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Everything Else / Re: Debate with sense
« on: February 04, 2008, 02:02:13 pm »
No. Follow the links and read them.

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Books / Re: Flatland!
« on: February 04, 2008, 01:43:41 pm »
Well, you are moving him and therefore his organs. Really, all you'd be doing is performing a trasformation on him, for instance, if you lay flat a rectangle and stand it up, all it does is ditch one dimenension for another. Nothing magically plops out.

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Everything Else / Re: Debate with sense
« on: February 04, 2008, 01:34:15 pm »
Actually, it is a well-documented phenomenon in humans. Certain people's wiring is jumbled up so that they can "see" what they hear. From what I remember, certain musicians have this ability, and a doctor with the condition described seeing a beeping noise as red daggers.

The condition is called syn­aes­the­sia.

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/060907_synaesthesia.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaesthesia

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Books / Re: Flatland!
« on: February 04, 2008, 01:25:53 pm »
If we were "dragged" into the 4th dimension, our space would become fourth dimensional, evealing a massive gap in our body, our organs would fall ata and we would die. :(

Not really. Our organs would simply occupy the 0 point of the fourth dimension. So if our heart was at (1,12,12.31) before, it would be at (1,12,12.31,0) after.

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PC Games / Re: Dwarf Fortress - A Roguelike and much, much more
« on: February 02, 2008, 06:36:45 pm »
By the way does anyone fancy doing something similar to boatmurdered? I.E. a bunch of us taking turns to run a fortress then posting our exploits?

Someone should make metagame thing or something where people sign up to join, and the player(you for instance) post things that happen, or just make things up.

When immigrants arrive, then other people who didnt get to join the seven first dwarves get to join.

People could post what they'd like their dwarf to do, or what they want their dwarf to work as.

See what i mean?

I've been thinking about making a metagame around Dwarf Fortress. But the game requires a really extensive knowledge and having people post what to do may lead to failure. Though I suppose they'd do the extra things and I'd fill in the essentials. If I ever had the time, I'd try it. I think Samog did something like that before, though.

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PC Games / Re: Dwarf Fortress - A Roguelike and much, much more
« on: February 01, 2008, 05:50:55 pm »
If you go press "Z" and then press the side arrow over to Kitchen, you can toggle whether or not to cook/brew plants.

As for my aquifer troubles, I realized that my aquifer was several levels deep and a pumping system would have to be the size of a small city. So I started over in a land filled with gold. :)

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Console Games / Re: Super Smash Bros Brawl Megathread [SPOILER PARADISE]
« on: January 31, 2008, 04:14:07 pm »
Do we have any Japanese people living in Japan, who picked up Brawl?

Thought so..  :(

My friend is getting the Japanese verision of the game in about 2 or 3 days. I can't wait.

Did your friend mod his Wii too? My friend's getting it soon, but there have been reports of it bricking your system (via updating outside of region). Luckily, that can be avoided and we'll be playing it as soon as we can find it.

EDIT: What makes you all say that they are clones? Have you played the game, or are you making an armchair judgment?

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Everything Else / Re: Strangest problem I've ever seen. Computer.
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:48:50 pm »
Are you sure you're not on a limited account?

Which OS are you using?

Besides that, heed MasterChiToes advice.

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Console Games / Re: Super Smash Bros Brawl Megathread [SPOILER PARADISE]
« on: January 30, 2008, 11:31:35 am »
Do you mind telling us in text who it is neoteric? The photo has had its bandwidth exceeded.

Thanks.

EDIT:

http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/hh286/KazeSSBB/

I think it's a character from Starfox. Wolf (?)

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Console Games / Re: Super Smash Bros Brawl Megathread [SPOILER PARADISE]
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:22:04 pm »
So I'll be playing this within the next few days. I really want to see "Robot"'s moveset. What game is that from, anyways?

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Everything Else / Re: Evolution yes/no
« on: January 29, 2008, 01:38:03 pm »
So, how do people think humans will evolve over the next few thousand years now we've thwarted the selection pressures imposed on us by the elements?

I was surprised when I read an article stating that humans are evolving at a faster pace than beforehand with the advent of civilization/domestication/agriculture. For example, Europeans can digest milk sugars into adulthood whereas Asian cannot. So where do these new selection pressures come from? Naturally, we may look at culture or technology. Can anyone think of other selection pressures?

With the globalization of foodstuffs, I predict that we'll see some convergent evolution happening. Using the previous example, Asians may keep their enzymes into adulthood. On the divergent side, I predict that "like will like like", or that similar people will tend to marry similar people. So smarter people will get smarter and so on. Granted, this is a huge generalization, but that might be the general trend.

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Everything Else / Re: Evolution yes/no
« on: January 28, 2008, 07:22:42 pm »
he makes many tread the line of uncertainty and doubt.

Thats the point.

While that is my ideal God, it is not yours. Let me explain.

By making us unsure of His existence, we suffer for it. God, therefore, wants us to suffer for him (as that is the point). So, those that suffer the most for him are granted the highest spot in heaven.

So God's palace is filled with agnostics, who do not know for sure and torment themselves thinking about it, while evangelists and hard-core atheists mingle in the outskirts.

Ever thought of writing novels? Sounds like a good idea for inclusion in a sort of Hitchhikers meets Good Omens fantasy black comedy.

It's so tempting... Anyone want to make an RP about it instead?

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Everything Else / Re: Evolution yes/no
« on: January 28, 2008, 06:58:46 pm »
he makes many tread the line of uncertainty and doubt.

Thats the point.

While that is my ideal God, it is not yours. Let me explain.

By making us unsure of His existence, we suffer for it. God, therefore, wants us to suffer for him (as that is the point). So, those that suffer the most for him are granted the highest spot in heaven.

So God's palace is filled with agnostics, who do not know for sure and torment themselves thinking about it, while evangelists and hard-core atheists mingle in the outskirts.

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Everything Else / Re: Evolution yes/no
« on: January 28, 2008, 02:14:27 pm »
Let me tell you this, Gorman, if solid proof existed of God's existence, it would end the suffering of a lot of people. By not revealing Himself, he makes many tread the line of uncertainty and doubt.

Also, QB, are ethics irrelevant? Or would you classify philosophy as a science?

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Everything Else / Re: Quantum Mechanics and 11 demensions
« on: January 27, 2008, 07:01:53 pm »
To truly have free will, you'd need a mind not of this universe.

Why?  How can you make this claim without defining free will, and likewise delineating the mind and the universe.

By definition, a mind not of this universe can't really interact with it, so we can discount that possibility.

By what definition?  That is one blazing string of assumptions.

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Unless someone is up on the field of complexity and emergent properties, the whole free will thing seems like another forum MacGuffin.

A mind not of this universe is not bound by the laws of this universe. So I'll try to define what free will is. Free will is having your own choice in a matter, one which is not predictable because of physical properties but rather by something else. This something else would be a metaphysical mind. Like you said, the brain may function as a reciever and all the decision making is made somewhere else. This would constitute free will because it is not calculable and some entity makes a choice. By having a mind of this universe, then the decision making must happen within our known physical laws, and our known physical laws are not pushed by anyone's noodly appendages. A decision may be random, but we have only the illusion of control over it.

Imagine you have an object not of this universe. If it were somehow able to communicate to this universe, would it then be influenced by our laws? There must be some link between the two worlds, so what properties would this link have? Which laws would it obey? Would it be a mixture of the two? Would the laws superimpose on one another, and can calculations made in one influence the other? On second thought, maybe they can link. For example, take a black hole. It is a singularity in space-time and so you may argue to some extent that it is not truely of this universe, or at least the stuff inside it isn't. However, it can communicate with this world via Hawkings radiation. Now, the question is, if we send information in, will we get information out? Or will it be incoherent? I'm not entirely sure what the consensus is at the moment, but I suppose if we can get real computations made by a black hole this type of link may exist. Now we stumble upon the much larger question, if different universes may link, what else is linked up and influencing our universe?

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