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The Lounge / Bipolar disorder symptoms
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:16:27 PM »
So I came across symptoms of bipolar disorder symptoms:

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During manic or hypomanic episodes, some or all of the following symptoms may be present:

-Euphoria
-Extreme agitation or Irritability
-Trouble concentrating or paying attention
-Racing thoughts
-Trouble sleeping or needing less sleep
-Speaking more, or more rapidly, than usual
-Changes in appetite
-Unrealistic thinking or beliefs, including thoughts of superiority over others, or an unrealistically high opinion of oneself
-Poor judgment and/or reckless behavior
-An increase in achievement and in goal-directed activities
-Delusions or hallucinations
Source: http://www.depressiontoolkit.org/aboutyourdiagnosis/bipolardisorder.asp



Unrealistic thinking or beliefs, including thoughts of superiority over others, or an unrealistically high opinion of oneself

Remind you of anyone?

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Transparency International published a ranking on how corrupt countries are. Pretty interesting stuff. Winners are Denmark and New Zealand, and apparently, Somalia and South Sudan are more corrupt than North Korea.

https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2016

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Flat Earth Q&A / Why is the flat earth circular?
« on: January 26, 2017, 10:22:41 AM »
All depictions of the flat earth, including maps, indicate that it is round (I'm talking 2D-round, don't get confused with an actual round earth). Why is this? Why not triangular, square, hexagonal (nature fucking loves hexagons), W-shaped?

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https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.02269

Pretty interesting stuff. I must say that a part of it goes over my head, but this could turn out to be pretty revolutionary. It's awaiting peer review in the mean time however, let's see how that turns out.

Thoughts?

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Flat Earth Debate / Giant basalt trees? Nah.
« on: October 10, 2016, 04:48:49 AM »
Since I only just now discovered this thread: https://www.theflatearthsociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=67800.0
I'd like to weigh in, but apparently we're not supposed to debate in there. Here goes.

There's a MASSIVE chemical difference between basalt and petrified wood. Basalt is an igneous rock that cooled quicky (small crystals), and usually consists of crystals of plagioclase, pyroxene, maybe some olivine and/or amphibole. In general, it consists of only 45-50% SiO2 (that doesn't mean its quartz, by the way). Now petrified wood is something completely different. When wood petrifies, the organic components are replaced by quartz. 100% SiO2. This happens as water flows through the sediments/rocks, and in that water is a lot of dissolved quartz. Maybe some trace elements get in there too, which you can find back as the coloration, as petrified wood usually isn't white. But it's chemically not even close to basalt.
Then the fact that basalt forms usually hexagonal pillars. This happens when the basalt cool down and the volume decreases, which is generally what happens when you cool down a liquid and have it solidify. Water and ice being the exception on the rule. As the mass of basalt shrinks, it'll have to give way somewhere. As it happens, hexagons are the most efficient repeatable geometry, circumference vs surface wise. Nature is clever. Now in petrified wood, we can often find back textures that actually resemble trees, like growth rings, irregularities, even cells. Good luck finding those in basalt.

Additionally there is zero evidence for massive trees of such sizes to have ever existed. Nothing in the fossil record. I don't even think its physically possible.

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Flat Earth Debate / I have a degree in Earth Sciences, ask me anything.
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:47:19 AM »
Hey everyone,

I've been reading in this forum for a while now and quite often a subject related to geology would come along, and sometimes a lot of good information and explanations were left out. Hence this thread; any questions regarding the earth's origin, interior, magnetic field, plate tectonics, rock dating, feel free to ask. Or anything else that's related and needs clearing up, really.

PS. I'm a globe earther and feel very comfortable about it. The model works.
I aim to educate people but actively trying to destroy beliefs goes against my morals.

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