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Would You Rather... Science Edition

  1. Mar 12, 2014 #1
    Answer one and then ask your own, be creative! :)

    Would you rather...

    Have lunch with Issac Newton

    or

    Albert Einstein
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2014 #2

    DennisN

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    Hmm, that's a toughie. Einstein had a pretty strong German accent, so I would probably have to struggle to understand what he said. Newton seems to have been a pretty odd fellow, and I'm not sure I'd appreciate him. I'd go for Einstein. Then I could bombard him with endless questions about his cosmological constant just to annoy him, like "very interesting, this number of yours, but where does it come from?" :biggrin:. If I met Newton I'd annoy him and say "very nice, this gravitation equation of yours, but why does it work?"

    My next question is: Would you rather be a sparrow than a snail?


    No seriously, my next question is:

    Would you rather...

    Be the first to discover a new force of nature

    or

    Be the first to discover extraterrestrial life?
     
  4. Mar 13, 2014 #3
    'I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses; for whatever is not deduced from the phenomena is to be called a hypothesis, and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, whether of occult qualities or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. '
    -Sir Newt
     
  5. Mar 13, 2014 #4
    Discover ET...(gravitation's giving the physicists enough problems as it is...and its ooold.)
    OT: I saw an UFO yesterday.
    (I shut my eyes as it flew overhead making plane noises.)

    Would you rather

    be spaghettified

    or

    be annihilated?
     
  6. Mar 13, 2014 #5

    DennisN

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    I know :smile:. But I'd still do it to tease him o:). (I leave the spaghetti and annihilation question to someone else to have a go at).
     
  7. Mar 13, 2014 #6
    I'm going to guess you mean, either fall into a black hole or have an antimatter interaction. I'd go with the antimatter. The black hole stuff just flat out scares me.

    Would you rather

    have a world with 50% more friction

    or

    have a world with 50% less friction
     
  8. Mar 14, 2014 #7

    PhysicoRaj

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    Less. I'd like to save up on my 2HP motors. They're only 10% efficient:frown:

    Mine: Would you rather

    prefer to get a DC shock

    or

    prefer to get an AC shock?

    [Crazy question!]

    [Edit: If you'd like to know about the voltage, then assume the DC is the rms of AC, both not fatal.
    Don't worry about the dangers.. just it's what you like.]
     
  9. Mar 14, 2014 #8
    Since it's only a shock, which presumably doesn't last long, I'll take my chances with AC. Direct current is nastier. Not able to overlook whether it's dangerous or not :)

    Would you rather for 30 seconds:

    look at the sun directly

    or

    look at arc welding directly from 10m away?

    Directly means no shades or glasses, just your own pretty two eyes :)
     
  10. Mar 14, 2014 #9
    [STRIKE]
    I have done ~220V AC about 6 times (in the same day, intentionally for fun; only the first was accidental) I will go with that.

    Would you rather ride

    the TARDIS

    or

    the Enterprise?[/STRIKE]

    <cross-posted; reply to lendav-rott's post; ignore this one>
     
  11. Mar 14, 2014 #10

    PhysicoRaj

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    The sun! (I'll do it when it comes to the horizon.)

    Would you rather
    Go to mars
    or
    the Moon?
     
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  12. Mar 14, 2014 #11
    Mars' moon to conquer my fear.
    :smile:
    (loophole: The earth's moon is the Moon with a capital M)
    Would you rather ride

    the TARDIS

    or

    the Enterprise?
     
  13. Mar 14, 2014 #12

    PhysicoRaj

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    Can't make a good choice. let me see if anybody wants to.. 'growl'..I'm hungry:redface: I'm off :tongue2:

    Thanks.. 'Growl' ouch.. I'm off.
     
  14. Mar 14, 2014 #13
    The TARDIS(assuming it is a kind of time machine)

    (If sci-fi questions are allowed if not i'll just post a new one)
    if you could ride in a time machine

    1.Would you go to the past?
    or
    2.would you go to the future?

    WHY?
     
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  15. Mar 14, 2014 #14
    I don't care about the future, that's why it's called future. 10 seconds from now is future, there could be an anvil dropped on my head as i'm typing this out. I want to see how they built the Stonehenge and the Great pyramids in Giza. I want to see how those massive slabs of stone could be transported from A to B.

    Would you rather:

    go 10km beneath the surface of the ocean (no special submarine, just a diving suit of your choice)

    or

    stand next to an erupting volcano in a suit of your choice?

    Essentially both are pretty much suicide, but which way of dying appeals to you more? :D
     
  16. Mar 14, 2014 #15
    me too, the future if better of as a mystery
    I've been hearing such amazing stories about history that i'd love to go and see them
     
  17. Mar 14, 2014 #16

    PhysicoRaj

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    Hee Hee :rofl:
     
  18. Mar 16, 2014 #17
    I'm going to change this so I don't die :)

    I'm sure interested in the oceans, but I 10km there isn't much down there. I would love to be next to a volcano if it were erupting. What a rush!

    Would you rather...

    Have the eyesight of an owl

    or

    Have the ears of a bat
     
  19. Mar 16, 2014 #18

    Evo

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    I already have the ears of a bat.
     
  20. Mar 16, 2014 #19
    I'd pick the eyesight of the owl; I favor visual acuity over hearing...
     
  21. Apr 22, 2018 #20
    Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?
     
  22. May 4, 2018 #21
    Real world so I can help others

    Would you rather invent a highly economic fusion reactor or invent a safe super sonic passenger plane
     
  23. May 4, 2018 #22
    where all my wishes are granted! of course. :woot: that leads you to things like getting punched in the face just to feel alive, and because I would get what I wanted there would be no real damage except for temporary pain and the rush, sweet sweet rush haha.
     
  24. May 4, 2018 #23
    Definitely a fusion reactor - the positive impact on the environment would be enormous.

    Supposing you could survive for at least a few weeks, in equal comfort, but will die eventually due to running out of oxygen, would you rather

    1. Explore the frozen surface of Saturn's moon Titan beneath a tenuous methane-rich sky
    2. Explore the hellish boiling surface of Venus beneath a crushing CO2-rich sky
     
  25. May 15, 2018 #24
    Real world!

    Would you rather stay as a kid or grow old?
     
  26. May 21, 2018 at 1:57 PM #25
    stay as a perfect 6'7" beautiful 18 year old with unlimited brain capacity. :smile:
     
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