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1. ## Gun control, which side wins?

wow I don't think our Molson's chugging friends to the north quite realize that our Democratic Party is, by the standards of pretty much every other democratic nation on Earth, quite moderate. And has been trying to find compromise every way possible with a GOP that has moved far to the Right and now snuggles with white nationalists and Christian theocrats and bizarro science deniers. And their undertow pulls along others who should know better. Due to our flawed electoral college system, and the deeply skewed Senate (where in a few short years, the most conservative 30% of our populace will have 70% of the Senate), and a ton of gerrymandering, a minority has hijacked the political process and has little interest in real conversation about issues or compromise. FFS, we are just trying to survive as a democracy at this point. And so many of us are straining to reach out to conservatives, try to find some way to shift in their direction without abandoning whole demographics at risk, struggling to have some kind of rational fact based dialog with them that has some anchoring in the reality of the 21st century. Outside of a few places like Boston, Seattle, or San Francisco, I don't think you find that many liberals who are loftily proclaiming their wisdom and rightness or are not willing to compromise. You really have to know compromise is all we do these days. I had to vote for Biden who, in any other recent decade, would have been seen as centrist, and has not had a career I would call terribly progressive. My vote was a compromise, as were many others' votes. And anyone I vote for in South Dakota is a compromise (and I think other Red Staters would likely say the same).
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2. ## US-Roe vs Wade overturned

How many late-term fetal abortions are there in the US? ..I would be surprised if women/girl show up who have spent 5,6...9 months pregnant and ask for an abortion, just like that, without a good reason... there must be a very good reason to ask for such a thing after investing so much time and energy... that requires a cesarean section anyway.. so child can be alive after it.. if it he/she is able to.. For example: a seriously ill or terminally ill fetus that would not have survived anyway.... a potential danger to the woman.. In many posts you push "late term abortion".... while it is a meaningless minority...
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3. ## Superconductor on a 3 phi Mobius strip.

This is almost mesmerising, the superconductor runs around the mobius strip almost if by magic!
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4. ## Anomaly confirmed; could be evidence for sterile neutrino

Some folks are probably excited about this... https://phys.org/news/2022-06-results-anomaly-elementary-particle.html New scientific results confirm an anomaly seen in previous experiments, which may point to an as-yet-unconfirmed new elementary particle, the sterile neutrino, or indicate the need for a new interpretation of an aspect of standard model physics, such as the neutrino cross section, first measured 60 years ago.
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5. ## A Question for Curved Spacetime.

John Wheeler came up with this wonderful phrase to summarise what GR is about. But buzzwords can only get you so far. If you have a situation in which a small object moves in the vicinity of a stellar object that heavily distorts space-time around it, then it's fair to say that the star tells space-time around how to bend, while the relatively small stuff moving close is told how to move. However, consider the collision of two black holes. In that case, both the motion of the objects and the warping of space-time are very difficult to tell apart. For those cases, the only alternative is to appeal to the equations and have a computer solve them for you. The equations are highly non-linear, which means that ultimately it's impossible to express the warping as the sum of contributions of this and that piece of matter. Gravity itself gravitates. See my point? Another aspect I would like to point out is that mass is not the source of the gravitational field. It's energy-momentum that plays that role. The "mental operation" that you're proposing here, if I've understood you correctly, is to remove the sources and be left with an empty space-time, and then you ask yourself what shape does that space-time have. Well, think about this: Einstein's field equations have many solutions corresponding to an empty space-time. Gravitational waves are a particular example of solutions to the Einstein vacuum equations. So I guess my answer is: No, you can't figure out what space-time is like with nothing in it. Not a priori. You have to make a guess.
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6. ## January 6th Committee Broadcast

It’s a congressional hearing. That’s sorta how they go, but y’all are tuning in thinking it’s another episode of America’s Got Treason.
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7. ## The ebb and flow of the light.

It is a matter of specular vs. diffuse reflection. Specular reflection is mirror-like, where the incidence angle and reflection angle are the same. With diffuse reflection, the reflected light scatters in all directions. Which domimates in any given scenario depend on the nature of the reflecting surface. A mirror is highly specular, while a sheet of paper is highly diffuse. The Moon falls on the paper end of the spectrum. Here is an image of three spheres lit by the same light source, but with different specular/diffuse ratios: On the bottom left is what you'd see from a mirror-like surface of pure specular reflection; one small bright dot of light. In the top middle we have a mix of specular and diffuse reflection. You get a bright highlight in the center and things darken as you move to the edge. Then on the bottom right we get a fully diffuse sphere, Which looks evenly lit all around. (the slight darkening at the upper left is caused by the sphere not being perfectly centered in the frame, so the camera sees slightly around to the unlit side.) The last one is what most closely matches the Moon in the sky. In addition, the surface of the Moon is not smooth, and this just adds to the diffuse refection overall. You seem to expect the Moon would behave like the mirrored ball in the lower left. Given the fact that the Moon doesn't have a mirror-like surface, this simply would be possible. And even if the surface was purely specular in nature, the fact that the surface is bumpy and irregular would have it looking something like this: and not the single point of light.
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8. ## English Language - words, meanings and context

I don't think it makes any sense to tinker with language in this way. All languages have strange things in them. It's part of their charm and reflects their convoluted history. To try to remove them all would be to lose all that richness - and deprive writers and poets of the opportunity for puns and deliberate ambiguities. Take a word like "mine". That can mean either an excavation in the earth for minerals or a static explosive armament. But in fact they have a common origin. The original explosive mine was gunpowder placed at the end of an excavated shaft, dug to blow up (undermine) the walls of a castle. Hamlet speaks of "the engineer hoist with his own petard" (a synonym for mine) and goes on to say "but I shall delve one yard below their mine and blow them at the moon".* I think discovering the common root of these things is fun. And then we have different spellings and meanings for the same sounding word: rite, write, right, wright. English has more of this sort of thing than most languages, because it draws on both Germanic and Latin roots, forming in effect two vocabularies. Historically the upper classes spoke (Norman) French and used Latin-derived words, while the peasants used an Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. To this day the Germanic words sound more "earthy" and less refined than the Latin-based equivalents. This was brought home to me in the Netherlands, when I was sent for a blood test, at the "prikpost". I understood what it meant, but it sounded a bit, well, blunt. So I'm in favour of leaving these things alone and enjoying the diversity. * If you visit St Andrew's, in Scotland, there is a ruined castle where you can see both such a mine, dug during a seige, and a "countermine", dug from inside the castle to stop it. You can go through, down a ladder, from one to the other, at the point where they meet.
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9. ## Covid 19 may have originated in US biotechnology lab

You mean whether coronavirus are known to jump species? If so yes. The most notable cases before SARS-CoV-2 are obviously SARS and MERS. But the viruses are present in many mammals and there are many signatures indicating mixtures and exchanges between species. I.e. spillover to humans are not unexpected.
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10. ## Where to black holes end up?

The event horizon is a mathematical construct, which indicates a radius ( or radii ) after which certain effects manifest. Te rules and laws of GR continue to hold until infinities arise, close to the singularity; IOW no faster than light tavel. Te Shwazschild solution is a special case where infinities aise at the event horizon due to choice of co-ordinates. You may have misunderstood the fact that inside the event horizon, the only direction available is forward in time ( due to GR's geodesics, or geometry, terminating at the singularity, with no paths out of the EH ). A Big Bang arising from a 'white' hole connected to a Black Hole in an alternate universe is also a non-starter, as it would have observable differences to our universe, like a discernible center, or a 'rotation'.
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11. ## Electromagnetic fields and the Big Bang

Even the Speculations forum requires evidence to be presented in support of your 'speculation'. Hand waving arguments are not sufficient. The electromagnetic force, as we know it, did not exist until 10-35 sec after the Big Bang started. Prior to that, it was a unified electroweak field where fermions like electrons, muons, neutrinos and quarks ( and some bosons like W and Z of the weak interaction ) were massless. The Higgs mechanism allowed these particles to gain the property of mass, and the evidence of the Higgs boson, detected at CERN a few years ago, allows for a high degee of confidence in this model. I'll be waiting for you to present evidence supporting your model.
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12. ## Electromagnetic fields and the Big Bang

I refuse to engage in a duel of wits with an unarmed man.
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13. ## Where to black holes end up?

No, this is a common misconception. The thing here is that the region close to the event horizon does not share any notion of simultaneity with a distant stationary observer (‘Schwarzschild observer’). As a result of this, a distant and stationary clock would measure an infinite amount of time for anything to fall to the horizon - meaning the horizon is never reached as measured in that distant frame only. On the other hand, if you consider a clock that actually travels itself to the horizon, you’ll find that it measures a finite and well defined amount of time; there’s nothing special about spacetime at the horizon at all. The clock just falls through and onwards to the singularity. It does not stop and freeze at the horizon. Time in GR is a purely local phenomenon, so you have to consider clocks that are actually there, and not distant observers.
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14. ## Is the universe really 13.7 billion years old?

Have you not read any of the preceding posts ? Using the equations developed by Meghnad Saha in the 1920s, we can calculate the ionization state of a gas in thermal equilibrium from the temperature and pressure. All gases in the early universe ( mostly Hydrogen and Helium ) remained completely ionized down to a temperature of about 3000oK. In this state, the universe consisted of an opaque plasma, but once it expanded further, and dropped below this temperature, electrons were allowed to bond to nuclei to form atomic Hydrogen and Helium, rendering the universe transparent. We 'see' the glow of the opaque ionized plasma as the CMB radiation, but it is no longer at 3000oK, it is now at 2.7oK, a reduction of about 1040 times. We can then use your standard statistical thermodynamic gas laws, which relate temperature, volume and pressure, to conclude that the universe must have increased in volume by the equivalent factor of 1040 times, since the recombination era ( when atoms were able to form )
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15. ## I can my self move any megalithic stone on hundreds of tons with physics

I think what the OP is getting at is that it would be theoretically possible to RAISE a rock, in a tight fitting container, with less than it's own weight of mercury, using the head of mercury to exert the required hydraulic pressure on the base of the rock. But the problem is that if it's in a tight fitting container, you can't move it, so lifting it doesn't get you anywhere. So the idea is to have a small gap in front of the rock, and pull the rock into that gap, so the mercury flows to the rear, and then excavate a new gap in front of the rock, and fill in the gap at the rear, hence inching forward bit by bit, constantly excavating in front, and filling in behind. It's a far cry from floating a rock along in a canal of mercury, and of course, you need a flat route. I can't see it being possible in the real world, but I guess you could say it's theoretically possible.
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16. ## How can I get Benzaldehyde green stain off my countertop? Please help!

Before you use any chemical on your countertop, try spilling Benzaldehyde green on something of no value, outside of your house, to see if it reacts with the chemical there..
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17. ## God is real.

! Moderator Note We're going to wait a week, travel back in time a week, and THEN ban you.
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18. ## US-Roe vs Wade overturned

FYI https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/abortions-later-in-pregnancy/ The more that fish is dragged across the trail, the worse it smells.
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20. ## Off-topic: Are there any treatments for severe depression which do not involve medication?

It was just supposed to be a joke about hot sauce, never mind.
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21. ## Is this some organism ? In urine, 400 and 1000 magnification

It could be a uric acid crystal. Here's a picture I found of some on the internet: To me, your picture does not look biological, but more likely chemical. But I am prejudiced, of course.😀
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22. ## Number theory derivation from infinity; speculations on equations that are derived in terms of the Field

And how is that related to your claim that gravity and magnetism are “synonymous”? Your posts contain far too many tangents. They need to be much more concise, coherent and relevant.
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23. ## Are there any treatments for severe depression which do not involve medication?

At least part of why cases of depression have accelerated is because we assume whatever the person is depressed about is a personal thing, and not something systemic that may be affecting us all. We consider it their trauma to deal with, even though we're here to lend support where we can. But what if depression is just a normal human response to the kinds of crazy we're seeing these days in some countries? In the US, we're realizing how enslaved we've all been while celebrating our freedoms. We have inalienable rights guaranteed to the People by our Constitution, but we never passed an equal rights amendment to truly include all People. We escaped the tyranny of the wealthy so we could let the wealthy lead us right back to being underrepresented by our own leaders. Maybe we should focus more on what's causing such depression instead of finding ways to live with it.
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24. ## What is the Purpose of Life ?

And only relevant in the local time era. Genghis Khan probably has the most descendants ever. But now, those descendants probably have about 1% of his genes. (wild guess, can't be bothered to research it). So basically, if you want life to have a meaning, you have to invent one.
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25. ## Gravity wells (split from A Question for Curved Spacetime)

These give you the 2-D shapes of the gravity wells, which would be related http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/spacemaps.php#xkcdgrav
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26. ## Are there any treatments for severe depression which do not involve medication?

Yore not alone, especially after these last few years. The pandemic and breaking of social norms and related ignorance in politics (but mostly having to stay home during the pandemic) has caused depression frequency and intensity to surge. Councilors appointment books are overflowing and even they themselves are feeling the effects. You’re not alone. Getting out in nature, walking, sunlight etc all definitely help, and the hike you’re taking could turn into a two-fer if you happen to walk through cattle fields and maybe find those shroomies you seek.
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27. ## Transgender athletes

This is boring It’s not your choice to make. It’s the parents and healthcare providers involved in that child’s life. Maybe they’ll want to someday play non-elite level childhood and school level sports. We should stop passing laws making that illegal. Puberty blockers aren’t the problem here. Equality and acceptance blockers are.
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28. ## Anti-Satellite Weapons

I don't think that follows. Even the smallest pieces pose a threat, because of the huge speeds that they orbit at. Even dust grains are said to be a hazard. If you could invent an anti-satellite weapon that shoved the satellite into a lower orbit, making it burn up in a reasonably short time, that would be ideal.
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29. ## Transgender athletes

If you are going to attack someone please be so kind as to provide evidence. They are not "pseudo scientists" simply because you don't like what they said. If you have evidence they are pseudo scientists please provide it. Otherwise the honorable thing to do would be to retract your statement. I don't care if you are right, but I care that we make reasonable and fair arguments here.
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30. ## Transgender athletes

I think, to be fair to those questioning the basic psychology and wisdom behind all this, it's okay to ask how these correlations work. For example, does puberty blocking improve overall health because they are fitting in with their subculture in, say, California, and so their decrease in social stress is improving physical markers and decreasing suicidal ideation? Or is it because they are fundamentally a different gender than the birth one and this is a genuine improvement of physical functioning? Does the improved health effect show the same degree in Vickburg MS as it does in Berkeley CA? Is it roughly the same in Houston and Stockholm? (actually Stockholm wouldn't work now in such comparatives because Swedes have banned puberty blockers due to, cough, ahem, unresolved scientific questions) Causation is important here. If I reduce a child's suicidal thoughts and boost their health by raising them in a Truman Show simulation, that might not be worth it. I might choose some other therapeutic path for them to feel better, in spite of the positive correlation between Truman Show fake reality and "overall health." So it's fair for @MigL et al to ask if there are other solutions to alienation and depression of gender dysphorics that might lie in other domains than the pharmaceutical. Maybe there are no others that can work, but it's still worth exploring before seriously altering a child's body (or later on, removing pieces of it).
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31. ## US-Roe vs Wade overturned

That's how I interpret pro-choice as well. I recently heard of an exchange between two women on either side of that fence, and the pro-life woman admitted she had gone to a clinic to abort her daughter but walked out before the procedure, and considered it the best decision she ever made because she loves her daughter so much. The pro-choice woman just told her she was very happy the woman had been given the choice.
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32. ## A Question for Curved Spacetime.

I disagree, physics derived from questioning things just like this, and to just shove aside questions like these in the physics community only shows the lack of answers. If questions to unanswered problems is philosophy then what do we really understand, if every thing just creates another problem that cant be answered. Where I do not quite agree with Bufofrog that philosophy is the trash can for all questions that sciences cannot answer, he definitely has a point. In philosophy, we say that your kind of question contains a category error. Causality can only meaningfully be defined in space and time. E.g. following statements should clarify this: a cause always precedes its effect Two events can only be directly causally related when they are in their immediate vicinity But such propositions only make sense in space and time, they are meaningless when talking about space and time. Causality does not apply to space and time themselves. The relationship between spacetime, energy, and gravity is a conceptual one, not a causal one. By giving the conceptual relationships between these three, one could say that the job of the physicist is done. As a philosopher, of course one can ask all kind of petty questions ('is space really curved?';'What is ontologically first: gravity or time dilation?'). Physicists can do very well without such questions, and their possible answers. Some of these questions can be fascinating (e.g. PBS spacetime has an interesting episode about the latter question). Exactly these kind of questions show that 'causality' does not apply to spacetime itself.
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33. ## Artificial Consciousness Is Impossible

And that's another strawman, the argument was about how an off-cut can lead to an unintended machine i.e. an emergent quality. As machine's become more complex, other emergent qualities 'should be expected' the nature of which is impossible to predict; therefore the premise of the OP is demonstrably false.
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34. ## US-Roe vs Wade overturned

Because it's a bad argument. I think they should be legal in some cases and in some cases not. I can therefore agree with arguments from each side. Capiche?
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35. ## US-Roe vs Wade overturned

While I see your point, relating to how people focus on a specific social cause, I think there is one flaw there. If I crusade to save tigers, I will also likely want to support having nature preserves where they can have a life. Kind of a package. The tiger savers are not in it to save tigers then stick them in little cages where children can try to get a rise out of them and throw trash in the cage. Similarly, if I save a fetus, then what happens to it after birth is a consequence of its being saved. I'm not sure it's morally defensible to make sure the baby goes full term, be delivered, and then walk away saying "Yep, forced Mom to birth you, now she's facing more dire poverty and lack of support, but hey, you're on your own, kid!" Your own example on the DP is also subject to the same problem. Most people who march against the DP, do in fact also support better prison conditions. And they do so, again, because the years of prison life is a consequence of not being executed. In all my examples there is the common thread of: quality of life is part of valuing life. You just can't separate them without unfortunate consequences. (I thank @MSC for also underscoring this)
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36. ## Is this study evidence for ADE from Covid vaccine? [Answered: NO!]

This is totally garbled. First, non-neutralising antibodies also help against infection by marking the virus for destruction by phagocytes. So they are generally a good thing, not a bad thing. Secondly, partial escape of variants from previous immunity seems to mean that while people catch the virus in spite of being vaccinated, as I did recently, they don’t get very ill. Upon recovery, they are likely to have a broad-based immunity, deriving from having been infected. So there are some grounds for thinking that vaccination does a good job of blunting the impact of these newer variants, while building broader based immunity from people getting mildly infected. But you ignore all this in favour of promoting alarmist nonsense from cranks, using one argument after another, to suggest that vaccination is some kind of disaster, even after each one is shot down in turn, all the while professing innocence because you are not a scientist. The obvious question is why, if you are not a scientist, you are so determined to ignore what mainstream medical opinion is saying, focusing instead on fringe and crank opinion in preference. Why is that? Why is it so important to you, personally, that vaccination be shown to be a bad thing?
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37. ## Gun control, which side wins?

Between Christian nationalists and white supremacists, the Republicans are overwhelmed with hate and bigotry of the sort you can't compromise with. They want things I can't give in to even a little bit and still call myself human. How do you meet someone halfway when they want whole groups of people to be oppressed?
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38. ## Gun control, which side wins?

This is an extremely serious subject, which needs to be dealt with. But this discussion needs some humor ...
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Nah. Thx tho
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41. ## Idea for why potential aliens would have no reason to interact with us

Put yourself in their shoes. We’re intelligent, but also largely still driven by ancient instincts that were designed to give us a survival advantage in a largely hostile environment. Most people’s thought patterns are overwhelmingly ego-centric, along the lines of “what can I get out of this?”. People spend their entire lives chasing sense pleasure and running away from discomfort, putting them at the mercy of external circumstance. Our societies institutionalise greed (economic systems), hatred (militarism and nationalism), and mass delusion (corporate media). At any given time there are at least half a dozen active war zones around the world; we can’t even get along with our own species, and our own natural environment - never even mind with aliens. All these things were indispensable survival tools in the distant past, but now our technology has outpaced our ethical and psychological evolution - a very dangerous situation. We’re animals waving thermonuclear warheads around. Would you really want to get involved with such a species? I sure wouldn’t - I’d recognise their potential, and perhaps would watch from a distance, but otherwise would choose to wait until they’ve outgrown their first set of teeth at least. And as a species we’re nowhere even near that point, IMHO. Besides, if there are several spacefaring species in our galaxy competing for finite resources, then there’s quite a lot to be said for remaining silent and invisible, as a general rule (‘Dark Forest Theory’): https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/the-dark-forest-theory-a-terrifying-explanation-of-why-we-havent-heard-from-aliens-yet/ Apologies for being dark and pessimistic. Personally I see a lot of beauty and potential in Homo sapiens sapiens, but for now I see us as being little better than animals with a knack for technology. So I’m not in the least surprised that no one else has made contact.
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42. ## "Nobody out there cares about us"

To borrow thoughts from the thread on falsefiability, neither the 'rare Earth' orthe 'uninteresting Earth' hypothesis are falsefiable with existing technology. We might as well conjecture that a God createed only us and no others, and put us in an uninteresting 'frame' to teach us humility. All our conjectures are based on what we've experienced, and certainly cannot be the basis for what we don't know.
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43. ## "Nobody out there cares about us"

I'm not convinced that life would get extinguished as often as they think. I just looked up the safe distance from a supernova, the estimate is 60 light years. Our nearest star system to us is about 3.4 light years, so you would have to be very unlucky to have a supernova go off within 30, even in a more densely packed part of the galaxy. The description of a 30 light year distance supernova sounds nasty, but not necessarily a TOTAL extinction event. https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/safe-distance-from-a-supernova-earth/#:~:text=Bottom line%3A What's a safe,away from the exploding star. On Earth, our evolution has taken 4.5 billion years. But much of that time was going from nothing to the first multi-celled organisms. If you have a massive extinction event that wipes out the larger organisms, you aren't starting again from zero. You have a head start of billions of years, in the life that survived. On Earth, we went from arthropods and molluscs to dinosaurs in a (relative) flash. So a lot would depend on what survives the supernova. If you have deep oceans the chances are that fairly advanced creatures would survive in the depths, kicking off rapid evolution to re-populate the planet.
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44. ## What is "falsifiability" exactly?

I’m with @Ken Fabian on this. Einstein et al weren’t trying to disprove the theory. They wanted to test it to see if it gave correct predictions or not. Falsifiability does not mean you have to try to falsify a theory, just that for a theory to be science it must be testable in a way that is capable of showing it false if its predictions are not borne out by observation.
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45. ## Idea for why potential aliens would have no reason to interact with us

Because we both are intelligent and we have a common language, mathematics.
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46. ## I would like some feedback on this Inorganic Chemistry assignment (solutions and dilutions)

Glad to help. That's a major function of this site. 🙂 Ask again if you need more help.
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47. ## I would like some feedback on this Inorganic Chemistry assignment (solutions and dilutions)

Well I was replying to your question to bufofrog Which your repeated acouple of times. In fact I did double the volume in my original post to get from 500ml to 1000ml as the easiest way to get to moles/litre. But sure you could work on actual volumes if you prefer - It's just more mistake prone and longer winded. Bufofrog also offered you a very handy formula that can be applied in many cases That is C1V1 = C2V2 This is much used by pharmacists who do a lot of fiddling about with concentrations like you have been doing. Here are a couple of pages from a pharmaceutical calculations course that also show what to do when you can't directly apply the formula. I don't know what you wil be getting up to in Biology, but the most general situation is when you are mixing two different strengths of solution etc. There is one formula that works in all cases. $\frac{{{\rm{Resultant}}\;{\rm{Concentration - Weaker}}\;{\rm{Concentration}}}}{{{\rm{Stronger}}\;{\rm{Concentration - Resultant}}\;{\rm{Concentration}}}}{\rm{ = }}\frac{{{\rm{Amount}}\;{\rm{of}}\;{\rm{Stronger}}}}{{{\rm{Amount}}\;{\rm{of}}\;{\rm{Weaker}}}}$ This formula works whether you use w/w, w/v, v/v %, P ie all units so long as you are consistent.
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48. ## The Consciousness Question (If such a question really exists)

So pleased you could renew your subscription with the Delphic Oracle.
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50. ## Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome

That's interesting. Maybe it's like stuttering in that sense where they don't repeat the same letters when they're writing. I never stutter when I'm forming my thoughts in my head but very rarely in conversation I might jumble up a word. Replacing what you were going to say with a synonym makes it easier but it might also make the problem more frequent in your self-awareness. Thus many strategies alter the ratio of frequency versus intensity without being perfect cures. If you imagined that you were speaking impersonally to a robot instead of a conscious being then this would be much like writing. However you'd then have to sacrifice a lot of your metaphysical awareness which might be a Pyrrhic victory. You might solve one problem by creating another!
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