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Topic: Forum Games / This or That?

Provided that I don’t understand the semantic nature of either word sufficiently to allow me to decide rationally, I will select one at random:

Hue – because of my whimsicality.

Your father is in terrible condition – living through the eternal nightmare of a perpetual coma. You are temporarily endowed with the power to choose whether your father gets to wake up from his coma for a period of 24 hours to talk with you in the sickbed of the hospital, with the recoil of his demise as an imminent punishment for violating the precepts maintained by the holy writ of medical science which prohibits such a miracle, or to let him live the rest of his days in a state of limbo. What is your decision?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Identity Crisis

Originally posted by DMinor:

I feel like OP is just going to make up rules, since in the first post he said:

Originally posted by simeng:

If you were granted the possibility of pan-dimensionally teleporting to an alternate universe, with the difference being that you were exceptionally wealthy, prosperous and esteemed, with all else being equal or indistinguishable, would you take the chance to do so? There will be no violent repercussions for you (i.e. no loopholes to devastate the unaware).

Which means that we go to an alternate dimension that is identical to the one we’re currently in, only we’re very wealthy, prosperous, and esteemed, and the act of doing so would have no side effects not mentioned in the OP, and then he says in a later post:

Originally posted by simeng:

You would be, in some liberal sense, abandoning the friends and family you had developed camaraderie with at your universe of origin. Although there are no objective losses in the act of transformation itself, you would feel psychologically traumatized, perhaps irreversibly. Would you sacrifice your subjective associations for material acquisitions (wealth, prosperity and esteem)?

You just said that there were no violent loopholes. Being permanently psychologically traumatized is certainly violent and not mentioned in any way in the OP. Plus you’re not abandoning your friends, because for all intents and purposes, the people in that universe are the same as in the one we’re in now. Everything else is equal or indistinguishable. I’d sure as hell notice if my friends and loved ones were different or separated from me.

So I’m going to say I’d do it, but OP can’t make up new rules or I’ll travel to his dimension and beat him with an amplituhedron.

My rules are not inconsistent or mutually exclusive – anything outside of the natural implications and effects of pan-dimensional teleportation under the specified conditions are considered void or inapplicable. However, anything that could be expected to occur, with probability or inevitability, would NOT be outside the realm of applicability, by definition. For example, if you made some decisions to purchase an item in this universe, you would expect the transaction to be carried out in a certain way, with certain consequences – a noteworthy case having you receive the aforementioned object. What would be considered unexpected and therefore precluded as a repercussion would be something along the lines of superfluity – of something being unnecessary, either to your detriment or benefit.

If you were to accept the proposition and teleport to the alternate reality or parallel universe that is in all instances indistinguishable to the one you were situated in prior to the transformation, a natural effect, abiding by the laws of human psychology and framework of causality, would be psychological trauma, which may or may not be potentially irreversible. That may seem like an ad hoc condition, as you argued for the restrictiveness of my description, but to each his own – some people will not experience the same symptoms as others, but even the very realization that something is changed (the integrity of your memory will not be compromised) will be evidenced in the future behavior of the decision-maker.

If I told you that you could be an entrepreneur in the prime of the universe you were born into with a nice starting capital and lucrative industry (not to belabor the details), you would be delighted, but the fact that you decided to teleport to the alternate reality might itself influence your demeanor in some way, form or shape.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Identity Crisis

Originally posted by CrowbarOfJustice:

i don’t see why not

You would be, in some liberal sense, abandoning the friends and family you had developed camaraderie with at your universe of origin. Although there are no objective losses in the act of transformation itself, you would feel psychologically traumatized, perhaps irreversibly. Would you sacrifice your subjective associations for material acquisitions (wealth, prosperity and esteem)?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Think of a number before clicking

If I can say I didn’t think of a number, that proves I must be intelligent enough to acknowledge my inability or unwillingness to ponder of a quantity

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Identity Crisis

If you were granted the possibility of pan-dimensionally teleporting to an alternate universe, with the difference being that you were exceptionally wealthy, prosperous and esteemed, with all else being equal or indistinguishable, would you take the chance to do so? There will be no violent repercussions for you (i.e. no loopholes to devastate the unaware).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Official Best of 2013 Quest Voting Thread!

Assuming I am eligible to vote and it is a fundamental necessity, in principle, for the electorate to vote for a democratic forum to function, I will cast my ballot in favor of:

Demons vs Fairyland

However, the competition is neck-to-neck and the decision was a challenge to make. In regards to the developers of all aforementioned games, consider yourselves appreciated.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Music: Fermatas and Philosophy

Originally posted by Jantonaitis:

Are you looking for feedback?

Originally posted by simeng:

If every note in a music construction were supplemented with a fermata (prolong the vibrational propagation of a note by the discretion of the conductor), would the accordingly integrated structure constitute bona fide or legitimate music?

If every note can be held arbitrarily (for any time), without rhyme or reason, does an underlying temporal framework exist for the manipulation of notes or pitches?

Yes, I am looking for your insights into my inquiry

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Corrupt-a-Wish

Granted, but you suffocate from the fabric enclosure

I wish for this wish to be corrupted, unless it isn’t, in which case I alter or modify the former condition.

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Continuous] 20 Questions [Not updated]

15. Does it undergo pupal transformation (metamorphosis)?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How to graph linear equations?

For all your future math needs, Khan is the man.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/linear-equations-and-inequalitie/graphing_solutions2/v/graphs-of-linear-equations

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Music: Fermatas and Philosophy

If every note in a music construction were supplemented with a fermata (prolong the vibrational propagation of a note by the discretion of the conductor), would the accordingly integrated structure constitute bona fide or legitimate music?

Music is nothing more than sound embedded or suspended in a rigorous temporal framework or mechanical system, where sounds or notes (in particular) are manipulable in terms of specifiable durations and cascading sequences. If every note can be held arbitrarily (for any time), without rhyme or reason, does an underlying temporal framework exist for the manipulation of notes or pitches?

The music would be nothing more than a series of sounds, aberrant and dismembered from a maternal temporal springboard through which it extracts and assimilates purpose or meaning, rather than being a discernible melody or harmony, consisting of recurrent themes and motions. Perhaps fermatas should only be used sparingly.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Can there be a Time Machine in the Future???

I’m not sure, but I assume or imagine a time machine which moves into the “past” from the “present” (our common time frame – absolute time is an illusion of perception) by moving faster than light is impossible, since it seems to violate and contradict the Second Law of Thermodynamics (the tendency of things to become more and more disorderly as a function of time or the tendency of entropy to increase or remain constant at equilibrium, relative to the passage of duration). To travel backwards in time, you would inescapably cause a certain reduction in the net entropy of a closed system (the universe), which is strictly prohibited or forbidden. So, time travel via superluminal manipulation is off the table, but there are alternative theoretical frameworks which one can explore for possibilities.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What's the last book you've read?

Richard Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces, which expounds on some of the fundamental underlying ideas, principles and tenets in the domain of physics, lecturing on Gravitational Potential Energy (the conservation of mass and energy) to quantum behavior in the double-slit experiment. Quite a fascinating read for the general public of lay enthusiasts; relatively simple material to get through explained in everyday language, without the obscurantism of jargon or nomenclature. Would recommend.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Self-Refutation of the Truthspeaker: a Dilemna

Originally posted by Aleazor:

What is truth?

What corresponds to objective reality, in the case of so-called “absolute truths” or what corresponds to the characters (however fictional) of the truthsayer’s mind, in the case of the “subjective truth”. I thought I made that clearly defined, but perhaps that is a construction in progress.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Self-Refutation of the Truthspeaker: a Dilemna

The truthsayer only says what he believes to be true, but he is not endowed with the right of infallibility. What is correct and what the truthsayer believes to be true may be mutually exclusive and do not, as a matter of definition, need to coincide. We shall describe what the truthsayer believes to be true the “subjective truth” and what exists independently of the truthsayer as “absolute truths”.

With that being said, assume the orator of the spiel is a truthsayer, who speaks what he believes to be the truth, but is not therefore necessarily a guarantor of absolute truths. The truthsayer speaks, “I have a tendency to misanalyze. However, perhaps that is a misanalysis, since there are no absolute truths and everything is relative.”

Does the truthsayer tend to misanalyze and what does he mean? Is relativism and the truthsayer self-refuting?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mind Processes = Brain Processes; Evil is Simply the Collective of Psychological Predespositions

If brain processes truly are manifest mental processes (i.e. emotion, psychology, sensory perceptions – consciousness- are all products of neuron-chemical reactions), then, by altering the brain, we can alter the human psych. Now, if we understand the mind to be physically volatile and therefore synthetically malleable by means of advanced technologies, then conscientious behavior can be considered modifiable on the basis of physiological reformation concerning the brain, in regards to the certain components.

To complete the argument, it must be stipulated that evil is really nothing more than, as endowed in the title, the collective of psychological predispositions and therefore that crime is no more than the end result, almost like a traceable residue, of the criminal mindset. Really, the essence of criminality is psychopathy – crime is human psychology gone haywire and out of control. After all, the mind determines the voluntary action associated or correspondent with wakefulness (there is no such thing as an involuntary crime – i.e. one that was done without the awareness of the conductor) and it can be rationalized that, as logically follows, psychological perturbation is the root of malfeasance.

Now, since it is understood that evil is nothing more than an inertial frame of psychological establishment and the mind is alterable, it is perfectly reasonable and conceivable that, by modifying the psychology of criminals, it is possible to systematically “phase” the crime out of criminals, so to speak, without any negative repercussions, as is often the unfortunate case with the punishment-reward paradigm.

If the alteration of brain becomes sophisticated enough, after an incremental period of development, to be able to alter the brain so that the psychology of the affected is desirable and controllable, then there should be no resistance as to the remapping of the neural experiental networks.

A common objection might be that to change the brain is to destroy a life and create a new one in its place, but, if the nature of the circumstance was such that the existence of the criminal psychology would compromise the lives of other people, that abnegation would be overruled and effectively negated in respect.

So, in inquire of the general population, what think thee of the ethics to this matter and its extensions?

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Corrupt-a-Wish

Granted. You are that pie. Will you eat yourself? Paradoxes notwithstanding, will you die an incredulously ironic death or will you be respawn in the prototypical semblance of the Phoenix?

I wish for the next poster in this thread to honestly answer the following question with an emphatic “NO”: are you lying?

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Live, Die, Die Live and Die.

Originally posted by ROFL_N00B:

I dug too deep and met a lava engulfed death at the core of mars.

The point of the game is not to poise an inevitable death, but merely to exemplify a precarious situation wherein you are on the potential throes of death, but not yet necessarily foredoomed or destined to die in any way.

Assuming that you meant you were going to fall into lava instead of having already been engulfed in the lethal substance, I bestow upon you the power of flight and you swiftly head back to level ground, safely away from the lava.

I start to memorize the infinite digits of the circumscribing whole of something divided by the length of something (hint: allusion to roundness) and my head starts to hurt. If I reach the millionth or so ordinal term in the numerical sequence, my head will have accrued so much information it is on the verge of collapsing into, you guessed it, a miniature blackhole.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Quote Discussion, Current quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

The expressions of your enemies are not memorable because they assent or agree to “holographic” expectations. What I mean is that you expect your enemy to rebuke and mock you in some way or another, with one word or a drawn-out diatribe.

The actions of your friend may be well-intended and beneficial, but the absence of their facilitation is always one of jarring irreconcilability with expectations.

After all, what kind of ally willfully pursues his foe only to not subdue the enemy, but flee from him? Your ally is expected to stand by you with fingers at the trigger, available to deliver you from harm with only the minor scratch. Silence is circumstantially incongruous with expected reality, although practice is not always of principle.

The nonconformity of practice to principle is what distinguishes the character of silence in friend in relation to lambaste by enemy.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Racists are all brainwashed weeaboos

Originally posted by Zoronii:
Originally posted by simeng:
Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:
Originally posted by Lightningcould:
Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:

I thought Mr. Crow started this thread at first.

I was actually expecting Mafefe to be the OP.

I think they’re the same person, but I’m used to him using his crow alts.

To set the record straight, no, i am not mafefe in disguise. seriously. if you were to peruse my post history, you would soon realize we are two very different characters.

No one actually said OP was Mafefe…

What about this

Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:
Originally posted by Lightningcould:
Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:

I thought Mr. Crow started this thread at first

I was actually expecting Mafefe to be the OP.

I think they’re the same person, but I’m used to him using his crow alts.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Racists are all brainwashed weeaboos

Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:
Originally posted by Lightningcould:
Originally posted by KiNGDOMHEARST:

I thought Mr. Crow started this thread at first.

I was actually expecting Mafefe to be the OP.

I think they’re the same person, but I’m used to him using his crow alts.

To set the record straight, no, i am not mafefe in disguise. seriously. if you were to peruse my post history, you would soon realize we are two very different characters.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Racists are all brainwashed weeaboos

Originally posted by Aldir:

Do you even know what a weeaboo is?

it’s like saying someone is gay; it is derogatory slang – a common colloquialism. the context is irrelevant as long as it is grammatically correct. i was trying to show that racists don’t deserve the glory of day.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Racists are all brainwashed weeaboos

Technically speaking, there are no genetic or biological differences in races, only individual differences between people. Therefore, the convention of race is a null-concept. Discuss how racists are all brainwashed weeaboos and what we should do about them

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Is there a new end of the world theory yet?

Originally posted by MadJedi:

Ronald Weinland predicted an apocalyptic event next May 19th. He failed to predict two apocalypses before though, so that might explain why almost no one is talking about it.

they were just tests to determine the faithful. those who failed will perish and those who abide will prevail in the afterlife

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Nature of Time - {Metaphysics and Physics} As Matter is to Space :: as Entropy is to Time

Originally posted by DarkBaron:

This topic, ladies and gentlemen, is the perfect example on how our scientific education fails to produce competent scientists.

I concede I was not very knowledgeable or aware of the facts. However, it was not owing to the failure of scientific education, as you mistakenly put it, since I am 14 and haven’t been taught to that degree. No, in school, we are still covering the basics of space and matter, not any of this entropy or quantum physics that has proven so absolutely and fundamentally essential to the subject of our debate. On the other hand, I would say that education has its faults, but it is intended to be more of a temporary pair of crutches than a state of permanence: once you are ready to take on the world as it truly is (i.e. as recovery is to crutches, as preparation is to learning, specifically education as it is currently being offered and dispensed across the board) and have mastered understanding of the core mechanics enabling you to assume a step further into the great beyond, you dispose of the obsolete facilitation and fulfill your destiny with new wings of brazen potential. Still, since the ends do justify the means (yeah, trite and overused), there needs to be some improvement, but that is moreso with the details than what the system actually does.

Originally posted by DarkBaron:
how does one account for the void within atoms? Mind Boggling.

Not really mind boggling. The Universe is a closed system. So the void between atoms, while unoccupied, may occasionally become occupied, since it’s part of the Universe, a closed system. It’s like how you feel a draft when your window is open in Winter. Clearly you have a stable thermal state of your room, but yet you feel a cold rush of energy leaving your room. How could this happen when we think of only your room? Ahah! The open window extends the system to allow a transferal of energy outside the room. Thus, within the void between atoms, we allow a possibility for an atom to occupy this void.

A real mind boggling idea is, if a vast majority of space in physical, concrete objects like humans and walls are empty space, then why can’t we walk through walls? It’s surprisingly not as complicated as you would think. Think of a ceiling fan, with three wings. When it’s off, you can put your hand inside the empty space. When it’s moving, its wings traject through a circle, seemingly occupying all the space at once, as you notice if you put your hand into it. But really, the objects occupy less than half of the circle configured by the fan! So when we say matter is mostly empty space, we’re saying if it were static (which it isn’t). Quantum mechanically, the atoms pretty much occupy all the space at once, via the wave particle duality of matter and other quantum physical phenomena.

If the atoms basically occupy all the space at once, then, of course, you cannot simply phase through solids as easily as you could liquids or even gasses, but how does “the wave particle duality of matter and other quantum physical phenomena” play into effect? I would be most delighted to be informed of this mystery and, having the light been shed on my brows, dispel the darkness from my innermost recesses altogether.