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by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Hitori Composition
Replies: 10
Views: 4325

Hitori Composition

I was playing some mindless computer-generated Hitori puzzles and started wondering whether I could make a "better" one than the ones the computer was generating. I had enough fun fiddling with the problem that I thought I might share. Definition of a Hitori puzzle: For our purposes, a Hit...
by ThirdParty
Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I like cake and ice cream
Replies: 2
Views: 1637

Re: I like cake and ice cream

Here's my solution: I replace "I" with "J" throughout to avoid confusion with the numeral "1". The only thing that could get carried into the ten-thousands place is 1, so C=1. I decide to try R=0, because it can't be 1 and the thousands place looks unlikely to add u...
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How did Israel come to exist?
Replies: 21
Views: 10095

Re: How did Israel come to exist?

I mostly agree with BattleMoose's account, plus mosc's addendum that "Palestine" included the Transjordan, but I have a couple of additions regarding motivations. the Ottoman Empire was on the wrong side and basically after the war ceased to exist ... World War II happened You make the con...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What world shattering disasters worry you?
Replies: 61
Views: 8594

Re: What world shattering disasters worry you?

Political disaster. "Imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever." Military technology at this point is sufficiently powerful that if a Taliban-esque government got control of the world, any rebellion could be easily suppressed and their ideology could be propagated indefinitely. For ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pennies in Boxes
Replies: 85
Views: 50335

Re: Pennies in Boxes

Here's an inefficient brute-force solution that recovers about a third of the value of the pennies without using any chemistry: Hire an intermodal shipping company to transport about 1000 cubic meters of little boxes from your back yard to Cambodia. Estimated cost: $25,000. Hire 4 million man-hours ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Would a "Mozart Effect" for languages work?
Replies: 8
Views: 5781

Re: Would a "Mozart Effect" for languages work?

What if instead of tapes the parents just quietly sneak some extra sounds into their household English, based on spellings? Off the top of my head: ⋅ Pronounce "wh" (as in "which") as /ʍ/ while pronouncing "w" (as in "witch") as /w/. (My dialect does...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism as a civil rights movement
Replies: 570
Views: 49514

Re: Atheism as a civil rights movement

I think there are some important disanalogies between discrimination on the basis of religion and discrimination on the basis of things like race. At least in principle, religion is something one chooses, not something one's born with. If I successfully convince you that I'm God and that the best wa...
by ThirdParty
Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Complement of Infinite Union.
Replies: 7
Views: 3392

Re: Complement of Infinite Union.

Take the complement of the Union of A_n from 1 to infinity. Now take the intersection of the compliment of A_n from 1 to infinity. Are these sets equal? ... I have tried assuming that there is some non empty set C of {A_n} such that the equation is false. Forgive me, it's been a long time since I'v...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Paper People!
Replies: 13
Views: 2081

Re: Paper People!

Yes, of course they're real people. When I utter the statement "my favorite color is indigo", there are two possibilities: (1) my conscious experience of indigo-qualia has played a causal role in leading me to make that sentence; (2) I would have made that sentence regardless of whether I'...
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 5 Cards, Choose 4
Replies: 7
Views: 5614

Re: 5 Cards, Choose 4

That thread includes a proof that this is possible with a pack of up to 124 cards (5!+4). After much squinting at Wikipedia (I don't know any graph theory) I've convinced myself of the proof's validity. So, can anyone come up with a simple method to solve this with more cards Could anyone dumb-down...
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 31768

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

I remember back when I was learning Spanish, I kept getting thrown off by English color words being used as nouns. una "red" refers to a net . un "hielo" (pronounced "yellow") refers to an ice cube . I think there were others too, but I've forgotten what they were. Hace...
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2164321

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Welcome! Do you prefer deontological, consequentialist or virtue ethics? Or something else? Thanks for the welcome! Since a large part of what attracts me to this forum is the Logic Puzzles section, I'll go ahead and share my analysis of the possible answers to your question: ⋅ If you ask...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Lottery Problem: "All or Nothing"
Replies: 8
Views: 7097

Re: Lottery Problem: "All or Nothing"

Assuming that order doesn't matter and that repeated numbers are not allowed: The player's odds of winning with "all" are 100% if n≤12 and decrease as n increases beyond 12. The player's odds of winning with "none" are 0% if n≤23 and increase as n increases beyond 23. So n=23 giv...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Oxford Comma
Replies: 26
Views: 14476

Re: The Oxford Comma

As Rizzo pointed out above, the Oxford comma is necessary in complex lists. "We ate pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and bread and jam" would be terribly ugly without the second comma. This is not necessarily true provdided we follow the convention of using ampersands within items in a list ...
by ThirdParty
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Code from my childhood
Replies: 14
Views: 5740

Re: Code from my childhood

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by ThirdParty
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Oxford Comma
Replies: 26
Views: 14476

Re: The Oxford Comma

I use it. As Rizzo pointed out above, the Oxford comma is necessary in complex lists. "We ate pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and bread and jam" would be terribly ugly without the second comma. So even if "We ate pancakes, biscuits and bread" isn't terribly ugly, I think it's prefe...
by ThirdParty
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2164321

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, everyone. I'm a 29-year-old ethicist from the United States. I don't expect to be very active here, at least in the immediate future, but wanted to go ahead and stake out an account so that I'd have the option of posting if I wanted to.

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