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Physicists often describe quantum particles as excitations in space time fields ...while describing relativistic physics as bending space time. Something my brother and I have been toying with for a few years is the concept that quantum particles are excitations, but as eddies in the space time fabric (which is already notorious for acting like a super-fluid).

Anytime an electrically charged object is spun, a magnetic field is produced. We measure quantum spin by the magnetic fields they produce. For anyone who hasn't looked into quantum spin, there are some strange differences from classical spin: Classical spin requires particles to physically move. As a soccer ball spins, particles far away from the center of rotation must travel farther. Classical spin has the distinct quality that of massive objects must move through space time.

Our measurements led us to describe all elementary particles with notions of half-spin meaning that they must rotate 720° to reach their original state. What's fascinating about this is how highly reminiscent it is of the belt trick: It illustrates how a single point in space can rotate endlessly without tangling itself up.

In this video, the cube would represent a single 0-dimentional point in space, while the belts would represent the unbroken untangled connectivity to the rest of the space time fabric. (Note the configuration only loops every 720°... This is seen as any individual belt alternating between looping above and below the cube every 360°).

This hypothesis would also resolve the problem of explaining the strength electrons' magnetic fields. If the cube still represents a 0-dimensional electron position, the belts would actually be required to exceed the speed of light in order to produce magnetic fields as intense as the ones we see around electrons.

What's great about this interpretation is that the space time fabric is already modeled by relatively to be capable of exceeding the speed of light. For example, blackholes are mathematically modeled as space time fabric flowing into the singularity faster than light can traverse it.

Wouldn't it be interesting if general relativity was described the large scale deformations of space while particles ended up being the tiny deformations in space? Obviously this is just speculation, but you can't deny it would be elegant.  ;)

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Infinity
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:30:09 AM »
I'll keep this short so that it might get read.

Analytic continuation allows us to approximate an infinite series as a function. The more terms you add to the series, the more accurately you describe the function. So at the limit, when you have all the terms, that series can be considered equal to that function.

This allows us to assign meaningful numerical values to infinite series, even divergent ones.

For example, the infinite series "1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5... " can be evaluated. However, the result is disturbingly counter-intuitive. If you stop adding terms at any finite point, you'll have a larger and larger number as the result. However, if you "evaluate this after an infinite number of terms, you'll find the sum to actually be -1/12.

There are a variety of proofs for this, and this number is demonstrably a meaningful . This result is actually seen in physics. Furthermore this result is a foundation in string theory for the number of required dimensions.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Animals
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:14:56 AM »
It's always bewildered me how people can disconnect from animals on a multitude of levels. This creates a lack of empathy, and some people even consider them to be soulless meat robots dropped here by god simply for human use. I'm compiling a list of resources that highlights the lesser known sides of animals like ingenuity or creativity. I used to have a gif of a cat jumping on cardboard squares in a carpeted hall, thus exhibiting that "tile game" behavior humans often do, but I seem to have lost it.

Anyhow, feel free to add cool examples... or argue about stuff. I don't care.

My most notable source right now is a creative fish that moves sand around to form intricate designs. This work of art is actually part of its mating ritual.
#" class="bbc_link" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fish creates a pattern on the sea floor

Arts & Entertainment / Electro-Swing
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:02:11 AM »
I was looking up some old swing music on youtube when I discovered a new genre which 'updates' them. I find it disturbingly unique and awkwardly catchy. This particular song picks up around 30 seconds.

#ws" class="bbc_link" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Caravan Palace - Clash (Original Mix)

Arts & Entertainment / Spacechem [spoilers]
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:57:06 AM »
Anybody else play this masterpiece?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Boston Bombings Trial
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:18:41 PM »
If there is already another thread about this, my apologies. I'll merge them later. Evidently Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being charged for using WMDs. What the crap America, this absurd kind of exaggeration is unconstitutional and could cost the prosecution the case.

Considering the precedent, I suggest you all avoid buying pressure cookers or you could be charged with possession of WMDs.

Arts & Entertainment / What is this music?
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:54:40 PM »
Anybody happen to know? :\

The Lounge / Cats are better than dogs.
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:45:00 PM »
They are.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Presidential Poll
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:48:53 PM »


Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values
clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based
Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging
the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Edited: For Title Clarity.

This thread is about motivation behind policies.

I consider corporations to have money making "agendas", and republicans seem to more heavily favor corporate interests. For instance Reaganomics is the process of giving money to the rich for the "trickle down" effect. Not having government restraints on monopolies favors corporations who can often abuse capitalism and drive their competition out of business to create monopolies.

I associate Liberalism with the protections of the non-elites. Things like welfare or universal healthcare are designed to protect the little guy using the rest of us as safety nets. Obamacare widened access to medical treatment. This is like treating medicare care as an inalienable right instead of a privilege. Now I've heard objections to some of these programs because they can be susceptible to abuse.

But certainly the percentage of democrats who support those programs are much larger than the base of people who benefit from them, and that is larger still than the percentage of people who abuse the system.

In other words:
There are more democrats than there are people taking advantage of democratic programs.
Democrats - crackheads abusing welfare = Democrats who advocate helping others.
Ergo, the motivation has to be honorable when you tax yourself to protect the less fortunate.

Anyways, by design, liberal monetary policies seem more caring towards other people, and republican monetary policies seems to favor corporate interests.

Both examples and counter-examples are welcome (I acknowledge corporate interests and lobbying for both parties, just to very different degrees). However, I'm not looking at social issues like abortion. Those come down to philosophical disagreements ...and pro-lifers ALSO have decent caring motivation for their position, even if I consider them misguided. ;)

...In the end, I'm just curious what the "leftist agenda" would be since 'helping the individual' isn't an evil motivation.

Arts & Entertainment / Games
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:36:04 PM »
I would like to buy some newer games. Any recommendations?

Arts & Entertainment / Humble Bundle Games collection
« on: June 07, 2012, 12:30:09 PM »
Pay what you want and get several games instant download. Pay more than a dollar, get the key codes through steam. Pay more than the average payer ($7.49 USD atm) and you get 4 extra games.

Seems pretty decent. Several of my friends have already done it.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Morality of War
« on: June 01, 2012, 02:59:07 AM »
Is it moral to blindly follow orders?

What constitutes a just war?

Say a policy maker wages an unjust war and orders mass amount of people to their deaths in order to kill mass amounts of other (otherwise innocent) people. Is this not morally comparable to genocide?

Can you tell I'm bored?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Legalizing Propaganda? (America )
« on: May 31, 2012, 01:09:43 AM »
Btw, this just passed the House.

"The NDAA amendment lifts bans on propaganda that have been around since the 1940s, neutralizing laws put in place to protect the American people from its government’s own “misinformation” campaigns."

Arts & Entertainment / Continuity Issues
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:58:43 PM »
...suck. I finished X-Men: First Class. The plot would have been much more enjoyable had there not been character conflicts.

Based on this prequel:
1. Prof. X should have known the properties of the metal helmet Magneto has at the end. In an earlier movie (later chronologically), he says "he[Magneto] seems to have found a way to block my telepathy."
2. Mystique wouldn't have sabotaged Cerebro in a way that would hurt Prof. X driving him into a coma.
3. There was no indication that Magneto helped Prof. X build his own Cerebro, before splitting off.
4. The Wolverine appearance was not believable that they would abandon their recruitment so easily after tracking him down. (Continuous but still not believable character behavior).

The Lounge / I just canoed a marathon.
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:35:47 PM »
I am in pain.


"According to testimony given to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a laptop stolen in March of last year "resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the ISS". And apparently at least 48 laptops and mobile devices were lost or stolen between April 2009 and April 2011."

NASA needs to at least pretend to care about their control algorithms, or else people might get suspicious.

The Lounge / I was reading in my dream.
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:32:54 AM »
I heard somewhere this wasn't possible. I feel lied to.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Impersonating a clergy member
« on: March 18, 2012, 01:14:52 AM » illegal in Alabama.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / 1 T per second
« on: March 14, 2012, 07:42:47 PM »
"The prototype chipset is the first parallel optical transceiver that is able to transfer one trillion bits (or one terabit) of information per second."

I have the weirdest boner right now.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Well my brother was right...
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:26:47 PM »
He predicted that US gas prices would jump up when the first presidential term was coming to a close. After all, large petroleum companies benefit a lot more from Republican federal policies, and for some reason, most Americans directly attribute gas prices to the President instead of the massive oil companies (who are constantly widening their profit margin to over USD $30 billion per year).

There is no better ploy than artificially inflating your own prices during election times in order to deflate the public support for the current president. It's probably gonna keep creeping up until after the election.

Also, more people need to vote for Ron Paul.

The Lounge / My teacher started class by making us watch this
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:26:57 PM »

True story.

Arts & Entertainment / Valve seems to be working on a console
« on: March 10, 2012, 03:10:57 PM »

Valve filed a patent for a controller with swappable components essentially making it customizable to user preference.

It's been referred to as the "Steam Box" project.


Technology, Science & Alt Science / Cheap enough?
« on: February 25, 2012, 02:36:13 PM »
A multithreaded gaming machine for $99.

Processor: AMD Phenom™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor 945 (3.0GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory: 8GB DDR3 Dual Channel 1333MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA hard drive (Green Product - variable RPM)
Video: ATI Radeon™ HD5570 Graphics card with 1024MB of Dedicated DDR3 VRAM
Optical Drive: Blu-ray Disc™ 4X BD-ROM / DVD-SuperMulti Drive and 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
Audio: High Definition Audio with 5.1-channel Surround Support
External Ports: (10) USB 2.0 ports (4 Front, 6 Rear), VGA, DVI, (2) PS/2 Ports, HDMI™, (3) Audio Ports
Motherboard: Systemboard with AMD® 880G Chipset
Network: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)

Problem is you have to buy it in store, and there isn't a Frys anywhere near me. Maybe one of you does have one close by.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Farming headless chickens
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:53:47 AM »

The plan is to remove the cerebral cortex but keep the brain stem intact so that the homeostatic functions continue, allowing it to grow.

The Lounge / Finland!
« on: February 18, 2012, 10:12:20 PM »
Is college really free for everyone in Finland? My preliminary research indicates they have degree programs taught entirely in English.

I'm, thinking I screwed up when I chose my schools.

A friend suggested to me that losing one's own control to another base part of their own psyche, isn't dissimilar from people who are convicted for committing crimes under the influence.  I tend to disagree since drinking alcohol is a choice, but it seems gray enough that I'm curious what other people think.

Arts & Entertainment / I am accused of ruining my class' childhood.
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:05:33 PM »
We were discussing character development in a game design class. Throughout our group discussion I cited the use of mental disorders as an effective method for establishing exaggerated personalities, and I made the mistake of drawing on Winnie the Pooh characters' for examples for dysfunctional psychological problems.

If by chance your childhood hasn't been ruined, and you are unaware of this trend:

Also, they seem to have missed the Kangaroo's co-dependence.

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