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General Discussion / Re: School Question - Chalk Board or White Board?
« Last post by arthwollipot on May 29, 2017, 10:31:20 PM »
I'm old enough that blackboards, overhead projectors, smelly purple spirit duplicators, 16mm film and 35mm slides were the preferred teaching tools.
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General Discussion / Re: School Question - Chalk Board or White Board?
« Last post by xenu on May 29, 2017, 10:01:43 PM »
Chalk only and I did my time on the eraser cleaner. There was always some knuckle head who banged them on the side of the building that lasted in perpetuity
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General Discussion / Re: School Question - Chalk Board or White Board?
« Last post by God Bomb on May 29, 2017, 09:31:35 PM »
depended on the teacher, some preferred blackboards, especially if they drew a lot of diagrams, easier to colour things in.
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General Discussion / School Question - Chalk Board or White Board?
« Last post by Desert Fox on May 29, 2017, 09:16:12 PM »
When you went to school, did your school use chalk boards, white boards, or a mixture of both?
If they switched over at some point, curious when?

For me, they always used chalk boards all the way through school and even at navy training.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Modern Flat-Earthism
« Last post by God Bomb on May 29, 2017, 08:59:18 PM »
It's really getting out of hand.

Seriosuly look at the youtube videos debunking flat earth.  The up and down votes are roughly equal.  Scary, really.  Luckily this doesn't seem to be a very dangerous dellusion, other the the fact that all delusions are dangerous because they feed into each other.

What I would encourage all flat earthers to do is get a pilots license.  Since they think all pilots are in on the conspiracy.   Group together  and buy a plane (use money from celebrity flat earthers).  Make a straight line flight plan using a flat earth map, point the plane at the horizon and just see if you end up in the right place. 
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It's sad that he couldn't get set it on a sounder long-term course, but the JREF always seemed to be a one-man vanity project that struggled to move beyond Randi.  It suffered from the lack of a clear mission and poor leadership.
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How long would a dead bacteria last before being unrecognisable as a formerly living thing?  Not very long I'm guessing.  If we found a dead one, then I concede there is life on Europa "almost to a certainty"
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How significant is this?  I feel like people are going to misinterpret this as "humans evolved first in Europe,"  and it really isn't saying that. 

I feel like it's kind of arbitrary.  We  have common ancestors from all over the globe and oceans from before continents even took their modern shape.  One of them may have been in europe.  ok.

And you could just keep rolling back the argument. Humans evolved first in British Columbia, as the common ancestor of vertebrates, Pikaia (I know it is a LONG SHOT, but this is a hyperbole), was from that region.

Exactly, which is why the original quote just rubs me up the wrong way.  "my theory which no one believed," well, what evidence was there before now?  Seems like he's pushing some kind of agenda to me.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by Redamare on May 29, 2017, 08:38:34 PM »
Agreed.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by werecow on May 29, 2017, 08:03:44 PM »
I'm okay with applying personal issues to my opinion of a celebrity, (or anyone else, for that matter), but my standard of evidence is high. The allegations against Depp don't meet it. Getting me to disapprove of someone is comparable to securing a criminal conviction.

I agree that the standard of evidence should be rather high. But even if that standard is met, I kind of try (but often fail) to separate my opinion of someone as a professional from my opinion of them as a person. Someone can be a horrible person but an amazing artist/actor/scientist/statesman/etc. In fact, I've read about that so much it almost seems more like the rule, rather than the exception.
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