>>8040861 In biology class we used microscopes to zoom in on the protons and shti but the sampls we were given were dyes and that is bullshit. I want to see their real color, even if it is harder to see! Are they like 1940 color?
>>8040609 There's nothing wrong with existing outside of mainstream academia. Not everybody wants to be a researcher.
However, not only is teaching yourself harder than having help to learn things, if someone is so passionate about research, why wouldn't they choose to get paid to do research all day instead of doing it for a couple hours after they get home from a job? There's very few autodidacts with frontier-levels of skill for those reasons.
Langan gets no support because his writing is nonsense... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>8040346 Spinach I saw to be rather acidic, this could be due to the presence of oxalic acid. But the camps really seem to be divided on wether quinoa is alkalinic. Then again I imagine that for both cases it heavily depends on where it was grown (soil conditions), method of preservation, transportation, humitidy etc. Interesting question though!
So /sci/, how does one take notes effectively for class? I find myself never reading my notes and just memorizing everything, only to dump it all after exams. This of course only works in the short term and I find myself struggling more and more with courses
>>8040234 I take notes to get rid of the unnecessary bullshit around a topic so that all the things I actually need to remember are in one place. I then focus on rereading the notes/doing problems until I have it all remembered.
1: understand the material 2: distil the parts that need to be memorised and note them down 3: do problems/review notes
Advice for overcoming social anxiety would be great.
One bit of advice I've been given is to show up early and talk to students in the class on day one. Even if the hallway is completely silent, just say hello to a couple people around you and ask something that think about today relative to the class. The more people you talk to, the more comfortable you are in the setting,
>>8040196 in my experience, it doesn't get better. Rehearsing hypothetical conversations is a waste of time. The best way I've found is to weigh the best-case versus worst-case realistic scenarios I can think of. In particular, in a classroom setting, either I make an ass of myself by answering a question wrong as hell (or I embarrass someone else by answering a question correctly). That's survivable. Best case? I don't have to talk to anyone I don't already know.
I know this only really works... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The author was fired for writing this slander piece I thought this article was incredibly stupid. the author talks about masturbating to feynman as a kid, and then hating feynman for being sexist once he learned more and became "more cultured" science is the study of reality. and reality is sexist, among other things. get over it... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/the-curious-wavefunction/richard-feynman-sexism-and-changing-perceptions-of-a-scientific-icon/
Feynman was a biological realist. Only SJW social pseudo-science types think biological realism and statistical realities are "sexist"; he never stated he thought women were inferior to men, he thought they were less into science, math, etc. And that is factually true. The sexes evolved different interests. This is backed by statistical analysis.
Is "heat" actually just a cloud of photons around an electron, or are photons some constituent part of the electron itself? It would seem that it must be the latter, as collision with a muon(?) will emit xrays, it seems to be more than a simple conversion. And yet, when a photon is absorbed and re-emitted, some of its energy is lost and turned to a higher state of excitation. Therefore, they do not seem to be so granular of a unit.
What are these things? What is it for a particle to be "excited"? I'm apt to try to take a reductionist approach... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
They never should have had the survey in the first place, whoever came up with that idea wasn't considering what would happen.
If they wanted to gain public support or whatever they should have given the survey to local elementary schools or something like that, have kids write an essay on what they think the name should be, the kids then tell their parents and it'll be good, some nice name
they should just name it whatever they want, nobody will remember... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Lately, I have heard from friends that they know people who have been "brainwashed" by people just blowing this shit in their faces. It's hard for me to imagine how that exactly works since people say you'll get completely docile but I wish there was some video in which someone tried to experiment to either prove or disprove it entirely. But if we're going by the notion that it works completely, how do you counter against it? What do you do if that powder shit gets blown in your face?
>>8039857 From what I understand if someone gets that stuff on you you're pretty much fucked. Advice is to not get too close to strangers if they're asking for directions or something like that. I don't know how effective that advice is, though.
>>8039691 Well, were talking about a theoretical human being whose body is durable enough to survive being slammed into concrete at mach 1 from about 10 feet with almost no damage. A human can't reach that kind of terminal velocity. So does this mean you could drop them from 10 miles and they'd be ok?
I'm wrapping up my mechanical engineering undergraduate degree and all of my professors are pushing me to go to grad school even though I didn't originally plan to. Would it make sense to combine a graduate degree of some sort in condensed matter physics with my undergraduate ME degree? I have a lot of really wide ranging interests from machine learning to manufacturing, but I feel like I might be able to do some interesting stuff with training in CMP.
What do you guys think? I literally had no plans whatsoever for grad school and now everybody wants me to do it.
>>8039678 Partly because all of this has blown up over the last couple weeks, faster than I can comprehend it all. Also partly because the research I'm doing goes waayy beyond the scope of mechanical engineering and I'm curious what else is out there.
My goal in life is to work on as much awesome technology as possible, and I'm trying to figure out the most effective way to do that.
>>8039682 I was trying to be clever but I guess it didn't work.
Big decisions involving a lot of outside influence and future plans often can leave you at a standstill wondering what could happen. Fortunately, life isn't exactly like ME and you can't live it the most efficient way. If you take your degree now and get a job, who knows where that will take you. If you keep going to school, you could end up teaching or with another job which will take you to who knows what. Take it with a grain of salt, which... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>8039582 http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3004.html >Factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects explain 70% of the observed greening trend, followed by nitrogen deposition (9%), climate change (8%) and land cover change (LCC) (4%).
95% of a tree's bulk is just comes from CO2 absorbed from the air. They're like crystals in a way; its fascinating
The best solution for curbing CO2 content in the atmosphere is to start farming genetically engineered super-algae en-masse and then pulverizing/harvesting it to make fresh, clean crude oil (that has far less pollutants) for our gas energy needs. Too bad regular crude oil got so cheap and killed all interest in the idea
>Acute and chronic alcohol exposure significantly affect behavior but the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here, we used functional connectivity density (FCD) mapping to study alcohol-related changes in resting brain activity and their association with behavior. Heavy drinkers (HD, N=16, 16 males) and normal controls (NM, N=24, 14 males) were tested after placebo and after acute alcohol administration. Group comparisons showed that NM had higher FCD in visual and prefrontal... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>8039621 Yikes lol. It can't be good for you. As a general rule of thumb when you start to get really really drunk stop drinking. I personally always know when I'm on the edge of a blackout, sometimes though I like falling off the edge.
He thinks Biofags (which we all know are totally retarded) should know manifold theory, group theory and differential geometry KEK.
Does he overestimate the IQs of biologist?
>I agree to some extent with you, but not totally. Complex numbers clarify trig, Fourier series and oscillations a great deal and it's a shame not to use this. This is the same as the fact that linear algebra and stat are clarified (for some people anyway) by the abstract idea of vector spaces. The basic techniques of PDE theory are being used more and more and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
As someone who was already well versed in Differential Geometry&Topology and Algebra at the undergraduate level. I still had study through somewhere between 30-50 pages of statements and proofs of important results in commutative algebra before I could even understand the definition of a Scheme.
Grothendieck's work will never be understood by the public. Just don't even try.
>during lecture, really stresses that a handful of topics/concepts is really important and difficult and that we need to know them >goes out of his way to make sure everyone really understands these few core topics >a few things are covered rather quickly, not much emphasis placed on them, ehh, not too terribly important, whatever, who cares >these extra, "trivial" little things are never mentioned or used... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>after the test >"I'm surprised so many of you guys failed. I hope this was a wakeup call and that you start studying the things I tell you to really focus on. :^)" >ohhhh I know your tricks now, you fucking gypsy sick hole >prepare for the next test by scouring the book for every obscure little detail he didn't cover in class, getting pro at them, expecting him to pull another fast one on us >next... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Do you have a pet theory for consciousness? I'm really interested in how the sense of "self" arises in the mind. I feel like most of the other stuff going on in the mind is rather mechanistic - it gathers information from the senses and encodes it as concepts and memories. But the self is a mystery.
From what I've noticed, true consciousness and self-reflection only rises intermittently, when we aren't dealing with more pressing problems. Sort of like an idle state for the mind, or a focused daydream. And the "self" itself seems little... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The self is just the external layer of many, many more primal layers, that extends till the reptile brain. I don't recall on any pattern from my own experience, but I know this:
-This "self" layer is very irrelevant, survival wise. -This "self" layer actually affects the performance of other brain capabilities. For example, the less it takes control in physical activities, the better.
I always thought it could be even de-attached, for example, to pure logic processing.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Out of 1 000 000 randomly selected people at least one is smarter than you, and he said that is 100% true. I know the whole argument is stupid, but just for the verification.
He also said on average there is at least 1 doctor per 1000, he then said: Think about how many thousands there are in 2 000 000 (as we were talking about leafy's fan base, and I was arguing that it was cancerous and most of them were stupid).
What he meant is that you are in the bottom 999 999 of the population when it comes to intelligence. He sounds like a clever guy with a good sense of humour that can offend you without you even realising.
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