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by doogly
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals
Replies: 10
Views: 10835

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...
by doogly
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals
Replies: 10
Views: 10835

Re: Equivalency on Mutliple Intervals

I don't think being piecewise is a property of the function.
by doogly
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 203750

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...
by doogly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 11373

Re: Is adult media inherently better than child media?

Porn most certainly has a high aesthetic value. That is basically the entire appeal, really.
by doogly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 11373

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...
by doogly
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is adult media inherently better than child media?
Replies: 55
Views: 11373

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.
by doogly
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 7653

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.
by doogly
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 7653

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...
by doogly
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 32
Views: 5750

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...
by doogly
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: When to Use Spoiler Warnings?
Replies: 32
Views: 5750

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...
by doogly
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 14481

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

There is a great deal of fantastic modern and abstract art, but Rothko is well and truly useless.
by doogly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A poem for a day
Replies: 91
Views: 42076

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...
by doogly
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 261309

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...
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

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.
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

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.
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

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
by doogly
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

The Handmaid's Tale and Harry Potter are great examples of things I find profoundly uninteresting, yes.
by doogly
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

That is literally the least interesting part of a story.
by doogly
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

Also legit.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 11796

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.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 11796

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.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 8049

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.
by doogly
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 11796

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...
by doogly
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 11796

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.
by doogly
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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 ...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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.
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Have you tried plugging it in?
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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 ...
by doogly
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 9663

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...
by doogly
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: 3473

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.
by doogly
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone remember the story about the disabled village?
Replies: 4
Views: 4141

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.
by doogly
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 3167

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.
by doogly
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 4078

Re: Word Based Consciousness

Yeah, there is a certain appeal to this line of theorizing, but as Phorrest has said, very discredited.
by doogly
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: 4034

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.
by doogly
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 76237

Re: Libertarianism

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

I'm sticking with all property is theft.
by doogly
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: 3271

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...
by doogly
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The theory of everything shouldn't exist
Replies: 11
Views: 3392

Re: The theory of everything shouldn't exist

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

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