I'm a biology student, and I fucking hate life, and I mean this literally. I feel like I have looked into the abyss, and the abyss has looked back into me. I fucking hate animals. I hate living systems. I hate diversity. I hate conservation. I hate conservationists. I hate "sustainability". I especially hate vegans.
I actually love biology, I love the study of living systems, but I hate that the science has gotten so convoluted with the activism. Biologists, almost by definition, must be "in favor" of biodiversity,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
When considering enthalpy and entropy (you physics boys know what I'm talking about), there is no way in my opinion to view life as a "good" thing. I almost have the mentality of a comic book supervillian, who wants to "purify" the universe by eliminating all life. But the funny part is that *this is fucking true*. Life is all about reducing the free energy of a system, and of course increasing the entropy of the system, at the selfish expense of lowering/maintaining the entropy of its volume. Any way you slice it, especially in any moral context, is... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Who cares about some fucking tropical tree frog that's going to go extinct? WHO CARES?! PRIMATES CREATED PLUTONIUM 238. PRIMATES CREATED THIS SUPER AWESOME NVIDIA GPU I HAVE. Like...the magnificience of primates is...unparalleled. And as a biologist, having this mentality is, in all honestly, detrimental to my future career. In a way, other biologists don't take me seriously. Why should they? They have no obligation to take me seriously even if I, along with many others, are correct in our views. The sun will end most life on Earth in around 1 billion years--not when... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hey /sci/, I have a question for you. Considering there are nearly 7 billion humans on earth who shit once or twice every day, where do all the turds go? When you think about it the numbers seems insurmountable. How come we aren't swimming in human feces? Please explain
Hey /sci/, I'm trying to program a function that simply takes an integer, but cycles through all non-grey RGB values (i.e. one value is 255, one value is 0, one changes). My current method requires a lot of if-statements, so I was wondering if there was a mathematical approach I could take. The value of each color's brightness has a trapezoidal waveform, and so far I have this function (couldn't get latex to work for some reason so bare with me): (255/pi) * [ sin^-1( sin( pi/2 * x ) ) + cos^-1( cos( pi/2*x ) ) ]
However I want to "stretch"... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
So /sci/, for a whole day I've had this very weird feeling. It's as if the back of my brain is moving inside my head when I move it too fast. Please tell why the fuck this is happening because everyone else has been unhelpful.
Why does the second law of thermodynamics not apply to the universe as a whole? I mean, under the big bang theory, it goes from extremely small, compact, homogenized, and featureless to, well, this; all sorts of orders, classifications, distinct types of matter, irregular forms, separate structures. That seems like a patent DECREASE of entropy.
Am I grossly misreading things? I assume I'm not the first to ask the question; if its a correct interpretation, what are prevailing theories regarding if?
Why does /sci/ refuse to acknowledge the huge disparity in university quality? You get topics filled with people talking about their grades in Calc 1 and Calc 2 etc. You may as well talk about how long pieces of string are. Places like MIT do Calc 1 to 3 in two courses any way. And still have more content. And Caltech does proofs etc on day one. And that's just the disparity in two maths courses. Now imagine four times that difference every year because there are 8 courses, multiplied by four for every year of the degree, multiplied by being surrounded by smarter people... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>7754775 My public university has an analog of Math 55, Harvard's super hard, super respected class. It's two semesters of Calculus on Manifolds, plus a bunch of other high-level stuff. I showed my textbook to a grad student who studied at a UC school and he replied "this is shit I don't even know." After my freshman year I can take senior-level and grad-level classes.
Moral? Maybe everyone at MIT gets a good education, but one can get an MIT-level education at a lot of places other than (OP... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>7754793 I won't say what school exactly, but you'll have to trust me that if I were to tell you, you'd most likely be surprised. It's not a recognized top tier public school (UC, Michigan, William and Mary, etc), but it still has great programs. Not trying to brag about my school ( even if that's what it sounds like), just trying to emphazise that Harvard/MIT/Caltech quality students will find ways to give themselves top-tier level educations regardless of where they go--which is the opposite of what... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>pass Differential Equations with an A >able to do the calculations and such >don't understand what the fuck I am doing
How fucked am I as an engineer? Pic related. I don't even know what this equation is suppose to be used for in real life. In other words, I don't know how to apply any of the Math. Truth this, this started in Calculus II. I just considered the Math alphabet soup and went through the motions.
It kinda depends. A lot of mediocre engineers just plug numbers into stock equations and use the results without even thinking about them and it works for them, career-wise. That being said, if you have a "feel" for the math, you can be a lot more productive and successful as an engineer.
Is there a recommended way to read this while skipping all the dumb filler? I think his main thesis is interesting but I want to get at the actual substance of the argument without sifting through a bunch of fucking proto-reddit memes.
>>7754665 I'm also wondering this. I started reading this a few years back but eventually got fed up with all the dumb storybook shit between each and every chapter so I put it down and never looked back.
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