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by redgrowth
Wed May 11, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 372557

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I did a search and didn't see anything so I figured I'd ask. Can anyone explain how the Interdiction of Merlin works? There's that scene where Harry and Hermione are experimenting with obscure spells they learned from books to try and determine how magic works. How does this not violate the Interdic...
by redgrowth
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: existentialism
Replies: 20
Views: 4924

Re: existentialism

A well written existentialist book, that doesn't leave you unsatisfied is a contradiction in terms. A perfectly written one would solve the worlds over-population problem. I thought existentialism was supposed to be the answer to nihilism. Was I mistaken? What should I read to convince myself that ...
by redgrowth
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: existentialism
Replies: 20
Views: 4924

existentialism

Does anyone know a good accessible existentialist book written from an atheist/agnostic point of view? I read Man's Search for Meaning, but it was unsatisfying.
by redgrowth
Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Are video games a waste of time? why or why not?
Replies: 135
Views: 20236

Re: Are video games a waste of time? why or why not?

uncivlengr wrote:
redgrowth wrote:F-zero improves my spatial ability and makes me a better driver.
You're being facetious, right?

I'm not being facetious. I have an easier time judging space and telling how wide lanes are after playing. I don't drive like I'm playing a racing game if that's what you're wondering.
by redgrowth
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Are video games a waste of time? why or why not?
Replies: 135
Views: 20236

Re: Are video games a waste of time? why or why not?

This is something I've been wondering about for a while because while I enjoy playing video games, it is basically like masturbation for me. I don't form any real memories, but I do get momentary pleasure. I've stopped playing single player games with the exception of F-zero (racing game). F-zero im...
by redgrowth
Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011
Replies: 86
Views: 6713

Re: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011

Sorry if this has been said, it's a long thread. Politicians need to take econ 101 and realize that raising taxes does not necessarily increase revenue. Politicians frequently misestimate budgets by assuming that people will keep buying the same amount of goods but at a higher price. This is not the...
by redgrowth
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalising drugs?
Replies: 228
Views: 32909

Re: Legalising drugs?

ecstasy is a pretty soft drug, or at least it would be if it was ever sold in pure form. it's nearly 100% certain to be cut with other substances. Maybe relatively speaking, but MDMA makes you stupid in the long run. I don't remember the mechanism, but I think it has to do with shortening serotoner...
by redgrowth
Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would react with octenol?
Replies: 19
Views: 2265

Re: What would react with octenol?

What about a Fe 2+ solution, to catalyse the natural oxidation of the alcohol by enzymes on your skin into the ketone? That should be relatively non-toxic. Or maybe a dilute solution of bromine to add across the double bond, which hopefully wouldn't be too toxic or corrosive if it was dilute? I wou...
by redgrowth
Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Haskell vs Prolog, or "Giving Haskell a choice"
Replies: 4
Views: 8211

Re: Haskell vs Prolog, or "Giving Haskell a choice"

Not to be trite, but isn't Haskell + Prolog = Erlang?
by redgrowth
Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 12 year old as bullfigther
Replies: 48
Views: 4833

Re: 12 year old as bullfigther

Telchar wrote:According to my sciency textbook, bovines rank between 43 and 67 on the Kleischenscheimer morality strip test.

Side-topic, what is the kleischenscheimer morality strip test? The only google result for Kleischenscheimer is your post.
by redgrowth
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 9180

Re: New York State to ban SALT

Which salt are they banning? I'm assuming only NaCl because it's the most common and they mention sodium in the article. This can easily be replaced with other salts such as KI, and should taste very similar if not identical. No clue if different salts can replace NaCl in bread baking.
by redgrowth
Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the moon
Replies: 37
Views: 3968

Re: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the m

Our problems are with consumption not generation. Eventually the power and other resources we get from the moon will not be enough and then what? Maybe there will be something new to use up, maybe not. At some point we are going to run out of new resources to use (up). So we shouldn't try to find a...
by redgrowth
Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is a good language for a scientist?
Replies: 19
Views: 2699

Re: What is a good language for a scientist?

Unless someone can give me a good reason not to, I think I'm going to learn Clojure. It's a dialect of lisp that runs on the JVM so I get the functional goodness of Haskell, the macroness of lisp, and access to all the Java libraries.
by redgrowth
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the moon
Replies: 37
Views: 3968

Re: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the m

Our problems are with consumption not generation. Eventually the power and other resources we get from the moon will not be enough and then what? Maybe there will be something new to use up, maybe not. At some point we are going to run out of new resources to use (up).
by redgrowth
Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is a good language for a scientist?
Replies: 19
Views: 2699

Re: What is a good language for a scientist?

So I've read the posts, given this some thought and done more research into Python and Haskell. Python does have a huge amount of chemistry specific libraries. Haskell does not, but seems sexier (lazy evaluation, monads, yum!), and does data crunching faster. Since Matlab is an industry standard, do...
by redgrowth
Fri May 28, 2010 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is a good language for a scientist?
Replies: 19
Views: 2699

What is a good language for a scientist?

I am not a complete noob to programming and CS. I was a CS major who switched to chemistry. I took the AP CS in highschool, and I've taken a college course about assembly and computer hardware. So I have some knowledge about data structures, and the behind the scenes operations of computers. It's be...
by redgrowth
Sun May 23, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Any movies out there where the antagonists win?
Replies: 108
Views: 16100

Re: Any movies out there where the antagonists win?

I'll second Chinatown. It's a very depressing very well done movie.
by redgrowth
Sun May 16, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's a college student to do over the summer?
Replies: 48
Views: 4799

Re: What's a college student to do over the summer?

By some books and teach yourself something interesting!
by redgrowth
Mon May 03, 2010 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: improving your work ethic?
Replies: 15
Views: 11833

improving your work ethic?

I have a poor work ethic, which is hurting my GPA and limiting my future options (I'm a rising senior in college). How do I go about improving my work ethic and self-discipline? Please don't say "just do it" because that's not a very useful answer. If I could "just do it" I would...

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