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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Time Limit for Historical Grievances?

Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 5:55 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 3,243


Sort of a funny question I ponder from time to time, usually when one of my Irish American friends starts talking about the English as if they were personally oppressed by them. It's funny that an awful lot of the real Irish, the ones living on the island, treat the "Irish-American" diaspora with c...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: How many WP members have you met in real life?

Posted: 28 Jun 2011, 6:50 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 2,645


none, although I know that someone on this site is actually related to me (mcg is it?); we have a rare surname.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What would you ask God?

Posted: 27 Jun 2011, 1:07 pm 

Replies: 110
Views: 5,542


Why are always such a barbaric dickhead? I've never killed kids to prove a point, and no one has ever built a temple to me 8O

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Help deciphering a definition...

Posted: 26 Jun 2011, 5:57 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 827


Oh, sorry. I think some proteins are stablised by v.d.w forces, and at low temperatures v.d.w forces can make stable clusters of molecules, but in general I'm not sure. As for ionic bonding, it is comfortably used in the more colloquial definition of a molecule, and they often stabilise proteins. I ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Help deciphering a definition...

Posted: 26 Jun 2011, 3:47 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 827


I'm writing an argument about a particular branch of pseudo-science, and I need to understand the IUPAC definition of a molecule. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Quantum Chemistry... Molecule An electrically neutral entity consisting of more than one atom (). Rigorously, a molecule, in which mu...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Help deciphering a definition...

Posted: 26 Jun 2011, 1:03 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 827


I'm writing an argument about a particular branch of pseudo-science, and I need to understand the IUPAC definition of a molecule. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Quantum Chemistry... Molecule An electrically neutral entity consisting of more than one atom (). Rigorously, a molecule, in which mus...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Improving Number Sense?

Posted: 26 Jun 2011, 7:48 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,815


Caffeine is all negative effects for me, but there is data to suggest that it improves memory function in most people. The night before my finals I would drink two litres of diet coke (the caffeine equivalent of a litre of Red Bull). I was able to study for sixteen hours straight, with perfect rete...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Improving Number Sense?

Posted: 23 Jun 2011, 12:26 am 

Replies: 19
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It's curious - I have no problem with this and can easily visualise what every part is doing, the relationships with other parts etc. The whole thing "lives and moves", fully functional, in my head and I can examine or change various parts of this mental model easily - yet my numeric ability has al...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Improving Number Sense?

Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 1:41 pm 

Replies: 19
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Programming. Complex tasks require to to be able to recall the entire program of the top of your head, and to have a strong spatial sense of how you are going to organise and manipulate your data. Some tasks, like composing matrices upon each other, modular arithmetic on matrices, and storing your d...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Flat Earth, anyone?

Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 1:34 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2,518


Lets park a "hypothesis generating machine" in every classroom, so that kiddys have to hear every possible take on a subject, regardless of whether any of the hypothesises are scientific, substantiated with evidence, logically consistent, or totted by slack-jaws who manage to crowbar s**t in into ed...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What makes one a Muslim?

Posted: 22 Jun 2011, 1:30 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 3,951


ruveyn wrote:
01001011 wrote:
What makes one a Muslim?


A very bad attitude.

ruveyn


A few crossed mental wires, the threat of death for apostate children, and a firm conviction you are a decent calm person while you "gently beat" your tent-wife. And possibly four pounds of Semtex.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are only Environmentalists scientists?

Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 2:15 pm 

Replies: 78
Views: 4,532


What about chemists, physicists, etc? Do they not count as scientists as well, or do only the ones who make statements with political ramifications count as scientists? Going on and on forever about how the world's going to end apparently makes a person more of a "scientific" mind than someone who ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Prove that atoms exist, in internet debate alone.

Posted: 20 Jun 2011, 2:07 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 3,332


prove that matter exists. Look at your hands on your keyboard. QED ruveyn LOOK at them? That just proves that all that exists are sensory impressions! Nobody knows what exists. All we can know is whatever comes in through our senses. Even second hand information comes in through our senses. Your mi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Prove that atoms exist, in internet debate alone.

Posted: 19 Jun 2011, 5:44 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 3,332


Its impossible to illustrate such a claim a priori. You have allow for evidence to be used. Besides, atoms themselves don't strictly exist, rather they a theoretical framework that describes a set of observations. An alternate theory that agrees with fact to the same degree would have to be regarded...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anarcho-Primitivism

Posted: 19 Jun 2011, 2:14 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,998


Anarcho-Primitivism is a hippyish pandering for a Golden Age which never existed, that presupposes that the only worthwhile pursuit for humans is a quest for primitive hedonistic jollies. We f**k, we fight, we dance for the sun god, and we decay into a putrid pile of maggots. What a life.

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Starting research soon!

Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 10:30 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 764


I used Campbell/Reece at school too. But when I was 10-ish my mom bought me "Life: The Science of Biology" (another 1st year college text) and I would read it even though I didn't understand most of what it said. I've started researching now, and it's fun! Though I'm still at the basic point of lea...
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