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    Can someone calculate a fun probability for me?

    Wow that actually makes a lot of sense. I never would expect the odds of this to be more likely than that of winning the lotto alone. Anyone challenge this?
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    Can someone calculate a fun probability for me?

    Hello all, I have been involved in a discussion on another forum about the TV show Lost. For those who haven't seen it a character (Hurley) wins the lottery with numbers that are supposedly 'cursed' and ends up stranded on an island. It turns out that the island is actually all about these...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Feel free to alter it as you see fit Rade, I haven't copyrighted it. :biggrin: I would be honored for your students to actually hear it, I just made it up off the top of my head.
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Rade I think you are right, we had better come up with a definition before Bush defines science in a way that suits his agenda! Instead of writing the shortest definition or the most profound, I'll aim mine at those schoolkids. Science is the effort to explain how everything in the universe...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    It's like saying that business is the practice of selling goods for the application of making money. It doesn't imply that making money is separate from business but rather the purpose of it.
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    If making inferences and philosophical reflection are not different things then you should have no problem with his definition. What is the difference in saying "Science is nothing more than the continued observation and improvement of observing techniques of a given phenomenon for the...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    AKG I dont see any real difference between philosophical reflection and making inferences. You are each saying 'connect the dots' in your own way I think. I also don't see it worded either way in the dictionary definition. I would argue that your inferences are only as valid in as much as the...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Yes I've said before that I think your definition is fine. Rade may be questioning it. We only differed on what is meant by 'observation' in a scientific sense I think. Your definition only differs from the dictionary one that I posted substituting 'philosophical reflection' for 'theoretical...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    I do think that the basic concept of what science is is exactly like that of a hammer. A tool with specific characteristics and methodology of usage that can be described in detail depending on how narrow the definition. The definition that I found is: The observation, identification...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    I'm glad that you came around. :smile: Have you seen the series Science of the Bible on the National Geographic channel? I think it would interest you, check your local listings as they say.
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    There are many different areas of study which help the overall development of mankind such as art, poetry, theology and philosophy. Each can help us gain insight into the universe and ourselves in different ways. Each has it's own principles that define it. I do think that your approach has...
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    Why Are We Living In A Prison Of Light ?

    Let's say you see an object in the sky and note the time. Sometime later the same object appears at a different position and you note that time as well. Assuming that you know the distance between the two points and from yourself it's simple math to figure out how fast it had to travel to...
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    Why Are We Living In A Prison Of Light ?

    Not necessarily true. Velocity is distance/time so if you know an objects location at any 2 points and the time that it took to go between them then you may not be able to measure the object while it's moving but you can determine what it's speed was. By knowing the objects location (in...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Another God I think your original definition is fine and I don't disagree that philosophical reflection is what gives us the meaning behind what we observe. Reading is not observation however. If your Holy Book says that someone walked on water have you then scientifically documented that...
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    Knowing nothing about science.

    LoL perhaps you were thinking with your heart too much. :biggrin:
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    Knowing nothing about science.

    Biohazard I think you missed my point that although there may be higher realms of physics it only makes ours more fundamental. If we could see the 'true nature' of the goats on some higher cosmic level would it make our observation of them any less true? We may be limited by our senses and...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Rade I think the problem lies not in our definition of science but rather that of observation. Dictionary.com defines it as 'The act of noting and recording something, such as a phenomenon, with instruments' Sure you can gain wisdom from books but that is not the same as measurable...
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    Knowing nothing about science.

    Let's accept the premise of physics being different elsewhere and that our language to describe it would be inadequate. If the different parts of the universe have anything in commen there will be a way to express our simple knowledge in this higher form of physics persent there. Even with...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    You're right, there are words in the books. This means that you can also comment on the font size and print quality. Anything else is not direct observation. The 'holy book' only contains anything of scientific value if it's contents can be repeated and verified directly. This is the...
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    Knowing nothing about science.

    Numbers were discovered by man, not invented. Only the language that we use to describe them was invented. If you and I are standing in a field with a goat and someone happens along the way with a goat of his own then I observe that there are now 2 goats. How I describe their distance...
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    Knowing nothing about science.

    Hypnagogue if you accept your premise of interconnectivity it would be true that you can never know everything about something in particular, but it doesn't follow from that that you can never know anything for certain. You may not be able to predict how all things will interact but you can...
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    A Suggested Simple Definition Of Science

    Rade all that you can observe about the holy book by reading it every day are things like the texture of the paper and the weight of the book.
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    Is this too broad a statement?

    What I am having trouble wrapping my head around is that if the speed of expantion of the universe is not limited to the speed of light and my statement is true, then wouldn't space expand to everywhere that it possibly could instantaniously (with infinite speed)? If the universe is in fact...
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    Is this too broad a statement?

    Before the big bang there was nothing by definition since it created everything. Space had to expand into it. I found some interesting info about this on space.com: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/universe_overview_010605-2.html [Broken] The truth is that we dont know what is...
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    Is this too broad a statement?

    Since expanding space is not limited to the speed of light, there is no limit to how fast space itself can travel. This can be described as the relative speed between space and nothingness. Anyone think it's too broad a statement to say that infinity is the relationship between space and...
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    French scientists discover method to change the speed of light.

    Yes that makes sense but what is their theory behind speeding it up since you can't make the distance shorter? I can't imagine that that part of it has any practical application but the idea behind it would be of interest.
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    French scientists discover method to change the speed of light.

    I think you are missing a large point which is the usefulness of bing able to slow down light in a standard fiber cable. It's not like they claim to have built a time machine. This could be a huge step in providing a seamless communications network for the planet couldnt it? As far as...
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    French scientists discover method to change the speed of light.

    Wow sounds like this could have actual pratical applications. "Part" of the signal moving FTL? Anyone have some Kaku-like insight into this?
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    Parallel Worlds: A Question From Olbers' Paradox

    I think these concepts are very difficult to visualize because they don’t have practical analogies in our world. Lets say that you cut a swatch out of the middle of the stretchy material and lifted it to a certain height. How long will it take to travel from the swatch to the material having...
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    Parallel Worlds: A Question From Olbers' Paradox

    Yah it's difficult to wrap your head around space being created at all. I think if we look at the universe as a finite size like say, in a box. Can we say that the box can move? Move compared to what? By definition the universe contains everything. If the box could move it would move at...
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