It's not disprovable in any case, just a modern version of Descartes' demon they're using to sell books to you.
Anyway, I would like to point out that the "simulation argument" doesn't really stack with evidence that physical properties are quantized, etc. in terms of credibility. Not in the way you might think it does at least. I mean, are they saying these artifacts of the simulation are present in the real-real world or not? If they are, then all it indicates is that reality is simulable. If they're not there then our world has already... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>7668282 I would look for a way to threaten the stability of the simulation so that I could get in contact with the runners of the simulation and try and force them to give me a robot body in their world.
Nah, just kidding, I'd tug at the stability of the universe if the opportunity arose even if I didn't think I was in a simulation.
Why does /sci/ hate on engineering so much, but glorify pure math and science? All that engineering is is pretty much using what scientists and mathematicians have discovered to create/modify stuff. In order to do this, engineers have to understand what scientists from a range of fields understand...
>>7668192 I'm not sure to be honest. I happen to think anything involving science or math is worth the praise. Computer science too, but /sci/ doesn't like CS majors either. Maybe it's because people here just like to argue and show off how much they know in one field.
Because it's easier to pretend to be a theoretical scientist or a mathematician than it is an engineer.
Engineers usually actually produce something. It would be quite a feat to convince yourself that you are an engineer if you haven't done jack shit in your life. On the other hand, the work of a mathematician or theoretical scientist is usually more ephemeral, their work might not bear physical fruit in their lifetime and sometimes it is entirely theoretical. Much easier to delude yourself into... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
No. Mathematical infinity does not invite absurdity. There are infinitely many odd numbers, none of them are even.
The Boltzmann brain theory is retarded. Life is cosmic orders of magnitude beyond cosmically unlikely. It takes more than "random fluctuation and high chaos" to form a sophistication of structure that is able to be functionally aware of itself. No matter how many fantastic-sounding nonsenses you throw around, abiogenesis and evolution are laborious and gradual processes. They don't just randomly happen all at once because you don't understand... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Please explain how existence can come from non-existence. I'll wait. Oh wait, that's right. It's completely impossible and is just as dumb as trying to debunk determinism.
Non-existence, by definition, isn't a place or a thing. So how the hell can existence come FROM a PLACE that is non-existent? Non-existence is a concept of the human mind and nothing more. Non-existence, by definition, has never existed and will never exist. There is no non-existence pre-birth, and there is no non-existence post-death. There is only the conceptual non-existence that... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I have a difficult problem to solve and I know nothing about that kind of science so...
I have a heart "disease" ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brugada_syndrome ) which means it is excpected to stop earlier than most people. BUT. I am actually absolutely impatient for that thing to happen for numerous reasons.
Problem, it is unacceptable for my death to be considered suicide.
What medecines or drugs should I acquire and take to just make it so that people think " Ok, so he had a Sudden unexpected death syndrome, his heart just stopped."
Please, help me. I couldn't thank you enough. But I would try.
Wiki link says that death caused by the syndrome is very sudden.
Congrats! You have a method of dying that will be quick, less painful than many and not considered as suicide. If you can find a way to make yourself happy with dying and also happy with living, you'll have all of the man existential problems in a life like ours completely sorted out.
Learning to be happy with both life and death is, of course, the rub. Since you are good with the latter, I suggest reading various philosophies to see if you can find a way you like of living.
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So, for my Advanced Physics course we were assigned the project of building a device that could launch a tennis ball. They will be scored for accuracy and distance, and it is a competition. What I'd like to know from you guys is how many different ways there are to propel something, such as a spring-powered mortar-style launcher or torsion-powered swinging arms as in pic related.
>>7667540 You're basically right. Essentially for light to be emitted an electron needs to go from an excited state to a lower energy state. The released energy will be in the form of a photon. A heavily conjugated pi-bond system will have smaller energy difference between the highest occupied and lowest unoccupied orbital (energy level, essentially). Some of them are low enough to be in the visible range.
As for shiny vs matte that's a tad bit more complicated, despite involving less QM. I'm not 100%... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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