 490069

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Here is a pretty standard video showing a typical situation in the West Bank. Obviously unafraid children are told to shout, curse and provoke soldiers in front of crowds of journalists, all hoping for the chance to catch a shot of the IDF attacking kids. This is an edited version of the video made...
by selfassembled
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 631916

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Well that's clear, it was more about an illustration of the question of the gravity and time, certainly no reputable source.
by selfassembled
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 631916

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Well, the closer one gets to a 3-velocity of c, the slower one experiences time, and photons have no sense of time, it seemed clear to me. This was back when I was younger, and more inspired, I've kept that thought with me. It's good to have my younger self validated though. As for gravity wells, pe...

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