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Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals
Replies: 10
Views: 9574

### Re: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals

Here's what is true: if two functions are *analytic*, then if they agree on some measurable interval they must be identical. I don't think "not piecewise" is even a category of functions, but even if so, it's not equivalent to being analytic. Analytic functions are a strict but rich and ex...
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals
Replies: 10
Views: 9574

### Re: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals

I don't think being piecewise is a property of the function.
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 338
Views: 197243

### Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)

"Nihilist Girl" is a pseudo-autobiographical novel by Sofya Kovalevskaya, an important 19th century algebrist. "Age of Entanglement" is about fun things in quantum mechanics. Alma mater shoutout, Louisa Gilder was a Dartmouth '00 (I an '06.) Less bookishly, Sabine Hossenfelder ha...
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 5229

### Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Porn most certainly has a high aesthetic value. That is basically the entire appeal, really.
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 5229

### Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

And, pray tell, how would one arrive at a correct conclusion when starting from incorrect premises? You could get to a conclusion that is correct *given* premises (but I dispute them), or you could get to a conclusion that is correct *given* certain logic (but ah you left something out), or somethi...
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 5229

### Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

It is a stunning feat to have incorrect premises, incorrect logic, and incorrect conclusion all in one post. Bravo.
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 5187

### Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Tub wrote:(remember, you're crossing somebody's event horizon right now)

If you are at this moment doing some very deep boning or surgery, maybe.
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 5187

### Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Is there any school of thought that says "Look, we currently have very-little-to-no idea what it is like inside a black hole, in physical reality, so the question is unverifiable either way and therefore meaningless." ? No, we can definitely say that it is a bad question. The answer isn't...
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 5187

### Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 19
Views: 2237

### Re: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?

I have two problems being too intelligent Claw your ways into situations that will help disabuse you of this notion. Good luck. My first thought was that you were telling me to surround myself with more intelligent people than myself so that I am aware that I am not always the most intelligent pers...
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 19
Views: 2237

### Re: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?

I have two problems being too intelligent Claw your ways into situations that will help disabuse you of this notion. Good luck. As for when to use spoilers, observe local custom. For example, http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=23118 Or, if there is a thread market "full of spoiler...
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 11753

### Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

There is a great deal of fantastic modern and abstract art, but Rothko is well and truly useless.
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A poem for a day
Replies: 91
Views: 39382

### Re: A poem for a day

Spawn of Fantasies Silting the appraisable Pig Cupid his rosy snout Rooting erotic garbage “Once upon a time” Pulls a weed white and star-topped Among wild oats sewn in mucous-membrane I would an eye in a bengal light Eternity in a sky-rocket Constellations in an ocean Whose rivers run no fresher Th...
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 253704

### Re: Recommend a book

For a homework assignment I need to compare and contrast a good blag with a bad blag. The good blag is obvious, but I could not think of any bad blags. Do you have any recommendations? P.S. \$5 says you cannot say 'bad blag' 10 times fast. https://motls.blogspot.com/ It is notoriously terrible among...
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Magic needs rules if you are making a DnD sourcebook. For other purposes, this is much less important.

Ranbot wrote:
doogly wrote:Mostly it's not the setting that does it for me...
So what does? Apart from the niche of 19th century Russia...

Psychological insight, emotional evocation.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Mostly it's not the setting that does it for me, but it's true that I've never read a book set in 19th century Russia that I didn't like.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

wait so what you're trying to tell me is that one's taste in literature is a matter of taste

i was not ready for a truth of this magnitude before my third cup of coffee
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

The Handmaid's Tale and Harry Potter are great examples of things I find profoundly uninteresting, yes.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

That is literally the least interesting part of a story.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Also legit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 5923

### Re: Vegetarianism

Kit. wrote:What is missing here is some excuses for not applying this "inflicting suffering is immoral" to procreation itself.

Seriously, you have no idea how many field mice get killed when I do this.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 5923

### Re: Vegetarianism

elasto wrote:As pointed out, veganism is certainly more ethical than vegetarianism.

Maybe some people are certain of that. Probably just vegans though.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 4385

### Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

It is good to realize that the standards by which we judge, evaluate and incorporate our notions of truth, morality, etc, are purely aesthetic.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 5923

### Re: Vegetarianism

Also, screw you for saying abortion is immoral. I don't quite understand what you mean. Are you saying you want abortions to happen? The best alternatives to an abortion would require a time machine, and while those would be helpful here, they have so many other down sides that I think we're defini...
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 5923

### Re: Vegetarianism

FlatAssembler wrote:It's hard to argue that abortion is moral

I absolutely do not break a sweat.

Also you are guessing at why people eat meat very poorly. It is not the best guessing. You should try other guesses.
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I don't see what's so absurd about that, and I'm pretty sure a fair number of other people don't either. There are also a fair number of people who don't see what's so absurd about flat earth theory. A flat earth is not dismissably absurd, it's *demonstrably* wrong. You have to leave the house to d...
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Oh so this is like a game where you are defining what a soul could be like? I totally dig this kind of game. Game, yes. But not in the sense of a children's amusement. More like war game, or language game, or game theory Right, big kid amusement. So then if your blog post is jumping in and playing ...
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Oh so this is like a game where you are defining what a soul could be like? I totally dig this kind of game.
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Have you tried plugging it in?
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I don't argue that a Turing machine can't be conscious. I argue that specific types of Turing machines are unlikely to be conscious. That is even weirder. But I don't see how there can be continuity of consciousness in highly discretized processes in a system. I don't see how that matters for anyth...
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Yeah I feel like it is absurd to suggest that there is something magic about the wet carbon in your brain that contributes to consciousness in a way that the exact same processing executing in silicon or abacus would lack. I don't think it would be terribly likely to get the same processes executed ...
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 6695

### Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Nah, a good part of this is definitely arguments from incredulity. You don't believe that consciousness can be embodied in "unlikely" mediums (repeatedly calling the idea "patently absurd"), like a Turing machine. I don't make this argument. Several of your later "refutatio...
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hi! Looking for someone, no, I am not a bot or something
Replies: 6
Views: 2078

### Re: Hi! Looking for someone, no, I am not a bot or something

Soupspoon wrote:(not admins who maybe could scrape it from the forum backend DB, but probably ought not to)

There's always bribes. You could try bribes.
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone remember the story about the disabled village?
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

### Re: Does anyone remember the story about the disabled village?

Sizik wrote:
adamrobbins2018 wrote:And aparently the doctors gave the people wheely-braces for their backs so they could walk around bent backwards or something.

You'd think it would be easier and more comfortable to just give them wheelchairs like everyone else.

What? A morality play is overwrought? No, no, I refuse to believe it.
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 1981

### Re: "Generalized" polygons?

There is a really neat history of Euler's work on this:
https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0510054

Euler was a beast.
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 2529

### Re: Word Based Consciousness

Yeah, there is a certain appeal to this line of theorizing, but as Phorrest has said, very discredited.
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 2729

### Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

It's a question of font. Every beta I see looks like that eszett though.
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 48188

### Re: Libertarianism

Tyndmyr wrote:I definitely think that personal ownership should remain an option.

I'm sticking with all property is theft.
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

### Re: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.

OK I would roll up the sleeves and get started on some Solving Difficult Problems. I highly recommend Mechanics - Kleppner and Kolenkow Electricity and Magnetism - Purcell Calculus - Spivak I spent quality time with the first two when actually learning them. Spivak's Calculus I was too late to the p...
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The theory of everything shouldn't exist
Replies: 11
Views: 2383

### Re: The theory of everything shouldn't exist

OP is never coming back. Pour one out for OP.