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Suggestions & Concerns / Profanity
« on: June 30, 2011, 09:12:37 PM »
Why is this forum so random about the use of profanity?

The entire point of words is to hold meaning. Especially with profanity, the context immensely changes the meaning of the word. The infamous example on these forums is the use of the word nigger. Now, when someone says nigger, if the meaning in context is profane, by all means, ban this person. However, while using it just in this context like this, or in any other context besides profane meanings, then I think banning is unnecessary. Profane meanings should be banned, not usually profane words.

Either that, or filter all profane words, and ban excessive use of them.. Pick one and stick with it, because the strategy used now is completely random and biased.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Light switches in my house
« on: June 22, 2011, 03:02:35 PM »
I found a XNOR switch, which is pretty simple, but then I found three switches all controlling the same light.

Here're the results:

   A      B      C      Result   

What is going on here?

Arts & Entertainment / Star Wars: Revisited
« on: June 21, 2011, 03:47:52 PM »
I just discovered this the other day. Absolutely incredible. This is what a special edition release should mean.

Arts & Entertainment / Hockey
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:23:15 PM »

Serious fucking business.

Arts & Entertainment / It's Captain Picard Day
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:01:48 AM »


Philosophy, Religion & Society / Rape and Consent
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:05:24 PM »
Recently found this paper published at UCLA which studied the sexual cues seen by adolescents aged 14–18 and how those could be misinterpreted. The whole paper is interesting. However, starting on page 6, the question of when it is acceptable to rape comes up, with some alarming statistics:

So the question is, how do you feel about this? Is it ever acceptable to deny consent to someone in a sexual circumstance, and if so, explain.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / WTF is Bitcoin?
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:56:41 PM »
I can't find a non-biased overview of what the fuck this is.

Flat Earth General / Moon Phases
« on: May 31, 2011, 08:32:42 AM »
What is the general consensus on moon phases? Surely there has to be a better theory than luminescent bacteria or storm formations.

Now, the problem with moon phases and Flat Earth Theory is that the moon is illuminated as if a light source was orbiting it. Without some tricky light bending problems, therefore, the sun can't be the source. There is the option of trying to bounce light off the Earth, but you're still going to have serious problems. Therefore, the simplest solution is the silly one, which is the antimoon. Either a small object, or an inmaterial and invisible one is required in order to illuminate the moon, like so:

This seems to me to be a much better solution than luminescent bacteria or storms. Here is the best solution, in my opinion: a small object is orbiting the moon from quite a distance away, so likewise it will be very difficult to spot it. Moreover, this object simply can't rotate in a circular pattern, since as we all know, the lighted side of the moon always faces the sun. Therefore, it would have to be some sort of periodic movement in a semi-circle, as shown in the picture.

Other theories are welcome, but let's try to keep the explanation to a light source, rather than any sort of silly explanations.

Our favorite FES conservative, Wardogg, got me thinking. It seems that whenever Wardogg shares a news article, almost all the time it is an isolated story with specific people, places, and occurrences. You'd be hard pressed to find a news article Wardogg has shared which would contain evidence such as statistics or facts about the world in general that support his argument on a grander scale. Furthermore, this trend seems to be representative of conservatives as a whole

So I wondered, what is it about anecdotal stories and conservatives that causes the two to appear together almost all the time? Is it because conservatives tend to focus more on the individual, rather than society as a whole, e.g. morals versus ethics? Discuss.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / May 21 Party
« on: May 15, 2011, 01:09:37 PM »
Let's go out with a bang, FES!

This sign resides in the Wisconsin, Washington, and Illinois state capitols:

This seems to me to be endorsing the view that there is no God, and it is on government land. This seems to me to be a clear violation of the separation of church and state. If the sign just said "Let reason prevail" or something, that wouldn't be a problem, but to have a clear view on religion on government land is just not cool.


EDIT: For those who don't know, FFRF is the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Is eating meat immoral?
« on: April 23, 2011, 04:25:51 PM »
At least when such meat is derived from animals that have suffered. Is it wrong to farm and kill animals in order to gain pleasure through taste. After all, arguably, meat is not necessary to survival now that we are civilized and not hunter-gatherers.

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The Lounge / Gender-neutral third person pronouns.
« on: April 15, 2011, 05:22:55 PM »
We have one in English; it's called it. But for some reason people have a problem applying it to people. Why? And if there is a legitimate reason, should they be accepted as an adequate alternative?


Or is it possible that different individuals experience different rates of time in their mind? Is their a true rate of time for the universe?

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Firefox 4
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:36:31 AM »
Looks nice. And quick. I'm contemplating using it in place of Chrome.

The Lounge / Do you wear a watch?
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:55:23 PM »
I just started wearing one again and I was wondering if anyone else wore one. They seem to be going out of style.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / DRM
« on: March 23, 2011, 04:14:09 PM »
It is the devil.


Philosophy, Religion & Society / In God We Trust
« on: March 22, 2011, 06:37:03 AM »
With the recent talk of this new bill reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the US national motto and such talk as displaying it in schools and government buildings, what are your thoughts on the motto? Will spreading it everywhere result in a backlash? Or are we just turning into a theocracy?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / US Fighter Plane Crash-Lands in Libya
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:49:20 AM »
BBC Link

There is no indication that this was a result of enemy fire.

The Lounge / Look what I found in the Library's rare books collection.
« on: March 18, 2011, 06:41:24 PM »

A first edition of Mein Kampf.

With Adolf Hitler's signature.

There's also ads for the Nazi party in the back.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Prayer During Government Meetings
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:31:37 PM »
My state of Colorado recently passed a bill that gives time during senate meetings for prayer during the beginning of the meeting. Before the bill, people were allowed to pray, but it happened beforehand, so not on official government time. Do you think that having lead prayer in government meetings is constitutional? Why or why not?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Ojective Morality
« on: March 15, 2011, 08:31:40 PM »
I just heard an excellent argument for the existence of objective moral values, and I wanted to open it up for discussion.

Do you think moral values are objective, subjective, or nonexistent, or maybe even something else entirely?

The Lounge / Et tu, Brute?
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:00:35 AM »

Happy March 15th!


On the one hand, the premise sounds entirely too silly and sounds like it doesn't have the potential for really good humor.

On the other hand, LOOK AT THAT LINE UP. Pegg and Frost, as well as Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristen Wiig. I mean, god damn, it's like a cornucopia of awesome actors.

Anyone in the UK who's already seen it have an opinion?

The Lounge / I'm going to go see Christopher Hitchens debate.
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:58:54 AM »
I'm not sure how his health is, but this may very well be one of his last debates. Excited.

The Lounge / I've been having a reoccurring dream.
« on: March 06, 2011, 10:27:28 AM »
I have recently been having dreams about a phone ringing or me answering a phone. Every time I can remember I'll answer it and hear someone say something and then I immediately wake up, and in my woken up state I'll say something into the "phone" before realizing that my hand is not up to my ear and that I'm not on the phone.

Does anyone else have this? Is it common?


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