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Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 212502

### Re: Awesome Student Quotes

dzamie wrote:How'd it go?

I ended up biting off more than I could chew, so I had to scale back the scope quite a bit. Ended up writing something that I do not think is good enough to publish about Kimba the White Lion. And yes, I do find it hilarious to imagine the face you are making right now.
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Furniture Polish vs Books
Replies: 0
Views: 549

### Furniture Polish vs Books

I want to use some furniture polish on my wooden shelves, but I mainly use them to hold books. Some of these books are really old, so I am worried that the furniture polish may stain them. I tried googling the subject, but could not find anything. Do you guys have any advice?
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Giant Insects Aliens
Replies: 11
Views: 647

### Giant Insects Aliens

I was thinking about what insect aliens that could survive on Earth would be like and came across a 3 problems, 2 of which I though of solutions for. 1) Square-Cube Law: Whenever you try to scale something up, the first objection people raise is the square-cube law. I never really saw this as such a...
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "All base 3 numbers above a certain size... have a 0 in them."
Replies: 2
Views: 415

### "All base 3 numbers above a certain size... have a 0 in them."

In this Numberphile video, the professor says, "There is a conjecture that all base 3 numbers above a certain size, I forget what it is, have a 0 in them." I do not understand this conjecture. Can't I always take any base 3 number that has a 0 and substitute the 1s for the 0s and have anot...
Mon May 20, 2019 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Airport Endangers Machu Picchu
Replies: 5
Views: 782

### New Airport Endangers Machu Picchu

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/15/archaeologists-outraged-over-plans-for-machu-picchu-airport-chinchero?utm_source=pocket-newtab For the most part, the article is exactly what you would expect. I am not that it is a bad article or that this is not a significant news story, just that the...
Sun May 19, 2019 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life in hyperbolic space
Replies: 9
Views: 941

### Re: Life in hyperbolic space

I do not know much, but I do know that sports would be a lot less fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Got0X41pY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJKFcZ0Kkg&list=PLt5AfwLFPxWIIqocD2xZGATsbe8hwpcI1&index=3&t=0s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpMMtm437MU&list=PLt5AfwLFPxWIIqocD2xZGA...
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4783

### Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

How are you expecting to make a system to care for something you can't even be bothered to define? Lets say a natural disaster happens and the government comes to a group of philosophers and asks, "Who should we send supplies to first?" The philosophers can have a very intense and product...
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 1919

### Re: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

If anyone cares, I found what I was looking for. Fabula refers to the events that happen in a story and syuzhet refers to how a story is presented. I actually found an article that directly talks about the fabula and syuzhet of "The Bluest Eye".
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:27 pm UTC
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4783

### Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Angua, maybe we can get around the whole problem of defining health. If we define healthcare as 'any good or service designed to improve health' and define a health care system as, 'any social system designed to provide healthcare', then we do not actually need to need an exact definition of health....
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:47 am UTC
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4783

### Purpose of a Healthcare System

I have this idea for how healthcare should be provided in an industrialized, Western society, but there is a really big flaw. There is one underlying assumption, without which the whole argument in favor of this system becomes magnitudes weaker. "The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide...
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630845

### Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

R.I. tries to crack unsolved murder, missing person cases with playing cards

I got really excited because thought it they were something like this, but actually they are just regular playing cards with the info for cases printed on each one. Still is a nice story.
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

### Re: Ads on the night sky

After thinking about it, I realized that a libertarian would actually argue that space is the new Commons and therefor should be sold* to rich people to do whatever they want with and then argue that looking up implies consent . *Who exactly should organize the sales and who should get the money fro...
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2269

### Re: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

I simplified the complicated and multifaceted process of how to secure funding for research because my question is not about that. My point is that because scientific research is inherently different from mathematical research, I do not understand how mathematicians who are not like geniuses like Ga...
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:04 am UTC
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

### Re: Ads on the night sky

Am I the only one who read this and thought, “Wow, that is going to really mess up the environment.” I mean, birds have had trouble with bright lights in the past. Just imagine how out of sink you can make animals sense of time by adding a new light-source in the sky. Fortunately, I doubt that human...
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2269

### Re: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

You get into academia in the *first* place because there are cool problems you enjoy working on. Not necessarily. My psychology professor told us that he used to work at a more prestigious university, but left because they expected him to publish. Teaching college level psychology was his goal, not...
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 1919

### Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

The "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, the literal text (the words on the page) adds to the metaphorical text (the piece of art). It is easiest to explain what I mean with examples. The story switches between the perspectives of 2 characters. For one character, the novel is told from first...
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2269

### What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

Let’s say that John Doe University requires that all of their professors publish research. A biology professor is sitting in his office trying to think of some cool experiment he could do, but is coming up with nothing. In the end he decided to just expose a bunch of mice to some random chemical and...
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4322

### Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

An industrial grade tool will out preform its consumer grade counterpart in (almost) all catagories, except for price.

A related point is that the Germany tanks were better than the Russian tanks across the board, but Russia stockpiled a lot more of them and could make them faster.
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:58 am UTC
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4322

### Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

I feel like he would reply that although corporate lawyers, the profession, need to exist, the corporate lawyers, the individuals, he talk to felt like they did not and that this situation could be created by hiring 50 people to do the job 5 could do without overworking. I do not completely understa...
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:17 am UTC
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4322

### Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

A better argument against being rich would probably be based on the various studies that have shown beyond a certain point, being more wealthy does not make you more happy, and the very rich can actually be less happy than people who are merely 'well-off'. A counter-argument is that this trend only...
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 4322

### Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

The purpose of money is to be exchanged for goods and services. Rich people have a lot of money that is not being invested. As far as the economy is concerned, that money may as well not exist. As a rich person stockpiles more money, they are in effect removing it from circulation. Removing money fr...
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

### Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

If big businesses have higher minimum wages than small ones, then people will be less incentivized to work for small businesses, which is bad for small businesses. Small businesses would love to pay less, sure, but if all the big businesses still have to pay more, then small businesses can't actual...
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:30 am UTC
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

### Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

You realise that a lower minimum wage is bad from the perspective it doesn't achieve the purpose of a minimum wage, which is supposed to ensure that workers are able to earn enough to live (I realise that with inflation this ideal hasn't kept up with the times, but that was the intent, and why a lo...
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

### Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

This would be easier on small businesses, because for any business making less than \$7,250,000 a year, this is actually a decrease in minimum wage. It rewards "job creators," because the more jobs they create, the lower their minimum wage will be.
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:41 am UTC
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

### Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Why do you think your idea has merit? What's valuable about it? One of the main arguments against raising the minimum wage is that doing so puts a lot of strain on small businesses. This minimum wage is built to minimize that effect. It also rewards "job creators." This is my revised equa...
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 4401

### Proportional Minimum Wage

This is an idea I had for a new minimum wage law. Minimum wage = Gross/ (100 * # of employess) The 100 is an arbitrary constant. I estimated that value right based on no data or personal experience at all. You may also want to add a constant just to make sure people working for a large company that ...
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3085

### Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

The Atlantic We’ve been down this road before. In an escalating set of preparations for nuclear holocaust during the 1950s, the “duck and cover” campaign trained children nationwide to huddle under their desk in the case of a nuclear blast. Some students in New York City were even issued dog tags, ...
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3085

### Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system... Many [students] sobbed hysterically, others vomited or fainted, and some sent farewell notes to parents. A later announcement prompted a stampede in the cafeteria, ...
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630845

### Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Twitter users were quick to respond with puns. That is my kind of justice! Police also described the cage as "rinky-dink", according to CBS, and said it had been secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap. Who on Earth thought, "Oh, the one thing stopping my 900 lbs death machine f...
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Science, generally, is about approaching the (ultimate) truth (through falsifiable experiment) . Politics is about winning - truth is irrelevant. That is really condescending to all the political philosophers throughout history. To say that their work was just hand-waving used to justify social str...
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630845

### Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Personally, I think the press bares a lot of the blame. They publish stories about research without even reading the published research. Oh, and by 'press' I mean newspaper aimed at the general public and journals aimed at experts in the fields.
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Although I can show that one dimensional modeling of issues is inaccurate, it does not follow that it is harmful. Uh.... disseminating significant untruths is actively harmful. It's what Trump does. It's (one of the key ways) how Trump harms. The Bohr Model of the atom is inaccurate, so why is it t...
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850823

### Re: Trump presidency

Part of me want to tell people on 4chan about this, but another part of me still respects the presidency* enough to not want to intentionally send trolls after Trump. I feel 50/50 on the idea. What do you think? *Not that 'presidency' is a different word than 'president' before you flip out and rant...
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Replies: 6938
Views: 1114297

A better incentive is probably their paycheck. Police officers are payed to provide a service; police work. If they do not provide the service, then they do not get payed i.e. they are fired. I really do not see how someone who grew up in a society where trade exists not understanding this.
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:22 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Pfhorrest, thank you for explaining what I was thinking in a coherent way that other people can understand. How are you suggesting that discussing "pro-choice vs. pro-life" (though I'd prefer you use the other example you thought of since abortion threads tend to get locked) in a political...
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

You could say that future people deserve moral consideration, but because the fetus is not yet a person an abortion technically does not harm anyone and is therefor outside the government’s realm of influence.
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

By showing "There's something outside this dichotomy", you're not proving that a dichotomy is bad, only that it's inadequate to describe reality fully. You are right. The only response I can think of is to point out that a major theme of 1984 is that rhetoric influences perception to such...
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

I just came up with good one! 'Healthy food' is a relative term. If high sodium food is unhealthy and low calorie food is healthy, is [insert food item here], which is high in sodium and low in calories, healthy or unhealthy. Actually, that is not a great example since it is the same as the first on...
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 9509

### Hurtful Dichotomies

I am writing an article about how dichotomies in politics are not just useless, but actively harmful, and this is true even if a spectrum is used instead of a binary. A really great example that I have is a problem with the pro-life v pro-chose view of abortions. A completely valid and defendable po...
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:22 pm UTC