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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:48 pm

And that, is the best laugh I have had for a long time. Well done Smile

(And as I have studied both quantum physics and literature - I think I loved it all the more)

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:24 pm

Since typewriters have only existed since the mid 1800's, we can not go back to the big bang and get realistic stats. You can only go back as far as the invention of the machine that was required to produce your document ( ie the typewriter). Now if the initial statement was that you gave a monkey a pen ( or quill, pencil, chaulk or writng instrument) and a piece of paper ( or stone tablet, parchment etc) then we can go back further than the mid 1850's to develope your data base for statistical anaylisis, but since you said give a monkey a typewriter we can only go back to the mid 1800's.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:21 pm

I think the whole point of it is that it is a thought experiment Wink

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Thought Experiments
First published Sat Dec 28, 1996; substantive revision Tue Nov 9, 2010

Thought experiments are devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things. Thought experimenting often takes place when the method of variation is employed in entertaining imaginative suppositions. They are used for diverse reasons in a variety of areas, including economics, history, mathematics, philosophy, and physics. Most often thought experiments are communicated in narrative form, sometimes through media like a diagram. Thought experiments should be distinguished from thinking about experiments, from merely imagining any experiments to be conducted outside the imagination, and from psychological experiments with thoughts. They should also be distinguished from counterfactual reasoning in general, as they seem to require an experimental element.

The primary philosophical challenge of thought experiments is simple: How can we learn about reality (if we can at all), just by thinking? More precisely, are there thought experiments that enable us to acquire new knowledge about the intended realm of investigation? If so, where does the new information come from if not from direct contact with the realm of investigation under consideration? Finally, how can we distinguish good from bad instances of such thought experiments? These questions seem urgent with respect to scientific thought experiments because most of us “recognize them as an occasionally potent tool for increasing man's understanding of nature.” (Kuhn, 1977, p. 241) The questions are urgent regarding philosophical thought experiments because philosophy without thought experiments seems unthinkable (see e.g., Myers, 1968).

There is widespread agreement that thought experiments play a central role both in philosophy and in the natural sciences and general acceptance of the importance and enormous influence and value of some of the well-known thought experiments in the natural sciences, like Maxwell's demon, Einstein's elevator or Schrödinger's cat. The 17th century saw some of its most brilliant practitioners in Galileo, Descartes, Newton, and Leibniz. And in our own time, the creation of quantum mechanics and relativity are almost unthinkable without the crucial role played by thought experiments. Much of ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind is based firmly on the results of thought experiments as well, including Searle's Chinese room or Putnam's twin earth. Philosophy, even more than the sciences, would be severely impoverished without thought experiments, which suggests that a unified theory of thought experiments is desirable to account for them in both the sciences and the humanities (see Cooper, 2005, pp. 329–330; Gähde, 2000).

There have been attempts to define “thought experiment”, but likely (contrary to Haggqvist, 2009) it will be better to leave the term loosely characterized, so as not to prejudice the investigation. Many of the most important concepts we deal with are like this, e.g., religion or democracy. A few more examples will circumscribe our subject matter well enough: Newton's bucket, Heisenberg's gamma-ray microscope, Parfit's people who split like an amoeba, Mary the colour scientist, and Thomson's violinist. Everyone is probably familiar with some of these.

In the following we will first highlight some of the most common features of thought experiments. A proposal follows for classifying thought experiments, before reviewing the state of the debate on thought experimenting. We conclude by highlighting some of the recent developments surrounding the “laboratory of the mind,” as some have called it.

And anyone who is interested in reading more can find the rest of this here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/thought-experiment/

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:14 am

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:29 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00m0fq0/Coast_Series_4_Cork_to_Dublin/

Was watching Coast, it said Waterford is a Viking name.

Wiki: Waterford (from Old Norse: Veðrafjǫrðr/Vedrafjord meaning "ram fjord" or "windy fjord"—Irish: Port Láirge meaning "Lárag's port")[1] is the fifth largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the largest city in the South-East of the country.

Viking raiders first established a settlement at Waterford in 853. Waterford and all the other longphorts were vacated in 902, the Vikings having been driven out by the native Irish. The Vikings re-established themselves in Ireland at Waterford in 914 and built what would be Ireland's first city. A list of the city's rulers from this date to the mayors of the present day can be found in Rulers of Waterford. Among the most prominent kings of Waterford was Ivar of Waterford.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:40 pm

People actually watch Coast?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:20 pm

A lot of psychological experiments in the past are horrid!!! silent I was watching this one on the TV and felt so sorry for the poor kid used as a lab rat Sad It is nothing compared to the other experiments but heck it is nasty how humans were used in the past e.g. Milgram's ones.

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Pavlov's experiment proved that all animals could be trained or conditioned to expect a consequence on the results of previous experience. For example, a child that is always given a cookie by a particular teacher will begin to expect that cookie every single time that they see the teacher. If the teacher always says the word 'yummy' before giving the cookie, the child will become conditioned to expect the cookie after hearing the word. The children would even begin to salivate at the appearance of the teacher or the word yummy after repeated conditioning.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:48 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:26 am

Edwin wrote:
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070126211045AAUGm2n
Thanks Smile I'm gonna try find it next time I go shopping.
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:06 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:29 pm

in the fighting games Dead or Alive there was a option to put how old you were, ranging from 1-99. The closer to 99 you put the more the female characters bewbs jiggled when you moved them around. The world is a silly place dont you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:10 pm

Zakku wrote:
in the fighting games Dead or Alive there was a option to put how old you were, ranging from 1-99. The closer to 99 you put the more the female characters bewbs jiggled when you moved them around. The world is a silly place dont you think?
just snorted lol <3 pics?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:07 pm

lol why would you think I would have pics of such things?
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:32 pm

Its like that over here as well, I think the huge push to have everyone get a degree has really backfired and all quite a few people over the last almost 10 years to show for it is underemployment and 80k+ in student loan debt Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:37 pm

lol I'm a pepper monster, I've tried one of those Bhut Jolokias totally kicked my ass
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:26 am

i go craaaaazyyyyy with black pepper

lool naga chili Razz http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8119591.stm

really wanna try a chili shot, dunno the name, maybe a schnapp? my fav shot i think is B52 on a flame drunk through straw =)
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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:10 pm

mweh I've never liked chilies and booze mixed together, except for that one time at this beer festival some company had a really nice lager brewed with chilies, was the first one I could ever really drink.


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PostSubject: Re: Anything Intellectual/ Nerdy...   Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:45 pm

Now I want chili, bratwurst, sauerkraut and German beer.
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