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by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do Chameleons Not Use Camoufloge?
Replies: 23
Views: 2887

Re: Why do Chameleons Not Use Camoufloge?

Roosters crow to establish their territory, and being the first to do so in the morning (before sunrise) gives them an advantage. Fish have adequate memories that are well suited to their environments (and small brains). Your ferret is in a cage and so doesn't have anywhere else to go. I feel like t...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 405359

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Wilford Brimley is truly a visionary.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 405359

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Ginger wrote:It's supposed to be cutey yet it just makes me nauseous as F bomb.

It's not as bad as "preggers," but "F bomb" is another one.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1951
Views: 405359

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I'm not familiar with " huggles," but "preggers" may just be the worst" "cute" version of a word of all time.
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

It's like a theory. I was drawing an analogy. But either way, note that not every theory is a good theory or a scientific theory. I think it is reasonable to say there are theories of astrology (fields of study which attempt to understand our behavior and fate in terms of positions of astronomical b...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 608
Views: 75496

Re: Science-based what-if questions

The word is just "suppose," not "supposedly."
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

Religion is like a theory, with superstitions one example of the hypotheses it contains. (Religion also contains lots of other things besides superstitions of course.)
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

Re: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"

So for instance, each tuple of (0,0,0,0), (0,0,1,1), (1,1,0,0), (1,0,1,0), (0,1,0,1), (0,1,1,0), (1,0,0,1), and (1,1,1,1) has a minimum distance of 2 to each other? But (0,0,0,1) wouldn't fit, because it has a minimum distance of 1? This is an application of Hamming Distance.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

As a clearer example, L. Ron Hubbard invented Scientology.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

Buddhism isn't just a set of beliefs; it seems more about a method than anything else. In that case, it makes little sense to "discover" the method unless you mean that the method already existed and that you found it. (The latter makes total sense; if I had never heard of Buddhism before,...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

That doesn't make a lot of sense to me either. Religion seems fundamentally organized. If you subscribe to a particular religion, you also subscribe to its dogmas (or at least some of them), which fits Pfhorrest's definition. But if you just believe in God or some other unsupportable idea, that does...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

It wouldn't be religion (in the sense of "believe this whether it makes sense or not") That's a definition of dogma, not religion. Buddhism has most of the classic elements of religion: an organized set of common beliefs that are not evident, including a belief in the supernatural and lif...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

It's better than Glaxo, Burroughs, Wellcome, Smith, Kline, Beecham, & Co.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

They could easily be given complete information about their own creation, though.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

danlovy wrote:Many of these creatures parish during the experiment. Is there cruelty to abstract animals?

If they are already creating their own parishes, you have reason to be concerned.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 4586

Re: Yet another FTL question...

But what if we increase the speed of light in 2208?
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 3000

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

Let's say we either live in an infinite universe that either has truly "constant" physical constants but (on the largest scales) uniformly random initial conditions, or perhaps even an infinite universe with uniformly random physical constants and initial conditions. In either case, there ...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

Theoretically, in my state you can be sentenced to 60 days in prison, a $500 fine, and community service in removing litter from public land. So don't start throwing big numbers around unless you plan on picking them up!
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

There is definitely some Mary/marry stuff going on.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I rhyme "crayon" with "man." I'm not sure it's the same thing, though. The two syllable "cray-on" pronunciations dominate in the U.S. as elsewhere, but that's not the case with "Bayer," at least I don't think it is. Judging by its commercials, the monosyllabic...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you guys rhyme "Bayer" with "bear"? How about Layer/lair and payer/pear? For me, "Bayer" and "bear" are both /bɛɚ/, while "payer" and "pear" are quite different: /ˈpeɪ.ɚ/ and /pɛɚ/. For "layer" and "lair," they sound ...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sugar and Vitamin/Mineral Absorption
Replies: 8
Views: 1924

Re: Sugar and Vitamin/Mineral Absorption

Apart from the details, the basic assumption I have seen in references like these to the evils of refined sugar (sucrose crystals) is that it is metabolized more rapidly than other foods. The basic metric used to measure the rate of metabolism of carbohydrates is the glycemic index, which measures t...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

That numberphile video is talking about something different then I am. All the data on that DVD? That's one big number. It's illegal to share that big number because that would be copying copyrighted data. Yet, on paper, you can't copyright a number because it is discovered, not created. Remember t...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

This thread never disappoints.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

I propose a third option, neither. Discovery and invention simply split unimportant hairs for semantic and legal purposes. Chimpanzees have been shown to take blades of grass, push them into ant hills and pull out delicious ants. Did it discover or invent this? Doesn't matter, it is a product of th...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper in vacuum thermos
Replies: 8
Views: 1744

Re: Copper in vacuum thermos

Copper reacts against environmental acids (verdigris) and may do for the copper what the chromium oxide does for Stainless (and has famous and historical repute of antimicrobial and antifungal effects *edit: Ninjaed!*), but any visible discoloration of a 'wetted' surface would put me off. Marketing...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

I propose that it is only an invention if the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office grants you a patent, and an unfunded invention otherwise.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

That is why it is just a question of definitions. One might be sympathetic to the above position, but if you are using "A discovery is a truth that is independent of human existence" pi is not a discovery, because of the dependency going back to human modeling activity. All abstract objec...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

However, the mathematical notion of a circle is an abstraction. A set of infinitely small points that are the same distance from a center. The fact that these points are infinitely small creates the need for a transcendental number to express the ratio to the radius. That construct does not exist i...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Video on the Definition of Species
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Re: Video on the Definition of Species

By the way, that video is mostly just about animal species. DIfferentiating species in other kingdoms can get even more complicated. For instance, individual plants in some genera such as Mentha (mint) are nearly all hybrids, and have been for quite a while.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper in vacuum thermos
Replies: 8
Views: 1744

Copper in vacuum thermos

For Christmas, my employer gave me a vacuum-insulated stainless steel tumbler that says the inner wall is copper-plated. What is the role of the copper in keeping drinks hot or cold?
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 7413

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

That the circumference of a circle has a constant ratio to its diameter was a discovery, albeit a very ancient one. Approximate values for this constant were later discovered, with increasing accuracy. The symbol "π" was assigned to this constant, though it was not invented for that purpos...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 608
Views: 75496

Re: Science-based what-if questions

How should I build a machine that swaps my face with my butt, assuming I have the technology to build it?
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Melting Wood
Replies: 18
Views: 2932

Re: Melting Wood

Isn't lignin also a major component? I don't know too much about plant chemistry. Of course, the result is similar. As you heat it, it will decompose into a wide variety of organic compounds, most of them simple. Some will be volatile and boil almost immediately, others more slowly, and still others...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 608
Views: 75496

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Very carefully
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 3689

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

In a crazy straw, you can suck water to a precise point where the edge is vertical, or even hanging in midair. That is definitely something that can't happen in a pipe. I thought you were saying that surface tension was somehow necessary for a straw to work.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 3689

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

The question is if you could hold water in a straw more than about 10 m long. If you could, then friction would play a significant role. But I'm pretty sure you can't.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 2719

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

I guess it depends on what you take "sleep" to mean. If I said "fairies sleep in my basement," I think you could reasonably say that is false. If I said "all fairies sleep in my basement" or "every fairy sleeps in my basement," I feel like it would be different.
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 2719

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

"This sentence is true" is true but "This sentence is not true" has no consistent truth value. Also arguably most statements as well as their negations have no truth value because they're things like "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." I would argue that this is e...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Making a lava lamp
Replies: 12
Views: 3786

Re: Making a lava lamp

Your kidding right? perchloroethylene is carcinogenic and has been known to cause cancer among many other things. It's used in brakleen, dry cleaning....... The fact that it is used in dry cleaning should suggest to you that it is comparatively safe, not comparatively dangerous. Unless you try to p...

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