# Alan McDougall

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1. ## The brilliant madness, manic depression

You are welcome !

In my question , I said you fire the bullet down a spirit level flat plane, You are right it is more complicated than it seems , but relative to the enormity to the earth,in the scenario, I depicted the difference in time would be infinitesimal, not the large difference it time to reach the ground as you suggest.. The point of the question, was to show that the force of gravity effects objects equally, from the same height above the surface of the earth, regardless of velocity .
3. ## The Official JOKES SECTION :)

HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT http://cognitive-edge.com/blog/entry/3655/hell-explained-by-a-chemistry-student/ The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well: Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, and then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until 'all Hell breaks loose'. 2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until 'Hell freezes over'. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God." This student received the only "A".
4. ## A hypothetical warning from planet earth to humanity

A warning from Planet Earth to Humanity Aug 7th, 2010 at 9:11am I will brush off that, which hurts and irritates me mere mortal man! My lungs, veins and blood are dirty and I have fever because of you, mere mortal man!. I am ill and my warnings go unheeded, listen no before it is too late mere mortal man!. Listen humanity! it is a privilege to live on my skin, not a right, mere mortal man! You do nor own me and have no right to abuse me like you are doing, mere mortal man! Heed my warnings or it will be too late and I move my plates causing unimaginable disaster mere mortal man! If you refuse to listen I will crack open my skin and spill out my inner contents onto the fields above, mere mortal man! Stop running ahead you are too immature to try and manipulate me, mere mortal man! An end of an age is at hand, choose life or heed this warning and live, mere mortal man! You are giving life to the inanimate and it will rule you very soon if you refuse to heed this warning, mere mortal man!. I am watching and debating your end, mere mortal man! You are not in isolated, I know your every move mere mortal man! Stop killing the object that gave you life, mere mortal man! Or I will bring forward the last day of reason, eliminate you soon, if you don't change your ways mere mortal man! I will bring forward the "Omega Moment" the end of you, not me, mere mortal man! ©Copyright Alan Grant McDougall 2007
5. ## last words, death bed statements, some are funny!

I find this one very funny. ~~ P. T. Barnum, entrepreneur, d. 1891 I can't sleep.
6. ## I can virtually 'transform myself into OTHER PEOPLE' merely by focusing on the image of a persons face??

You state that "anything is possible if you put your mind to it" Really, then turn yourself into an elephant! Or is your ability restricted to the human species?

8. ## I can virtually 'transform myself into OTHER PEOPLE' merely by focusing on the image of a persons face??

Give us a link to your video and then we can decide if you are wacko or not?
9. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

I agree institutions, would have been the right word in the title instead of what I used "Churches"
10. ## Suggestions by Dr. Kubler Ross on how to help a dying person

Again you are right I did not take the time to read Lightmeow's answer thoroughly, maybe I am entering dementia, I am extremely old and frail. I went back and edited out my mistake and made the expected apology to him.
12. ## The brilliant madness, manic depression

Well here you are years later on a great scientific forum, where you can freely share your passion for science with like minded people! You need to express yourself, get your frustrations in life off your shoulder, your life story is sad and full of abuse , lack of understanding and love from those you most expected to get it from. It is obvious to me that your childhood had much to do with your battle with depression over the years, keep up good work I am prepared to help you privately , if you so desire, use the private message facilty of the forum to get in touch with me
13. ## Latest measurements of the universe suggest it is flat and infinite

Space which is not matter can expand faster than the speed of light, nothing consisting of matter (an object) can travel through space faster than C.
14. ## I can virtually 'transform myself into OTHER PEOPLE' merely by focusing on the image of a persons face??

It is not a crime to be wacko luckily for you!
15. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

I know that, that is why I used "Churches" in the title of the thread, maybe I should have used organizations or something like that, but that would not alter the debate.
16. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

Correct but I assumed there must be some correlation between celibacy and abuse because the guilty priest were sexually frustrated, I will do a little more research if that supposition holds any water! http://www.irishcentral.com/news/rebel-catholic-priest-says-celibacy-at-root-of-sexual-abuse-pandemic-in-church-223103081-237775321.html Father Tony Flannery, the 66 year old Irish priest and founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP) who has been threatened with excommunication from the Catholic Church for his outspokenness, has claimed this week that there is a link between clerical sex abuse and clerical celibacy. Flannery said that the celibate lifestyles which priests were forced to live led to struggles over sexuality and could have resulted in children being sexually abused. Priests faced an inevitable struggle with their sexuality, Flannery said. 'The Catholic Church in Ireland seems to believe that it has dealt with the problems of clerical sexual abuse by putting structures in place to protect children,' he said. 'Nobody within the official church has looked at the deeper issues and seriously asked the question why so many priests did these things because it raises fundamental questions about the lifestyle of priests. 'Can they say with any degree of definiteness that the fact that so many priests abused children is not connected to celibacy and clericalism and the whole style of life that a priest is forced to live? 'I don't think they can and until such time as the church authorities face up to that and seriously discuss it and investigate it, the problem will not go away.' Priests were forced to live in isolation and lacked real human interaction, Flannery said. The loneliness and frustration led some to 'turn to children for sexual outlets,' he maintained. Flannery made his comments before launching his book A Question of Conscience which questions the Vatican watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), in the methods it uses to stamp out any challenge it regards as a dissent. According to the International Business Times Flannery encountered official pushback in February 2012, when the CDF became concerned about some of his writings relating to the Church and summoned him to Rome, where he was ordered to step down as ACP leader. Months later Flannery was ordered by the CDF to issue a statement saying that he believed women could never be ordained as priests and that he accepted all the moral teachings of the Church. He was then reportedly suspended from ministry and threatened with excommunication. In his new book, to underscore how destabilizing the CDF found his statements, Flannery has published all the documentation from the CDF regarding his case.

Question 1 correct the horizontal speed of the bullet has no effect on the pull of gravity, thus the bullet fired out of the gun and the one dropped at the same moment reach the ground at the exact some time. Question 2 correct 1 hour is the right answer my apologies for not reading you post correctly! You are right I will go back and correct my mistake, I should be more careful in future, sorry guys! 1 hour Your answer above is correct the flow of the river does effect the time it takes to reach and fetch your hat, because the rate of your rowing was constant

That is correct the flow of the river has nothing to do with it, you have rowed for one hour upstream then you turn around and row for one hour to get your hat .
19. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

I can also see the abuse on a much wider level, I know about sexual abuse of adult football players by a trusted coach in America who is now in prison, but can you name one Catholic priest that has suffered the same fate. The Catholic Church protect their own, even if they were known dangerous sexual abusers of small children.

Below are my exact words to you. Correct good thinking! How on earth can you say I said it was wrong?
21. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

I agree, but these priest are supposed to represent all that is good and moral in society, their flock often consider them as some sort of direct agent of a loving caring god, and the abuse is an ultimate betrayal to the community. I did not point directly at the Catholic Church because this type of abuse by pastors and priest occur in many other denominations as well. The Methodist Church in Australia is one example, the Church of England another, it happens in the Jehovah Witnesses community also, it is wide spread in many religious organizations, because these people misuse of the trust invested in them by their followers. One way to best sum them up is "Depraved Hypocrites. Your picture says a lot "A picture paints a thousand words"does it not?
22. ## The brilliant madness, manic depression

Are you on any medication, please don't specify as we are not permitted to dispense medical advice on the forum, a yes or no will do, thank you.?
23. ## I can virtually 'transform myself into OTHER PEOPLE' merely by focusing on the image of a persons face??

I don't think said ape will understand your comment, but let us wait and see.
24. ## "Churches" abuse and depravity within its walls.

"Churches" Depravity The reason why I used the word 'Churches" is that abuse is not confined to one Church denomination but happens in many , thus it is a generalizing phrase The 2600-page report by Ireland's Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse found Rape was endemic in more than 250 Irish-"Churches" care institutions from the 1930s to the 1990s, and the "Churches" protected paedophiles from prosecution. Victims groups say the culture of abuse and cruelty in "Churches"" institutions in Australia last century could have been as shocking as that revealed in a nine-year Irish commission's report. This adds to the sorry saga of the "Churches" in America where over a billion dollars was paid out to American victims of paedophilia. At the same time Irish Bishop Pat Buckley has confessed that some 500 of his priest’s to-day are having regular sex, wilfully exploiting their power, their status and their position over women. Surely with all this evidence it is time for the "Churches" to end its insistence on celibacy and readmit married priests into the "Churches". There is nothing in the Bible that one has to be celibate to do religious work. There are Christian organizations where their priests and Christian Ministers are allowed to get married. There has to be more attention given to the human needs of the clergy. In the meantime, you have thousands of priests around the world abusing their position to satisfy their physical needs exploiting, girls, women and children. Unaddressed this whole issue will continue to create disharmony within the "Churches" and divert energy, resources and attention away from the critical issues that face humanity Surely these "Churches" must budge from the stone walls of silly traditions?
25. ## Consciousness and the unimaginable progress of computing technology

Consciousness and the unimaginable progress of computing technology Sourced and consolidated by me, from more than one internet article My comment are in italic font The debate really is about our brains, does that strange entity we call the mind exist separate from the physical brain? If that is the case a computer will never have a mind it would remain a colossal calculator given us the illusion of intelligence Present computers are in reality as intelligent as a door knob, they add in binary at the speed of light and very smart software programmers have manipulated this to give the impression of intelligent consciousness. Cary Kasporov the grand master chess world champion has been consistently out played by a supercomputer. I have played chess against an easy computer program and it nearly always defeated me. That is until found a weakness in its game, after that it fell into my trap time and time again, it could not learn from its mistakes. Of course I did not play against a supercomputer like Big Blue, but can Big Blue learn from its mistakes? Consciousness defines our existence and reality, but the mechanism by which the brain generates thoughts and feelings remain unknown. At the moment, computers show no sign of intelligence. This is not surprising, because our present computers are less complex than the brain of an earthworm. But it seems to me that if very complicated chemical molecules can operate in humans to make them intelligent, then equally complicated electronic circuits can also make computers act in an intelligent way. -- Stephen W. Hawking, physicist, 1998. Intelligent computers are now considered as inevitable, there is supposed idea that there is/will be an geometric growth of semiconductor power. Will computer intelligence evolve to the point where it'll get hard to tell computers from human beings. If we think of the Industrial Revolution, up until now, it was the use of simple tools making more complex tools and so on until we finally create the ultimate product, a lifeless machine smarter, faster and more powerful than us, with a common consciousness of unimaginable brain power that will transcend all living things , sadly including humans . And the advantages of this virtual silicon , will be its immortality and unimaginable brainpower Some researchers fear super-brainy machines will be a science-fiction nightmare come true, some are even convinced that machines will overpower humanity by 2050. Because such chips of the future won't need wires, which now occupy most of the space on silicon, it won't take long to duplicate a human brain fully, not only its 100 billion neurons but also its trillions of synapses, or interconnections. A billion human brains could soon be crammed into a cubic inch of quantum circuitry, Kurzweil says. And the size of artificial brains won't be constrained by the human skull. They could grow as big as trucks. De Garis of ATR even sees brains the size of satellites orbiting the earth. Critics contend that no matter how big or powerful computers get, they can't become intelligent until we know how to emulate the brain's functions in software. Not so, retorts Inman Harvey, a mathematician turned robotics at Britain's University of Sussex. By mimicking evolution, ''it's possible to create artificial brains without really understanding how they work,'' he says. In other words, they could evolve their own internal programming, just as human brains have. Even the nature of human life itself will be changing by mid-century. Neural implants will expand human knowledge and thinking powers--and begin a transition to composite man-machine relationships that will gradually phase out the need for biological bodies. Swarms of microscopic robots will take up positions in the brain's sensory areas and create virtual-reality simulations that are impossible to distinguish from real reality. Will humans transfer their minds into electronic circuits, and by this attained immortality as a result ?. However computation alone cannot explain why we have feelings and awareness, an inner life unique to ourselves and no one else Well we will just have to wait and I will be long gone before the above most un/likely events take place, however, I would like to know the outcome, maybe I can look down from another dimension beyond this moral plane of existence? Alan McDougall
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