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  1. The first if pretty eerie. If I ever find the time, I'll go find one of their footnoted books. Sound Demo 1
  2. Strange, Yes, that's precisely what it's calculating. But I think the geometry can be cast into another domain of reasoning (i.e. a computational challenge). And of course a stone falling from the Leaning Tower is indeed calculating Newton's laws of motion. I'd say - good example. And the Earth's gravitational influence upon the moon with its known mass and distance and current velocity and direction of motion is doing a calculation of both Newton's laws and offering a proof of Kepler's and nature is can give us a precise mass measurement of the Earth if the motion of the moon can
  3. I'm trying to use an understanding of why an interference pattern is produced in that experiment to extend that understanding to how other geometries can solve other computational problems. Can you state in words what computation the double slit is effectively computing with its familiar interference pattern? At least as I understand it, it verifies that there are a bunch of answers to 1+1=2, which in that case is a vector relationship, i.e. the magnitude of a unit vector aX+bY is always 1? As I understand it, the single photon verifies the theoretical question that a photon can interfere w
  4. Maybe asking what pain is IS simply to ask what the others are. I guess when I pose such questions, I'm just hoping someone will jog me into that mental state where you suddenly go, "Aha...!" like that first time you suddenly saw the duality between the drop and pool and particle/wave of quantum physics or began to understand why calculus works. You know, when you learn something new. I approach things from an intuitive perspective. Forgive me. But keep up the rhyme.
  5. Wha?  Remove my "Thank you, sir, may I have another"?  And you... gave me another.  I won't remove my 'like' and you can't make me, unless you... just want to.

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      tjackson2112

      I can't remove my like because I deserved it for descending into blogging.  It wouldn't be honest to do otherwise.  Thank you.  I'll say no more, before I descend into another blog.  Keep me honest at What is Quantum Computing too, if you will.

  6. Would anyone like to walk with me down the yellow brick road of 'The Talk', as I try to understand quantum computing myself? http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/the-talk-3 I arrive at the frame that begins "In Quantum Computing, the whole idea..." So you don't need a jillion photons to paint an entire interference pattern to do useful quantum computing? You just wait for a single photon paint stroke to arrive representing a single 'right answer' to have a useful computation for whatever supra-double-slit geometry you're investigating? And, if necessary you wait for a sufficiently
  7. Are you aware of any attempt to associate in a concerted way, linguistic intonation with the innate human perception of music? Why a minor scale sound sad and a major key happy? And other scales/chords evocative of more complex emotions somewhere in between?
  8. Uh oh, Phi is back to Game me again. But alas, he's right. Time to go. Enjoyed it.
  9. Try this one. http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/the-talk-3 It can evidently be done sometimes, but not by tiny minds like my own, which can't seem to inflate itself to the volume necessary for 'The Talk'... The Chinese are, after all, making practical use of quantum communications. And quantum computers would appear to be on the horizon. Personally, I have trouble getting past the notion of quantum bits. I can consider the way that quantum particles in essence take every possible path through the double slit and interfere with themselves along the way through both paths, and wond
  10. And our brains usually seem to bring us to an equilibrium when they can (not too much pain, not too much pleasure - the same reason recreational drugs are generally a bad idea), since one experiencing too much of either is ultimately not a fit critter (or species). I love Dawkins by the way. The Selfish Gene is one of those books that reads like the poetry of truth to me. Do atoms scream in agony in the bellies of suns? Probably not, since the essence of awareness would seem (to me at least) to ultimately be a function of the flow of information from place to place and its (temporary)
  11. Certainly pain makes for a good standard of comparison to measure happiness with. Like Empathy... and Survival of both the individual and the species too. Survival... as endless generations of critters goaded by pain stay alive as long as they can to create new generations of fitter food for fiercer beasts. At least we humans know we're caught in that amazing though cruel natural system of life (and fortunately climbed to the pinnacle of the food chain). I think if we ever do understand what pain really is, we will have by then understood what consciousness and awareness are too.
  12. Thanks for that iNow, but all that I already know and that's really not what I was looking for at all. I know that science has not answered that question either. I was just looking for ideas and seeking to provoke a discussion, so your response is welcome too.
  13. I've long been curious about what pain actually is. Yea, I know physical pain is caused by nerves sending pain signals to the brain in response to tissue damage, etc. But once it gets to the brain, what is it? In other words, how does animate matter manage to torture itself such that the being that is the emergent phenomenon created by the magic loom feel agony (for a good purpose)? Maybe I should take this to the philosophy section. Any ideas?
  14. One way to test the theory would be to take a number of the ancestors on different branches of the tree closer to the trunk and compare their brain sizes to their more modern descendants and see if there were any general increase in average brain size, including branches not leading to humans. Has that sort of research been done? That might help determine what environmental and concurrent adaptive variables (like opposable thumbs or whatever) lead to greater selection pressure for increasing brain size. Of course, as was noted, for many bird species to see greater brain size would involve a
  15. "Up in this case... " Yes. Of course. Nowadays a woman doesn't need a man at all, except to provide sperm, which can come from a refrigerator. It's called a metaphor, a metaphor for the point I've been making. The rapidly evolving plastic (that means ability to adapt in this context and not literally polypropylene, Phi) brain and all the blossoming human power stemming directly from its incredible general applicability and versatility have mastered the survival game, and artificial selection is by now in serious competition with natural selection and the entire evolutionary paradigm shift
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