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by jewish_scientist
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Senses
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Re: Computer Senses

There's nothing particularly special about pain vs skin cells, tho. That's still nerve activation. Figuring out how to create a sensor that registers pain in all the same situations we do might hard in the corner cases, but for all the important pain shouldn't be too complex. The problem is that th...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704600

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

Ted Cruz Says Space Force is Necessary to Prevent Space Pirates I realize that I am super late to comment on this, but I think I know exactly why Ted Cruz said this. Cruz is a libertarian, which means that he believes that spending tax dollars on anything except defense is literal slavery. On the o...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream?
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream?

I think that the living astronaut would hear the air hitting him, but not the scream itself. Sound is made up of a series of high pressure regions and low pressure regions. Imagine 2 air molecules traveling with identical velocities, one directly behind the other. The distance between them will neve...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do all Equations have Solutions?
Replies: 12
Views: 547

Re: Do all Equations have Solutions?

Usually the things we think of as numbers have particular properties like total order, which would mean some equations would never have solutions. I do not understand why total order leads to that conclusion. x + 1 = 0 gets us at least one negative number. 2*x = 1 gets us a rational number. I wante...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do all Equations have Solutions?
Replies: 12
Views: 547

Do all Equations have Solutions?

The equation x-x = y does not have a solution over the counting numbers, but does over the natural numbers.* This is basically why we made the term 'natural numbers'. The inequality x-y > x does not have a solution over the natural numbers, but it does over the integers. This is basically w...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Senses
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Computer Senses

I was reading this article and it got me thinking about how well computer can handle normal human senses besides vision and hearing. My guess is that they would be absolute garbage at interpreting smells. Vision relies on 5 inputs (2 for location and 3 for each color channel), while we have ~400 typ...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Torture Porn as Porn
Replies: 11
Views: 2481

Re: Torture Porn as Porn

Pfhorrest, that is exactly what I mean.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Torture Porn as Porn
Replies: 11
Views: 2481

Torture Porn as Porn

I thought of a good article I could right, but I need some help. There is a genera of film that produces horror by focusing on gore and violence (e.g. Saw series), that is sometimes derogatorily called torture porn. The article would take this analogy more literally. The Supreme Court made the Mille...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 870
Views: 224249

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.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Furniture Polish vs Books
Replies: 0
Views: 1148

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?
by jewish_scientist
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Giant Insects Aliens
Replies: 12
Views: 4284

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...
by jewish_scientist
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: 945

"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...
by jewish_scientist
Mon May 20, 2019 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Airport Endangers Machu Picchu
Replies: 5
Views: 1876

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...
by jewish_scientist
Sun May 19, 2019 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life in hyperbolic space
Replies: 9
Views: 1721

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...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8175

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...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

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".
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8175

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....
by jewish_scientist
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8175

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704600

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.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 2892

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...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 3210

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...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 2892

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...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 3210

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...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 3210

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6274

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.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6274

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...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6274

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6274

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

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...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

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.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

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 ...
by jewish_scientist
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: 4508

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, ...
by jewish_scientist
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: 4508

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, ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704600

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...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 12269

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...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15190
Views: 2704600

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.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 12269

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...

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