« Last post by Pecos_Bill on Today at 00:56:00 »
Behold, the dreamer cometh.
It is NOT the case that everywhere else is similar to class-ridden British life. America is - and always has been - a refuge for people who couldn't stomach the sort of society that generates (and celebrates) insufferable British boors like Jeremy Clarkson.
In America, many unfair things have taken place. HOWEVER, Until recently -- as some gullible people have come to admire Britain for things like Princess Diana or the Beatles - we don't applaud or embrace them (as you seem to) as the proper and natural way of conducting affairs.
This thread has been quite illuminating to me.
I have always been struck by the paradox that Thomas More - the enlightened English author of "Utopia" - had repeatedly condemned people to hideous torture for things like wanting to read the Bible in English.
I am grateful, therefore, to have witnessed these examples of contemporary English reasoning. It throws much light on the Thomas More paradox.
. Here the left hand side is zero and the right hand side has an infinite radial value.
No,the RHS = 0.
« Last post by alancalverd on Today at 00:23:34 »
Still pretty much the case, as everywhere else, but now we know that there is a genetic as well as an environmental component. It's embarrassing for the government because you can't tax genes (not that the wealthy pay inheritance taxes anyway: they are a sop to the Left and a worry to the middle classes).
And in Britain we don't hide behind a pretence of democracy or meritocracy: instead of rigged presidential "elections" where one candidate's brother counts the votes, we just have a hereditary monarch and an unelected president in Downing Street.
« Last post by jeffreyw on 30/08/2015 22:52:59 »
In this video I explain that the major assumptions are ignored in the classification of "planet formation" models.
« Last post by Pecos_Bill on 30/08/2015 22:26:49 »
Informed skepticism is the essence of the scientific method.
Whenever I encounter someone trying to sell a concept as a sure thing, I remember the second Durand vs. Leonard match. Durand had beaten Leonard so badly that all my friends urged me to bet big on Durand to "make a fortune". I, however, remembered the wise teaching of my Uncle Bodie that, "Nobody ever made a dime on a sure thing yet."
When Durand took two punches in the 1st round, then raised his hands and cried, "¡ No mas ! ¡No mas !", I knew that Uncle Bodie had saved me from ruin once again.
How very, very British to hear these people assuring me of the absolute truth of this "smug white man's bedtime story" as if it had been handed down by the archangel Gabriel - not some "genetic psychologist"
To paraphrase Rutherford there is real science and then there is genetic psychology and stamp collecting.
When I was growing up I heard Fred Hoyle assuring the world that the universe was steady-state with typical British fervor. Just like the fervor of you people - but you have far less hard evidence. Is that not so?
Once upon a time in Britain, who one's parents were greatly determined your school scores and, thus, your station in life.
Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology / Re: Does Expanding of space affecting the distance between the universes« Last post by Mordeth on 30/08/2015 21:55:55 »
This links to Mordeth’s quote:
Before I respond, I want to be want to be clear that I am not arguing in favor of eternal inflation. There is no empirical evidence of its validity. That said, Bill, the theory itself presumes that there is a background multiverse that creates bubble universes, like ours. It is this multiverse that presumably is eternally inflating. Further, it is posited that the space between each bubble is expanding as part of the overall eternal inflation. So yes, in the context of the theory, the space (multiverse) between bubbles expands. This "space" is an eternally inflating false vacuum. Your statement is simply irrelevant in this context, as "it is not known" if the theory is accurate at all in describing our universe. But again, in the context of the theory there is space between each bubble and it is expanding.
« Last post by alancalverd on 30/08/2015 21:52:22 »
PS the answer to my question in reply #50 is "probably 3692, so knowing people's predilection for round numbers, assume 3500 - 4000 until we capture another one". Military intelligence is not a selfcontradiction, it is the life-or-death application of good statistics.
« Last post by alancalverd on 30/08/2015 21:47:36 »
Why does the finding that identical twins are more alike than fraternal twins appeal specifically to smug white British gentlemen? I would have thought it to be a common assumption among all people and fairly widely tested, at least anecdotally, by educators around the world. And given the anomalous incidence of twins in Nigeria, I would have thought the phenomenon would have been observed more often there than here.
Plomin, Piaget, et numerous al, had I thought pretty well put the subject to bed for ever during the last 100 years, so the finding isn't particularly surprising, but the study is remarkable in using public examination results to achieve more statistical power, with fewer ethical or procedural pitfalls, than any antecedent "laboratory" tests were able to do.
If there is any matter of consequence from this study, http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20051117/iq-scores-different-for-twins suggests a downside:the IQ of twins (at least in Aberdeen) was significantly lower than that of singleton births in the same family.
« Last post by Pecos_Bill on 30/08/2015 21:44:32 »
Caveat Lector: Never discuss an issue of science which concerns something that has wide coverage in the Daily Mail with a certain type of Englishman.
Here is a story on today's Daily Mail online front page, "A flooded office, plummeting temperatures and documents mysteriously moving: Terrified workers fear that ghost of an old lady is haunting them after 'face' appears at the window".
What should you do if you accidentally encounter a Daily Mail reader in conversation? In the old days people once used a topical mixture of sulfur and petroleum jelly for relief. Nowadays one might use a Lindane shampoo. One can also get good prevention by using outer clothing impregnated with Pyrethins.
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