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by zealo
Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

so whether you know the people or not has an effect on your moral obligation to not let them get hit by a train?
by zealo
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Power (merged threads)
Replies: 325
Views: 52234

Re: Nuclear Power, what's your issue with it?

However with ocean trenches unlike space craft there is no risk of the craft exploding on take off spreading radioactive debris over hundreds of square kilometers. This has happen before when a Soviet radar satellite powered by a nuclear reactor crashed in the Canadian arctic. Never mind how expens...
by zealo
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 11990

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

i'm torn between a lame pun on capital criticism or pointing out your grammar errors. :(

if they do have something our medicine can't deal with, is it not likely to spread to a number of people which is higher than the number of people in their tribe?
by zealo
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 11990

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

why is no one worried about catching diseases from them? seems arrogant to me. even if they are left alone completely, eventually they will expand enough NEED (from their point of view) to attack some nearby village/town, more modern tribe, loggers, etc to continue expanding (or they die out before ...
by zealo
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

so it's the surprise? not the loss? is there not just as much 'surprise' for the track worker's family? would you rather lose 5 close relatives to organ failure or have one murdered?
by zealo
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

We're getting quite far away from a realistic situation here. Basically, if you also add in that somehow, this will also not cause other people to be afraid of being killed randomly by strangers for their organs, AND that the "donor" doesn't have any family or friends or colleagues to be ...
by zealo
Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 1800s Era Defense/Assault Puzzle
Replies: 29
Views: 3915

Re: 1800s Era Defense/Assault Puzzle

with a weeks worth of fuel, you aren't going to be able to take on everyone with your tank
by zealo
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 11990

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

eventually, they are going to come into contact with the rest of the planet. surely the sooner that happens the less of a 'shock' it will be? if they thought the spanish were gods, what are they going to think of people 300 years from now?
by zealo
Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

That is to say, I see it as no more or less moral to flip the switch than not, therefore I use the aforementioned distinction. then from a moral standpoint, why do you flip the switch? Hmm. My wording was unclear here. I meant that the act of flipping the switch isn't a morally relevant variable to...
by zealo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

hypothetical land, we are assuming the transplant will work, which implies they are all coincidently perfect matches.
by zealo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics of Falling Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2215

Re: Physics of Falling Question

my intuition says that rolling as tight as possible, rather than folding, is the way to go here.
by zealo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possibility of a Cloud City?
Replies: 33
Views: 4375

Re: Possibility of a Cloud City?

I don't know if a planet like this would be stable, but if you had a gas giant made of "heavy" gases like xenon and argon, your cloud city could float solely thanks to the fact that it is full of lighter oxygen and nitrogen. Hell, since breathable nitrogen is unnecessary for animal life (...
by zealo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

The fact that the other person died is merely an unfortunate side-effect, rather than the intention of the act; hence the distinction I drew between killing versus choosing which died. explain this further please? i am reading it as 'because the group was saved before - rather than after - the indi...
by zealo
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A+ paper the teacher hated
Replies: 21
Views: 3135

Re: A+ paper the teacher hated

it created this thread
by zealo
Sat May 31, 2008 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ornithological experiment, or, what the hell is this bird?
Replies: 12
Views: 1969

Re: Ornithological experiment, or, what the hell is this bird?

my first thought before reading anything was "goose?"

but i know very little of birds
by zealo
Sat May 31, 2008 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

i still do not think 1 and 2 are different situations, i feel the reasoning presented in this thread has large holes in it. how do people have different answers for 1 and 2? that organ recipients lives are worse than 'normal' people's was being ignored i assumed (like 3rd options in 3) how is flippi...
by zealo
Sat May 31, 2008 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A+ paper the teacher hated
Replies: 21
Views: 3135

Re: A+ paper the teacher hated

i thought that was a pretty creative way to express frustration
by zealo
Wed May 28, 2008 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 15574

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

how do people have different answers for 1 and 2? that organ recipients lives are worse than 'normal' people's was being ignored i assumed (like 3rd options in 3)

how is flipping a switch to make some guy get hit by a train better than shooting someone?
by zealo
Tue May 27, 2008 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences
Replies: 94
Views: 15603

Re: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences

laws censoring artistic expression is always a bad thing.
by zealo
Mon May 26, 2008 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear Power (merged threads)
Replies: 325
Views: 52234

Re: Nuclear Power, what's your issue with it?

have you ever used a nuclear powered calculator though? how can you judge which is 'better'? :P
by zealo
Mon May 26, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences
Replies: 94
Views: 15603

Re: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences

when it came on the tv, my stepmum ranted about how disgusting and horrifying this guy is etc (she is one of those types who always takes someone behind a news desk extremely seriously) while i disagreed with her, i had no idea how i could voice this disagreement other than "you are a mindless ...
by zealo
Sat May 24, 2008 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

Re: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction

i read the article, it said about 4 (or was it 5?) species are threatened in areas where they are targeted and there are no regulations. did i miss something?

there are bigger problems in the ocean that get less attention because more people care about sharks.
by zealo
Fri May 23, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

Re: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction

I don't even understand *why* people eat shark fin soup, I mean I've heard that it's pretty much flavorless.... I'd be pretty sad to see rays...and even sharks go. They're neat creatures, and losing them will cause a few huge niches to be left empty in the oceans eco system. Something we don't real...
by zealo
Fri May 23, 2008 10:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

Re: Sharks and rays grow closer to extinction

Rays are my favorite sea creatures. I remember going to Ripley's Believe It Or Not Aquarium in Chattanooga, and I petted a small, brown one. I quickly withdrew my hand after touching its strange, wet, rubbery cartilage as it swam past me. The tour guide allowed this, but warned beforehand that the ...
by zealo
Wed May 21, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Economically realistic solutions only, please... (Emissions)
Replies: 59
Views: 4489

Re: Economically realistic solutions only, please...

set countries a carbon emissions limit per GDP. with a penalty of say 1c per tonne (i am not really sure what penalty is appropriate) over this limit. money collected from these fines can either go to some poor country or to the most carbon efficient country for the year. the limit begins slightly h...
by zealo
Wed May 21, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Terraforming
Replies: 38
Views: 4371

Re: Terraforming

might offend some aliens who see it as a religious symbol or something though :/
by zealo
Sat May 17, 2008 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: relativity/moving charge
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: relativity/moving charge

so, hypothetically, you could fire two protons on paralel paths in a lab and see them attracted to each other, then fire two protons on identical paths to the first two,but accelerate yourself at the same rate and direction as these protons, and see them repel each other?
by zealo
Sat May 17, 2008 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 44579

Re: Bizarre facts

The overwhelming majority of possible coefficients are not close to powers of ten. If the year was, say, about 90% of its current length - or, alternatively, seconds were about 1/9 longer than they are - then the length in seconds would be wholly unremarkable. so there is a 1 in 10 chance it will b...
by zealo
Sat May 17, 2008 5:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ants eating Electronics
Replies: 38
Views: 4700

Re: Ants eating Electronics

argentine ants don't eat electronics right?
by zealo
Wed May 14, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: relativity/moving charge
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: relativity/moving charge

i don't understand Lorentz transformations, and wikipedia just shoves hard to follow math in my face
by zealo
Wed May 14, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chu ck Norris
Replies: 11
Views: 2371

Re: Chu ck Norris

1 - v 2 /c 2 = (1 / 4*10 7 ) 2 v 2 /c 2 = my calculator can't do that... very very fast basically... i have no idea how to do the question in the OP, but the v^2 i got from your equation was -5.625E+29 the square root of that is difficult to reach, though i'm sure chuck could do it Edit: /me does n...
by zealo
Wed May 14, 2008 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hypothetical post-actinide life
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Hypothetical post-actinide life

isn't element 144 theorized to possibly be stable-ish and dubbed 'eka-lead' or something?
by zealo
Wed May 14, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: relativity/moving charge
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: relativity/moving charge

correct. however, place two wires carrying current in the same direction next to each other, there will be an attraction.
by zealo
Wed May 14, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: relativity/moving charge
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

relativity/moving charge

this was brought up today, it blows my mind.

two protons are traveling parallel to each other. the magnetic fields produced by their motion interact and they are attracted to each other.

however, relative to each other, the apparent motion of the other is 0, yet there is still an attraction. why?
by zealo
Tue May 13, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 44579

Re: Bizarre facts

no, you're not getting it. they don't.
by zealo
Tue May 13, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)
Replies: 174
Views: 17913

Re: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)

Silas wrote:It doesn't make sense to say, "if the US dollar were declared to be worth ten times what it is now." It just doesn't compute.


why can the value of the US dollar not increase?
by zealo
Mon May 12, 2008 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)
Replies: 174
Views: 17913

Re: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)

so if deflation occurred the penny would be less worth keeping around?

does Zimbabwe still use pennies? just out of interest
by zealo
Mon May 12, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Terraforming
Replies: 38
Views: 4371

Re: Terraforming

ThinkerEmeritus wrote:In view of how little of our planet is in its original form,

TERRAFORM EARTH FIRST!


original form being the singularity of the big bang? CERN are working on converting it back to a singularity now.
by zealo
Mon May 12, 2008 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Top 10 social justice issues of our time
Replies: 87
Views: 16181

Re: Top 10 social justice issues of our time

I'd also like to ask what moral / ethical system is completely grounded in scientifically proven fact. Darwinism (or at least i'm calling it that), if it increases the chance of survival (of the individual/community/nation/species, in increasing order of importance), encourage it. if it decreases c...
by zealo
Mon May 12, 2008 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)
Replies: 174
Views: 17913

Re: Should America retire the Penny? (Also, let's compare money)

one way to solve the issue would be causing massive deflation. just not issue new money for a year, or 10 years. probably a few negative effects from this but it's worth it if it allows us to keep the penny worth having right? How does that solve the issue? Massive deflation is not generally consid...

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