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Almost.  (Thursday Oct 9 | post #790017)

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Delusional as usual, I see. The only result has been for the poor to stay poor and the rich to get richer. There has never been any trickle down.  (Thursday Oct 9 | post #790010)

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Oops. Wrong post by IANS for some reason. Meant to link to this one  (Sep 20, 2014 | post #782320)

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I see that Buck is continuing his common practice of equivocation, cherry picking which definition he wants to use rather than picking the definition according to context. So your and Buck's detente is still holding? Sounds as if it is getting a bit strained.  (Sep 20, 2014 | post #782319)

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The Satanic Character of Social Darwinism

This is the Shoob? Go figure. Shooby Doo: "Ruh Roh".  (Aug 15, 2014 | post #33)

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I disagree with your terminology. Human history did not disappear 5000 years ago. Rather, WRITTEN history appeared 5000 years ago. The idea of writing was revolutionary. I recall reading that the idea of writing has only been developed three times in human history, in the Middle East, in Mesoamerica and in the Far East.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723709)

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The Lorentz factor gamma is given by gamma = 1 / sqrt (1-beta^2) where beta is v/c. The mass, and thus the inertia, is given by M = gamma * M0, M0 being the rest mass. So at 0.5c, the mass will have increased by about 15%. A noticeable effect, but not huge. At 0.9c the mass will have increased by about 130%. The idea of a light sail has been around for quite a while. The original idea was to use the light pressure from the Sun to propel the craft. After the invention of the laser, using ground based lasers became an option. Some sci-fi stories have explored this idea. I believe the Moties in the Mote in God's Eye used it to propel their craft. I also think it was used in Footfall by the aliens to get to our system. But then, those two stories were both written by Niven & Pournelle. (Both books are quite good.) The idea has also been proposed to use lasers, fired into a reflective/ablativ e shield on the bottom of a craft to propel it into orbit, saving the massive weight of fuel needed by chemical rockets. I saw a program some time back where there was a competition for ideas to push a space elevator up to geosynchronous orbit. Real models were used, and several were using the laser rocket idea to push the elevator up the tether.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723705)

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In a way, there is not such thing as "near the speed of light" when you are looking at yourself. You can measure what fraction of the speed of light something else is traveling relative to you. But keep in mind there is no absolute frame of reference. From your personal frame of reference, you always appear to be standing still. Standing here on Earth, there is a galaxy many billions of lightyears away that is traveling .95 c from your perspective, and you are standing still. But from an observer on a planet in that galaxy, he sees himself as standing still and YOU traveling at .95 c. Inertia is present in all mass, and is increasing at any velocity. It is just that the increase is very very tiny until a substantial fraction of the speed of light is obtained. But this increase in inertia is seen by an outside observer, not by an inside observer. To the inside observer, it looks the same as it always did. Relativity is screwy. And if relativity is screwy, quantum mechanics is downright batsh*t crazy.  (May 1, 2014 | post #723105)

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Why is it that "shut up" means to "shut down your mouth"?  (May 1, 2014 | post #723104)

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IIRC, "In God We Trust" was fist put on money during the Civil War when it was thought a little extra help from God wouldn't hurt. It wasn't all all coins and bills at first. It just came to be that way as time passed. BTW, the Treasury tried recently to issue a coin with In God We Trust engraved on the edge instead of the face. It was less visible, and the usual crop of persecuted Christians let loose a mournful cry because the phrase was less visible. The idea was dropped.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722777)

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I don't know about the concept of "good and evil", but the concept of a battle between good and evil comes from Zoroastrianism. This was a religion in ancient Babylon predating the conquest of Israel. The Hebrew priests adopted it while exiled in Babylon and brought it back to Judea when the exile ended. Zoroastrianism has a god of good (Ahura Mazda) and a god of evil (whose name I can't recall). The Hebrews assigned those roles to Yahweh and Satan.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722773)

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Bookmarked for later perusal. I have watched the Psychology of Belief in the past when you put up the links. Quite good.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722772)

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And sadly, this anti-science stance has severe consequences to us all. While the science of the Big Bang doesn't have any measurable effect on our daily lives, other branches of science such as climate and the environment do. Look at how many of our congressmen and senators are against environmentalism and deny global warming. Some of their anti-scientism is a result of political ideology, but it is also heavily rooted in religion as well. For some of them it is hard to tell where the ideology stops and the religiosity begins.  (Apr 30, 2014 | post #722771)

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Lucky you. I was raised in a very religious household. We went to church every time the doors opened.  (Apr 28, 2014 | post #722436)

Q & A with Darwins Stepchild

Headline:

Turning coffee into theorems

Hometown:

Trapped inside a Klein Bottle

Neighborhood:

An Open Set

I Belong To:

The Human Race

When I'm Not on Topix:

There's no telling

Read My Forum Posts Because:

I think they are good

I'm Listening To:

Usually...Rock & Roll

Read This Book:

"The Demon-Haunted World"

Favorite Things:

My dog Missy

On My Mind:

What did happen in the first microsecond of the universe?

I Believe In:

...not much. I do accept a lot of ideas, though.