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 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Is the upgrade to windows 10 worth it? Have stupid questions

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 9:24 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 1,352


Earlier today I got the thing on my task bar to upgrade to windows 10. I'm on windows 7 at the moment and I believe it's a free upgrade to 7, 8, and 8.1 but only for a year and after that you have to pay? But I'm just so used to 7. I do prefer the task bar on vista but the upgrade from vista to 7 w...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Mathematics: This Will Blow Your Mind

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 9:22 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,880


Don't use the internet. Estimate the value of these sums: a) 1+2+3+4+... b)1^2+2^2+3^2+... The solution involves the Riemann zeta function but tell me what you think. Neither series converges. If a series converges then its n-th term approaches 0 as n goes to infinity. Clearly this does not happen ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Why is Freud still given recognition?

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 9:20 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 620


Freudian psychology is largely pseudo-scientific and debunked. There is little basis for the psychosexual stages of development or the existence of an independent subconscious mind. Yet when I read up on anything related to psychology (childhood amnesia, development,etc) - Freud is always given cre...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Artificial Superintelligence by 2040? Seriously scary stuff!

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 9:16 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 1,274


A very good write-up about artificial superintelligence: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html It's pretty long, but well worth the read. What makes it really scary is that this isn't some baseless speculation like "we should have flying cars by 2100", it...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are these things illusions?

Posted: 18 Jul 2015, 10:31 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 1,730


The_Walrus wrote:
Space, time, and number all have objective existence.

Free will is an illusion, unless you have a different definition of free will.


I am compelled to agree with you.

ruveyn

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should there be a law against public institutions that lie f

Posted: 18 Jul 2015, 10:28 am 

Replies: 79
Views: 2,018


Should there be a law against public institutions that lie for money? Religions and many charitable organizations of all stripes make their revenues by lying to people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9oBCLwwL0 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2835947/The-Great-British-rake-really-happens-...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should there be a law against public institutions that lie f

Posted: 18 Jul 2015, 10:25 am 

Replies: 79
Views: 2,018


Absolutely Not!! !!

The only time lying should be actionable is

1. Commission of fraud where there is property or monetary loss

2. Lying under oath (perjury).

If uttering untruth were otherwise actionable, writers of fiction would be put in jail and promise breakers would be legally punished.

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: the periodic table

 Post subject: Re: the periodic table
Posted: 18 Jul 2015, 10:09 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 817


What is really amazing about the Periodic Table is that Mendeleyov was able to piece together the known elements and was able to predict three new elements along with their observable chemical properties. And it was done before quantum physics was invented. it was a triumph of purely empirical obser...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Shooting in Chattanooga Navy Facility

Posted: 18 Jul 2015, 10:04 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 529


allah hu akbar!! !! !!

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why was the British Monarchy so Pro Nazi?

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 2:23 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,284


The Royals have German ancestors, so their initial attraction to Germany was understandable.

Queen Victoria was married to a German here children (of which there were many) were all half German. Britain had a German kind, George I. It goes back a long way .

ruveyn

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Should There Be a worldwide Moratorium on eating dog meat ?

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 2:19 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,107


why a moratorium? As long as one owns the dog and slaughters it humanely why should there be a law against it?

We are a meat eating species, so why forbid a particular kind on non-human meat?

ruveyn

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Dissecting existence and the result

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 2:16 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 885


Does anyone else feel like there just isn't anything left that's interesting? Or as if you understand the very fabric of the world and it's all gone dull? For example: There is nothing you need to know about anyone except for what they identify with. People are just mirrors walking around looking f...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: This board needs a "Aliens Exist" Thread...!

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 2:12 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,070


Has anyone found an artifact that could not have originated on this planet. Has it been scientifically studied? Have the findings been made public? Until there is hard evidence we can assume no aliens have visited us. The nearest star that might have a type M planet is Tau Cetti which is 11 ly dista...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Charleston Shooter: Racist or Mentally Ill?

Posted: 20 Jun 2015, 2:05 am 

Replies: 110
Views: 3,577


Probably both.

The kid's daddy is going to have to wrestle with his conscience. He put a gun in the kid's hand.

I hope this does not turn into a witch hunt against mentally deranged people or our right to keep and bear arms.


ruveyn

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: LIFE; What is it?

 Post subject: Re: LIFE; What is it?
Posted: 14 Jun 2015, 7:03 pm 

Replies: 291
Views: 6,223


There is a whole heap of difference between the chemistry and physics of a live organism and a dead one (even a virus). That difference, I suggest, is the stuff called "life" which is transmitted from a "live" thing and never from a non-live thing. So where did the first living ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: new prototype fluid dynamic computer runs on water!

Posted: 14 Jun 2015, 6:57 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 790


See this article on fluid amplification:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluidics\

Popular Science ran an article on fluidic amplification back in 1967

You can look it up on Google.
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