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    The seat of free will

    That is precisely why one might make the attempt to use mathematics and physics to prove free will (or rather, to disprove free will -- it seems to me probably significantly harder to prove such a thing if it is true than to disprove it if it's false -- but that's just my impression). Whatever...
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    Brain Teasers Q&A Game

    I can quickly up their odds to 12.5% Let's call Art History guy A, Biochemistry guy B, Law guy L, and Math guy M. They decide to label the desk closest to the door as 1 and the furthest is 4. Alternatively, if row is aligned such that no desk is closest the door, then you choose the rightmost...
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    China and United States

    I would suggest that while it is not directly proportional, there is certainly a relationship with population which, all other relevant factors being equal (such as perhaps culture, the average living space per person in their region, politics...), would make a place like China more likely to...
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    Time: An illusion?

    What makes you think this? A dimension (like time, the familiar space dimensions, and other postulated dimensions) is simply a measure of the space between things. A meter or so separates me from my door. Five minutes or so separates me from the sending of this post to Physics Forums. I...
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    Describe the universe in 15 words

    That which is. (Oooh, sounds a bit biblical)
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    [Poll] To end all disease

    I would not allow a single disease to exist, who am I to make such a decision controlling the lives of others, thinking that this would be the solution of my problem, it's too selfish for my liking! You know, if we lived in a society where already a child was sacrificed once a year every year...
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    Is science slowing to a standstill ?

    The whole "failure" of cars to fly has always confused me. What do you think a helicopter is? Granted, not everybody can afford a helicopter, and it seems that's the way things shall remain for some time. But the insistance that a "flying car" must be a rectangle boggles my mind.
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    The Hardest Logic/puzzle Question Of All Time!

    Although for the sake of the question I assume you're right, Bartholemew, I don't think your perfect randomness holds in this situation since we have three omniscient beings involved here, which, although completely impossible, contradict the conception of randomness in a big way. My example...
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    The Hardest Logic/puzzle Question Of All Time!

    What if the random determination is made before the question is asked? As in: Chaos God's thoughts: "Okay, next time I answer false." Brave Adventurer: "Okay, I'd like a Pizza, hold the anchovies." Chaos God: "FALSE!!!" Chaos God's thoughts: "Okay, next time, I say true."...
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    Easy problem

    2 + 5 = 3 + 4 There are infinitely many ways of doing it, providing you don't limit the number of symbols used. I believe this, and rearrangements of this, is the simplest. 2 + 3 + 4 = 5 + 4 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 = 4 + 5 2 + 5 = 3 + 4 = 2 + 2 + 3 ... ad infinitum