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by JonBanes
Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: visible galaxy
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: visable galaxy

antonfire wrote:About ten or twenty times as far away as these two. (Though, to be fair, they're not "average-sized spiral galaxies".)


how big is this in seconds/minutes as seen from earth and how does it compare to the moon?
by JonBanes
Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: visible galaxy
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: visable galaxy

First off, not for a class. I'm a molecular biologist. Way to jump to conclusions, it is possible for someone to be curious outside of a classroom. Doing the simple math a spiral galaxy of 200,000 lightyears wide would need to be about 22 mil lightyears away to appear the sizeof the moon in the sky....
by JonBanes
Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: visible galaxy
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

visible galaxy

Ok, here's one for you. How close would a galaxy have to be for us to see it in the night sky as big as the moon? Also what would it look like? Most of those pictures you see are IR and not visible spectrum pictures, i think. Lets say it's an average sized spiral galaxy oriented so that we can see t...
by JonBanes
Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cremation or Burial?
Replies: 63
Views: 9547

Re: Cremation or Burial?

A good friend of mine recently had a brother die and he (and the rest of his family) are getting tattoos with some of his ashes in the ink
by JonBanes
Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: genetically engineered foods
Replies: 52
Views: 6104

Re: genetically engineered foods

I think the "Monsanto is evil" thing is worth mentioning, if they are the only big name in GM food creation. It would be like, in a world where guns were only used for bank robberies, asking about the ethics of guns, ignoring robberies. I'm not saying that GM foods are inherently unethica...
by JonBanes
Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God is... or ____ is
Replies: 115
Views: 13636

Re: God is... or ____ is

God is a virus of the mind. Dawkins argues for this. I think he is mistaken: it is congenital. God is the dysregulation of dopamine and serotonin. I didn't mean that god is an actual virus that infects the mind, it was a two word answer. I meant that god is a highly infectious meme 'infecting' cert...
by JonBanes
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God is... or ____ is
Replies: 115
Views: 13636

Re: God is... or ____ is

God is a virus of the mind.
by JonBanes
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Feasible project? (Reading/processing nerve signals)
Replies: 10
Views: 1631

Re: Feasible project? (Reading/processing nerve signals)

I didn't mean to discourage you in my previous post, just to tell it like it is. Also, academia isn't completely devoid of practical research, but the private sector does do alot more of it and it isn't absolutely necessary to go to grad school to work on a cool project involving brain mapping (but ...
by JonBanes
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Feasible project? (Reading/processing nerve signals)
Replies: 10
Views: 1631

Re: Feasible project? (Reading/processing nerve signals)

As stated above, many people are working on this at many different universities and actively doing research on this will most likely require a huge amount of money (MRI is expensive, and working with humans is too) which could come from your pocket, or from a grant (which are super competitive) and ...
by JonBanes
Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

I agree that subsidies are not an ideal situation, but I think that a free market in food is a terrible idea. Remember that the US had a free market system and it was called the 'gilded age' for a reason, all you have to do is read 'The Jungle' by Upton Sinclair to see what a free market produces i...
by JonBanes
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: genetically engineered foods
Replies: 52
Views: 6104

Re: genetically engineered foods

Update: I finally looked at the frontline background on Cotton in India and it didn't really refute the anti-GM argument as some claimed. In fact, there's more on the cotton controversy here: http://www.celsias.com/article/gm-failures-continue/ here: http://www.non-gm-farmers.com/news_details.asp?I...
by JonBanes
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is it hard to stop cracking knuckles?
Replies: 35
Views: 7815

Re: Why is it hard to stop cracking knuckles?

1. It's an oscillating nerve cycle. In laymens' terms, this means that an electrical signal gets caught up in a repeating cycle. This is why it feels so weird when you don't crack your knuckles for a while. 2. You will not get arthiritis by cracking your knuckles. People say this because it is a di...
by JonBanes
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Is your world really that black and white? You can have some type of patent/copyright, you don't have to either have no copyright at all or life copyright. My solution would probably be to allow for a 10 year copyright, that only applies to certain customers (say industries over a certain size). Th...
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

However, those assumptions are based on reason and not on faith or belief. I think that's a nice thing to believe. :) The bigger mechanism I mentioned is our desire to believe what we want to believe. Or in other words, use our rational mind to justify what our more intuitive functions have already...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

JonBanes: I guess what I really wanted to debate here wasn't science and religion necessarily (which has a messy definition that makes debate difficult) but reason and faith, the rest is semantics. Here's my theory. Reason and faith are two different tools for two different jobs. The real goal in l...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

One that is not supported as far as I can find it anywhere in any dictionary. Wikipedia: "Religion" is sometimes used interchangeably with "faith" or "belief system," Merriam-Webster: "a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith" Oxf...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

There are two currents that run the deepest in western thought, those of Socrates and Abraham. These two men have had more influence on the way we think than any two men in history. Two of our most influential institutions have formed on the basis of these two men, science and religion respectively....
by JonBanes
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

I don't know if this has come up as a specific topic thread, but I want yous guys' input. Can religion and science really be reconciled? There are two main branches of western thought, Abraham and Socrates, which gave rise to the western religious traditions and the scientific method, respectively. ...
by JonBanes
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Well it looks like I was completely wrong about gene patents, but I think my confusion arose from the lack of legal precedent in the US and the prevalence of biased information. The current system still seems to stifle research with alot of unnecessary red tape and I feel it still needs a reform, bu...
by JonBanes
Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Using the metal catalyst example, if you discover a new metal, you can't patent it. But, if you discover a new metal and show that it has utility as a catalyst, you can patent the use of that metal as a catalyst. If someone else discovers that the metal is valuable as a component in electronics, th...
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Jealousy
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

Re: Jealousy

I agree that finding an adequate definition is difficult, but how can we approach these questions of why and how without one? It'd just be arguing semantic all day long and i'll leave that to the linguists. Obviously it's nuanced but I don't think it's ineffable. On another note, I saw a cool experi...
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Life Patents: I too have a strong sense that life forms, or portions thereof, are not suitable for patents. Innovation then is probably going to be financed either by government support for research or private grants (such as the X Prize). I can't comment on the specifics of the issue, but in gener...
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Life Patents: I, too, have a strong sense that life forms, or portions thereof, are not suitable for patents. Claimed: a process whereby certain agricultural plants are made hardier against drought, wherein <such-and-such a gene> is added to the genome of <any of a list of plants>. I'm not a patent...
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

Monoculture: I don;t think there should be laws against it, necessarily, but any farmer who knows anything will realize that if you have field after field of the exact same type of plant, you are S.O.L. if you get a parasite that just loves that particular plant. The problem is that while you risk ...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

Re: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

But remember this is not a 'you should all be vegetarians' thread, please keep your solutions omnivorous! You sure? Going mostly vegetarian - just changing the ratio of edible animals to plants in the US to favor plants - would significantly help our agricultural sustainability. We wouldn't need to...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading while walking
Replies: 27
Views: 5752

Re: Reading while walking

I used to work grounds at CU-Boulder and the grounds crew there has some nicknames for some of the people who hangout around campus (Boulder is a safe-haven for crazies). There is one girl who they call 'walking-girl' cause all she does is walk around campus, several times a day. Not too fast not to...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: genetically engineered foods
Replies: 52
Views: 6104

Re: genetically engineered foods

Here's another admitedlly alarmist.but provoking article about the effects of GM foods: http://fooddemocracy.wordpress.com/2007/12/10/50-harmful-effects-of-genetically-engineered-ge-genetically-modified-gm-food/ In general, I'd again agree the problem here comes from the companies marketing this fo...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)
Replies: 26
Views: 3206

US Farming Policy (Boring but Important)

It has been suggested by some that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) should be called the USDF or US Dept. of Food to highlight that they have a large impact on the single most important thing we as humans consume. We are, after all, what we eat. I would like to state, right off the...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana (Serious Business Style)
Replies: 95
Views: 10699

Re: Marijuana (Serious Business Style)

So let me get this straight, please correct me if I'm wrong: 1) Marijuana has more potentially cancerigen substances than tobaco like amonnia and nitrogen oxides. 2) However there is not the expected lung cancer 3) THC has been speculated, but not proven yet, to have anticancirogen properties. 4) T...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: genetically engineered foods
Replies: 52
Views: 6104

Re: genetically engineered foods

@Cerbie I really dont think we disagree, but I would like to clarify a few points: The FDA is responsible for food and drug safety (hence the name, Food and Drug administration) and any GMO has to be safe for human consuption, just like any new crop or drug EPA assesses the enviromental impact of AN...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Jealousy
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

Re: Jealousy

From an evolutionary stand point I fail to see the difference between the various kinds of jealousy this thread has decided to flesh out. Is there really that much of a difference between jealousy of a new car and the desire for a monogamous relationship? We may call the former jealousy and the latt...
by JonBanes
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do you know what this is? (eye conditions)
Replies: 11
Views: 2101

Re: Do you know what this is? (eye conditions)

While eyes may appear to be different colors at different times, the wavelengths of light that are reflected off an eye will remain constant under short time spans (think years here). This amazing color shift is actually done by the observer of the eyes' color, not the eyes under observation. Surrou...
by JonBanes
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?
Replies: 30
Views: 4719

Re: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?

Yeah, that was way off...haha. It's only about 8% of a large part of asia, but 8% of a billion is still 80,000,000 so it's still quite an accomplishment (even the 8% bit is debatable) Careful, what was the population of Asia in 1389 or whenever? Population growth could skew your figures in a big wa...
by JonBanes
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?
Replies: 30
Views: 4719

Re: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?

Genghis Khan was one of the most successful conquerors of all time and, as such, slept with the appropriate amount of women. About a third of the Chinese population is believed to be a direct descendant of this prolific and fecund individual. I think 1/3rd is rather high, but it is true that there ...
by JonBanes
Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?
Replies: 30
Views: 4719

Re: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?

Genghis Khan was one of the most successful conquerors of all time and, as such, slept with the appropriate amount of women. About a third of the Chinese population is believed to be a direct descendant of this prolific and fecund individual.
by JonBanes
Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?
Replies: 30
Views: 4719

Re: Strange sex facts, does anyone give a damn?

Homo sapiens are... not chimpanzees. Neither are bonobos, although both chimpanzees and bonobos belong the the genus Pan . As for bonobo "sex", these are typically really brief encounters, less than 30 seconds. Female-female and male-male pairings aren't uncommon, but the sex, such as it ...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: genetically engineered foods
Replies: 52
Views: 6104

Re: genetically engineered foods

I have, as of yet, not heard an argument against Genetically engineered foods that cannot also be applied to any domesticated organism or agriculture in general. This makes the position of against GMOs difficult to defend without resorting to either lying or sounding like a back-woods survivalist. T...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pine needle recipes
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

Re: Pine needle recipes

Ephedra is not a conifer (so this doesn't really answer your question), but it is the sister group to conifers (according to the most recent phylogenetic trees) so maybe it counts. Traditionally it is steeped in a tea also called "Mormon Tea" because Mormons are forbidden from consuming a...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 113143

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

in On the Origin of Species It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so dif...
by JonBanes
Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Parasite life-cycles
Replies: 8
Views: 2073

Parasite life-cycles

I don't know how many parasitologists lurk these boards, but I have found that parasite life-cycles to be pretty much the most alien sounding thing I have ever heard of. Here's one I got told about recently: We shall start the parasite off in the gut of a ruminant mammal like a cow or a sheep and it...

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