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Postby Bulzeeb on February 3rd, 2007, 1:46 am 

Hey there Glaudge, welcome to the forum. Oh and don't worry L O L, n00b is actually an insult. Newbie is truely the proper thing to call you on the forum.

As for quantum physics... yes, there is a course you can take for quantum physics. Although I highly doubt you'll find it in High School. Perhaps they offer it in other High School's, but as far as I know it's offered in College pre-dominantly.

Anyway, again, welcome. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Postby johnnny on February 7th, 2007, 10:52 am 

Hello i signed up yesterday after reading the discussion in your "Environmental Studdies" about the Permian Mass Extinction, i really liked what i saw and obviously registered with you guys.

i hope i can read just as good articles again, and post my own threads worth reading...


Greetings and Salutations fellow thinkers

Postby Oceanic01 on February 9th, 2007, 4:23 pm 

I have an accounting degree which comes in handy on the docks where I work as a longshoreman. Always been the quiet observer thinkre type. Learned how to box and I swear it was like I could look inside my brain (physical confidence can drive the mental process). Bring to this house a different perspective which has little mathematical background but imagination fused with logic, I think... Hope we can solve these damn riddles now!

Greets to all

Postby AlissaLi on February 17th, 2007, 8:43 am 

Hi everybody!

Ma name is Alisa, I'm 16, I'm looking for new friends.

Postby Fuqin on February 17th, 2007, 9:09 am 

Alisa, talk to us other wise what can we bring to you
Are you interested in science? or the host of other incredible topics that come up here?, there is plenty of scope at this forum , just ask something you’ve always wanted an answer too, there’s plenty of cool heads here to chat with
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Re: Greets to all

Postby bettina on February 17th, 2007, 2:08 pm 

AlissaLi wrote:Hi everybody!

Ma name is Alisa, I'm 16, I'm looking for new friends.

Kool... Hi. :)


Postby Manan on February 28th, 2007, 11:19 am 

Manan here.I am from India.Have studied science throughtout highschool and WAS doing my Inormation Technology until some time ago.Left it in the last semester thought.

Currently pursuing Hotel Management

Pretty laid back kinda guy so feel free to talk eh :)

Best Regards

Hey Eveyone I am New I a m Brittany

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Postby Rettaw on March 2nd, 2007, 4:58 pm 

Welcome to SCF Brittany, hope you'll enjoy your stay.

Hi from UrThum

Postby UrThum on March 8th, 2007, 7:53 pm 

Hi PCF members! this seems a fun and enlightening community. I look forward to a truly mind-bending experience. Peace. I am writing from the coffee shop in Eau Claire, WI, USA. I write music constantly. I love the films of Werner Herzog. I love nature. I like people who are nice.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

widow's walks
Current mood: calm
Category: Religion and Philosophy

On the east coast of the United States, there are many homes that can still be found equipped with a tiny balcony on the top floor of the house. These little additions are left over from a time when seamen would go to sea for an indefinite amount of time. Their wives were left to watch for their return, hoping to spot their ships sailing in.
These ledges were named widow's walks at some point. These women were not truly widows. Their husbands could very well have been alive and in good health. However, it was quite possible that they had already died at sea. To not know, yet continually hope for their safe returns, must have been heart-wrenching. Surely many of these widows spent some time each day of their husbands' absences watching, waiting, wondering. Will he come home tonight? Will he ever come home? Will I ever be the same again until he is here? Does he even remember me? This prospect must have been daunting.
Many of these sailors did come home, their returns lending immense relief and overwhelming joy to wives only half-complete. Some waited, and watched, in vain. Still, some experienced the initial joy of reunion, only to taste the sorrows of a love sapped by alcoholism and abuse. It occurs to me that all of us are entrenched in some varying relation toward a ship sailing in, even if that ship is the day when all thought of ships is obliterated-- laid to utter waste. Due to this innate sense of longing-- forever implanted in the human heart; waiting to germinate, sprout forth into some living entity, and bear fruits of love(as Christ taught), or power(as Nietzche believed)-- we cannot cease to interpret the world with a linear attachment to reality. This would be a usurpation of all will to live. This is what happens before people jump off of bridges. There have been many, Buddha most prominent among them, who have suggested that to remove from ourselves all notions of existensial causality-- even right and wrong-- we can elevate ourselves to a realm that is truly sublime, that which he called Nirvana. However, I see this as a pursuit of it's own. One with real tests and criteria for advancement toward the ever growing light of truth. It is, still, a ship.
Believing, as I do, that we all wait and watch for our ships to come, for our completion, our day in the sun, our actualization, I had better make sure that I am awaiting a ship that will bring lasting joy, and peace of mind. It seems that all too often the arrival of our "husbands" is at first amazing , but leaves us beaten bloody , with the task of cleaning vomit off of the floor. We feel cold, empty, uncertain, scared, and compelled to duplicate the first night our "husband" came home.
What, then, can possibly suffice? How can we ever find lasting peace and joy? How can we spot a "husband" of undying love and affection on the horizon of our own lives? I believe that he is already here. I will venture a guess that you have heard of Jesus Christ. This same Jesus Christ is exactly what he purported himself to be. He is the son of the living God. He is our eldest brother. He is our closest friend. He was chosen, before this world was, to do the will of the Father. He agreed to lead a perfect life, suffer the entire weight of the world's sin, guilt, sickness, sorrow and grief, and then accept execution at the hands of his own subjects. He was the original one to, "take one for the team." All of what we think of as goodness, virtue, and kindness, emanates from his infinite presence and indelible imprint on the history of this earth. He actually created this earth, and ministers continually to the earth's spirit. We can approach him in prayer if we are sincere. Through his merits, we can approach the Father with our deepest concerns and fears. He has promised to speak peace unto our hearts. The ship is in the harbor, but the onus is on us to walk the few blocks down to the wharf.
Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.
--Book of Matthew, New Testament of the Holy Bible

Postby mtbturtle on March 8th, 2007, 11:52 pm 

Hiya UrThum and Welcome to the Forums

Sounds like you are hanging out down at the coffeeship with Pesla :)
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Postby Warren on March 26th, 2007, 10:28 pm 

Hello Everyone. If there is indeed anyone on the forum.

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Warren and I'm a a Philosopher by heart and soul. I'm from South Africa and looking forward to many interesting conversations in the fields of metaphysics and epistemology.

Postby mtbturtle on March 27th, 2007, 9:56 am 

Welcome to the Forums Manan and Warren!!

Thanks for the posting a pic Manan. I'll see you in the channel. :)

Warren, I look forward to your posts in the Metaphysics and Epistemology Forum.

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Postby Steve-O on April 12th, 2007, 7:48 pm 

I'm an undergrad biochemistry student in my second year. This summer I will be in a lab testing the role of the Src kinase on breast cancer metastasis and the effect of inhibitors of this protein (as a summer research project).
Really thinking I want to go to grad school afterwards and eventually do my own research (related to medicine)

Postby username on June 3rd, 2007, 7:03 pm 


I found this site while searching on the internet on the topic of race for a debate I was having elsewhere. I found your discussion of it and thought this could be a useful place for me to learn more about science (I was an English major in school, so science isn't a strength). Feel free to pat me on the head if I get something right.

Anyway, a little bit about me. My name is Bobby. I am part of the post-Katrina New Orleans Diaspora. I currently live in Alexandria, LA. As I already mentioned I was an English major in college, graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. Although I was an English major, by time I graduated I was far more interested in the social sciences. I spent a couple years in grad school at Loyola for religious studies with a concentration in ethics. (How did I go from English to social sciences to religion?) I fell in love with my teachers at Loyola and still regard Loyola's professor in Ethics, Ken Keulman to be the single greatest man I ever met. However, before I could finish my Master's degree, I rushed into law school, where I began experiences the first signs of my bipolar disorder. I had some extreme psychiatric problems (why am I telling you this?) and am only beginning to recover.

Well, anyway, here I am. I am hoping to learn a lot while I am here.

Well I feel dumb.

Postby Jadeybaby666 on June 20th, 2007, 5:18 pm 

I'm currently due to start an ND in health care, then hoping to go into Nursing, branching out into Adult Care and Midwifery... so i currently have no qualifications lmao...ever the dreamer huh?

Postby thakurlokesh on June 29th, 2007, 1:43 pm 

Hi to all

Postby gaiaguerrilla on June 30th, 2007, 2:05 pm 

Hello. Manuel Ulliac here. I'll be brief.

I'm in debate about wheather I'm a serious philosopher, or an internet addict with lack of other interest.

This forum looks intimidating. I see a lot of hard work in posts, and I imagine excessive idle play with ideas isn't always tolerated. It's a good thing, because I don't think philosophy is a toy, rather the science of inquiry. Some just happen to enjoy it a bit.

I'll begin wary about posting at first, and I encourage moderators to move my posts for appropriacy. Hopefully the work will never or rarely be necessary.

I'll explain myself further as time goes on. Thanks![/i]

Postby mtbturtle on July 2nd, 2007, 8:46 pm 

hi gaiaguerrilla, thakurlokesh, jadey and anybody else I've missed recently :)

Welcome to the forums!

don't be intimidated, jump right in and start posting.

~enjoy mtb
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Postby Neo on July 12th, 2007, 12:54 pm 

I'm 22 years old, and i've been interested in science for a very long time. I live in a small town of Clyde up here in Scotland, and i've been interested to share my relevant views on this site. I say relevant, not because i am sure about them, but rather saw and read the work of others, and though i would have atlleast something to contribute.
When i was younger, about nine, trying to contemplate an infinite spacetime, and i couldn't. I simply couldn't understand how spacetime could already have covered everything in infinite directions. Thus i needed to try and learn more, and today i can glady say i have been able to sort out my problems. Your life changes when you understand science, for instence, i now know that spacetime has a boundary, but this boundary is moving outwards in an accelerated expansion. I had had a misconception involving the term of infinity. Infinity is always one more from now.
So i began collage, and i have now been studying quantum theory for two years. I almost dropped out because i was juggling so many things, and the travel was getting difficult... but i'm glad i've stayed on. I'm interesting sharing some of my views about the universe.
My interpretation of the universe, is that everything from start was predetermined. Everything was told it's function from the very start, and this must also mean consciousness. Because of this, consciousness needed to exist as a virtual field, if it was to have existed at the dawn of time. And must have got to present day somehow. I state it trucked along with wave function, moving faster-than-light. But because of this, i needed to states it was also moving from big crunch, because in any story, a beginning must be made with an end to tie the Gordian knot.
This consciousness built up a singular supermind of God, that may have had it's own independant though. One contention of this, is that the universe expanded so that could exist... but this was not the original reason why. It was necessery that we exist, so that we could observe the universe, because observation creates reality. It only makes sense to how our universe chose the initial conditions of our universe today.

Hi, I'm very new

Postby Infinity on September 5th, 2007, 7:20 am 

Very new meaning that I'm new here and new to philosophical debate even though I've been reading philosophy and thinking hard for years. So, I'm slightly tentative about posting my views, ideas, opinions, what you will.

About me. I'm of a goodly age, old enough to know better, not so old that I pay any attention to that. I'm a casino cashier (it's a nihilistic sort of job so any questions you have about it presuppose that the answer is always "No") and I'm English - I am very definite about my identity!

As well as extending the number of neurons in my brain by reading and thinking philosophy, I read novels and Ancient Roman history, do yoga to keep everything stretched out, watch films, go to the theatre, love watching Shakespeare but not reading him. I'm also just starting to consider getting another couple of cats after two years of badly missing the ones I lost.

I hope I'm generally open-minded but I am a confirmed atheist; however, I have a deep respect for those who have their faith.

As I mentioned above, I am slightly tentative yet about posting so if you don't see me pop up for a while, it's because I'm having a look around to see what's being discussed. I thought I'd let you know I'm about, though.

Postby mtbturtle on September 5th, 2007, 8:44 am 

Hi Infinity and Welcome to the forums! :)

Don't worry too much about posting your ideas we don't bite...or bite too hard at least ;)

Hopefully you'll find something that grabs your interest soon and we'll be seeing you around.

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Postby sandi on September 9th, 2007, 4:56 pm 

Hi All! I'm Sandi and brand new to the community. I live in a little community on the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada called Roberts Creek. Doesn't that sound quaint? :) And it really is! I don't know that I'm a philosopher, but I seem to have one that's somewhat eclectic, while at the same time being uniquely mine... or so my story goes.

I am many things and experiences (life coach, facilitator, artist, photographer, wife, mother, friend, lover of peace and truth... yaddayadda), and for the purpose of this forum I am a giver and a taker which perhaps equals simply sharing and expanding. I am interested in beliefs and how different minds attach to different concepts... and how each mind finds the proof it needs to support it's belief or concept. Quantum thinking excites me, though I'm an infant in the study. Ego is always of interest to me... it's confusion; it's arrogance; it's ability to totally distort reality and the literal truth that supports reality just as it is. I am a believe in darkness and light and believe that they are equal. I have many beliefs and musing like everyone else on the planet and looking for a community where I can engage with like minded people. I may or may not be attached to the same concept(s) as you, but I love to listen and celebrate our authenticity... maybe even engaging in a good debate from time to time. And... I am at times too long winded. :) I'm delighted to have stumbled across this site and very much looking forward to meeting other members of the community.

Warmly, Sandi

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Postby Perfice on September 19th, 2007, 2:02 am 

"Hello to everyone."

"Currently I am simply a humble custodian at your local Publix Superstore. I graduated from high school in May of 2005 not long before I started working. Afterwards I pursued a career in Computer Programming as per my parents wishes. About a year of education in that domain and I decided I didn't want to do that anymore. So it's been a year after I quit and I am now striving to start school for Clinical Psychology."


Postby glycin30 on October 12th, 2007, 5:23 am 

Hello to everyone,

i am sylvia from germany and i am really happy about this site.

I am PhD student and I am working on ion channels, potassium channels. I am interested in science not only about my subject of my PhD. I studied foodchemistry and then changed to Applied Physiologie for my PhD.

It would be nice to find some friends there.

Best wishes to all


Postby BioWizard on October 12th, 2007, 8:49 am 

Hello Sylvia!

I'm a little interested in ion channels, but more biochemistry in general. Looking forward to interesting discussions with you!

Everyone else, welcome to the jungle! ErrrI mean forums!
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Postby MrMistery on October 19th, 2007, 4:37 pm 

Andrew, biology geek from Bucharest, Romania.
Into anything that has to do with biology really. Hope to be a biochemist one day.

Postby BioWizard on October 20th, 2007, 8:02 pm 

Welcome to the forums Andrew.
Good to see you around.
Hope you enjoy your time here.
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Postby cetrac on October 30th, 2007, 10:27 am 

Hi All,
Just thought that I would take the time to introduce myself as I am very new at this... :-)
I love examining how the mind works and all the different elements of thought that we bring to this world. I havent really been exposed to philosophy from a scientific perspective per se.. but have an interest in quantum physics and thinking. I have joined this community hoping to meet and learn off other individuals.. expand the horizons they say!
Well thats it as way of introduction..
Hope you are all having a good night (well its night where I am anyway).
Ciao for now

Postby cantskate on October 31st, 2007, 5:47 am 

I'm Matt and I'm a college student in need of a major. For the time being I go back and forth between deciding on a major in philosophy, chemistry, journalism, and political science.

Just want to say that I like starting discussions, so be prepared to disagree with me a lot. I mean well, you don't learn anything if you don't have a good discussion going.


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