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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Religion.jpg
« Last post by Friendly Angel on Today at 01:48:10 PM »


I know the one. It's one of the best religion jokes ever told.

Hitchens's joke about the guy at the Wailing Wall is the best.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Religion.jpg
« Last post by Halleyscomet on Today at 01:36:18 PM »
Rosary beads? Isn't that a Catholic thing? Or are Catholics not the right kind of Christian?
That's a SoBap sign, I think. Southern Baptists don't recognize each other as being a "true Christian", and the Pope is completely beyond the Veil.

Reminds me of the Emo Phillips joke. I'll see if I can find the audio.

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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Religion.jpg
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 01:30:11 PM »
Rosary beads? Isn't that a Catholic thing? Or are Catholics not the right kind of Christian?
That's a SoBap sign, I think. Southern Baptists don't recognize each other as being a "true Christian", and the Pope is completely beyond the Veil.

Reminds me of the Emo Phillips joke. I'll see if I can find the audio.

I know the one. It's one of the best religion jokes ever told.
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General Discussion / Re: Aziz Ansari allegations
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 01:28:56 PM »
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Tech Talk / Re: The Omnibus Sex Robots thread
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 01:27:15 PM »
I don't know what I expected when I started this thread, but the discussion has actually turned out to be even creepier than I ever would have anticipated.

Shhhh. Hush now.

* werecow blows in your ear.

Just learn to enjoy it.

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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Religion.jpg
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 01:21:21 PM »
Rosary beads? Isn't that a Catholic thing? Or are Catholics not the right kind of Christian?
That's a SoBap sign, I think. Southern Baptists don't recognize each other as being a "true Christian", and the Pope is completely beyond the Veil.

Reminds me of the Emo Phillips joke. I'll see if I can find the audio.
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Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: Type II Diabetes
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 01:17:53 PM »
I've had Type II since 1998. Never took any meds, my blood sugar never gets over 150. No ill effects. My doctors are puzzled.

Interesting. Have they tested HA1c? (That's a more reliable diagnosis than FBS)
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Games / Re: New Roll20 Game With Y'all - Old School GAMMA WORLD
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 01:16:26 PM »
At least we might be able to wrap up the present encounter.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Pope Frank: "Fake News!"
« Last post by Friendly Angel on Today at 01:12:59 PM »
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Pope Francis has triggered anger in Chile after accusing victims of a paedophile priest of slander.

Francis said there was "no proof" for their claims that abuse by Father Fernando Karadima had been covered up by another man, Bishop Juan Barros.

"There is not one single piece of proof against him (Bishop Barros). It is all slander. Is that clear?" the Pope said.

The Catholic Church suffered a body blow in Chile in 2010 when Father Karadima was publicly accused of molesting several teenaged boys in the capital, Santiago, starting in the 1980s.

in 2011 the Vatican found him guilty of abusing teenage boys and sentenced to a lifetime of "penance and prayer".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42745170
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Of course there are degrees of understanding, but some things are relatively easy for a layman to pick up while others are extremely difficult or nearly impossible. QM definitely falls into the latter category. I'm admittedly no genius, but I've spent countless hours reading, watching lectures, and thinking about this subject over the past couple decades. For all the attention I've devoted to the subject, I've found many of the concepts beyond difficult to grasp. It's no big deal to memorize all the particles in the Standard Model, along with their categories and properties, and other random tidbits of esoteria regarding entanglement, uncertainty, superposition, symmetry breaking, etc. But the actual mechanics of how the various particles interact across their respective fields is extremely complex and unintuitive. It involves a lot of abstractions that can only be described through high level math involving transformations of vector spaces containing parameters that have no meaningful analogue in our everyday experience on the macro scale.

Any time I hear somebody claim to understand QM, I'm immediately skeptical. If they say they understand it without any knowledge of the underlying math, I'm fairly certain they're full of shit.

I say that without intending any offense to anybody who thinks they have a grasp on this stuff, but I've heard professional physicists openly admit that even they don't have a clear grasp on it. 
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