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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Watson on January 9th, 2015, 10:06 pm 

Depending on what got them banned in the first place, of course.

I have learned there may be more to it than I'm aware, and trust in your judgement.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby life_sucks on January 15th, 2015, 3:05 pm 

To wolfhnd,
Sorry for the late reply. Saw your post only today. Since school load has increased, I have much less online time. I read some interesting threads from time to time, but I don't participate much since I would be unable to actively reply. Also, I realised that I have a complex interlinked idea of everything, which I cannot express due to either my communication limitations or the level of the subject matter...[Please don't take it as my arrogance speaking].

In answer to your question,
In reality, I cannot conform to the thought "I am an Indian"... It may not seem especially patriotic, but I do not consider myself an Indian. I am a sentient living being, that's all. I support those whom I feel is better for the future of intelligent life...
So, my thoughts on colonial India is pretty much what you or anyone might think. The difference being we are made to read the history in detail with a cloaked intention at developing patriotism.
However, I myself take a completely unbiased stance.
India is the country I am presently in. Its history was quite interesting. But the constant warfare, the breaking and making of empires and dynasties of humans is stupidity, by my opinion.
I am against any sort of discrimination except by skills. So, I think colonial rule as was imposed, was (bad).
But, then again, I believe that in time, social equality would have naturally arised, like in USA.

So, summarising I basically treat it as a fascinating history, nothing more.
My outlook is that, whatever you do , stick with it. Conquer the world if you will, hold onto it. Do what is good for all life, without discriminating. etc. etc.
The past, I believe was full of inefficiency...The present is same, but improved.
A revolution is a must, and I believe that it is coming., through subtle and gradual changes...


I shall keep an eye on this thread. If you want I will express more on the various parts and subparts of my idea.

However, I shall not specify on points which would require me to express certain facets of my beliefs...For those beliefs are personal, and though I am open to constructive criticism[I believe], expressing and providing support for certain ideas fully, is nigh impossible... I would simply be stating them, and that would be against forum rules.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby wolfhnd on January 15th, 2015, 7:10 pm 

life_sucks I really like your well thought out response. I kind of feel the same way. I live in the US but I'm not a patriot.

Unfortunately I do feel that due to some historical accidents the US has enjoyed some economic advantages since WWII. The old saying that to whom mush is given much is expected applies. What many people see as US imperialism is sometimes just paying back the debit for those economic and subsequent military advantages. I'm not saying that there are no abuses or that US imperialism is not a valid concept. What I'm saying is that at times I feel compelled to act as a patriot and ignore the finer points of world citizenry.

I think my view on colonialism is colored by the realization that in a global economy some level of exploitation can be expected. I don't tend to judge earlier generations as harshly as a lot of people. Just because your morally opposed to something doesn't mean there are no practical considerations. For example many people who were opposed to slavery in the US owned slaves. Slavery was something they inherited that was beyond their ability to rectify. Certainly they can be held accountable for doing nothing at all about slavery, besides trying to be humane privately, but that is the problem it was private. It's important that we all take a public positions on issues of morality.

I shall not specify on points which would require me to express certain facets of my beliefs...For those beliefs are personal


When I started this I was concerned that it was improper to expose someones personal beliefs in a public form. I hope that your anonymity protects you. This is the lounge and you can say anything you want as far as I know but you should never be asked to reveal anything you are uncomfortable with. Don't take this the wrong way but since I'm older than you the burden of maintaining a proper discourse falls mainly on me. I would appreciate someone else stepping in an outlining what proper behavior is in this context.

I like to talk to people I don't get to meet in person and I like the idea that people can be more free to express themselves in a forum than they can in real life. It is a privilege however that is often abused.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on January 18th, 2015, 1:43 pm 

I have just one question for newbie Mayflow...is that two words, as in "the good times may flow," or one, like Mayflower truncated. Frivolous questions aside, welcome, and keep asking fun questions. I weigh 24 pounds. On the Moon.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on January 18th, 2015, 2:19 pm 

Yes of course - 145.4545454545... pounds here is worth a bit less in less Gravitational fields, but a decent BMI is a always good wherever our Transuniversal Van is bound to go.

I have heard that our friend dlorde has been ill as of late, so we may wish to buy him some chocolates or whatever will cheer him up some. We will need his help if the Engine room has some problems due to space fluctuations.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Darby on February 14th, 2015, 8:28 pm 

Hi,

Newly registered today.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on February 14th, 2015, 8:34 pm 

Hi.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby zetreque on February 15th, 2015, 12:12 am 

What's up mayflow?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on February 15th, 2015, 11:10 am 



Well lots of stuff! Decided to learn some calculus, weird stuff, I don't think it will have a lot of practical use, but it seems fun for the mind, what's up with you, my friend?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Darby on February 15th, 2015, 11:26 am 

mayflow » February 15th, 2015, 10:10 am wrote:Decided to learn some calculus, weird stuff, I don't think it will have a lot of practical use ...


Gaaaaaaah ... not a lot of practical use ?!

Poor Sir Issac must be spinning in his grave.

20 whacks on the knuckles with a hardbound edition of the Principia for you, friend !

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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on February 15th, 2015, 11:58 am 

LOL

Sounds like you've got some math and physics background, looking at your postings, Darby. Always handy when a takedown is needed in the Personal Theories thread. Enjoy.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on February 15th, 2015, 2:07 pm 

Braininvat » February 15th, 2015, 10:58 am wrote:LOL

Sounds like you've got some math and physics background, looking at your postings, Darby. Always handy when a takedown is needed in the Personal Theories thread. Enjoy.


The guy just said hi, you know?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby zetreque on February 15th, 2015, 2:16 pm 

mayflow » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:10 am wrote:


Well lots of stuff! Decided to learn some calculus, weird stuff, I don't think it will have a lot of practical use, but it seems fun for the mind, what's up with you, my friend?


Good on you. I hope you realize while learning it that it actually has tons of practical use. Even if you aren't an engineer, you can see it's value in any engineering or physics field. Before you know it, you will be determining the minimum amount of paint to purchase when painting a room in your house leaving you left over money for whatever form of leisure you desire.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on February 15th, 2015, 2:31 pm 

I am not going to paint any rooms. I am far too lazy for that, but if I did want to, I doubt calculus would help me. Anyhow I live in a freaking 16 foot Casita. I do have a kind of cool little Harman Kardon sound system though... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/8 ... L1500_.jpg
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Darby on February 15th, 2015, 10:15 pm 

Mayflow: I meant no disrespect ... it was just friendly nudge to the ribs. Agreed, the Kardon looks damn sexay.

Braininvat: My primary area was computers ... I only minored in math {and literature} back in college. My parents (both deceased now) ran out of money before I could go on to grad school at the time, otherwise I'd have loved to have gone for an advanced degree or two. I've had to content myself with being something of an autodidact ever since. I've dabbled in several dozen hobbies over the years, and like open courseware in my spare time, as time and interest permits.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby BioWizard on February 17th, 2015, 11:31 am 

mayflow » 15 Feb 2015 02:31 pm wrote:I am not going to paint any rooms. I am far too lazy for that, but if I did want to, I doubt calculus would help me. Anyhow I live in a freaking 16 foot Casita. I do have a kind of cool little Harman Kardon sound system though... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/8 ... L1500_.jpg


Oh but it can, mayflow. And zetreque is only speaking from experience. He uses science and math to maximize gain and minimize spending in all his personal projects.

In any case, welcome everyone.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby zetreque on February 17th, 2015, 1:24 pm 

BioWizard » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:31 am wrote:
mayflow » 15 Feb 2015 02:31 pm wrote:I am not going to paint any rooms. I am far too lazy for that, but if I did want to, I doubt calculus would help me. Anyhow I live in a freaking 16 foot Casita. I do have a kind of cool little Harman Kardon sound system though... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/8 ... L1500_.jpg


Oh but it can, mayflow. And zetreque is only speaking from experience. He uses science and math to maximize gain and minimize spending in all his personal projects.

In any case, welcome everyone.


Which is why I am getting close to being able to afford my own (hopefully off-grid) Casita :)
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on February 17th, 2015, 5:28 pm 

Note to self, possble person to sell Casita to.

Note aside: How would one propose to live off the grid, and since I am taking this goofy calculus stuff now, what are the limits and domains of being off the grid? Is there a function for this? Is there a good algorithm to create this off the grid lifestyle?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby BioWizard on February 17th, 2015, 10:04 pm 

Probably needs to be split to a different thread.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby LivE on March 14th, 2015, 12:21 pm 

Hello to everyone!
Before I start: I'm italian (writing from Italy!), and this is my first science forum completely in english. So I might write some nonsense sentences sometimes. I really apologize for that, but I'm here also to improve my english, especially the technical one :-)

As I said, I'm an italian student undergraduating in Electronic Engineering (2nd year). I'm a really lonely person for several motives, and discovering this AMAZING forum really made my day, and not only that!
I'm really excited, because I feel that this time I can finally return to interact with interesting people, sharing ideas, hopes, dreams. The science/technology subject which appassionate me the most is Nanotechnology, in particular the more speculative Molecular Nanotechnology. I count on graduating here in Italy and proceed with the PhD in USA or some other contry. I'm so motivated that I often say to the people that I want change the world (I wonder why I'm so lonley? 8D). The fact is that I really believe it when I say it.
Nanos apart, I love jazz music, literature, philosophy and the Divine Comedy! Or pheraphs I should say "La Divina Commedia!". I'm so happy to be borned (or to be born?) in Italy just for that 8D.
I play the electric guitar, enjoy reading mangas and playing videogames, but above all this there is an inextinguishable passion: debate, confront. Just what I mentioned at the beginning: sharing ideas. To give and to receive. I love to discuss about religion, geopolitic breaking news, science topics, psychology and all the subjects that I mentioned before. I can't say to be an expert on any of these arguments, but If only I had the time... but ehi, I still have the electronic! I hope.
This is all, for now. I can't wait to join you in the forums, see you there!
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on March 14th, 2015, 12:27 pm 

Hi?
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mtbturtle on March 14th, 2015, 1:01 pm 

Welcome to the forums Live and mayflow.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Braininvat on March 14th, 2015, 1:12 pm 

Live, your range of interests sounds like a good fit with SPCF. Glad you found us. We don't have any threads running currently on nanotechnology, but there are some older ones that may be of interest and worth reviving....or you may need to start a new one, which would be a good thing for some of us who may be neglecting that topic and need a refresher on what's going on in that field. I don't know if "Prey," a novel by Michael Crichton, is familiar to you, but I would be interested in your opinion of its portrayal of the hazards of nanotechnology.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby LivE on March 14th, 2015, 2:06 pm 

Yes, I know the novel. I didn't read it (it's on the list), but I read Engines of Creation, which is the book (I highly recommend it) which portrayed for the first time the hazards of nanotechnology in the way that Chricton then used in his novel. What I think is that nanotechnology can be more distructive of nuclear weapons, but on the other side can help us to achieve material abundance as the Hunan race has never seen before. I will open a thread about it if I don't find it with the search option :-)
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guyRe: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Eclectic on March 14th, 2015, 9:06 pm 

My name, for this forums intents and purposes, is Eclectic.

I was introduced to the world of philosophy, forums, and discussion after taking a personality test in my senior year at high school. I scored on the MBTI as INTP and to my young mind, it finally explained why I was so very different from my peers. I joined a forum for INTP and they were a group of people who seemed to value philosophical thought above all else.

Now i am 23 and have come to the conclusion that while the MBTI may be useful as a guide, it is far from perfect and seems that the theory cannot be proven. Either way, I am thankful for my rigorous introduction to the internet and to so many philosophical and futuristic ideas.

I am interested in all things but I have an admittedly stronger interest in discussion as opposed to research. I think research is fantastic for building a knowledge base with which to reason from but research alone does not teach us how to think.

Thus I have joined this forum, for inspiration on what to research and as a hopefully collaborative effort to assist in ones reasoning concerning the material researched or ideas formed.

Thanks for having me!! :-D
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby mayflow on March 15th, 2015, 7:14 am 

Hi, Eclectic. I took that test too and was scored INFP. I also took a business phsychology course where it showed that that I would increase the T function considerably in stressful situations. I find the mind so fascinationg! This reminds me of a conversation I was having with someone on a different forum about a theory she came up with called PoP (the Physics of Physics) where we were doing some brainstorming concerning physics. Yeah, it is an odd connection to make, but I tend to be somewhat eclectic too.

deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources:
"her musical tastes are eclectic"
synonyms: wide-ranging · broad-based · extensive · comprehensive ·
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Eclectic on March 15th, 2015, 8:36 am 

Hi, Eclectic. I took that test too and was scored INFP. I also took a business phsychology course where it showed that that I would increase the T function considerably in stressful situations. I find the mind so fascinationg! This reminds me of a conversation I was having with someone on a different forum about a theory she came up with called PoP (the Physics of Physics) where we were doing some brainstorming concerning physics. Yeah, it is an odd connection to make, but I tend to be somewhat eclectic too.

deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources:
"her musical tastes are eclectic"
synonyms: wide-ranging · broad-based · extensive · comprehensive ·


Hi Mayflow,

I'm pretty happy to see that I was not immediately attacked for having taken the test. A lot of people are really sensitive/critical of the MBTI for some reason. I am not sure which function I would use most under pressure - I tend to overanalyze things extensively, though.

I've studied the MBTI quite extensively when younger but I have found people who simply do not seem to work in the theory, at all. And others seem to fit like a glove. It is fascinating (the human mind, in general).

Physics of physics - that sounds interesting, can you elaborate on that any further? :-D

Being Eclectic is my strength and my weakness. I have no specialisations and a curiosity about everything. It can be frustrating but I suspect many here can relate.

Thanks for welcoming me. ^^
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Darby on March 16th, 2015, 9:20 pm 

Hi Eclectic, and welcome.

Yeah, I remember the MBTI, and scads of other online tests. Ties in with one of my past social hobbies.

If I recall, I was INTP.
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Eclectic on March 17th, 2015, 7:50 pm 

Hi Eclectic, and welcome.

Yeah, I remember the MBTI, and scads of other online tests. Ties in with one of my past social hobbies.

If I recall, I was INTP.


Hi Darby,

I took quite a few until I stumbled upon the MBTI. After that, I kind of felt it was 'enough' for my self exploration... it provided a framework for me to learn about myself for a time and to eventually grow out of.

I do wonder why people consider the Big Five to be more accurate, though. I always found that one to be vague, funnily enough. It didn't tell me enough about me.

Was this hobby done for school? What was it, if I may ask?

Thanks! ^^
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Re: Welcomes & Introductions

Postby Darby on March 17th, 2015, 9:00 pm 

Eclectic » March 17th, 2015, 7:50 pm wrote:Was this hobby done for school? What was it, if I may ask?


Not for school, no. A few years back, I helped build and jump start a new forum for WIN.
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