Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on New Book Week!
    You could decorate the underside of the Bridge with scopes of various types and get binocular or multiocular views of the black hole at all sorts of angles. Of course, the first thing I'd check for, were I building the...
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    Sure, and that black hole is actually Azathoth. Doesn't this count as Crossing the Streams?"...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Lamarck is the biologist who first promulgated "inheritance of derived characteristics," and Lamarckian evolution seems to be an adequate description of what prokaryotes do, although I don't know how aware Lamarck was of bacteria. This is a case of something...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    If you want an example of a well-known female Buddhist, google Pema Chodron or Huff some Post. It is true that various sects of Buddhism (noticeably in the Vajrayana group) tend to be all-male, Buddha (like Jesus) taught women as...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'Which suggests that the first volunteer for uploading might be a devout Buddhist...' -- Okay - agree that a devout Buddhist could be a good initial test subject because they're already doing most of this consciously. But - there's...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    That could be it. I was thinking more of what I now know as a pallet jack. The scale isn't quite clear, I guess, but my impression was the class of object being moved on a "low leader" tends to...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Just a bit of terminology from the book, which I enjoyed: --What the heck is a low-leader? I think I know the device you're describing, but when you google the phrase, you get an amusing conglomeration of complex fishing lures...
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    Actually, running the universe with a constant C induces all sorts of other headaches, like people wondering about string theory. An inconstant C would have made the simulation that much easier to run, I think....
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    Supposedly, the observable universe contains 10^78 to 10^82 atoms. That's why 10^11,565,705,518,103 is a rather big number. It's 10^11,565,705,518,021 (that's 10 to more than the eleven quadrillion) times bigger than the number of atoms in the observable universe. So what...
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    The other thing I forgot to add is that if we assume that the simulation we're in takes shortcuts in order to cut down the computational load (see the factorial interaction issue above), then you also have to come up...
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    It's probably simpler to do it analog. The problem is that interaction terms mathematically too-often have factorial terms, and that's hard on the simulator. For example, (10^12)! = 1.40366116037375609072013386771345056395992457... × 10^11565705518103. This may sound like a silly example, but there...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Now add in touch, smell, taste, mass, the ability to simulate chemical interactions and a million (probably not enough) kinds of materials, such as wood, cloth, metal, etc., simulate an ecosystem that really works (paging Frank,) plus hosting multiple entire...
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    I don't think you're trying to BS me, I think you've BSed yourself and don't realize it. The appeals to authority, rephrasing what I say into your own jargon, and failure to try to explain your field in terms an...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    There's a couple of issues with "paleolithic." One critical factor is the presence of clothes a sewing needles, because it turns out these two pieces of tech are absolutely required for humans to survive Beringia during an ice age. No...
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    I think what he's getting at is that you've got a dimensional paradox with your interpretation of many worlds. Yes, I know you're the PhD physicist while I'm a mere PhD botanist, but I came from a field that had...
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    Even Wikipedia has a section on it. Or you can go to the EPA and many other sources....
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    I think Mr. Robinson has abandoned Mars colonization. It's not about water, it's about the perchlorates in the soil. We don't have good technology on this planet for getting them out of our soil and water. So anyway, if you...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Take it seriously? Why? The people who wrote it identify themselves in the category "hacker/mad scientist." Incidentally, that's where I ended up too. Pigeon's response is correct also....
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    Hmmm, that looks like Copenhagen interpretation without that scary ol' observer. There are many worldlines, but they don't take up any more spacetime than a superposition that's collapsed by interaction with something....
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    Every time a world bifurcates, mass and energy double somehow, as there are now (in some higher dimension) two complete copies of that phenomenon. What you're saying is that signals from this propagate at the speed of light, and the...
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    Or, if you want to get to the level of something like the skip drive in Scalzi's Old Man's War, then you could posit something like "quantum skid" in a many-worlds universe (note that I swiped this latter idea from...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'd point out that, even though slavery is technically illegal, there are many forms of unfree labor. In some cases (as with ISIS captives and purportedly with African migrants in Libya), it's effectively slavery. Then there's all the gritty parts...
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    Yes, I realize it's more than a bifurcation, but that's a simpler case. If world splittings are local, this has some interesting things to say about the first law of thermodynamics (e.g. that conservation of mass and energy only happen...
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    Speaking of many worlds, I've got a question about how that works in a light cone fashion. Presumably some quantum interaction happens, a timeline bifurcates, then what? The universe splits? Or does the bifurcation into two universes propagate outward at...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    General question for the, erm, digerati: Have we passed the inflection point on Moore's Law? I'm not talking about quantum computers, because until I see that QuantumWord beats MS Word as a text processor and QuantumYouTube is a better addiction...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Check out #195 above and then seriously reply about whether you think slavery is the only option. One of the stupidest things people do is to assume that aliens are necessarily enemies, and that the only solutions are submission or...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Normally I don't like this kind of post (which I'm sure shocks you), but the notion of lichens doing game theory is worth a grin. When it's unclear what qualifies as the entities playing and what qualifies as the game,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I think you're onto something here. Someone who has invested untold resources of effort, time, and belief into a theory that human thinking can be mapped onto pure number crunching is going to have trouble coping with ideas that are...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I happen to degree, but the real problem is that most people seem to think uploading means "you" "wake up" "inside a computer" (sometimes after "you" die, which is also a process, not an event). Unfortunately for all of us,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Amen. I did a bunch of my PhD research at Ft. McCoy. I may disagree with the military about a bunch of things (like Army accounting practices), but they do a really good job at conservation....
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