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  1. Leedskalnin built Coral Castle.


    It is a cool site, but I think Leedskalnin was just using the quasi-mystical construction angle to promote his attraction.


    He had a fair number of neighbors, I find it difficult to believe nobody witnessed construction/reconstruction. Only thing really inexplicable is the perfectly balanced stone gate.

  2. You are attempting to shift the burden there...



    Only DNA is known to produce DNA.



    This can be proven false by the Retrovirus, which can transcribe RNA to DNA. One commonly known retrovirus is HIV, you may have heard of it.



    To answer your original question, the odds are good. Start simple, increase complexity while producing enough entropy to keep thermodynamics happy. Entirely within the rules as we understand them.

  3. Just to clarify, the locust designation is given to grasshopper species that swarm.


    In nature, it is excessive tactile stimulation of their hind-legs(due to overcrowding), that causes the transformation via increased serotonin levels.


    I generally see evolution as working via a simpler if inexact methodology as compared to a more complex and precise human solution.


    If I had to guess I would say that the swarming behavior evolved from something more mundane. Considering the range of grasshopper species the trait occurs across, it is probably ancestral.

  4. they harnessed the power of the earth, just like tesla, the pyramid was basicly the same as tesla's wardenclyffe tower.



    Tesla used conventional generators...



    There are more straightforward ways they could have used hydro power without involving electricity.


    Grinding, irrigation, hydraulic pressure


    much more plausible than lighting. Plenty of blind painters out there.

  5. Can we chemically modify the water to be less detrimental to equipment? or that what already happens?


    I only ask because with nuclear power on the rise (a new one being announced here recently) and nuclear waste a clear cut future problem as well as fracking, why are we not investing more resources into technology such as this?



    Essentially correct. Typically the water used to produce steam is freshwater. Minimizes corrosion potential and salt buildup. Seawater is used for cooling the steam back down.




    You want to maximize Temperature Hot and minimize Temperature Cold to get as close to maximum efficiency as possible.


    Can't recall how steam power stacks up in terms of efficiency. I recall looking at it at one point and not being particularly impressed.


    It is also nominally thermally polluting the ocean when you dump heat there. Lot of ocean available but one could make a case out of it.

  6. I got warned once for answering a persons question with a metaphor that told the answer to his question...



    As the Man wakes to the Sun, so too does the Sun wake to the Man.


    Metaphors can be thought provoking, but you are likely better off here sticking to more understandable communication.

  7. Control could be done via a mind-machine interface. Would reduce the number of sensors needed by the suit as well as give the user the option to change its properties at will.


    Probably some sort of nano-tech for the fabric.


    For power I would probably just claim ambient or avoid mentioning it altogether. If you really want biologic, swiping energy from the blood stream would be more efficient than tapping the brain. Most of us have a good bit extra to give that would otherwise end up as waste or fat.

  8. I think as long as there is causal trail backwards, from point A to B, then the moment was real even without a living observer.


    Our observation of the present is the sum total of everything that has happened in the past.


    There are events that could end up out of reach, unknowable. When spacial expansion outpaces light speed, or if there is a "period" of nonlinear time. Tricky things to try and discuss :/


    Endy - which one? 'Surfaces and Essences' or 'GEB - An Eternal Golden Braid'. I can honestly say that the reading of GEB for the first time will be an experience I will never forget; it felt that my brain was changing, making room for new stuff and ways of thought, and would never be the same again - I am pretty sure that over 20 years later I am a distinctly different person because of it.


    GEB - An Eternal Golden Braid


    Fully agree. Borrowed it from a roommate and was up all night reading it. I can truly say I felt transcendent afterward.

  10. history is written by those who conquer.... even if the egyptians did harness power, the greeks, romans wouldn't acknowledge it for what it was, and i'm pretty sure the egyptians wouldn't share it.They made the pyramids too perfect for anything else, not even a razor blade could fit through the seams, and no mummy's have ever been found in these so called tombs. They have hieroglyphs of light bulbs with wire attached, the position of the pyramid is in too much of a perfect position to say it is coincidence, and the materials used are used in the perfect way in which to harness the earth's power and turn it into electricity.



    So these Greek tourists would have been using soot producing lamps to explore the Great Pyramid.


    From your statement here we can conclude this:



    No soot has been found in any of the tombs or pyramids



    is mistaken. As can be verified by the numerous pictures of soot inside the Great Pyramid.



    There was at least a sarcophagus left inside the Great Pyramid. The mummy was probably looted in the past. We have used old bones as relics, medicine, and pigment(aptly named mummy brown). Would be a greater surprise if there was a mummy still inside of what had to be the most obvious target for ancient tomb raiders.


    Piezoelectric refers to generating electricity via mechanical stress. This alone should give you reason to reconsider that source's validity.



    The "light bulb" is thought to represent a snake spawned within a lotus flower.


    To even my untrained eye close up it looks considerably more like a snake than a filament.





    Before you go off believing whatever some random crank website/video tells you look it up first. Save yourself all kinds of grief.


    By that I mean is there at least one longest line, of length N metres (however large) that can be traversed in a constant direction without passing the same point more than once.



    You are assuming that the line itself can't expand.


    Imagine walking down a 5 kilometer road and someone drops in an extra kilometer on you. At your end point you've gone 6 km without ever traversing the same point twice.



    In the hypothetical external view, there is probably nothing to see. The Universe either has no external surface area or no mass-energy has reached you.

  12. Popcorn:


    You need more saleable skills.


    I am unsure if what you are saying is true, but if it is then people really aren't going to pay you for what you are willing to do for free.


    There are all kinds of jobs out there for those who want them.


    I am personally not putting my knowledge of refrigeration, hydraulics, diesel engines, Oxygen generation, network engineering or coding, to use. I am still however getting payed and could pay off all my debts tomorrow were it of value to do so.


    I really don't see a lot of effort coming out of you to actually change your situation. Ranting, raving and wishing doesn't amount to much.


    There are ways to get a paying job and reduce your debt for free. If you don't wish to take advantage of them, then you won't see the change you want.

  13. The "no-soot hypothesis" is bunk. At the very least tourists since the Greeks would have used conventional lamps.


    The Egyptians themselves used a low soot producing variety. Olive Oil lamp with a covering. A number of the tombs would have been open to the sky during construction and could have easily been painted with natural lighting.






    Many of the pyramids were built with a number of different stone materials. Most of the material used was fairly rough, low grade limestone used to build the pyramid core, while fine white limestone was often employed for the outer casing as well as to cover interior walls, though pink granite was also often used on inner walls. Basalt or alabaster was not uncommon for floors, particularly in the mortuary temples and as was mudbricks to build walls within the temples (though often as not they had limestone walls).


    No piezo crystals. Possibly they meant pyroelectric which would make more sense, considering the fire and all.


    None of those mentioned either but at least they would make more sense.

  14. I'm of the opinion the amount of total work will increase until the economics balance. Humans in the service/arts/science sectors, robots in manufacturing.


    Main issue is transitioning the workforce. Similar to the problem outsourcing poses.

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