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by Turtlewing
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The future of antibiotics
Replies: 33
Views: 4755

Re: The future of antibiotics

Now I have a simple idea that may or may not be correct. Penicillin comes from mold, no? When we get these superbugs, why not simply let a battery of different fungi take a crack at whooping the bacteria around until we get one that does well? It sounds pretty strait forward, kinda like Thunderdome...
by Turtlewing
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designer Babies
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Re: Designer Babies

Concidering that most children are conceved accidentally (even couples who want kids generaly just stop trying to prevent pregnancy) and to the best of my knowledge any meanignful gene modafication can't be performed retractively on an embyro that's far enough along to be easily detected, I'm having...
by Turtlewing
Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can't food be put in pill form?
Replies: 41
Views: 6256

Re: Why can't food be put in pill form?

Likely completely feasable but not appealing since you have to eat enough of it to negate the convinience of a pill, and eating the same thing 3 times a day every day would be tedious. Ellyn Satter argues that there is a hierarchy of food needs , which says that people make dietary choices based on...
by Turtlewing
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: human vs Robot
Replies: 41
Views: 7183

Re: human vs Robot

If two humans have sex you don't get a robot. Similarly the robots (most likely) don't produce humans as offspring. Nobody was saying otherwise, but can we really be so sure about the future? Especially because of all that talk where living things are robots so technically humans and robots are alr...
by Turtlewing
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can't food be put in pill form?
Replies: 41
Views: 6256

Re: Why can't food be put in pill form?

If you mean a single bite sized tablet, than the problem is with the volume needed. It's just not possible to cram the required amount of stuff into something small enough to be safely swallowed. So say you want to solve that problem by taking multiple pills. OK, well now you've invented "Bache...
by Turtlewing
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?
Replies: 43
Views: 9475

Re: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?

Eating members of your own species is really inefficent. 1. You're suseptable to all the same diseases they are (this means you need a lot more effort to go into proscessing the food). 2. Conservation of energy means you will never be able to sustain a population on exclusively recycling their dead....
by Turtlewing
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16251

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

Well on a long enough time scale the earth will become uninhabitable for human life, a number of billion years or so. And being on two planets and indeed 2 solar systems would give a level of security for the continuation of the species in event of any particularly nasty planet wide disasters. Mind...
by Turtlewing
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why understanding is good, and why reality is real
Replies: 27
Views: 3257

Re: Why understanding is good, and why reality is real

And then he asks, why should we understand this universe. How can we tell that this is real? If you find yourself in a reality you may as well assume it exists. Put another way: You're going to be spending most of your time there so you may as well learn the local custums. It'll save you loads of t...
by Turtlewing
Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: human vs Robot
Replies: 41
Views: 7183

Re: human vs Robot

If two humans have sex you don't get a robot. Similarly the robots (most likely) don't produce humans as offspring.
by Turtlewing
Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Eight problems for intuition in basic classical mechanics
Replies: 59
Views: 11515

Re: Eight problems for intuition in basic classical mechanic

For #3:
Spoiler:
Wouldn't the rubber bullets rebounding in the oposit direction interfear with future bullets?
by Turtlewing
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 16545

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

I think it depends on how much integrity you have. If it's not much, publishing a book that explains* the wierder parts of physics in terms "normal" people can understand and which seems to validate popular religious views ought to do it. As a bonus you'll also become infamous amoungst rea...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Well if you're going to include real historical events and clearly fictional parables in your definition of "mythology", and you're going to lump together anything that uses this newly defined "mythology" to support its ethical framework as a religious framework, even if there i...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Edit: I would say that social pressure, inborn moral intuition, and immediate gut reactions play vastly larger roles than *any* abstract ethical system, whether it's religious or secular in nature. This is because the overwhelming majority of decisions are made without considering all the consequen...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Scenarios like this are the basis of my opinion. I did try to find some statistics to support my claim and failled. Okay, then stop making that claim until you can back it up. You're just hypothesizing that people will behave like you imagine they would if they went through precisely such-and-such ...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

It does still serve a valuble role in society and until a proper ethics system which can provide incentive for the anti-social to behave an a responsible manner is widespread enough to take over it will continue to do so. The burden of proof is on you to show that religious ethical systems successf...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

but the method for enforcing them is briliant in it's simplicity and theortical elagence: "add a high personal cost to all undesierable behavior by convining people that they have an imortal soul, and acting unethicly damages said soul" Except for the large number of religions that have a...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Sure they* exist but they don't work. They don't even work in theory. They can't disprove the prisoner's delema, This is just plain wrong. Yeah, almost shockingly so, coming as it does from someone who admits that the historical stories religion provides are pure mythology. (I say shocking because ...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

The problem is that at some point in history it became common practice for religion to keep people from being jerks by lying to them This makes for a nice story, but I strongly doubt it's how systems of religion/mythology actually developed historically. Rather, people are born with some hardwired ...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9854

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

Here's how I've come to see this issue: In theory science and religion* do two totally different things (science tries to figure out how/why things work, and religion tells people not to be jerks) and should be able to effortlessly coexist. The problem is that at some point in history it became comm...
by Turtlewing
Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drafting in the US and Women
Replies: 56
Views: 8505

Re: Drafting in the US and Women

Strength is still important in the army, they carry a lot of heavy shit. Your average women would have trouble carrying a wounded male comrade to safety. I have no doubt a women that was athletic or fitness minded could get easily get strong enough to. The point of a draft though is that you're rec...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14581

Re: Angels and Demons

either I'm misreading something or: Question one: "I don't know, you haven't asked it yet", Question 2: "yes" You missed the word "simultaneously". Assume the questions are side by side on a piece of paper, or verbally smooshed into one with a phrase like "...
by Turtlewing
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14581

Re: Angels and Demons

Combine the exploit tactic and the paradox tactic. Present these questions simultaneously. Question 1: Is your answer to Question 2 different from your answer to this one (counting all affirmative answers such as "yes" and "yeah" as the same and all negative answers as the same)...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14581

Re: Angels and Demons

It's not what I'd call a formal solution but well: You could ask it to recite the exact digets of pi. If it's an angel it'll be stuck answering forever, but if it's a demon you'll eventually reach a point where convincing you it's an angel isn't worth the (infinate) ...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14581

Re: Angels and Demons

It's not what I'd call a formal solution but well: You could ask it to recite the exact digets of pi. If it's an angel it'll be stuck answering forever, but if it's a demon you'll eventually reach a point where convincing you it's an angel isn't worth the (infinate) t...
by Turtlewing
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

Every woman already knows that at least one husband has been unfaithful - 99 is "at least 1." Therefore the queen's announcement has no new information, assuming that all the wives know that all the wives know when another's husband cheats. So it won't change anything. ... Looking at 3 co...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 15012

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

I suppose you could insist on having a third party settle the matter. Since the future me (if his claim is true) will have time travel I'd perpose we both go back in time a year or so and have "past us" decide. If future me refuses to agree it probably means he isn't very sure of his posit...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

As I see it, every time an execution occurs, the remaining wives can calculate how many incidents were taken care of. The problem then "resets" itself, until each remaining wife knows that zero incidents remain. i.e., Remaining incidents = Remaning incidents - (Remaining incidents - D...
by Turtlewing
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

The validity of the case when a subset of the husbands have cheated is important because initially a woman doesn't know whether or not there are any men who have not cheated, and the blue eyes method requires induction/nested hypotheticals that require a scallable solution. In short you have to prov...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

Yeah, i cought that myself before i saw your post.
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

That only works if either every man cheats exactly 0 or 1 times, or if the women know who has cheated (other than their own husband) not just the total number of cheaters. (and that rule is common knowledge). In Blue Eyes everybody has the same information (well everyone with the same eye color...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gene expression
Replies: 8
Views: 2687

Re: Gene expression

I think it depends a lot on the gene. Some are very well understood (the ones with few variants and a small number of genes affecting a given observable trait) while others (the ones with many variations or many genes affecting a single observable trait) are barely if at all understood.
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

Additional rules, needed to do this: - Every woman is a perfect logician and knows every other woman is. - Killing your husband must be done at dusk. - The queen speaks the truth. - Communication between women is forbidden. Hypothesis: In the N person case, all men get murdered at the N'th dusk...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

assuming the women know when but not who has cheated for every instance not involving their husband and husbands can cheat multiple times. concider if there were 3 couples. 1 with a loyal husband and two with cheating husbands one of whom has cheated twice. One woman (A) knows there are eith...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7849

Re: Piracy and Libraries

So it's impossible to be a writer anymore since you can't win the money you need to eat through your job. Net Nocessarilly. How about paying for the production up-front, like some F/L/OSS projects have started to do (bounties). This solves many problems: 1) A story is never a financial failure, sin...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 'xxx' in messages
Replies: 57
Views: 15829

Re: 'xxx' in messages

I'm prety sure the X-es in 'XOXO' are supposed to be "hug" and the O-es "kiss". I don't believe I've ever used any variation therupon, though I have seen it used. Mostly by women/girls, but ocasionally by men/boys and prety much always in a correspondance intended for a signifiga...
by Turtlewing
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Married Couples
Replies: 33
Views: 8025

Re: 100 Married Couples

If you stick to the spirit of the puzzle I think it does equate to the Blue Eyes problem. However I don't think it's fomulated properly to give that result. Essentially every wife knows that there is no way another wife can be ignorant of the presence of adultery in the town which acts as a base cas...
by Turtlewing
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about Hawking Radiation.
Replies: 24
Views: 4996

Re: A question about Hawking Radiation.

The way I heard it explained was that the partical pairs have to have oposite terjectories for some mathy reason that I never fully understood (probably something about momentum, it's always something about momentum). Now when a pair "pops" into the gravity well of a black hole one will be...
by Turtlewing
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science experiment idea that I most definitely need input on
Replies: 22
Views: 3646

Re: Science experiment idea that I most definitely need inpu

A couple of thoughts: 1. If I recall most of the O2 on earth is produced by algae, not macro-foliage. So don't just assume that "lots of plants = lots of oxygen". chances are the most important parts of your ecosystem will be microscopic. 2. Don't be fooled by "self contained" ma...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 15012

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

Another method would i suppose be to wate and find out. After all if it's really you from one year in the future that means a year from now you'll have a need/desire to go back in time by a year. If that doesn't hapen you know the other you is an imposter. And if it does hapen than chances are it'll...
by Turtlewing
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Professionals and why I'm not one.
Replies: 15
Views: 2465

Re: Professionals and why I'm not one.

I've generally thought that in the sence of professional vs amature the difference is in whether you choose your projects or have them chosen for you. If you're a professional your projects are actually your bosses/client's project. When you're choosing projects based soly on what's interesting/usef...

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