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Phi for All

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  1. Are you building a Nautilus machine, or is this to help get you up off the couch?
  2. And that's their perfectly valid opinion, but... ... this is none of their business. People should learn the difference. Conformity is the main driver perhaps, but I think there's also an attempt to eliminate surprises by using a dress code. If your company says it's OK to wear piercings that can be easily removed, SOMEBODY is going to show up with huge dildo studs and gauges that play ice cream truck music. Same reason an HOA has an acceptable paint pallette as a guideline; if you don't, SOMEBODY is going to paint their whole house fuschia. Often, there''s a need to be specific and strict.
  3. Religions often stifle secular education, so perhaps it just took time before people knew better. The more our intelligence increases on a diet of good knowledge, the less we reach for wishful thinking, and the more we require our explanations to be reasonable.
  4. Interesting. Philosophy speaking, do you feel this shows us a way towards enlightenment?
  5. I think you need to give us what you've got so far, because this sounds like homework.
  6. Still, huh? Dude, you are profoundly frustrating in your ignorance. No offense, really, but ignoring that we're talking about only two of a sphere's three dimensions when we talk about the surface is just... ludicrous. You can keep it up, but it's not science, it's not learning, and it's not meaningful in any way. Have a great day, or not.
  7. This is NOT a definition of Humanism I'm familiar with. Humanists favor a focus on the observable universe, its inhabitants, and their behavior over supernatural beliefs and pursuits. Is this a translation issue? Thank goodness stifling scientific truths is like therapy for me. Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.... You do pick up some interesting tidbits now and then though. Oh yeah, you're the one who spent so many pages obtusely arguing that spheres must have 3 dimensions when everybody kept telling you we were talking about the surface only. Shit like that will definitely get you locked down. Nobody has time for that. Nobody.
  8. If you reply to a mainstream thread with an explanation you're still speculating on, you're breaking the rules. Mainstream only in mainstream sections. Unlike a lot of discussion forums, we allow a whole section for speculations, but you have to keep them there until they have some evidential support. You need to persuade people, using the scientific method and reasoned arguments, that your idea has merit. Until that's been acknowledged, please keep your unfounded ideas away from where students go to get explanations they can pass classes with.
  9. ! Moderator Note Moved from Astronomy & Cosmology to Suggestions, Comments, and Support.
  10. Avril just wants everything back but you.
  11. And apparently T felt the need to lie and claim he fired him last night. The way Bolton tells it, he offered to resign last night, and T said, "Let's talk about it in the morning". He has no spine for face-to-face responsibility.
  12. We don't get in anywhere? We spend most of our time? Again, how does it help to mischaracterize the situation? We do progress, we spend time improving, but a LOT of progress is stifled because so many people claim we aren't doing anything, and they ignore the good that IS being done in favor of complaining.
  13. How is it helpful to make such vague and broad judgements against any of the actors in today's world environment? It would be nice if things were so easy to pigeonhole, but most things happen on a spectrum, and most things are much more highly nuanced than simple conspiracy can address. How about drilling down to some meaningful arguments?
  14. So what? Does that mean we can't work towards a better goal? We can set up the world like that if more people thought it was possible.
  15. It's my hope that those folks still love the country, and don't want a POTUS who burns our best spies and gives away our satellite capabilities for no gain. The base may be focused on perceived problems with domestic issues, but I don't think they're as pro-Russian as Trump seems to be. They may approve strongmen, but a traitor is a traitor.
  16. You'd REALLY need to get rid of the Electoral College before this could be considered fair at all. Even then, I think it would overly mute the influence of those smaller states.
  17. It's a galling fact that Trump will probably never serve time in jail because his predecessor will hopefully be more concerned with healing than revenge. Ironically, it will be the same democratic conventions that Trump pisses all over that will save him. Bigger people won't call to "lock him up", and I'm sure he sees that as weakness. What a stain on the country.
  18. ! Moderator Note Our rules state that members should be able to participate in discussions without clicking links or watching videos. We're not here to promote your channel. What did you wish to discuss?
  19. Good article in The Atlantic by Pete Wehner about Trump's disordered personality, and how we've got to stop being shocked by the disturbing things he says and does and start working to remove this damaged soul from an office he's completely unsuited for. He's only getting worse.
  20. You need to write a book about what TV shows you're watching. Or post this in What Are You Watching?
  21. As Janus points out, you couldn't generate enough lift for a regular car to fly this way, let alone a car also engineered to move on/under water. Also, being part of the generation that was told we'd all be in flying cars by now, I've had plenty of time to rethink the whole idea of commuters flying around the cities. People can be horrible 2D drivers, and I don't see that improving with another degree of freedom. Collisions are worse when you add gravitational acceleration. What circumstances or jobs do you see this vehicle being a better choice for? When does one need to use so many different modes of transportation? Are there many situations where you need to fly till you hit land, then drive to a body of water where you can use your boat functions? Couldn't you just fly to the body of water and skip driving? I see this like carrying around a big multitool in my pocket. It's great to have so many options, but I'm probably going to use the knife blade and the screwdriver the vast majority of the time. Meanwhile, I'm always lugging around the corkscrew and the leather punch and the metal saw and the wire crimper.... As zapatos points out, when we try to combine too much tech into one piece, it often fails to function as well as the individual pieces did. My phone is pretty state of the art, but it's not as good a camera/alarm/game system/reader/or even phone as individual pieces I've had.
  22. Please describe this mechanism. How does a tire, which needs to grip tightly to the wheel with no slippage so it can be inflated, allow a wheel to "start rotating within the tires"? A big problem here is that any kind of propeller has a completely different function than any kind of wheel/tire. Displacing fluids is an entirely different engineering problem from maintaining traction, so asking the same device to do both is problematic.
  23. We're trying to help you refine and improve your idea. You need more than "innovation" to account for the way humans evolved to walk upright. Every animal on the planet is capable of new behavior. Even unicellular organisms can react to new environments. Humans are able to access a broader range of innovative behavior because we can take the same information other animals get and put it together in more meaningful, more predictive, more adaptive ways because of our higher levels of intelligence, cooperation, and communication. Also, while logic has its place in maths and sciences, I think you're talking about critical thinking, or reasoned thinking rather than formal logic. It also isn't correct to refer to "proof" when you mean "evidence". That can turn a perfectly supportive statement into an assertion that needs more than an opinion. The members here respect the difference between "evidence suggests humans walked upright to free up their hands for tool use", and "human evolution is fundamentally different from that of other animals".
  24. Intelligent human predators learned that herd animals can stampede when a bunch of hunters charge the herd on two feet, waving their arms, and making lots of noise. Must have been pretty scary looking to a quadruped, and is yet another example of the potential benefits of moving on just two of your four limbs. We can make ourselves look a LOT bigger.
  25. There is evidence that early humans drove certain types of prey to the edges of cliffs so they'd fall to their deaths. No weapons needed. It's a pretty intelligent hunter that can get an animal to kill itself.
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