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Forum: Respectable General Discussions 26-Jun-2009, 18:25
Replies: 68
Views: 4,067
Posted By The Other Sage
Are you sure you weren't just watching the...

Are you sure you weren't just watching the Thriller video? It confused me too the first couple of times.







In all seriousness, though, very sad.
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 09-Jun-2009, 21:31
Replies: 65
Views: 4,027
Posted By The Other Sage
VoR was contesting the statement that the...

VoR was contesting the statement that the universe is remarkably organized to allow high levels of organization, including life. My post at this point was to clarify an area that had been left vague...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 09-Jun-2009, 20:09
Replies: 92
Views: 4,739
Posted By The Other Sage
Why aren't people still scared of this? The worst...

Why aren't people still scared of this? The worst is still to come, but it's as if it isn't fashionable any more!

Oh...right. A plane crashed.
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 08-Jun-2009, 19:03
Replies: 65
Views: 4,027
Posted By The Other Sage
Re: Life Created the Universe, not Vice Versa

Schrodinger's point was that, according to the Copenhagen interpretation, the cat had to be both simultaneously alive and dead. He found that idea to be silly, and he was hoping its inherent...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 08-Jun-2009, 05:02
Replies: 65
Views: 4,027
Posted By The Other Sage
I'm curious...what is it about the Many Worlds...

I'm curious...what is it about the Many Worlds Interpretation that people find to be more reasonable than wave function collapse? Is it just the fact that "it would be really frickin cool?" Or is...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 08-Jun-2009, 04:34
Replies: 65
Views: 4,027
Posted By The Other Sage
Why should there be an infinite number of...

Why should there be an infinite number of universes? There's not a ton of evidence to support that theory, and therefore the simpler explanation of wave function collapse is, to me,...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 08-Jun-2009, 03:33
Replies: 65
Views: 4,027
Posted By The Other Sage
Life Created the Universe, not Vice Versa

This topic requires at least an introductory understanding of quantum mechanics. I thus link to an explanation of the two slit experiment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc

A short, five...
Forum: The Lunatic Asylum 03-Jun-2009, 20:09
Replies: 25
Views: 2,319
Posted By The Other Sage
I never quite understood the point of this....

I never quite understood the point of this. There's no way to make others lose the game without FIRST losing it yourself. Victory is therefore impossible in an active sense. The only way to actually...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 30-May-2009, 21:56
Replies: 9
Views: 842
Posted By The Other Sage
Children's movies, since they were invented, have...

Children's movies, since they were invented, have always pushed the message of "be yourself! It's ok to be different!" I'm not sure how you managed to inject homosexuality into that movie...unless...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 28-May-2009, 02:04
Replies: 31
Views: 1,462
Posted By The Other Sage
Why are either important? But, as has been said,...

Why are either important? But, as has been said, we've had females on the Court before. There's no important symbolism in her being a woman.



That's very true. I doubt many of the CNN commentators...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 27-May-2009, 21:22
Replies: 31
Views: 1,462
Posted By The Other Sage
Sonia Sotomayor and the Idea of "Diversity."

Many of my friends of Facebook (not to mention the media) have been talking about the "historic" nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. It prompted me to write them a response. I thought...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 21-May-2009, 19:13
Replies: 63
Views: 2,809
Posted By The Other Sage
Most people seem to be of the same mindset as I...

Most people seem to be of the same mindset as I am. It doesn't matter if other countries get stronger a stronger military as long as ours remains strong enough to act as a deterrent. It doesn't...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 20-May-2009, 22:44
Replies: 63
Views: 2,809
Posted By The Other Sage
What Does the U.S.A. Gain From Being #1?

It's widely agreed that the U.S. is either in the process of losing their unique status in the world, or has already lost it. In many areas (education quickly comes to mind), the U.S. is already,...
Forum: The Lunatic Asylum 11-May-2009, 00:22
Replies: 24
Views: 2,342
Posted By The Other Sage
Having a credit card or two is good to help you...

Having a credit card or two is good to help you build credit, and in a disciplined hand can be a tool of great good. However, you must acknowledge that simply being aware of the dangers of letting it...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 30-Apr-2009, 19:45
Replies: 92
Views: 4,739
Posted By The Other Sage
I am happy that the WHO is taking it seriously....

I am happy that the WHO is taking it seriously. There's no sense in them ignoring it, and in the event that something odd does happen, better safe than sorry. What doesn't make sense is reporting the...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 30-Apr-2009, 18:53
Replies: 92
Views: 4,739
Posted By The Other Sage
Re: Swine Flu...World's Newest Plague?

It's killing young, healthy people in Mexico City. Young, "healthy" people in less sanitary conditions than we enjoy, without access to the excellent medical care available to most of us. The regular...
Forum: Respectable General Discussions 30-Apr-2009, 04:19
Replies: 92
Views: 4,739
Posted By The Other Sage
The REGULAR flu kills around 30,000 people in the...

The REGULAR flu kills around 30,000 people in the U.S. every year...and anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 worldwide.

I figure, by the level of current coverage, that the media would have a heart...
Forum: Movie Reviews and Discussions 15-Mar-2009, 18:34
Replies: 11
Views: 5,754
Posted By The Other Sage
I really enjoyed the movie. All of the ill...

I really enjoyed the movie. All of the ill reviews seem to be highlighting the fact that "it was SO much like the comic that it wasn't original/it was boring." As somebody who HASN'T read the comic...
Forum: Religious Discussions 05-Mar-2009, 17:58
Replies: 54
Views: 5,920
Posted By The Other Sage
Re: God can be explained

Um...I didn't watch the video before posting, and just realized that my entire, long, long post was basically a summary of the movie I hadn't watched...
Forum: Religious Discussions 09-Feb-2009, 21:45
Replies: 25
Views: 2,820
Posted By The Other Sage
How is the fact that everything is inter-related...

How is the fact that everything is inter-related and transient a "meaningless truism?"

To make sure I completely understood what you meant by "truism," I confirmed that the definition is "a claim...
Forum: Religious Discussions 09-Feb-2009, 03:58
Replies: 25
Views: 2,820
Posted By The Other Sage
I haven't spent a lot of time worrying about the...

I haven't spent a lot of time worrying about the nature of existence, because there's a lot more immediately pressing to me. As this is the case, I'm probably not qualified to discuss this point with...
Forum: Religious Discussions 08-Feb-2009, 16:27
Replies: 25
Views: 2,820
Posted By The Other Sage
There are people who are into "Zen" for...

There are people who are into "Zen" for the reasons you've described, Caelis. Part of the reason I looked at Zen and turned away from it is that I didn't want people to think I was into it for the...
Forum: Religious Discussions 07-Feb-2009, 07:08
Replies: 25
Views: 2,820
Posted By The Other Sage
What about Buddhism do you find to be irrational?...

What about Buddhism do you find to be irrational? What I've found so delightful is that no Buddhist source has ever asked me to understand anything that couldn't be arrived at through simple,...
Forum: Religious Discussions 07-Feb-2009, 04:49
Replies: 25
Views: 2,820
Posted By The Other Sage
Buddhism

I discovered Buddhism this past summer and I've found it a wonderfully rational way of pursuing a happy life.

I've read probably three dozen books over the past 7 or 8 months on the principles, the...
Forum: Religious Discussions 07-Feb-2009, 03:07
Replies: 10
Views: 1,810
Posted By The Other Sage
I'm glad I'm Buddhist. The Buddha himself said...

I'm glad I'm Buddhist. The Buddha himself said that before we accept anything from scripture, or even straight from his mouth, we test it ourselves and discard what doesn't work.

Will determining...
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