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by rat4000
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 64933

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Heisenberg: By that logic we should be looking at studies to see how many people decide to not be Jewish or Muslim any more and how many want not to have been circumsized; also how many decide to be Jews and Muslims later in life and whether it would bring more or less happiness to mandate-circumsiz...
by rat4000
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 64933

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

I'm curious how you'd respond to this . It's the best argument in the thread, I'd say; circumcision does not necessarily do more damage than forbidding it does. The unhappy circumcized Jews/Muslims who feel their parents took their religious freedom away are probably far fewer than the happy circumc...
by rat4000
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poetry Thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 10292

Re: Poetry Thread!

Poetry reads slower than prose. That's very reader-dependent, though. Williams' piece, when I read it aloud, really sounds exactly like prose. Levertov's, ditto. modularblues' "evoke imagery" is the most sensible definition I've heard. Incidentally, that Poe bell poem you posted was bette...
by rat4000
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poetry Thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 10292

Re: Poetry Thread!

Anything can look like a poem if you hit Enter randomly, as you demonstrated. Reading your post out loud indicates that it is, indeed prose. "This is a demonstration" said the Occupy participant to the arresting officer A text by William Carlos Williams, posted in this very thread, reads ...
by rat4000
Wed May 23, 2012 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

If intuition were a good basis for morality, that question would be relevant. Is there a such thing as a "good" or "bad" basis of morality? Morality is normative statements, so a good basis for morality is one that gets you normativity. Intuition doesn't, because there is no rea...
by rat4000
Wed May 23, 2012 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

If intuition were a good basis for morality, that question would be relevant.
by rat4000
Wed May 23, 2012 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

But unless said animal has no moments of pleasure, couldn't you instead say you brought pleasure into the world? Yes, death will be painful, but will that pain be mitigated by an enjoyed life? That's why I wrote "assuming my first goal is to minimize pain" -- I look at pain before I consi...
by rat4000
Wed May 23, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I've thought about it some more, and that doesn't answer my question. I think you got it backwards. I didn't mean "I've got 1 animal and let it live" vs. "I've got 1 animal, kill it, and get a new animal". I meant "There is no animal" vs "I make an animal, and the...
by rat4000
Mon May 14, 2012 11:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

First citation I try to check is to a book. There are no page numbers in the article. Wikipedia can do better than that. However well-cited the HIV stuff may be (and it isn't, since that's where the book was) it doesn't matter much that a method doesn't work on one disease. The paper they cited afte...
by rat4000
Mon May 14, 2012 10:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I'd actually be interested in a citation on the existence of an alternative to animal testing that is just as efficient. Can I have one?

(Not a rhetorical question -- I've got a fleeting curiosity on the subject but never really educated myself.)
by rat4000
Mon May 14, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3528226

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

#1 Why do almost all of them actually test on animals?! I mean, no more Nivea, GlaxoSmithKline... :? :cry: :evil: Because, with medicines, it's a seriously better option than going from cell cultures to humans. Not doing animal testing saves a couple of mice and your conscience, doing animal testin...
by rat4000
Fri May 04, 2012 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 281874

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

The idea is called "intertextuality," and it doesn't affect how subjective or objective a critical stance is--the interpretation is fact and evidence based. Ah! Before, I thought you were saying that there is insight to be gleaned from the text alone, which is not the case. (Trivially so ...
by rat4000
Thu May 03, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 281874

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Could you give an example of objective literary criticism that's based on the words on the page (and presumably nothing else)? Some essay or something? This might take me a bit, as I'm not used to finding texts online (and I'm not typing an entire essay). I don't mean a text of yours, of course. Th...
by rat4000
Thu May 03, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 281874

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Could you give an example of objective literary criticism that's based on the words on the page (and presumably nothing else)? Some essay or something?
by rat4000
Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

1) Do you not consider a bass a guitar? Cuz its full name is a bass guitar . Bass guitars developed from double basses (AFAIK) and guitars from... things similar to guitars, so they're not historically related; one has four very thick strings and the other has six thinner ones, so they're morpholog...
by rat4000
Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Intersecting circles [of doom] 3.0 (Now with more sanity!)!
Replies: 8
Views: 1579

Re: Intersecting circles [of doom] 2.0!

You've got infinite L2s for every phi, then, so this does look unsolvable.
by rat4000
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

Both Castle and Unexpected are cool in entirely different ways - one band just does the classical thing really damn well, the other does something else entirely. Thanks for the recommendations! By the way, Trivium have released something new . Sounds much like everything else I've heard from them - ...
by rat4000
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Second Amendment Questions
Replies: 165
Views: 14118

Re: The Second Amendment (US Constitution)

Besides, what government would want to turn a protest into civil war? Because that's what would happen if you used bombs on a crowd. And then you wouldn't only have your own people to deal with (and they are extremely dangerous, even without guns), you'd also be fighting half of the rest of the well...
by rat4000
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1473807

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

"Actual metal" like doom, thrash, viking, death, black, white (or unblack) or progressive? Or one of the other ten subgenres? I was listening to a bunch of Judas Priest and whatnot that day, so uh. I guess I would say not any of those subgenres, but instead just the top level, mainstream ...
by rat4000
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Leibniz's integral rule, mostly
Replies: 2
Views: 1386

Re: Leibniz's integral rule, mostly

Well, that was embarrassingly easy. Again.

Thank you!
by rat4000
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Leibniz's integral rule, mostly
Replies: 2
Views: 1386

Leibniz's integral rule, mostly

I've got the following expression staring me in the face: \frac{d}{ds}\int\limits_{0}^{1}f(z(s,t))\frac{\partial z(s,t)}{\partial t} dt = \int\limits_{0}^{1}[f'(z(s,t)\frac{\partial z}{\partial t}\frac{\partial z}{\partial s} + f(z(s,t))\frac{\...
by rat4000
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1473807

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Sandry wrote:
podbaydoor wrote:I can support "Turtles of Questioning" as a band. What genre?

Nerdcore Metal. Because actual metal has far too little diversity of subject, IMO.
"Actual metal" like doom, thrash, viking, death, black, white (or unblack) or progressive? Or one of the other ten subgenres?
by rat4000
Mon May 30, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

While we're talking about Van Canto & weird metal, their drummer has a band where there are no guitars but there's a piano instead. He's also a really good singer. That was rather nice, from what I heard- although while his voice has a lovely sound to it, I wish he'd vary the pitch a little mor...
by rat4000
Fri May 27, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

While we're talking about Van Canto & weird metal, their drummer has a band where there are no guitars but there's a piano instead. He's also a really good singer.
by rat4000
Mon May 23, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

Yeah, their lyrics aren't good, but I don't think they care too much - in an interview I read somewhere, one of them said that they just wanted a cool sound and the lyrics were usually an afterthought. I usually just turn off the part of my brain that's trying to understand the words; they become no...
by rat4000
Mon May 16, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Thanks again :)
by rat4000
Mon May 16, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Uncountably Many Zeroes
Replies: 38
Views: 4255

Re: Uncountably Many Zeroes

Kurushimi wrote:Can you point out the error in my logic?
There are both counterexamples to it and a proof of the uncountability of the set on Wikipedia; basically, the endpoints of intervals are definitely not the only thing left.
by rat4000
Mon May 16, 2011 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Once more regarding simple integration and physics: if I have a velocity that is a three-dimensional vector and want to figure out what happens to the object, can I just take every element of the vector and integrate to get the speed in that particular... dimension? plane? direction? at a particular...
by rat4000
Mon May 09, 2011 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Yes, of course. Thank you :)
by rat4000
Sun May 08, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Well, here I am again with yet another question not worthy of its own thread. I'm trying to work my theoretical knowledge of integrals into a practical problem. Say I have a rocket in a vacuum without gravity. The rocket will accelerate at 2m/s 2 for 5 seconds, then its fuel will run out. How far wi...
by rat4000
Sat May 07, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal
Replies: 660
Views: 105217

Re: Metal

I just heard this and, um, wow.

Manowar's text and music sung a capella (except for percussion) to a video full of fire and explosions.

I, um. I literally can't think of a way to improve this.
by rat4000
Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 8251

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

gorcee wrote:stuff
That's pretty nice :) Thanks for the answer.
by rat4000
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 8251

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

Oh hey, good combination. I do a bit of corrosion work myself, actually! I seem to recall you being knowledgeable about avionics; does this mean your work involves a large amount of physics and, if so, do you also have some sort of physics education or did you just somehow pick it up while working?...
by rat4000
Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Er, yeah, I meant "two sixes or more" which I can still figure out with a binomial distribution (it's just a different set of values). I'd actually solved it with two sixes or more, then messed up when posting :oops:

phlip: thank you.
by rat4000
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158286

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

I know this is a necro, but hey, I liked the thread while it was going strong and this s a question with a three-line answer at most... Say I have six six-sided, fair dice and roll them (all of them at once) twice. I win if at least two of the dice are sixes and don't make a second roll if I win on ...
by rat4000
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 170558

Re: Post YOUR music here (Merged : The Rainbow Correction)

I published a little piece in December and decided to post here about it. It's a cycle of eleven simple, short pieces for solo piano called Eleven Gifts ; they are devoted to a group of people that I became involved with during the last year and that had a significant impact in my life. The titles ...
by rat4000
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9218726

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Mandom like the morgue

Can I sig that? It's brilliant! Ok, I'm sigging it. the cool thing is, it's not much more pornographic than some other stuff he wrote (knowing that "will" was Elizabethan slang for genitals makes some of the Dark Lady sonnets take on a whole new meaning - "my will in thine", any...
by rat4000
Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Replies: 14
Views: 1786

Re: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

rat4000 wrote:Maybe I'm making this too complicated...
Yes. Yes, I was. It's actually a really obvious fundamental property of direct images.

Well, thanks everyone :) I'll be sure to come back if I have more questions.
by rat4000
Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Replies: 14
Views: 1786

Re: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

Yes, I do.

Darn...

As for Latex - I just didn't think it necessary while there were Unicode symbols that do the thing I wanted. If I wanted to write out a sum, for instance, I'd certainly use it.
by rat4000
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Replies: 14
Views: 1786

Re: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

That way's really easy too: if we have f : X -> Y and g : Y -> Z and both are continuous, then if we take an open set N ⊇ Z its preimage g -1 (N) ⊇ Y is open and if that is open then its preimage f -1 (g -1 N) ⊇ X is open so the preimage of N under f o g is also open so f o g is continuous. (pointin...

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