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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anosmia (No Sense of Smell)

 Post subject: Anosmia (No Sense of Smell)
Posted: 18 Dec 2013, 9:26 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 967


I have congenital anosmia and am wondering if others here have it. I was born without a sense of smell, and have never sorted out how this happened. No one else in my family has this condition. The books and articles I've read on ASDs occasionally mention altered sense of smell, but anosmia itself s...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Mac web design resource advice wanted

Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 1:22 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 700


Hard-coding a large-scale web site that includes commenting and a discussion forum is a major undertaking. Why not use a CMS such as Joomla or Drupal for the site and phpBB for the discussion forum? You can create your own templates to customize the user experience, and take advantage of the large o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: what is borderline personality disorder

Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 1:15 am 

Replies: 46
Views: 2,897


There is no particular relation between an ASD and BPD. An ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, primarily characterized by social deficits/difficulties, sensory processing issues/difficulties, and strong/narrow interests. I realize this is a very simple, basic characterization of autism/Asperger's,...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Neuroscience/psychology special interest?

Posted: 12 Dec 2013, 12:52 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,201


I have become interested in it but would like to find good resources to get a better foundation in neuroscience-any suggestions? For free college-level courses available online, try MIT OCW and start with their general biology class, philosophical issues in brain science, introduction to psychology...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Thinking in Pattern?

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 10:44 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 3,797


I'm a strong pattern thinker, and have been for as long as I can remember. The patterns are there whether I'm working a math problem, listening to music, watching a film or TV show, or talking to someone. I experience this as one part of my brain integrating the new sensory input with existing memor...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Wonder what the scientific name for 4-sided symmetry is?

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 7:45 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 759


In geometric terms, the figure has is symmetric on rotation (in 90 degree or π/4 radian increments) and reflection (across axes that go from vertex to vertex, or from midpoint to midpoint of the edges). In group theoretic terms, the figure has Z mod 4 symmetry for rotations, where Z refers to i...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Neuroscience/psychology special interest?

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 6:55 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,201


I just tell people I'm interested in brains. In reality, I enjoy neuroscience when I'm not absorbed in math or scifi.

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: What Languages Can You Speak?

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 6:54 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 5,509


English, Japanese, Spanish, French, some German, Latin, and Chinese.

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: quantum levitation

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 1:27 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 598


Technologies with the word "quantum" in them, such as quantum levitation or quantum computing, generally require highly specific conditions that can only be achieved with not only vast amounts of energy but also very exacting engineering and operating conditions. So we see many interesting reports i...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: 4,4,5,7,9 - can anyone see the pattern, it’s driving me mad.

Posted: 11 Dec 2013, 1:24 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 2,358


There are an infinite number of mathematical functions that will produce that sequence. So there is no one and unique answer. ruveyn Bu I'm hoping there is one unique satisfying answer :) What would constitute a "unique satisfying answer"? You might consider symmetries (e.g.: alternating groups or ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Were you a gifted child? How are you seen as adult?

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 7:55 pm 

Replies: 90
Views: 33,376


I was considered gifted by my elementary school teachers, who told my parents to skip me a few grades and get me into a special school. My parents chose to leave me in that school. But I finished out graduate school and have had a stable career. The only way in which I didn't live up to my potential...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: read face

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 7:33 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 535


I'm just shy of 50 and still struggling in this area. Besides face blindness, I lack a sense of smell, which is a bad combination for face-to-face communication. I miss virtually everything. I don't like it either. In addition to "Lie to Me," you could read books by the likes of Paul Ekman, try occu...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: The lottery paradox

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 11:29 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,342


Nope. The probability of a person winning the lottery, in that cenario, is 100%. The probability of a specific person winning the lottery is 0.1% Then you are doing conditional probability. The conditional probability of ticket 1000 winning give that 1 thru 999 did not win is 1. ruveyn I don't get ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: 4,4,5,7,9 - can anyone see the pattern, it’s driving me mad.

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 1:32 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 2,358


There are an infinite number of mathematical functions that will produce that sequence. So there is no one and unique answer. ruveyn This is an important result in analysis, and key for many useful, fruitful proofs. Even given dozens or hundreds of additional numbers in the sequence, we could still...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: You favorite Star Trek DS9 epsiode

Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 1:28 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,368


My two top DS9 episodes, "Statistical Probabilities" and "Trials and Tribbliations" already mentioned. And I was just thinking about the latter earlier today when observing my cat. Given the rich complexity of the seven years of DS9, I wondered if I should categorize my favorites under general theme...
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