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by makc
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

To me, a soul would be the thing that makes a person conscious and thinking. I thought it was a brain. What, exactly, do you think a soul is? What do you think it does? Why would I want one? Give me some of these answers and I'll indulge this argument, otherwise this is going nowhere. It is going n...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Blackface and Muhammad cartoons
Replies: 97
Views: 9138

Re: Blackface and Muhammad cartoons

I mean if all jokes would be banned, blackface and muslim cartoons would no longer be a problem. Like on the other thread here, people are discussing how someone made a plot to blow up a plane using explosives in shoes and now everyone on american airlines has to take shoes off - just to be on the s...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Blackface and Muhammad cartoons
Replies: 97
Views: 9138

Re: Blackface and Muhammad cartoons

if some particular joke is offensive to 1 man, it's ok, if it is ofensive to millions it is suddenly not ok. where the line is? how many offended people it takes to ban some kind of joke? or maybe we should ban all of them, just to be on the safe side? I think it is good idea to be on the safe side,...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

one might argue (or "postulate", if you want) that human receives a soul in the process of baptising, for example. thus, not only the clones but also large part of normal people (including gingers :~) have no soul. Of course, you can baptise a clone, but you can as well not, as long as you...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

why do you have to change the subject and turn it on me? the argument made in this thread is "if naturally born people have souls, their clones receive a copy too". prove that, then we're talking.
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

axioms are not to be proved
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

You know you are just trying to get away from argument :) If you can't even detect souls (as in "i.e. some entity which exists apart from the body, is immortal, etc") how can you possibly make logical conclusions about wether clones can have it or not? This is simply beyond your expertise,...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

that's pretty much like with everything else, we do not find the difference until we study things deep enough - and we clearly don't if there is a soul (accepted premise in this part of discussion) and yet we can't find any trace of it. a man having a soul is the same as a terrorist with a gun tryin...
by makc
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

ok, so basically Sir_Elderberry, Mr_Rose, UmbrageOfSnow et al arguent for why clones must have soul (given that souls exist) is because they do not see why would they not have it. is it just me, or this is something very far from being logical argument? basically, you just want clones to have it.
by makc
Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

UmbrageOfSnow wrote:if they existed, they logically couldn't be exclusive to non-clones
why?
by makc
Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Perpendicular
Replies: 23
Views: 1630

Re: Perpendicular

from above hairy ball theorem, you could take (y, -x, 0) everywhere and for x = y = 0 (poles) you take (1, 0, 0) or something. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Hairy_ball.png/180px-Hairy_ball.png can't get simpler than that. but you will lose precision towards the poles.
by makc
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150094

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

It is a paradox, but the paradox hasn't caught up to them yet. Remember in the first movie the photo of Marty's siblings faded over several days, so it takes time for changes to take effect. On the other hand, in wild west part the grave stone photo changed very quickly. This whole picture changing...
by makc
Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150094

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

You could make an alternate universe for every instance where they go back in time (like mean Biff world vs. friendly Biff world). That part did always seem not right to me, why the hell whenever they come back to their own time (1985) from past, their younger "selves" necessary go on wit...
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: constructing geodesic sphere
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: constructing geodesic sphere

the solution you propose is a) less elegant - we need to run relaxation loops - and b) already implemented :D so I stick with my original idea... just need to figure out two simple expressions. edit: I actually now (after I tried constructing the net manually - see attachment) do not think it is pos...
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: constructing geodesic sphere
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: constructing geodesic sphere

n = 8 should be a cube-like mesh which is perfectly "triangulable". only for n < 4 (or even 3) it can fail.

for the purpose of this thread this is for fun.
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Unauthorized access attempts
Replies: 98
Views: 76651

Re: Unauthorized access attempts

why do my topic reply notifications go through echochamber . me site where I am required to enter my login/password? I have "log in every time" set, and forums.xkcd.com still remembers me now. this almost look like phishing attempt; the only thing that doesn't fit in is how "they"...
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150094

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

in above back-to-the-future graph, 1985 is not the only year that needs "A" (I assume Alternative) copy.
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maine Repeals Gay Marriage. Let's repeal Maine from the US
Replies: 180
Views: 14693

Re: Maine Repeals Gay Marriage. Let's repeal Maine from the US

it seems popular to be pro-gay these days.
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 46
Views: 4354

Re: Cloning

by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting the most recent comic
Replies: 24
Views: 93637

Re: Getting the most recent comic

davean wrote:use the JSON
any chance to get http://xkcd.com/crossdomain.xml to allow queries to JSON from flash script? see http://api.flickr.com/crossdomain.xml for example.
by makc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: constructing geodesic sphere
Replies: 4
Views: 826

constructing geodesic sphere

some guy has found somewhere nice expression to place N vertices on a sphere more or less evenly along the spiral, the code is: var N:int = 10000, radius:Number = 100; for (var i:int = 0; i < N; i++) { var phi:Number = Math.acos (-1 + (2*i -1) / N); var theta:Number = Math.sqrt (N * Math.PI) * phi;...
by makc
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150094

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Catfish_Taylor wrote:Shouldn't the Star Wars chart include a split in Luke's line when his hand is cut off? I'd like to see the addition of a line falling off the bottom of the graph that represents the hand.
then the same applies to vader with his legs and arm floating away in lava.
by makc
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 720655

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

hey people, I have a question about observable universe horizon - can things cross it in/out in finite time? for example, would light of source crossing out be basically red-shifted out of existence? is there existing accurate analysis of this somewhere, or do I have to actually take LCDM equations ...
by makc
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150094

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I never thought saruman died when isengard was flooded :shock: I mean, he had a tall tower, and overall was tough guy with spells and shit.

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