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Greetings fellow humans

  1. Oct 3, 2016 #1
    Hi,

    I am a researcher in Artificial Intelligence and I have recently become interested in physics because I think I have found some interesting similarities about which I want to know more.

    I am one of those obnoxious amateurs who think they can find the world formula based on a single crackpot idea, and then end up saying things that are obviously wrong to anyone with academic training. I hope that I will have learned something by the time my ideas have inevitably gone down in flames, and if we are really lucky, I will find that there was a smidgeon of truth in my ideas after all, which might be useful to someone with a better understanding of physics than me.
     
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  3. Oct 3, 2016 #2

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Before you post any crackpot ideas, best read the forum rules, which are actually taken seriously here.

    As for your "Greetings fellow humans ", I take it you have not yet experienced @Drakkith
     
  4. Oct 3, 2016 #3
    Great, I only saw the rules after posting. What forum should I post this sort of thing to?

    Also, no, I have no idea who Drakkith is. Why?
     
  5. Oct 3, 2016 #4

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    If by "this sort of thing" you mean ideas not based entirely on mainstream science then nowhere on this forum. There are other "science" forums, I have heard, that allow such things. This is a great forum, if you are interested in actual science.

    I should have put a smiley icon after that statement. I'm just ribbing one of the moderators here. Sorry you got caught in the middle. :smile:
     
  6. Oct 3, 2016 #5
    You don't find it ironic that coming up with new ways of interpreting data and seeking earnest feedback for that doesn't count as "actual science"? I only call my own theories crackpot because people are more open minded if they realise that I am already aware they are not likely to revolutionise anything, and that is conducive to a more honest discussion.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2016 #6

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    As long as you are dealing with established science you'll be fine.

    Perhaps you haven't read all about the forum yet. This forum is specifically NOT about creating new science it is about helping people understand existing science. "New ways of interpreting data", as a generic phrase, is a gray area. As long as you are not trying to disprove established science,, you should be fine.

    EDIT: just to add, the term "crackpot" is not used lightly on this forum because we get them fairly often and it's not amusing for the moderators to have to deal with them.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2016 #7
    Ah, I'm sorry, I didn't see that. I basically just googled what the best science forum is, and this one came up. Do you have any recommendations where I can post my ideas if case it turns out that they are not a good fit for this forum? I have already posted them: https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/a-graph-based-model-of-physics-without-dimensions.887694/ [Broken]
     
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  9. Oct 3, 2016 #8

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    No, sorry, I don't. I'm only interested in actual science and as your research showed you, this is the best science forum in existence. Although I have not done a comparative study, I would be quite surprised if it is not the best science forum in existence by quite a large margin. One of the reasons for this is that an absolute minimum of time is spent on junk science and non-science and clearly crackpot ideas are deleted almost immediately and obvious crackpots are banned.

    Well, we'll see what, if anything, happens to that thread in terms of moderator intervention. A quick scan of it suggests to me that it is likely to be closed, if not deleted. It makes no sense to me, but that could be just me.

    EDIT: after a closer reading of your other post, I'd say it is the kind of thing that I normally report to the mods but I will refrain from doing so in this case and we'll se what happens. Threads don't get closed or deleted just because I report them, although they do much more often than not simply because I have decent (but by no means infallible) feel for what's appropriate or not.
     
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