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by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

So if I'm understanding the argument right, it's basically this: some guy tries to talk to girls that he is attracted to, and fails, and eventually realizes that they are turned off by his hygiene. So he changes his hygiene. Is that "betraying who he really is"? Maybe, but it's a change h...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Now that I think about it... maybe there's a bias for PUA based upon how people would join PUA. PUA has a lot to do with applying understanding of sociology and psychology towards getting phone numbers (over generalization). If that's the case, the people most likely to take up that skill are peopl...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

All of those except for "Intermittent reinforcement" and "Jealousy plotline" are forms of showing that you're not interested so that you have a chance to actually meet the person you're talking to rather than just being told to fuck off like every other guy (Hey, aren't people a...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Now here's a question for you: What if those manipulative tactics are used subconsciously by people who were born and raised with it all their lives? What if those manipulative tactics are ingrained into a person's personality? Would you still call it manipulation? Would you still say that the pers...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Needs to be the same as =/= benefits from being slightly more like. Sorry, but you're going to need more than one noun in this sentence if you want me to understand it. My understanding is that the sentence actually has two nouns when properly parsed: "Needs to be the same as" =/= "b...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

I'm just going to concede that those two methods can possibly be construed as "manipulation", but that to attack the entire, non-homogeneous PUA community for those two techniques would be committing the fallacy of composition. Surely you read my previous thread where Savoy pointed out 9 ...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

All of those except for "Intermittent reinforcement" and "Jealousy plotline" are forms of showing that you're not interested so that you have a chance to actually meet the person you're talking to rather than just being told to fuck off like every other guy (Hey, aren't people a...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

But you'd rather shorten your quote history so that you can pretend that you're talking with one person, eh? I shortened the quote history because it's good manners not to dump enormous block quotes in one's posts. TL;DR, the only claim that I made was the one refuting your claim. Apparently you en...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Sorry. I should not have used the term "You" in that case. I should have used the term "pickup artists" instead. Ok, so help me understand here. What qualifies as "manipulation?" I've heard people in here saying that you should not "work on being more skilled with...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

No, I only talked about sexual dimorphism, you know, the fact that males and females are physically different. If heterosexual females experienced attraction in the exact same way as heterosexual males, then why would said heterosexual females be attracted to a different half of the population than...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Other than that, attacks on the PUA community pretty much amount to attacks on the idea of openly discussing how to win a woman's affections. I think a lot of people, and women especially, are disturbed at the idea that there is a "how" at all. We are taught from an early age that one day...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

"Men and women are attracted to the exact same things" "Sexual dimorphism would suggest otherwise" "THAT'S OFF TOPIC" Actually, you presented absolutely no evidence that any differences exist between the ways women and men experience attraction (your comment was by the...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Other than that, attacks on the PUA community pretty much amount to attacks on the idea of openly discussing how to win a woman's affections. I think a lot of people, and women especially, are disturbed at the idea that there is a "how" at all. We are taught from an early age that one day...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

You're putting words in other people's mouths. PUAs (in general, not all) try their best to not be manipulative, despite what you're saying that they tell people to do. Ah, I see, it's the "no true Scotsman" argument. No REAL pickup artist would ever advocate (DANGER: NSFW/PUA LINKS) neru...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Belial wrote:Like, clearly attraction in women has to be built. Whereas in men it just happens.



Women get unexplained, spontaneous boners, too? Sweet.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoral_erection

This lesson in basic human sexuality brought to you by the letter 5, and the number H.
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

let's invent bullshit misogynistic "theories" Really? Which PUA hypothesises (I'd be hard pressed to call them theories as you do, as none of them have really been around for 50+ years) are woman hating? "Theory" is in quotes for exactly that reason. Anyway, the answer is pretty...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275905

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

The "friend-zone" is bullshit, because it pretends that if you weren't friends, she would have sex with you. The truth is that if you weren't friends, she still wouldn't have sex with you. This is where we get into "ladder theory": there aren't two ladders, like ladder theory su...
by ++$_
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 11617

Re: Textbook publishing ills

As Richard Hofstadter pointed out 50 years ago, anti-intellectualism has been prevalent in America ever since Europeans got here. It is not something new that has developed in the last 50 years.
by ++$_
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple binomial coefficient question
Replies: 5
Views: 1478

Re: Simple binomial coefficient question

mfb wrote:I don't think your formula is right, or identical to Vandermonde's identity. This identity would require that one part is (q over r-t) with some constant r, in order to have t+(r-t)=r constant.
That is why you first use the identity {p+k choose t} = {p+k choose p+k-t}.
by ++$_
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple binomial coefficient question
Replies: 5
Views: 1478

Re: Simple binomial coefficient question

In general, I do not believe there is a simplification. However, if p <= n, then there is the following:

sum_{t=0}^n {p choose t} {p+k choose t} = {2p + k choose p}.

(e.g. by Vandermonde's identity).
by ++$_
Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 11617

Re: Textbook publishing ills

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Why would they want to eliminate Thomas Jefferson?
The whole "cutting bits out of the New Testament to get rid of all the supernatural elements including the resurrection and all references to Jesus' divinity" thing rubs some Christians the wrong way.
by ++$_
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178169

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

f health insurance is intended to help cover the cost of healthcare, why would we omit birth control? After all, birth control ensures the well-being of women, particularly those who are either financially or emotionally incapable of handling pregnancy or children. Isn't that *why we have medicine*...
by ++$_
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 11617

Re: Textbook publishing ills

And of course attractiveness does not necessarily have anything to do with the golden ratio, and if they want to teach kids that the golden ratio is interesting maybe they should do it using some actual interesting property of the number instead of some made-up non-mathematical self-esteem-destroyin...
by ++$_
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 11617

Re: Textbook publishing ills

I recently saw a textbook that had a whole page of problems like this: "Suppose that there is a linear relationship between the number of hours Tom studies for his math exam and his grade on the exam. If Tom studies for three hours, he will get a grade of 80%. If Tom studies for four hours, he ...
by ++$_
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

I think Screen317 was asking another poster to think about their own answer (regarding viral diversity) and thus come to the conclusion taht high diversity = high mutation rate, essentially. I also get the impression that Screen317 knows the answer. A quick Pubmed search gives the following informa...
by ++$_
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Things as common as being a leap year baby
Replies: 7
Views: 1705

Re: Things as common as being a leap year baby

Living in Norway Given that you're an American, living in (choose one) Scottsdale, AZ / Fremont, CA / Birmingham, AL Given that you're a Canadian, living in Whitehorse, YT Being born while the clock at Big Ben is striking midnight Given that you're in Fenway Park at full capacity, actually participa...
by ++$_
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

The question is, how long is that period? Is it weeks (as suggested by screen317) or years (as suggested by me)? I never said weeks... Well, what you said was, "If the virus sufficiently mutated either prior to or during transmission, then no," in answer to the scenario "A week ago, ...
by ++$_
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Just because the RNA has changed, does not mean it has changed enough to be unrecognizable by antibodies. Small changes can easily leave it functionally identical externally. But the period between when you catch a cold for the first time and when you might catch a descendant of the cold you alread...
by ++$_
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Looking for a special spiral!
Replies: 24
Views: 4659

Re: Looking for a special spiral!

t1mm01994 wrote:When the arclength is 0, it's at distance 1 from the origin, so it starts on the circle with radius 1 around the origin.
No, that's backwards -- but the definition still makes sense on the complement of any neighborhood of 0, right?
by ++$_
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Two people have suggested this already, but it makes no sense to me: why would the virus have mutated so much in being transmitted from a single person to another? If that happened regularly, you would be able to re-catch your own cold. Which basically isn't possible as far as I know. It does happe...
by ++$_
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Looking for a special spiral!
Replies: 24
Views: 4659

Re: Looking for a special spiral!

In polar coordinates, arc length is given by the formula \int_a^b \sqrt{r\,^2 + (r\,')^2}\,dt. You want 2^r = \int_0^r \sqrt{r(t)^2 + (r\,'(t))^2}\,dt. Taking derivatives of both sides and then squaring yields the non-linear differential equation 4^r (\ln...
by ++$_
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

I was assuming screen317 knew more than I did. Anyway, colds clearly mutate at spectacular rates or else, at which most people catch them, we'd all be immune by the end of the year and it'd die off. With this in mind, whilst it mutating significantly through one transmission is probably very unlike...
by ++$_
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical thinking
Replies: 6
Views: 2093

Re: Mathematical thinking

I don't think I've ever had a religious experience while doing math, partly because at that time, I am too busy doing math.
by ++$_
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 8327

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Two people have suggested this already, but it makes no sense to me: why would the virus have mutated so much in being transmitted from a single person to another? If that happened regularly, you would be able to re-catch your own cold. Which basically isn't possible as far as I know. Anyway, while ...
by ++$_
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quesion about addition of inverses of odd positive integers
Replies: 20
Views: 4773

Re: Quesion about addition of inverses of odd positive integ

Ya . Good one. Thanks. And ya i am an idiot. Now tell me. Do there exist only finite number of solutions for this kind of problem? No. For example, suppose r = 1/a 1 + 1/a 2 + ... + 1/a n . Write 1/a n = 1/(a n +2) + 2/(a n (a n + 2)), then expand 2/(a n (a n +2)) as a sum of odd Egyptian fractions...
by ++$_
Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 303234

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

If you're looking for deck suggestions: The cheapest deck in Modern is almost certainly storm. You will have to fight through dedicated sideboard hate, but the deck is strong and it's mostly commons, so it should be easy to obtain. Here is a list from the recent GP that was undefeated on Day 1: 2 Ha...
by ++$_
Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Show that G has a normal subgroup of order nm
Replies: 19
Views: 6591

Re: Homework: Determine whether a subgroup is normal

Sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. Basically, the key insight is that if g is any permutation and k = (a b c ... z), then gkg -1 is not just any cycle of the appropriate length, but specifically (g(a) g(b) g(c) ... g(z)). This is easy to prove -- just do it element by element. Then suppose that (a b c ......
by ++$_
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quesion about addition of inverses of odd positive integers
Replies: 20
Views: 4773

Re: Quesion about addition of inverses of odd positive integ

Uh, actually, I'm pretty sure it is possible to find ones that add up to 2. Did you read the Wikipedia page? I mean, sure, the usual odd greedy expansion for 2 doesn't work under your stipulation, because it has a 1 in it. So just take the fractions up to 111, subtract that from 2, and find the odd ...
by ++$_
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Show that G has a normal subgroup of order nm
Replies: 19
Views: 6591

Re: Homework: Determine whether a subgroup is normal

Well, it shouldn't be so hard to prove. If you can prove it for a single cycle, you can prove it for any permutation because if k1 and k2 are two disjoint cycles, then gk1k2g-1 = (gk1g-1)(gk2g-1) (and these are disjoint cycles).

So you just have to check it for a single cycle.
by ++$_
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Show that G has a normal subgroup of order nm
Replies: 19
Views: 6591

Re: Homework: Determine whether a subgroup is normal

Well, once you have discovered the general principle that all the conjugates of an element in Sn have the same ____________ as the original element, then you don't have to actually do any computation.

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