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by learsfool
Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Dual world engineering
Replies: 33
Views: 9785

Re: Dual world engineering

I went and dug up Murasaki, I think you're gong to want to Amazon it or something, they've got a HUGE appendix section that goes into the science of how the paired worlds work. . . including bits like this. . Planets 3. If the planet is close enough in, the tidal, drag of the sun, which follows an i...
by learsfool
Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

So . . . just to make a more solid visualization . . . I'm assuming that taking over a nation isn't an option, so let's think in terms of a large multinational corporation with campuses in a multitude of different nations, and these campuses have the full suite of survival needs for a person (food, ...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Dual world engineering
Replies: 33
Views: 9785

Re: Dual world engineering

[quote="davidstarlingm" I'd like it to be hard sci-fi, but with some near-magical phenomenon resulting from the Engineers who set everything up just-so. Like the highway of light connecting the two planets when the magnetic fields align, due to the aurora formed by solar radiation. And, if...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Having read over this thread... I really don't see any way for you to have co-located competing governments and have that make sense. I actually think you nailed it right off. If you have people choosing how they're governed, they're also choosing a combination of rights, benefits, freedoms, and re...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Dual world engineering
Replies: 33
Views: 9785

Re: Dual world engineering

As has been mentioned in an ongoing SB thread, I used to be a creationist, and so the notion of a truly Omphalos world is intriguing. I've also very much enjoyed studying the Cold War and the Space Race, and so the thought of combining the two is neat. What if Russia and the US had been on differen...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lower bound for Earthlike planet
Replies: 40
Views: 7110

Re: Lower bound for Earthlike planet

I would guess that being molten would give the planet a better chance to prefer metal-metal bonds and avoid bonding with oxygen and sulphur, while also giving oxygen and sulfur the chance to outgass and escape into space. There are probably some stars with spectrums where this would be easier to pu...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Dual world engineering
Replies: 33
Views: 9785

Re: Dual world engineering

Also, I'm pretty sure they went through this when putting Murasaki together, since that had a similar idea at it's core. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murasaki_(novel) When you've got Poul Anderson, Gregory Benford, Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Nancy Kress, and Greg Bear all working together there's k...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lower bound for Earthlike planet
Replies: 40
Views: 7110

Re: Lower bound for Earthlike planet

Partially. The Earth already went through differentiation like that. Elements do sort of get sorted by density (all the iron is at the center of the Earth, after all!), but they also get sorted chemically. For example, uranium bonds readily to oxygen, so it is more common in the Earth's crust than ...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Dual world engineering
Replies: 33
Views: 9785

Re: Dual world engineering

Also, I'm pretty sure they went through this when putting Murasaki together, since that had a similar idea at it's core. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murasaki_(novel) When you've got Poul Anderson, Gregory Benford, Frederik Pohl, David Brin, Nancy Kress, and Greg Bear all working together there's ki...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I mentioned 'by invitation' already. Why replace national government when you can instead use a multinational corporation to only engage people who want to be engaged? Uh... "instead" means "replace with". Not in that context it doesn't. I thought I was pretty clear. .but just i...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

So then these smaller groups are irrelevant to the question. Let's talk about the larger groups. Same question. It is still a form of government. The smaller groups might be fine with one form, and the larger group with another. I'm fine with communism on a family level, and capitalism and democrac...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Also, to be more clear, the groups one would join would kind of HAVE to have some defined larger body they're part of, so perhaps it'd be easier if you visualized a large number of small city-states well separated and under a single federation of some sort So then these smaller groups are irrelevan...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

As I already mentioned, there is no good reason to force proximity, nor to force groups to allow people who have a completely different set of agreements to just wander into your 'city-state' Also, to be more clear, the groups one would join would kind of HAVE to have some defined larger body they'...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

What larger governing methodology is used would also obviously be part of the agreement for joining one of the smaller groups No, it's the small groups that have to agree, not the individual members. I could form a small group where the "larger governing methodology" is "do it our wa...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

What if you had MULTIPLE sub-groups with choices of different right/responsibility/contribution/freedom frameworks and people chose between them and they're designed to suit different sorts of people? You would need some way for people of one "country" to resolve a dispute with people of ...
by learsfool
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

There are possible problems with making sure everyone keeps the same rights That's easy, but I do need to start with a number that is greater than seven, and less than four. To continue your analogies, it is not the big weights on the balance pole that keep the aerobat level. It is the fact that th...
by learsfool
Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Of course, we don't live in a system where everybody starts out equal. So some redistribution might make sense; helping people who gets a bad start or have temporary problems. But too much redistribution and you end up with the problems of communism. Why work hard if it is all for someone else's be...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

eran_rathan wrote:No, no I'm not. I just happen to understand the reality of the situation.

I'm pretty sure we're not even having the same conversation.
by learsfool
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Egads. Okay, you can correct my sentence to 'ALMOST NOBODY'. Seriously, that's so far from the point it's almost funny. you consider 50 million (in the US) 'almost nobody'? really? Even though that is ~7% of the population? I was trying not to belabor the point, because it's absurd. You're forgetti...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

so move. As I stated, its expensive, time-consuming, and difficult, but so is college, and plenty of people do that. http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/medborgare_en.html http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/buergerrecht.html etc. As we both said, it's tremendously difficult, expensive, and ...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

so move. As I stated, its expensive, time-consuming, and difficult, but so is college, and plenty of people do that. http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/medborgare_en.html http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/buergerrecht.html etc. As we both said, it's tremendously difficult, expensive, and ...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

As the Iterated Prisoner's dilemma shows, one can often derive the most personal gain by cooperating with others. What I am asking is why, instead of maximizing my own benefit, I should maximize the total benefit, if that implies my own will be somewhat less as a result. See, we need to let those o...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Currently nobody chooses their nationality, nor what economic or governmental systems they contribute to. Not true. It just takes a while and is expensive. How to become an American citizen. That's hardly the 'freedom to choose' I was alluding to. Also, what if one prefers to be something OTHER tha...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Couldn't the same be said of any ideology, say, Marxism? (hah! dodged a Godwin there) I mean, Communism as such is was a pretty neat idea before it was kinda... tested experimentally. Nowadays we have enough empirical evidence to safely proclaim today's followers of such doctrines as lunatics. Nice...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81384

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

A quick summary of why Ayn Rand is terrible: She was a horrible person. Jealous, arrogant, demanding and selfish. To be fair, there were also a lot of people who supported that combination of traits during her life, and there are plenty of people today who are just as bad if not worse. She was a br...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 66258

Re: The Light Saber problem

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12512.html We have a light sabre! (nearly). It does require a quantum nonlinear medium, though. I can't really see would-be Jedi popping into a chamber full of rubidium plasma (or whatever) for a spot of light-sabre fencing. :) Just plea...
by learsfool
Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A (Simple?) Physics Problem
Replies: 39
Views: 16168

Re: A (Simple?) Physics Problem

I don't have enough expertise to discuss the plausibility of 1) and 2), but... 3) You'll have to accelerate 30km/s to do this, or have a tower a thousand times the radius of the Earth. Both seem unfeasible. 4,5) There isn't enough time for the Earth to significantly perturb the Moon in the short ru...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3405
Views: 780781

Re: What were your dreams last night?

my friend and i were driving around town in the middle of the night (i was driving really poorly) and i tried to U turn in the middle of an intersection. a police officer showed up and pulled us over and then my viewpoint switched and turns out my friend was driving the whole time?? the cop gave my...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is discrimination based on birth order a thing?
Replies: 23
Views: 11041

Re: Is discrimination based on birth order a thing?

For most of us, once we're out in 'the world' our siblings don't come up much. I've never gotten probing questions from an interviewer as to whether or not I had older or younger siblings, and it'd be a kind of weird thing to base any sort of decision-making process on. It seems there are still pro...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is discrimination based on birth order a thing?
Replies: 23
Views: 11041

Re: Is discrimination based on birth order a thing?

For most of us, once we're out in 'the world' our siblings don't come up much. I've never gotten probing questions from an interviewer as to whether or not I had older or younger siblings, and it'd be a kind of weird thing to base any sort of decision-making process on. Not that I haven't run into s...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exploding arrows
Replies: 51
Views: 27905

Re: Exploding arrows

I still think tomandlu's suggestion of using the deceleration as the trigger seems safer, or at least more clever. A pin like you're describing is going to slide backward when the arrow is launched, and it might not be triggered with enough force depending on how the arrow hits. The sliding system ...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A (Simple?) Physics Problem
Replies: 39
Views: 16168

Re: A (Simple?) Physics Problem

Sure, this is still faster than 1km/s by enough that the only way the moon wouldn't pretty much continue on its way is if it got close enough to Earth to collide, but it's nothing like 107000km/s. Yup, I was just thinking there were merely a couple of interesting points in the lunar orbit where . ....
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christians photographing a gay wedding
Replies: 138
Views: 22229

Re: Christians photographing a gay wedding

Right, I don't disagree, I think that part of the argument was more on the extremes and didn't reflect the more nuanced beliefs everybody involved had. I'm thinking that he's poked at a very good underlying point . . . while we may benefit somewhat from preventing bigots from expressing their bigotr...
by learsfool
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christians photographing a gay wedding
Replies: 138
Views: 22229

Re: Christians photographing a gay wedding

@Tyndmyr: You actually don't directly address the points I raise, instead you segue into new topics without ever actually pausing to understand the words I am typing. Just one example from your last post. The point is that you're merely requiring them to lie...nothing else has actually changed. The...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7593

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

sigsfried wrote:Yes pretty much I agree with that.

Also, I have NO Idea where the drop kicking puppies idea came from. I worry me sometimes :)
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christians photographing a gay wedding
Replies: 138
Views: 22229

Re: Christians photographing a gay wedding

I fail to see how introducing the law makes the bigots less bigoted, only that it prevents them from acting on their bigotry. Which protects others from their bigotry, which is still a win. The real benefit is down the road, obviously. Things don't change overnight, they change over generations. It...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7593

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

Yes we are talking about it from opposite sides, but both sides here are important and you don't get to define rape in a way that makes people into rape victims who chose to have sex for reasons you don't agree with. The most obvious example I can think of, a couple trying for a baby, here we can (...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7593

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

Ideally sex should always be out of a mutual felt equally strong desire. That doesn't make everything less than that rape. By trying to define as rape anything less than the ideal then you are, indirectly, saying I have been raped and by doing so are totally undermining my ability to choose what I ...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7593

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

I'm not super clear on at where the cutoff is between "agree to" and "want to" for where it becomes rape. Well, I know it SHOULD be 'enthusiastic and obvious consent' No, where else do we consider in law enthusiastic consent to be required for consent to be valid? I can consent ...
by learsfool
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A (Simple?) Physics Problem
Replies: 39
Views: 16168

Re: A (Simple?) Physics Problem

Actually, I was assuming from the OP's post that the moon wouldn't be stopped, just the Earth. I was thinking more that depending on it's orbital position relative to Earth there'd be a couple of potentially interesting interactions with the now-stopped Earth and/or the debris/objects/people that ha...

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