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I think the only one I've played with sound was Exile one (had to love breaking down doors "Dang", "Darn" "Dang", "Darn"), and then I think I turned it on once for GF1. Have I really been missing that much?

[ Wednesday, January 16, 2008 19:08: Message edited by: Sticky ]

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Originally written by Stillness:

Non-random means that a pattern is formed or proceeds with a specific guide or objective. If an asteroid strikes a mountain, causes a rockslide, one of the rocks rolls into a cave, and water drips from the cave ceiling and erodes it, then it is random – even if it looks like a heart. There is no objective on the part of the cave, the water, or the rock. Contrast that with an automated assembly line that produces heart-shaped chocolates. The machinery and programming have the specific purpose of shaping the chocolate into hearts every time.

Bwaahhaha, you said it again and I can reply this time!

Random has to do with the repeatability of something, not with intent. If you erode surfaces, with rain water 10000 times, and get a heart 10000 times, it isn't a (very) random process, even if you have no intent of making a heart.

In the same way, if the intent of a process is to make a hat, but 3 out of 10 times the process accidentally makes a banana, the process is random. Items, numbers, shapes, etc, can not be random, only processes, functions, things that take input and output, can be random.

-Edit; dangit, beat out again.

But in response to Kel's question about purpose, I believe the Christian/Biblical answer would be that the objective is 'The glory of God'. Not something that's exactly provable/disprovable without a much broader perspective. So I still wouldn't think that random, even with the 'alternative' definition, is a correct word to use.

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Okay, basic probability time. No number is inherently random or non-random. Processes can be random or non-random, not numbers. Finding the next digits in pi is a non-random process. Selecting a number, any number, out of all numbers can be done randomly. But the number 2 could be random or non-random, depending on how you come up with it, and so could pi.

This is just what the word "random" in probability means.

Blast, read the whole thread up to this point hoping to be able to say this, and you just have to say it on the last page.

On the same subject, in response to some post somewhere in this topic, humans can create random processes. Any process that doesn't always have the same outcome is 'random'. You (meaning whoever made that post) can argue that its just that process is slightly different, and deals with some sort of chaotic system, but seems to me that would just be part of the randomness of it.

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A phrase out of a criminology textbook that's stuck in my head for a while now.

"A person intends the natural and probably consequences of his/her intended actions".

The example that was used to clarify was of a woman smuggling lace out of France into England. Assume that smuggling French lace into England is illegal. If the woman buys lace in France thinking its French lace, and then smuggles it into England, is she guilty of anything if the lace was actually English lace?

The approach that book took was that the law deals with the intent of actions not just the actual consequences of actions.

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Here, the full blown course is a '7000' level course, which would fit with SoT's description of post-masters, or second year at earliest.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Heh.

But how on earth are you deep enough in this material to know that there are inconsistencies and yet not deep enough to know what I just said? :P

I'm not! Though those do sound like the high energy density situations where the inconsistencies are supposed to arise. In fact, I'm barely into a differential geometry book, and only using it because because some of the basic theorems are good for (and provable from) the simpler needs of a differential analysis class. That, an overdose of μν notation, and browsing through the QFT book off the bookshelf of the guy I share an office with, inspired the question. Besides, its just interesting stuff, since its an issue that isn't resolved.

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Random break from studying for a question! Does QFT ever incorporate general relativistic mechanics at all? There seems to be some inconsistencies. Is there some name to theory that combines the two? There probably is little to no application of such theory, though from a simple google search, in the 70's someone found it significant to gravitational research.

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No idea what Psych-K is, or what it does, so I won't assume to comment on it. But I would question the validity of ascribing its effects to some 'superconscious'. Assuming Psych-K's effectiveness, couldn't it just be a more effective way of reaching the subconscious? The thing's pretty complicated.

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An email explaining what happened should work. As far as I know, the system is small enough that its not heavily automated, so your email will be read and incorporated into your order.

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Originally written by I'll Steal Your Toast:

I am starting the fourth book of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The series is really excellent. The title is A Feast for Crows. It is off to a good start.
Too bad he has no idea when he's going to finish it. In any case, I've been reading some of Jim Butcher's work, which while its not exactly quality work is fairly amusing, and light. I'm also looking into getting some Terry Pratchett in Russian, as I've been told that the reading experience/content varies widely from language to language.

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Yeehaw, got my first abstract sent to APS yesterday. A small step towards... who knows what.

Anyways, if you're supposed to be teaching from Jackson, are you teaching a grad level course? I've never heard of undergrads being taught from Jackson, but for some reason I always thought of you as a grad student yourself, or perhaps a post-doc student. Are you an assistant professor or something now? Or have you always been that, and I was just delusional.

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Wasn't Maxwell motivated mostly by 'Ether' in his theory (at least in his emendation of Ampere's law)? The impression I got from the two undergrad E&M courses was that he got rather lucky that his theory was even correct, as he had little to no interest in the concepts that actually proved to be true and important. (for instance charge conservation)

As far as the Magnetism goes, there should be an equivalent to the Coulomb law, but it has/would have no practical use without monopoles.

SoT, what textbook are you teaching from?

Edit: Actually, according to this that wasn't his motivation, but rather an attempt to argue against 'action at a distance' which still sounds like something that he would have used ether to explain.

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I doubt that problem would be helped by the of Lagrangian in any way shape or form. Maybe if the brick was also attached to a compressed spring that was pushing it towards the igloo... Have you gotten to putting extra conditions into your motion yet?

That problem was from an intro physics course, that I still like to pull random questions from to review, it helped quite a bit on the pGRE. Another problem from there that I can't remember how to solve, is at what height on a q-ball should a horizontal force be applied to the ball doesn't skid (on a surface with set friction coefficients). Actually, I'm probably not even remembering the question correctly, but it was something like that.

Also, the 'furthest' launch would just be any object with a 'flat' edge somewhere along the shape. How far that edge has to be off the ground would probably depend on the objects initial velocity, but no other factor would matter.

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Since that's nicely solved for you, I'd like to take advantage of the topic to ask a mechanics question too. It's showed up for me twice, and neither time have I taken the time to solve it correctly, but it bothers me.

Put a brick of mass m and negligible size on top of a dome with a frictionless surface, made up of half a sphere of radius r (think slick igloo). Let the brick have an initial velocity of v in a horizontal direction. At what angle from the ground (in the plane of the bricks motion) will the brick no longer be in contact with the dome?

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Reading over my early posts, some of them actually seem somewhat interesting, and well thought out to me. I wonder if I've taken brain damage since then...

The first post I could find was something like 3 months after I'd joined, and was in a discussion about the implications of some picture of space that Ben had posted. I said he might be trying to replace god in response to someone suggesting he was trying to kill god.

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I have a banned account! LividFire remains banned forever, but his memory dies on.

Is caning actually used in the US legally for punishment still?

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Well, the conservations are based on certain symmetries, but how do you define symmetry without a universe? Once more, I don't think it makes any sense to talk about conservation outside the context of the 'universe'.

But yes, correction taken. I probably should have said
"'The state of all existence is still 'pure' energy. That is, everything still has a certain associated energy, including the matter." and it would have been a bit closer to being accurate.

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The state of all existence is still 'pure' energy. That is, everything is composed of energy, including the matter.

It seems difficult to talk about the distribution of energy before the universe itself existed. Just like time, it would seem forms of energy are defined within the context of the universe, and don't have much meaning 'outside' the universe.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

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Originally written by Stillness:

If one tries to escape the universe being linked to an eternal cause by assuming a finite one, this seems to beg the question. At some point you either come to an infinite cause or an infinite progression of finite ones, which is still brings you to eternity.
Eh, or you redefine time, which seems to be the real way to escape the problem. (I'm reminded here of what statistical mechanics does to the concept of "temperature," which is kind of the same thing that serious cosmology has to do to the concept of "time.")

Time's hard to define in any case. If I understand correctly, on small scales, relativistic equations can't even assign a 'direction' to it. Oddly enough its supposed to become very related to entropy, just like temperature, so perhaps Kel's 'remind' isn't so off the wall.

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Why would the God that created galaxy clusters, the human brain, hummingbirds, and romance lie? It’s like if you’re going on and on about how great your mother is and how much she sacrificed for you and I say, “But what if she really hates you and raising you was a ruse just so she could break into your house and steal your stuff?!”
The thing is, God doesn't have to be something familiar, or even similar like your mother. Its not really logically possible to say that God must be this, or God must be that. Even in our human experience there are very demented people that have created very beautiful things. How much farther beyond normal humans could God be.

I suppose talking like that is just being another Devils advocate though, as I believe in the truth of what God posits.

However, my definition of the Bible being the Word of God, doesn't mean that it is perfectly accurate scientifically, or historically. Indeed, I don't really believe it is. Rather I'd say it is written as God had it written, that is, divinely inspired, with specific meaning.

I also believe that through the millenniums God has protected his word from straying in essence from the original message. I think though that simple scribal errors are allowable, indeed to my mind, they are a needed explanation to any but a fundamentalist mind. How else can such errors as Synergy pointed out be explained?

Mostly though I like to take my opinions from what the Bible says about itself.

2 Peter 1:21,22.

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But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
2 Timothy 3:16

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All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

It doesn't say that Scripture is profitable for scientific research, so I personally don't have a hard time not taking it as such. But yeah, that's just my thoughts.

-Edit: About people wanting to throw the old testament out for a while. I don't see how that would be possible, as there are many places in the new testament where the old testament is quoted, credited as divine scripture, and used to support reasoning. How could people throw out the old testament, without heavily modifying the new?

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What Thuryl said in the beginning was interesting to me, as there are several variations on it, and it isn't really possible to say that they are impossible, or really any less probable than the view presented by the Bible.

For instance, what is there against God being a rather twisted individual. Say that he has acted exactly like the Bible says he has acted, so far as any human has been able to tell (for simplicities sake, meaning that all revelation is accurately reported, all incidents are accurately reported, etc) and even more, that all these things point to him being a good, just, holy God.

What is there to say that out side this sphere of our own perceptions (spiritual, physical, mystical, all of them) he isn't laughing up his sleeve at the perfect act that he is playing, rubbing his hands together in anticpation of the day (perhaps an actual time for everyone, or perhaps just when people die) when he reveals himself as entirely different than how he portrays himself.

An all powerful God could easily manipulate humans to make them believe whatever the heck he wanted, so there is no evidence that wouldn't be suspect, no proof that could possibly be entirely conclusive.

It seems, that in the end, any belief in God must be based upon a faith that has no intrinsic backing.

Perhaps though such a faith as that is valued by this creator, faith that he is what he says he is. To me it isn't exactly an easy faith for a smart rational mind to take up.

However, even while it offends many of my sensabilities, I find myself to be very much drawn to it, and find it much more pleasant to have such a faith than to not have that faith. If it is a crutch, than it is a crutch I need, in fact, to cast off the crutch in order to 'get out of nursery school' is for me similar to a paralegic leaving his wheelchair in order to move faster, or for a building to leave the only foundation supporting it in an attempt to fly.

To me it becomes a choice between my rather arrogant sensabilities and an existence that is limited, in the same way that a fire place limits a house from the experience of burning down.

In any case, I voted A.

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Originally written by Kelandon:

Eh, right after college I'm going to go into work unrelated to anything I studied in college. The degree is important, not so much what it's in, for what I'm going to be doing.

I find it funny that people think my science degree (Astrophysics) is more practical than my humanities degree (Classical Languages). A B.A. in Astro is useless for a getting a job, except in that it's a B.A., which a B.A. in Classical Languages is, too. To get a job in astronomy, you really should have at least an M.A. or a Ph. D., and an M.A. or Ph. D. in Classics is just as good as one in Astro as far as job value.

Odd, cause I always get 'Oh, so you have to go to grad school to even hope for a job' on the physics degree, which isn't quite true, but on the career level it is.

What B.A/B.S. does send you straight into a job these days though? R.N. I guess, business sometimes, and maybe journalism people?

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Mathematical Analysis, Advanced Laboratory Electronics, Electromagneto Dynamics, Intermediate Russian, and then 'interning' for a research prof, working with magnanates at extremely low temperatures. (Resistivity as it varies with field and temperature)

Lazarus, you don't happen to go to a Florida uni, do you? Your course numbers are very familiar for a first semester undergrad at a certain university.

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No, I think evil bad signal guy from Going Postal was caught and now gets to make a mint in Making Money...
I believe he gets given the choice to do that, but instead decides to step off a cliff. Freedom of choice and all that.

As for me, I've recently been reading the rather juvenile, but engaging literature of the Ender's Game series, and other books by Card. Card is quite an author.

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Originally written by Ephesos:

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Originally written by Miramor:

...spiders with 12 AP, web touch...
Potentially a game-breaker, you know. Too many hits with webbing = party never gets to move again.

Just don't go into combat mode!Of course that in itself is a large handicap.

Crazy spiderweb though.

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