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  1. Fear of the unknown and transmission of information across individuals via story telling. Campfire elders describing the cosmos thousands of years ago to the young ones in the tribe. Some of these oral epics merged, and soon common stories were used as truth to many. Fast forward to today and you're left with what Klaynos stated above. Go Giants! Jets should get their own stadium.
  2. Yes, this has been available for a while and I've seen it before. I enjoyed it, but unfortunately it just pissed me off and reaffirmed my disgust for people's decision to squelch their own curiousity. Flying spaghetti monsters accept parmesan sacrifices.
  3. I completely appreciate your frustration, but I'd suggest that you are painting with too broad a brush. Americans are like people any where else, and there are individual differences. Some people buy into the nonsense, others have palpable disgust. To say that "Americans" do one thing or another like some collective hive mind is way too general. The polls speak a bit to this also. If ~20% of your country said one thing to a question, I'd be wrong to state that your entire country believes that one thing. Again, I appreciate your point, but it's not just a phenomenon of where one was born or currently resides.
  4. I'm personnally curious how age, nationality (although potentially important outside of the US, not so much within), and relationship status have any relevance to a resume. In fact, most US laws on hiring state that, due to the risk of discrimination, one cannot take such factors into account when selecting a new staff member. I'd remove all three. Best of luck to you both.
  5. I don't think it's limited to DNA, but if you spend about 10 minutes getting familiar with the below site I think you'll find some uber cool animations and models: http://www.umass.edu/microbio/chime/pe_beta/pe/protexpl/frntdoor.htm
  6. As for something more "down to Earth," http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen99/gen99242.htm
  7. Dude, are you high?!? :confused: The article said that $24B was devoted to highway and bridge projects by law. This number is 8% of of the $286B Highway Bill. You said that $286B was collected from gas/diesel taxes, and that only 8% of these funds go to highway and bridge projects. You also implied that the remaining monies collected from gas/diesel taxes was being used to build sports stadiums and the like, yet the $286 had nothing to do with gas/diesel tax. I called you out on this blaring inaccuracy, and showed as clearly as possible that your facts and figures were, quite simply, false. Yet, you responded, "Thanks for confirming my post." Wow. Just... wow. See point #2 in post #2. Thanks.
  8. Yeah, but we're talking about humans here. Females can make a baby (maybe up to 6 with the help of fertility drugs) every 9 to 11 months. Males can make 9 to 11 babies every few hours (depending on stamina). Hence, different strategies have proven successful through the years.
  9. I hope you realize, Jackson33, that the CNN (or AP) report had to get IT'S information from somewhere regarding the 8%, and it's THAT somewhere that I was asking you share. Saying you saw it on the news is a bit of a BS response, since the news just spins the true data, and you didn't even bother finding the specific reference. Where's the true data? Where's the beef? EDIT: Since I seriously doubt you care, I've found the article you reference FOR you. Is it really that hard Jackson33 to support your claims? Come on, dude. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/09/bush.newser.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch Here's what you wrote:
  10. Wouldn't this just reinforce my comment that financial well-being is secondary to health and fertility? That said, I don't disagree with any of your other points.
  11. I'm still weighing the different sides of the issue myself, but I'm a bit confused about your comment to SkepticLance and Bascule. Weren't they just speaking of past actions and outcomes, also sharing convincing reports of the current state of affairs with the community here? I saw none of the "pessimism" or "self-fulfilling defeatism" in this thread which you referenced, but maybe I can't see all of the same bits of text that other posters do??
  12. While the presentations of these may vary by culture or era, cues to health and fertility are the consistent themes in sexual attraction. Financial well-being, while important, tends to be secondary.
  13. Can you please advise the specific source from which your data above came?
  14. I think all of us are annoyed by that, and it's not party specific. The system itself has become overwhelmed by ideologically cancerous representation. Where it hits home with me is healthcare. I can deal with some offroading in the truck due to a bit of cracked pavement or shaky supports, but when kids die by the thousands because of faulty spending, that's pretty sad, and speaks very poorly of the integrity of the system. I wonder if Donald ever served as an apprentice...
  15. This is a big post, foodchain, and warrants it's own thread. Might I be so bold as to suggest that you start a thread on your own for this? Perhaps a title of "Quantum Systems and Material Consistency - I need help on the basics." Collapsing wave functions in an entangled way...
  16. Two quick points: 1) That $155B is to fix existing problems, yet roads and bridges degrade each day. Hence, suggesting "problem solved in 2 years" only considers the current state, not future disrepair. 2) Why not raise more money AND spend it more wisely? It seems unecessary to treat the two approaches as mutually exclusive. Further, the tax on gasoline is an added incentive to get the populace to support... no, demand... renewable energy. I'd say that is a step in the right direction. Do I like paying more for gas? Absolutely not. It sucks actually. However, I'd sure rather not keep polluting our planet and would appreciate having some better options available to us than our current dino fossil drinkers with wheels. London bridge is falling down... falling down... falling down...
  17. Perhaps an analogy will help. If you construct a building using straw and cracked twigs, it will stand. It will provide you shelter, and a place to sleep protected from the outside. For a while. Since the foundation of the structure is relatively weak, each environmental stimulus has a greater impact (it takes a greater amount of damage with each gust of wind, each drop of rain, each day of hot sunlight)... and, eventually, the structure just collapses. You'd have to build a completely new one. If you were instead to construct a building using high quality materials, taking care and effort to engineer how they go together, making each bond a point of strength instead of a weak spot, and doing so with an awareness of what the environment will bring so you can improve your building's ability to survive the elements... that building would last despite what the weather brought... and would last for decades. No need to rebuild. Now, replace "building" with your "body," and replace "poor construction" with "treating your body like crap." You are what you eat, and you're building your body with crappy materials. Also, you'll never have the opportunity to just "build a new one" when you body "collapses." Even a cardboard box can be used as shelter, but a chateau is much more enjoyable through the years.
  18. Hi spooky, One possible route for you to follow is to type the term "describe modernity in sociology" into a google search, then try to look at just the ".edu" addresses. Alternatively, you could just do a search of the term "modernity" on scholar.google.com. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=modernity&hl=en&lr= After that, I would just suggest doing the same on whatever today's equivalent of Lexus/Nexxus is at the uni's libraries. Good luck to you both on the project! EDIT: Apparrently, the term "great transformation to modernity" is a direct quote from a dude named Giddens. Maybe this will help. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=great+transformation+modernity+Giddens
  19. I suppose it's helpful that the evidence about global warming is far more extant than just one NASA study. The eggs are in many baskets.
  20. I believe the poster meant that it was a portion of the speed of light. What happened to number 2? Of course there are real scientists. Many kinds. There are also people who are "just interested in" science, and people who know very little. Science is an approach to the universe, and some people are just lucky enough to get paid pursuing that path. According to classical mechanics (this is where you'll hear the name Newton brought up), this seems likely. Like, if you're in a car going 50 miles an hour, and you throw a ball in front of you 10 miles an hour, the person standing on the road sees the balling going 60 miles an hour. However, your example above cannot be accurate, because of c (the speed of light) being a fundamental maximum speed any object can go. Well, the fastest the bullet could get to the star is at the speed of light... c. So, if the star is 10 light years away, and the bullet is moving at the speed of light, it will get there in 10 years. It cannot get there any faster. Well, if you shot the bullet, it would be going faster than you. However, it still could not surpass the speed of light. So, to the folks on Earth, the bullet would get there before you because it's moving faster than you are. Again, the bullet will not go faster than the speed of light... That said, you will definitely see the bullet get there before the people on earth see the bullet get there. This is simply because you are closer, and doesn't have much to do with relativity (that I know of anyway). If we are both driving down the highway and pass a gas station at the same time, but then I pass you, and you are going 50mph and I'm going 100mph, who will the people at the gas station we just passed see arrive first at the exit down the road? Same with your bullet example. Where it gets somewhat odd is when relativistic speeds are involved. Did you check out the simulations I shared at the below? http://www.scienceforums.net/forum/showpost.php?p=352768&postcount=33
  21. Here's a nifty little link across which I just stumbled: http://filer.case.edu/sjr16/advanced/extras_particlephys.html Be sure to click the link to see the real meat of the page. .
  22. iNow

    question pls

    Go make yourself some popcorn, get a highly caffeinated soda like Jolt, and enjoy. Here ya go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_special_relativity Animations: 1. http://www.upscale.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/MichelsonMorley/MichelsonMorley.html 2. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/TimeDilation.html 3. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/LengthContract.html 4. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/ContractInvisible.html 5. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/Simultaneity.html 6. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/SpecRel/Flash/TwinParadox.html 7. http://www.upscale.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/Flash/ClassMechanics/Foucault/Foucault.html 8. http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/PVB/Harrison/GenRel/Flash/Precession.html
  23. It would probably be beneficial for those discussing this to first agree on a definition of energy. You can see, after just a handfull of posts, great amounts of disagreement on the specific questions, much of which I think would be ameliorated by first agreeing on a definition.
  24. Hi Athiest, I'm not sure how much you do or do not understand, so I might wind up explaining parts you already knew. Sorry if I do. The y-axis shows the number of cases of schizophrenia (for each 1,000 participants measured) found in the study. The x-axis shows number of times the participants in that study reported using cannabis. The trend implies that, as cannabis use goes up among participants, so does the likelihood of schizophrenia. The chart was taken from the following study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=2892048&query_hl=15 This team also did a follow-up study in 1999: http://www.springerlink.com/content/yaal2jhavu8kqta5/ Be cautious looking at results in any study though. Some of the studies really only show that schizophrenics frequently use cannabis, and correlation does not prove causation... So just be sure to read closely what you see. I am personally confident, based on what I've read and personnally experienced, that frequent use is associated with greater likelihood of schizophrenic episodes. I hope this helps.
  25. iNow

    Harry Potter

    I'm reluctant to think that you'll appreciate this answer, but I suggest Robert Pirsig did a fine job of it.
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