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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Fear of Death
« on: July 25, 2011, 06:36:24 PM »
Lately I have been contemplating death a lot, not in a morbid way, but I recently watched a lot of american movies which are filled with it. Honestly I am terrified of dying and want to live forever, which I now know manifested as my religion when I was younger. I was wondering as a skeptic are you afraid of death and how do you deal with said fear if it exists?

General Discussion / So what was the goal of this whole discourse?
« on: July 13, 2011, 05:27:53 AM »
Yesterday I went to the store by myself for the first time in a while. Usually I am with friends who are females or my fianceé so I don't really pay attention to how I normally act, but I found myself actively avoiding women, because I did not want to seem creepy. This of course meant that I was treating them differently based just on their naughty bits. I don't think this can really be the goal, so I wonder what am I as the general male who tries to treat women as equally as men and does not condone sexism when he sees it supposed to feel or do as a result of this discourse?

ETA Refined the question.

Skepticism / Science Talk / Serious question about Gastric Banding
« on: March 22, 2011, 12:27:43 AM »
So my fiancée seems determined to lose weight through surgery. Long story short her medical practitioner thinks it might be a good idea since she exercises like crazy (3-4 hours daily) and eats better than everyone I know. She is looking at gastric banding and honestly any surgery for weight loss scares the crap out of me. Since I have no idea where to even begin looking I was hoping the people on this forum could point me to some starting points for studies done on gastric banding. I know the standard response of you are not a medical doctor and such, but this is for my own research and sanity.   

Religion / Philosophy Talk / Math without the universe?
« on: February 04, 2011, 03:38:10 PM »
So I was perusing old topics and found the idea of math without the universe, basically if the universe did not exist would math still be true.

Did calculus exist before Isaac Newton?

I think the answer is no.  Math is a way to describe the universe, not the other way around.  I have to join the camp of people who say no universe means no more math.

To this thought I would counter the math necessary to describe the positron  actually predicted its existence.

So what does everyone else think?

General Discussion / Derivatives and continuity.
« on: December 08, 2010, 05:27:04 PM »
If anyone has an answer it would be most appreciated. If f(x) is continuous and differentiable on (a,b) does this imply that f'(x) on (a,b) is continuous?

General Discussion / Historical Acting+Science+Money=Awesome
« on: October 15, 2010, 06:54:53 PM »
In case anyone doesn't know I am an undergraduate math major right now.

On to the awesome part. It seems my university is hosting an event where people basically reenact the Galileo trials. About 2 weeks ago I was chosen to be a coach for this event to help the college professors and students who were participating in the event understand the math and science they were reenacting.

It turns out they had too many coaches and they asked me if I wanted to participate in the event as a member of the catholic clergy defending Geo-centrism.  I am still getting paid for it as well so this is like suped duper awesome.

So forum, I am at that point in my undergrad where I need to figure out something to research. There is an undergraduate symposium I should present something at next march, but I have little to no idea what to do.

Right now I am thinking of doing a paper on traffic flow and signal optimization for fuel economy. However I think that may already be solved, but I can't really find literature on it so I don't know.

Overall I am open to any suggestions, hence posting on here. So does anyone have any ideas? My main thing is I want to stay out of economics, other than that I don't really care. 

Thanks in advance for the help.

I can not begin to explain how angry I was when I found out about this. My French 121 (first semester) class I received a B+, not because that is what I earned, but because I was tardy 4 times during the semester. My actual grade in the class was an A- at 91.3% and I worked ridiculously hard obtain that, but my professor marks .5% off ones entire grade when they are tardy.

 The only reason I was late was because I had another class right before hers and my professor ran the lecture long. I was never more than 5 minutes late and let her know each time why I was late. Also at the very beginning of the semester I explained my situation so I thought I had covered my ass.

Since I found out why my grade was reported as a B+ I have spoken with her, but she stonewalls with that it was in the syllabus and she has to grade "fairly" to everyone.  My university has a policy on attendance which I will put below, but the interesting part is that it explicitly says that "physical attendance shall not be the sole criterion for determining the student’s course grade."

It also seems important to note that she already has the class set up to force you to come to class. The students are graded on participation and have daily homework so it seems to me at this point my physical attendance is being the sole criterion for determining my grade.

Regular class attendance and active participation in classes are important elements in the learning process. Students are at the University primarily for the sake of their intellectual growth and development. Attendance and participation provide appropriate opportunities for the evaluation of the student’s progress.

Each student is personally responsible for the satisfactory completion of the course work prescribed by his/her instructors. This means specifically that he/she is expected to attend classes regularly, and that he/she is responsible for the work assigned in class, the material covered in class and for participation in class activities (including discussion and listening) designed by the instructor as part of the learning experience. However, physical attendance shall not be the sole criterion for determining the student’s course grade.

Forum Administration and Rules / Rule clarification.
« on: March 27, 2010, 12:51:30 PM »
Is there any way we could implement a rule against post whoring? By this I mean the triple, quadruple or even quintuple posts I see in non mafia/whore threads. It is ridiculously annoying to see these. All it does make the conversation harder to follow, because the relevant posts are now pages apart.

Skepticism / Science Talk / Scientists slam 'Missing Link' theory.
« on: March 06, 2010, 10:47:48 AM »
Story from aol

I only read it because it pops up when I sign online, but could they at least read an article before they make a title like that on the homepage?

Skepticism / Science Talk / Faulty woo argument.
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:45:55 AM »
So this has been bugging me for a while, and I can not seem to figure out a clear objective difference. It is entirely possible the the rouges may be using a faulty argument.

By no strech of the imagination am I believer of the paranormal, or ufos. But the rogues counter seems to always be, show me the one piece of damning evidence IE a good picture of a UFO. They also often state that there isn't, but there are a lot of "weaker" evidences. However how is this any different than the evidence for evolution? There is no one study or one piece of evidence for evolution, yet that is well established theory/fact.

General Discussion / Kindle Beta for PC
« on: January 29, 2010, 09:06:56 AM »
It seems that amazon has finally released the beta of their kindle app. I honestly did not know it was in development until I got an email this morning.

It seems to me to solve all the major problems I had with the kindle. What do you  all think about it?

General Discussion / Skeptical Dating.
« on: November 22, 2009, 10:47:01 AM »
Ok so this is not going to be a thread of "I like this girl, tell me how to woo her", but I was wondering, where do people go to even meet skeptical girls. The bar scene I am sure as most of you know particularly on college campuses is not the place to pick up girls by talking about Calculus. So where the heck do all the smart skeptical girls hide?

Other Media / Evolution 101 Podcast
« on: November 09, 2009, 04:40:00 PM »
I was listening to the old episodes and found that the cast recommended the evolution 101 podcast. However it seems that the cast stopped quite a while ago. I haven't listened to all the episodes, but I was wondering if anyone knew what happened to it. Did it become a new podcast or did it just die?

An excerpt  of a "conversation" I had with a friends wife.

JH:Women are ALWAYS right
Me:Except when they are wrong
JH:Wrong...we are never wrong...only misunderstood!
Me:What about when two women disagree on something and only one of them can be right?
JH:No, they're both right...just one is louder!
Me:So louder = more right?
JH:Most times...see...I told you theatre voices are important!

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