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Fri May 27

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LorenCobb posted to the Atheist Fools board. 7:32 PM

Speaking of Texas...

... okay, we weren't really speaking of Texas. The following is a propos of a little free association I just had:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udPqt7ZEWjA

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 11:05 AM

Re: OT - Vermont, what's living like?

I think Vermont is wonderful, but then I am somewhat biased. A big part of my family has lived in northern New England for twelve generations.

Growing season: May thru September (short and intense).
Winters: very long, very cold, plenty [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:46 AM

Re: Voyager Probe Badly Damaged

Wait a minute. The Voyaer 1 spacecraft will come to rest in bottom-right corner of the universe? I am fairly certain that cannot happen. There is something wrong here.

Y'see, in the Penrose-Carter-Minkowski picture of the universe [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:12 AM

Re: Smart Phone Flashlights, anyone?

rharmelink: If this were a real issue, that advice SHOULD be: "Don't download any apps for your smart phone!"

I disagree. The real message is: "Do not use a smart phone!"

My flip-phone and I are very [more]

Thu May 26

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 11:58 PM

Re: 99%

Windchasers: Very nearly the entire scientific community has moved on. There's not really any question about whether AGW is real; the research is now all about details, and more broadly about understanding climate better.

That is [more]

Tue May 24

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:59 PM

Re: Self-driving cars? Nobody wants one

gijam: Like the frog in the water pot...

Eeewww, not that old myth again. It has been debunked six ways from Sunday, in almost every science news outlet on the planet.

Here is one: [more]

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LorenCobb posted to the Climate Change board. 11:04 AM

High-efficiency air conditioning?

After 27 summers of faithful near-perfect service, our home air conditioning system needs replacement. The condenser still works, but we have been informed that certain critical spare parts are no longer being manufactured. Does anyone have [more]

Sat May 21

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:46 PM

Re: Numbers

totolapse asked: Is there any way of making that into an imgur entertainment post?

Yes, I think so. That is to say, I have a lot of time on my hands this summer and it might make an interesting and entertaining project.

What [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 5:34 PM

Re: Numbers

sano: Point of order... "Islamic science?" We don't refer to Isaac Newton's work as Christian Science, or Copernicus' work as Episcopal science.

All three were financially supported by their respective religions. Newton's [more]

Thu May 19

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 8:26 PM

Re: Numbers

FromAllOver: Entertainment value only; this history is false.

Yes, it is as false as Donald Trump's hair.

Even the earliest numerals written on clay tablets, in early versions of Proto-Sumerian, had special symbols for common [more]

Tue May 17

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LorenCobb replied to the Math board. 2:35 PM

Re: Tom Apostol has died

Norm: My guess would be (1) Euclid's work on plane geometry and (2) a work of the Pythagorean school in ancient Greece.

Euclid, of course, is #1.

I really wish that some of the works of the early Pythagoreans were still with [more]

Wed May 11

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LorenCobb replied to the Math board. 6:26 PM

Re: Tom Apostol has died

His [Apostol's] calculus books remain the gold standard in teaching serious math students after almost fifty years.

I remember Apostol's Calculus well, though I never had it as an assigned text. It was one of those courses that [more]

Mon May 9

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 8:04 PM

Re: How low will it go?

It helps to read the fine print. The page that describes the cited graph includes this warning in red text:

"Special Sensor Microwave Imager and Sounder (SSMIS) on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 satellite that [more]

Sun May 8

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 12:19 AM

Re: A ew York vacation

Tonight we saw B.O.M. The first act put me to sleep. I commented to the Countess about it, and she agreed. The thing came to life in the second act. Agreeably rude. Something to offend everyone. And it was actually funny.

True [more]

Mon May 2

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 4:31 PM

Re: 'A pretend scientist in a bow tie' .

Now you are quoting Coleman?

Here Dave, I think you need one of these (only $9.99 + shipping):
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Thu Apr 28

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:07 AM

Re: CIA Admits Covering Up JFK Assassination

Suspicions that the CIA covered up JFK‘s murder have finally been confirmed, according to an explosive Politico report out this week. Fifty-two years after the President’s death, declassified documents show that the CIA were in communication with [more]

Tue Apr 26

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 12:20 AM

Re: Extremes vs. Means

ItsGoingUp wanted to know why I think new mathematics is required for a theory of consciousness. I gave a half-assed reply (above), but what is really needed for a good answer is a concrete example of the kinds of mathematics that are under [more]

Mon Apr 25

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 11:57 PM

Re: Extremes vs. Means

You really think understanding consciousness requires new mathematics? If so, what branch of existing mathematics would it be most closely related to?

Automata theory. Possibly a development out of non-deterministic Rabin- or [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 11:05 AM

Re: Extremes vs. Means

Qazulight: Somewhere in the explaining and the videos of the complex plain twisting this way and that, it occurred to me that I wasted a lot of money on drugs. I mean why use drugs to get into an alternate reality when there is [more]

Sun Apr 24

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 7:05 PM

Re: Extremes vs. Means

I am confused... Could you please explain?

The Original Post in this thread concerned a random variable whose mean did not change, but which nonetheless had a doubling of extreme events in response to a decrease in a second random [more]

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