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    Can someone explain this math JOKE ?

    Well, I guess its a scientist's joke. The idea is that if something appears that wasn't there before, a physicist is used to calling this a measurement error, a biologist is used to observing unexpected reproduction and a mathematician doesn't care about the real world, just about the pure math...
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    Favourite Quotes

    - Ovid My translation: That which we were or we are is not what we will be tomorrow.
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    Has anyone played a flight simulator that has also studied physics?

    So true, the only proof I need is to know how bad I am at billiards, even though the math behind the perfect shots is trivial.
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    Time Doubt

    Its sort of for the same reason that when you go on a vacation you stay for seven days but only for six nights. You are counting by the end point, but as Dodo said the more important thing to count is the duration of the whole second.
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    Philosophical Nothingness Argument - Jim Holt

    I recently received Why Does the World Exist by Jim Holt. I haven't gotten around to reading anything but the first chapter, but the book opens with a rather interesting paragraph: The book then starts on a completely different note, and from my skimming it doesn't seem to treat this...
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    Memorising formulas or deriving them?

    I'm very young, at least for this forum, and I already know that feeling. Today in my Multivariable Calc class the professor asked us a question about a function. We all looked at it quietly for about 30 seconds until one person answered it in about 3 words. Did the answer make complete sense...
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    :smile: I didn't worry, but thank you.
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    ....good advice? Anyway, for now we're still together. I'm not so faithful about how long that'll last, but for now everything is good. Thanks all.
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    I'm going to tell her that I won't stop being friends with these people in question. And that if she can learn to get over her jealously then we can stay together. But if she can't, then I won't be in a relationship where one of us is consistently sad.
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    Thanks everyone. I think I've just made up my mind, thank god there is a relationship forum on the internet that isn't filled with teenage girls (no offense, teenage girls).
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    If only things were that simple :smile: I know that is probably the best choice of action, it's just such a hard thing to do, especially when I still have feelings for her. Thanks everyone :)
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    My girlfriend or my friends?

    I feel really ridiculous asking for help online like this, but I don't have anyone to ask whose position is impartial, and so I'm turning to you guys. I've been in a solid relationship for a little bit over a year now; I love my girlfriend, and she loves me. But over the last several months...
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    Furor over Native American Fashion Costume

    My original question was asking why it is that this is seen as offensive. It's evolved (in my opinion) to a discussion about when it the sensitivities of specific cultures should affect the behavior of members of different cultures.
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    [Rant] I am so tired of lab reports

    All I remember is having to re-write an uncertainty analysis for a paper 4 times because the teacher didn't think I was write as per the 'accepted format', even though what I was saying was perfectly clear. OP, I totally agree with you on this. (I don't disagree, however, with the fact that...
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    Furor over Native American Fashion Costume

    Of course, but I think this isn't a case of that. It's an issue of who you are focusing your attention towards. For instance, as someone who's family went through the holocaust and didn't all make it through, I'm very aware of being extremely sensitive with regards to talking about that...
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    Furor over Native American Fashion Costume

    But yet I've seen 'sexy' nun costumes on numerous occasions, with no negative response. What would you say the difference there is? Or would you say a negative reaction in the nun case would be equally justified?
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    Furor over Native American Fashion Costume

    Not by women apparently, regardless of whether or not that is sexist. I'm glad I'm not alone here though.
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    Furor over Native American Fashion Costume

    I have become aware of a scandal that has developed in the last couple days regarding a particular costume in the Victoria's Secret fashion show (which happened this week I think), and I was hoping some people could help me understand parts of it. I'll link to pictures of the costume in question...
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    Favourite Quotes

    Time flies like an arrow; fruit files like a banana.
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    Newton and Calculus

    I meant more when Newton, Leibniz and others were figuring it out, not us learning it today - for that I'd agree with you.
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    Newton and Calculus

    I would say it's straightforward looking back, I doubt it was the same back then.
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    Last Year a Snowstorm, This Year a Hurricane? Really?

    I'm far enough inland that I'm not worried about any direct wind damage, and the only tree within striking distance of my house fell on it last year, so I think I'm just going to have to wait out the rain and inevitable power outage.
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    Newton and Calculus

    The equations 'being taught at universities aren't random', they are the result of some of the smartest people in the would looking at decades of experiments and, on the shoulders of hundreds of years of mathematical progress, deducing the equations to describe the real world.
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    News USA Final 2012 Presidential Debate (#3) Observations

    I completely agree. In fact I think several of his 'sayings' have lost their bite, though I'd say the same to Obama.
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    News Gun Policy Debate

    You are absolutely right, which is why eliminating the underlying causes of criminality is just as important.
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    News Gun Policy Debate

    The massacre at Virginia Tech was committed with two weapons that were bought legally. http://www.governor.virginia.gov/TempContent/techPanelReport-docs/10%20CHAPTER%20VI%20GUN%20PURCHASE%20AND%20CAMPUS%20GUN%20POLICIES.pdf The shooting in Aurora earlier this year was done with all weapons...
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    News Gun Policy Debate

    No. Alcohol has been banned from cars, public areas (like parks) and streets (at least where I am) because of the danger it causes. Alcohol is legal in certain places (bars, homes) because it is managed there. Alcohol has many purposes, but all of them involve taking advantage of it's...
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    News Gun Policy Debate

    To me the Second Amendment question is a question about how far do individual's freedoms get to extend. I think everyone will agree that making guns considerably harder to get (as in England) will absolutely reduce crime and homicides. Whether this would lower those rates by a percent large...
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    Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

    I absolutely agree. I read Atlas Shrugged, and even though I agreed with some of the points she was making (such as why Communism doesn't work), I found her overarching theory flawed.
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    News Gun Policy Debate

    In an earlier post I said automatic weapon, which should have been assault weapon, which isn't really a good word. I apologize for that. I've live fired Bolt Action rifles, pistols and an AK-47 (though it was a Chinese copy of one). I can say that first of all, I think I'd want the AK in a...
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