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Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Not sure if a topic is worth making? Post it here
Replies: 3
Views: 1803

### Not sure if a topic is worth making? Post it here

One of the forum rules states that if you are not sure if a topic should be made or not to pm a moderator but I figured it would be a better idea to just have a topic devoted to this so more people can see it. I hope this topic doesn't violate the no general discussion rule. I will post my topic ide...
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 271590

### Re: Recommend a book

I was thinking about creating a thread like this one only for non fiction books since this thread is mostly fiction. Would this be a good idea?
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real life debates translated into mathematical logic
Replies: 6
Views: 1841

### Re: Real life debates translated into mathematical logic

"A lot of the argument can stem from what each person's definition of the word is." Are you sure there is no way for any type of mathematical logic to account for this? Couldn't you simply include all possible definitions of the word? Any word has a finite number of definitions so this sho...
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not a calender based on 10? Wouldn't it be more logical
Replies: 44
Views: 6384

### Re: Why not a calender based on 10? Wouldn't it be more logi

The only reason we use the base 10 system in the first place is because people have 10 fingers. Base 12 makes more sense since it is about the same size as 10 but has more factors so you can divide with it easier. Thats part of the same reason why there are 360 degrees in a circle. To summarize usin...
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did your last poop look like?
Replies: 23
Views: 4564

### Re: What did your last poop look like?

Hmm your right but that made me think of something else. If you add the numbers for 3 and 4 together you get 42% which makes the unhealthy poops 58%. That still makes the majority of them unhealthy. Why is this?
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childish Questions
Replies: 66
Views: 7937

### Re: Childish Questions

"My father told me I must leave no authority unchallenged..."

So do you challenge that statement as well since you heard it from an authority (your father)?
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did your last poop look like?
Replies: 23
Views: 4564

### Re: What did your last poop look like?

Type 2 and type 3 are the most healthy but the highest number of votes in the poll is type 4. Does this mean the majority of people on this forum are not healthy? If so why is this?
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are my topics worth reading? (moved from S/FI)
Replies: 24
Views: 3452

### Re: Are my topics worth reading?

Yeah the whole reason I come to forums in the first place is to watch other people have a discussion. I tend to avoid having opinions on a lot of things because I can see both points of view. It probably has something to do with my antisocial personality and I doubt that is something I will be able ...
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are my topics worth reading? (moved from S/FI)
Replies: 24
Views: 3452

### Are my topics worth reading? (moved from S/FI)

Some of my topics have been called things like "vague" and "unanswerable" but I prefer to think of them as philosophical since they require you to think before answering them. Some people don't like philosophical questions so they probably wouldn't like my topics either. Still si...
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do people get away with crimes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

### How often do people get away with crimes?

Many people who commit crimes assume that they will get away with it so I am wondering how accurate that assumption is. I wonder what would happen if everyone who committed a crime always got caught. It might lead to more people going to jail but on the other hand if people knew they always would ge...
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Too old to play video games?
Replies: 1
Views: 2004

### Too old to play video games?

Alot of people seem to have the belief that you can be too old to play video games but don't believe you can be too old for other forms of entertainment like watching tv and listening to music. Why is this? What makes video games so different from other forms of entertainment?
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real life debates translated into mathematical logic
Replies: 6
Views: 1841

### Real life debates translated into mathematical logic

Has anyone ever bothered to do this? The closest thing to this that I can think of is godels ontological argument.
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can't food be put in pill form?
Replies: 41
Views: 6329

### Why can't food be put in pill form?

I know certain vitamins that exist in food can be put in pill form but I am pretty sure there are still things found in food that can't be put in a pill. What are these things and why can't they be put in pill form?
Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did your last poop look like?
Replies: 23
Views: 4564

### What did your last poop look like?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Stool_Scale

Also I don't think I ever had a type 7
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9371096

### Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I am looking for real life controversies and arguments that have been translated into mathematical logic. The closest thing I have found is godels ontological argument. Anything else like this?
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?
Replies: 23
Views: 3405

### Re: Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?

I thought this topic was good enough to deserve its own thread. Maybe I am still just posting too much. I guess I will cut my topics down to once a week on the general board. Everything else will go in fleeting thoughts but since I still hate that topic I probably won't post in it much.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?
Replies: 23
Views: 3405

### Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?

One part of me wants to do something while another part of me is saying its a bad idea. Sometimes the arguments even get more detailed with both sides presenting arguments and counterarguments. I wonder how many people actually do this. Do you think people who do this more often are smarter than tho...
Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Math or Science
Replies: 65
Views: 54638

### Math or Science

I like to think so I like math better
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So many new posters
Replies: 100
Views: 11598

### Re: So many new posters

Yeah but when you post there you don't get as many responses as you would have when you made your own topic. Its also harder to find your own posts there and follow discussions there. I would prefer it that they just posted those things as topics on the forum or made a sub forum for those types of p...
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?
Replies: 61
Views: 11803

### Re: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be le

I have heard some ideas of sending space probes with artificial wombs to planets outside the solar system as a way to start colonies on them. It sounds like a much better idea than trying to physically take a bunch of people there on a large ship. What do you guys think of this?
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as possible
Replies: 11
Views: 2204

### Re: What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as poss

Ok I guess I will look at some of my old topics and see what I can add to them. This topic wasn't that great anyway.
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So many new posters
Replies: 100
Views: 11598

### Re: So many new posters

Recently I have been trying to reply to more of them. Maybe I should put less in my first post so I have more to talk about later. Also I hate the fleeting thoughts topic. In my opinion just having that topic makes the forums worse.
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Halting problem coding challenge
Replies: 59
Views: 8486

### Re: Halting problem coding challenge

I was kind of hoping for programs that weren't based on well known open math problems. Plenty of people already have opinions on whether or not they are true so it would be kind of pointless to discuss them in this topic.
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as possible
Replies: 11
Views: 2204

### Re: What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as poss

Yeah maybe I have been making too many topics lately. I guess I could take a break.
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So many new posters
Replies: 100
Views: 11598

### Re: So many new posters

I kind of want to make a spambot that lurks for a few months, finally decides to register, then nervously posts in the Introductions thread. It'd blend in seamlessly. I always liked Bucket in #xkcd. I thought it was cool that we allow one bot account hang around to make an occasional one-liner or a...
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Halting problem coding challenge
Replies: 59
Views: 8486

### Halting problem coding challenge

I am curious to see how good people are at guessing whether or not a program will halt so I came up with a challenge based on the halting problem. I know you can't solve the halting problem exactly but you can at least make a educated guess for specific programs even if they don't run all the way th...
Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as possible
Replies: 11
Views: 2204

### What would you have to do to be as unpredictable as possible

If you just acted weird all the time that wouldn't work because that would be predictable. Besides being weird and unpredictable are different things.
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Any videos of turing machines running algorithms?
Replies: 5
Views: 1732

### Any videos of turing machines running algorithms?

Where you actually see the process being carried out step by step. The closest thing to this I have seen is all the state transitions for certain low values in the busy beaver function. I would like to see this for addition, multiplication, and calculating prime numbers.
Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Does this system of equations have any solutions?
Replies: 10
Views: 2121

### Does this system of equations have any solutions?

x + y = z x - y = w xy = zw No variables can equal 0. I am leaning toward no for integers and I am not sure about non integers. If x = 5 and y = 3 it comes close though. Assuming this system of equation has no solutions I was thinking about adding a "+ n" to one of these equations and then...
Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else like thinking about "what if" scenarios?
Replies: 14
Views: 2495

### Anyone else like thinking about "what if" scenarios?

The best "what if" scenarios usually involve a simple change that causes other things to change in a non obvious way. What are some good "what if" scenarios that you have came up with?
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?
Replies: 61
Views: 11803

### Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_womb

Also I wonder if traditional pregnancies will disappear once artificial wombs are made.
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How many states can an atom be in?
Replies: 6
Views: 1546

### How many states can an atom be in?

I know all of the states of certain subatomic particles are known but what about the entire atom. I think I remember reading once some atoms could store 10^6 bits of information while hydrogen could only store 44 bits. I am a bit skeptical though since I didn't understand how the author got those nu...
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godels ontological argument
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

### Godels ontological argument

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godel's_on ... l_argument

This looks like a good way to annoy an atheist who doesn't understand logic
Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why were certain types of encryption illegal until recently?
Replies: 29
Views: 13801

### Why were certain types of encryption illegal until recently?

All encryption does is hide your message so it doesn't seem like it should be something that should ever have been made illegal. How many people actually went to jail for illegally encrypting a message? Also what was the date where all forms of encryption were made legal?
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 7138

### Re: How many organisms can be coded using DNA?

I forgot to mention that I was reading a book called The Physics of Immortality by Tipler where the author claimed to have calculated this. I was a little skeptical of the answer he gave though since I have heard some criticism of that book.
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?
Replies: 20
Views: 5575

### Re: Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?

I prefer to learn things like this on my own so I have mainly been learning about them through the internet. Why do you believe neural networks won't be the basis for sentient computers?
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Can you train a neural network to recognize prime numbers?
Replies: 35
Views: 17527

### Re: Can you train a neural network to recognize prime number

Can you explain how a cyclic neural network can emulate a Turing machine.
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?
Replies: 20
Views: 5575

### Could a human teacher enjoy teaching a neural network?

How complicated would a neural network have to be for a teacher to enjoy teaching it? It would probably have to be capable of things like asking questions and making mistakes but I don't think it would need full natural language understanding. Maybe it could happen over a decade before a computer pa...
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 7138

### How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?

I am not even sure what a good method of finding a good upper bound for this would be? You could base it on the number of certain atoms in the universe but thats kind of obvious. If there were some sort of way to generate all of these possible organisms what would they look like and how big would th...
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think reviving the dead will ever be possible?
Replies: 96
Views: 11295

### Re: Do you think reviving the dead will ever be possible?

I remember reading somewhere the human brain can only store 1000 years worth of memory. Anyone know if this is true or how to calculate how many years of memory the human brain can store?

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