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Testing Forum / Hello Idiots
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:21:32 AM »
Welcome to the Thunderdome.

General Discussion / post 20,0000
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:40:15 PM »
I had never heard of Feynmann, I roll in different circles and it turns out physicists and mathematicians don't like me. Been watching a little of him, and I sure wish I knew him and he posted here. I wonder what his reaction to my ideas would be.

Think he would say "there is no science there" or "that's not falsifiable" I wonder if he would need it all spelled out for him because he certainly didn't lack any bravery in thought or didn't mind theorizing in metaphor and analogy.

General Discussion / In other Physics news
« on: November 15, 2015, 01:44:29 PM »

tagline seems misleading:

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

Where do we come from? There are many right answers to this question, and the one you get often depends on who you ask.
For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.

On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.

Lisa Randall, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University, has a different, and novel answer, which she describes in her latest book, "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs."

Randall has written other popular science books, including the New York Times bestseller "Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions." Her studies at Harvard explore theoretical particle physics and cosmology.

In her latest book, she posits that the extinction of the dinosaurs — necessary for the emergence of humans — is linked to dark matter. Dark matter is the mysterious, invisible matter that astronomers estimate makes up 85% of all matter in our universe.

One species' extinction is another's head start

Paleontologists largely agree that about 66 million years ago a giant, 9-mile-long celestial body — likely a comet — struck Earth. The impact wiped out 75% of species across the planet, including most of the dinosaurs.
Among the survivors were small primates. Over the next 66 million years these primates diversified, grew larger, learned to walk on two legs, and developed large brains, which they eventually used to invent pizza delivery.

So what caused that giant space rock to collide with our planet in the first place and give primates a chance to thrive?

It could just be chance — or luck, depending on your perspective — but Randall would disagree with both of these ideas.

In her book, Randall describes a dark, pancake-shaped patty of densely packed dark matter within our galaxy that could be responsible for our emergence as a species.
Dark matter has never been directly detected. However, there is enough evidence for its immense gravitational influence on our universe that the vast majority of the scientific community agrees that dark matter is a form of mysterious matter that we can neither see or touch, but that nevertheless must permeate the cosmos.

Generally, dark matter tends to be concentrated in large halos around galaxies like giant bubbles. But Randall thinks that there could also be a so-called dark disc amid the stars, planets, and gas clouds in our galaxy.

Beware the dark disc

If there is dark matter in Randall's hypothetical disc, then it stands to reason that the disc has a powerful gravitational influence on the objects around it — including our solar system.

But our solar system is not always near the disc, which is the crux of Randall's theory.

As the solar system revolves around the center of the Milky Way — the same way Earth revolves around the sun — it moves up and down, or oscillates, through the plane of our galaxy. And the rate of this oscillation is very intriguing.

Below is an illustration of our solar system's oscillation, where the orange dot in the lower left rectangle is our sun and the black line at the center is the dark disc:

A team of astronomers made a rough estimate of this oscillation rate near the turn of this century, calculating that our solar system passes through the plane of the Milky Way about once every 32 million years, which means if there's a dark disc, we pass through that at the same rate.
Interestingly, there's evidence to suggest that mass extinctions in Earth's past happened within this time frame, or about once every 25 to 35 million years.

It's this similarity between the mass-extinction rate and the rate of our solar system's oscillation through the galaxy that made Randall and her Harvard colleague Matthew Reece first suggest the link in a scientific paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters last year, and that Randall explores more in her book.

Randall hypothesizes that when we're passing through the dark disc, the gravity from the dark matter within influences the outer region of our solar system, called the Oort cloud.

The Oort cloud, illustrated below just right of center, sits between roughly 1,000 to 100,000 Astronomical Units (90 billion to 9 trillion miles) from the sun and is thought to contain billions of icy objects at least 12 miles wide. (I found another image, theirs was HUGE)

If something 12 miles wide hit Earth today, it would mean the end of life as we know it. And Randall thinks that's exactly what happened to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago that opened the door for widespread primate evolution.

Prove it

While it's impossible to wind back the clock, proving the existence of the dark disc would greatly advance Randall's theory.
She's tried to do so by looking at the speed and direction of stars in our galaxy. If stars moved in ways that couldn't be explained by the amount of ordinary, visible matter around them, then it could suggest the presence of the dark disc.

But that's a very tall order. There are about 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, and hunting dark matter is notoriously tricky.

We have a dozen or so functioning detectors underground, on Earth's surface, and in space — and none of them has yet managed to sniff out a dark-matter particle. If they do, it would be a significant step toward supporting Randall's hypothesis.

In her concluding remarks, Randall writes:

"In some global sense, we are all descendants of Chicxulub [the town where the dinosaur-killing meteor impacted]. It's a part of our history that we should want to understand. If true, the additional wrinkle presented in this book would mean that not only was dark matter responsible for irrevocably changing our world, but also that some of it played a crucial role in allowing our existence."

General Discussion / Science Journals
« on: November 14, 2015, 05:39:33 PM »
So I am looking for a list of science journals to submit to, you've seen the gist of my theory and unless you have a serious problem with any of the premises (if you disagree with my conclusion, well fuck you) I feel like it is strong. The route I have decided to go with is a short overview of how we view time, how important it is to the western worldview and how we have made ourselves a slave to it. i'll switch into how yupik's view time, how it is only important as its usefulness as a metric. I'm gonna quote that dude on his odometer analogy, and use the einstein and minkowski quote and end with that the view of time being so important it needs to be factored in as a dimension despite what those two said about. Time as a dimension ends up strongly influenced by a cultural view rather than one rooted in math and science. naturally the premises that i mentioned are:

A: time=space
B: entanglement=the universe as an organic whole, including humans and our bodies and brains
C: the universe has been expanding since humans have been around to notice it

A + B + C = time is the expansion of the universe.

then maybe just end there, like i said near as i can tell that view of time doesn't violate relativity nor anything else, and it's a super elegant explanation of what time is as opposed to all the other overcomplicated piece of shit theories out there rooted in the western view of time. or ones that confuse correlation with causation despite the evidence.

the Einstein quote is literally:

Time is an illusion.

then the minkowski one is

The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.

in a sense the quotes are an appeal to authority, but the quotes themselves are rooted in the work of these giants in physics and math and not just some shit they were saying to be cool.

anyways, which science journals do you think would be ooky enough for me to get into but read enough that the theory will make it to people who know enough to either debunk me or start emailing me back so I can ignore them in return?


General Discussion / 3 week fast almost done
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:28:40 PM »
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since I started this fast. For Agrul, this would be no big deal since I'm eating probably like him (and Teemo) but it was a big deal for me. The first three days I had no food, but I did have some coffee with cream and sugar which is not a traditional fast. I then moved to the Daniel fast they call it, only fruits and vegetables, no sugar, no additives (anything that wasn't a whole food, xanthan gum, monoglutaminesodiophosphate or anything like that is out as well) and only water. Tomorrow is the last day and this has been kind of trying but honestly if I had no choice I could live like this. My wife made me vegan empanadas last night, pretty good if you take them alone, but compared to the empanadas she normally makes they were pretty shit. I appreciated them nonetheless and ate 5 of them and sat there like a lump until it was time to sleep and dreamt about great storms sent to cleanse the earth.

These last few weeks I have smoked no weed, drank no coffee and ate only healthy whole foods. I have not drank since I quit. I feel good.

I miss coffee with cream and sugar in the morning, I might buy some decaf and try that but I am hesitant. I am planning my first non-vegan meal to be eggs with avocados, then vegetables dipped in seal oil for lunch and a light fish soup for dinner.

I am preparing myself for what is coming, I am making myself a hard place. This morning I considered not eating for the last few days but when I don't eat the hunger puts me in a weird mindset.

Of course I also think eating every time you are hungry, like a suckling pig, also puts you in a weird mindset.

I am a hunter,

I am a hunter of men.

It is a ritual of sorts in the sense that all rituals require blood.
It is a higher order ritual,

We have always maintained that what is occurring is not that animals,
these wisest of God's Creatures are so dumb as to be caught by us
but rather
they take pity upon us and give themselves up.

That was the world we lived, and the one many of us still live in.
we came into this world abruptly, us who had so much dignity
only to have the nature of dignity exposed for what it is:
a luxury.

Our birth into this new world we came in at the level of dogs
 but like that dystopian pig we demanded a place at the table.
All the rest of the animals are wondering who do we think we are to dine among men?

I do not deserve the rich heritage gifted to me.
I am the ugliest and pettiest of men and only because I know myself so well.
The easiest thing in the world to be a good human being I say
I hardly know what the fucking words  mean sometimes.

But I am blessed, and I have been charged by virtue of birth into this world and Christened Maaruk
by the only people in the world who love me without condition.
They love me and I love them;
our sad little family.
We hobble around life and wonder what happened to us?

Ah but the temple,
our tundra our ocean our prayer.
You go into this and truly give yourself up to God.
A world where you can be the greatest among living things, and the least.

Yeah we knew God alright because he speaks to us continually if we just sit and be quiet.

This is our prayer and the ritual blood is provided,
 the sacrifice to God that the animal is no unwilling participant.

 A gift to us, the most foolish of God's creatures.

I hunt men because they are an endangered species,
 there are no men only boys.

When we hunt, we use all of our senses even those which have no name. Intuition tells you what your conscious brain will not, what you refuse to see and believe. All the telltale signs they point

and I take in data about the universe around me and I think about

my ancestors and how I am one and the same. If my great grandfather were alive today he would deal with this world no differently than I have. I am him, I am a hunter.

The spirit world still exists, it is all around us. Ideas of men, ideas of men long dead we surround ourselves with. We built and build reality around them. The lingering spirits of men

So I leave this place I have made my own, my house that smells of me and looks of me. I sleep here, I eat here, I fuck here and I raise men.

I hunt, I am a hunter of men.

God is my rock

I am making myself a hard place.

General Discussion / Dreams
« on: November 12, 2015, 11:46:43 AM »
I had a dream I stopped in my old workplace, Kelly Moore Paint. I worked there while I was going to school at Shoreline Community College in north Seattle. It was super busy when I stopped in so I somehow ended up going to work, I was helping out with all kinds of stuff and I was doing a paint match for a customer. I went to go grab the paint I would normally use for the match and my old boss said we use a new formula, HH-88. I looked around, found the right kind of paint and continued with the match. I kept getting my feet caught up in extension cords that were all over the place for some reason.

At one point I say to Brian "I can't believe I stopped in and I'm working, it's like I'm dreaming. Am I dreaming Brian? Am I dreaming?" We laughed about it and kept on working.

I slept well last night, the key for me I think is being cold. I can't do air conditioner cold though, I'll accept it if the only other option is hot but I have a hard time sleeping in air conditioner cold in the past. I think I have mentioned lately I have terrible anxiety at night while I'm sleeping, yeah I did. Anyhow I slept well last night and OK the night before. The night before I dreamt of a polar bear in my condo, my son's name is Nanuq which means Polar Bear. Then I saw an albino moose cow, with two blonde calves. All abnormal. Both last night, and the night before McDonalds played a role in my dreams.

This whole world is so weird to me now. We live in this kind of future and no one appreciates it. Probably everyone feels this as they get older, but I'm only 38. My iPhone amazes me, the things we do amaze me but they are all parlor tricks. I would see real power brought to this earth, the whole universe is entangled, it is one entity and I would ignite it and watch myself burn in the chain reaction that doesn't end. I am burning, I am burning.

General Discussion / Veterans Day
« on: November 11, 2015, 02:20:35 PM »
Fucking hate this day. On this day I hate America more than any other day.

Veterans Day means many things for many people. Some of you have served, most of you know someone who has served, and some of us have lost those in service. This day is a weird one for me because Veterans Day is a reminder of betrayal.

A couple of years back, I read an excerpt of a Lucille Clifton poem that hit me like a punch to the gut:

Love rejected
hurts so much more
than Love rejecting;

they act like they don’t love their



 what it is

is they found out

their country don’t love them.

I believe my country loves me as an idea: the idea of me as a United States Marine Corps veteran. I cried when I read this poem because it articulated something I felt but could not find the words for, myself.

When I joined the Marine Corps in 2001, I was joining for fun. 9/11 hadn’t happened yet. I was waiting to go to boot camp when it happened.

Like many hot-blooded Americans, I wanted vengeance. I and many other young men in America wanted a piece of the action, but things don’t happen that fast. I had to wait for training, and by the time I got out of boot camp things were beginning to cool down  in Afghanistan and heat up in Iraq. When I got home for “boot leave,” I was “fully indoctrinated in love of Country and Corps.”

Boot camp was pretty effective.

I scored almost a perfect on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), so I had the freedom to do pretty much whatever I wanted. I chose to go infantry (0311 baby!) because I was joining for the experience, not career skills. I wanted to throw grenades and shoot rocket launchers. When I hit the School of Infantry (SOI) I had some options, and so I went straight infantry. When SOI ended, I got picked-up by a man who would prove to be one of the most influential Marines I ever met: 1st Sergeant Loya. I was the only one in my graduating class to be sent to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1st LAR). 1st Sgt Loya (now Sergeant Major Loya ret.) bore the Naval Parachutist insignia and the Combatant Diver insignia. (All you need to know is those are code for “badass.”)

We had a quiet drive from SOI to my unit, gospel music playing quietly in the background.

That day was not a good one. Anyone who has been in the Marine Corps infantry knows your first day with your unit isn’t the welcome you would imagine. There was no cake waiting, no parades. My reception ranged from indifferent to hostile, as it should be.

I spent my remaining years with 1st LAR serving as a scout, one of the best things that ever happened to me. 1st Sgt Loya was just one of many good men I served with in the next few years. Most of the younger guys I served with were either new like myself, or just coming off a deployment to Afghanistan.

I won’t go into the details but you don’t necessarily need a war to make the connection I made with these guys. We served on the 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary units and I traveled the world with these men. We bonded in a way many humans never get to. You can read Tom Clancy novels or watch Band of Brothers but those don’t encompass the hilarity, the boredom, the anger, the infighting, hatred and love we had for one another.

Less than 0.5% of the American population serves in the armed forces in America. Alaska Natives and Native Americans serve at disproportionate rates, mainly in the Navy and Marine Corps. I served in the Marines as my father, and my brother, did before me.

That less than half a percent number always disappoints me. It disappoints me because there are so few of us. I don’t want you reading this to feel bad if you haven’t served. No, not at all. It is not for everyone. It just makes the veneration for veterans in America both more understandable and more disingenuous at the same time.

For all the lip service and parades you would think more people would feel the call of duty. This day always feels like a betrayal as a veteran and a definite betrayal as an Alaska Native.

As a veteran when people thank me for my service I want to be snarky and answer “you’re welcome, I guess” because I don’t know why they are thanking me. I don’t want thanks; I want you to take care of my brothers and sisters. I want you to stop trotting them out whenever it’s politically convenient, and especially trotting them out on days like today.

I want you to keep your promise as we kept ours.

Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the intent behind thanking me. But, I don’t need thanks. What I need is for you to be good Americans. Maybe wander your way into a voting booth once in a while. Or read a book. Challenge yourself. Take care of your fellow Americans. Know our history (even the ugly shit) and know thyself. Introduce yourself to your neighbor, and for fuck’s sake turn off cable news.

Not sending us to die in unnecessary wars would be nice too, especially considering how little of you have skin in the game.

This day mostly feels like a betrayal because of what that poem woke up in me. I fucking loved my country, I really did. I got home and started going to school. Learned a thing or two about history and how my people were treated. That part would be forgivable, but I also learned a thing or two about how we are still treated.

Love, rejected.

My country doesn’t love me. My country doesn’t love my people, and by extension my country doesn’t love me. Here at home, in the state my people have called home for as long as we have been, we are not loved.

That hurts, it really does.

Spamalot / Having a killer day thread
« on: November 10, 2015, 07:10:40 PM »
I'm just having a killer day. That is ALL. I killed it this weekend at Stanford, this is the abridged version of what I said on my panel:

The question put before us is where do we want to see this program go in the next 10 years?

The only metric for success for us as leaders is the condition of our people. If we judge ourselves by that metric, we are doing abysmally. I don't point that out to beat ourselves up, rather to assess where we are. This makes it clear to me this isn't an optimization problem, this isn't a matter of us just doing the same things better. We need to change what we are doing. Ten years from now when we ask ourselves this question again, I want to be able to say we really changed things, and the island we seek is a reality. That we made a different and our people are truly in a better place. Everyone keeps telling me change is slow, I don't buy it. Bureaucratic change happens slowly over time, paradigm changes happen lightning fast once they begin. The change will happen fast and it will be in our lifetime.

Up in Alaska, when we built roads the caribou wouldn't cross the roads, they changed their entire migration patterns rather than cross the roads. Now the caribou will cross roads, but in order for the herd to cross the road the leaders have to cross first. The herd will not cross until the leaders do. We talk a lot of about crossing the road I think, but we haven't crossed it yet. This analogy holds for our people, we need to cross and they need to see us do it and then they will follow. I think we all consider our culture our rock, the place we pull our strength from. If our culture is our rock, we need to make ourselves a hard place. Once we do that, all the things that stand between you and it will find it an uncomfortable place to be and will likely leave on their own. Thank you.

Then separately in a taped interview, I said we often say we are the ones we are waiting for. I believe I am the one we are waiting for, I believe that, but if it's me, then it's YOU too.

Then today I got a bunch of good news, and good meetings and an invite to come to my home village to come talk about my men's house proposal!!

God is good. Quitting smoking pot, and going on this fast have cleared my head and my heart. I am emotional, and I am angry still -- although I am constantly reminded by my people to lead with love. If it was up to only me I would find some way to crush you all, to see you driven before me but I am commanded by my God and my people to love, so love it is.

better that way anyhow, I hear you can love some people to death anyhow. I have a couple in mind. Love conquers all.

also I'm still trying to get traction with this time theory, everything I read confirms my general feeling that I am correct -- which I knew already anyhow but you know

anyways I thought you guys might like to hear some good and positive news from me. lol

LoLz / Zombie Slayer shit
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:28:34 PM »
I got to admit I like it. Zombie Brand and Zombie Nunu are pretty dope. Less excited about the slayers.

Spamalot / For the Record
« on: November 06, 2015, 07:09:05 PM »
I was more than a little crazy when I was initially posting about the universe. It has mostly settled down and I promise this time business is not the same.

LoLz / new champ or new runes
« on: November 05, 2015, 10:24:20 AM »
how many champs use the energy mechanic? was thinking about buying some energy regen yellows. have almost 20k IP and I need a champ as well. was thinking Tahm Kench. because he's fucking fat and glorious

General Discussion / headed to San Fran (Stanford)
« on: November 04, 2015, 12:35:16 PM »
Again, 10th year of this program they are celebrating. They are flying me in to attend the event, excited. I do have some time to visit but only on campus, last year a good friend of mine came and visited me during our potluck (that white boy ate more muttonbird than anyone else). Gonna try and see one of my old Marine Corps buddies while I'm there. That first trip I met our dear leader face to face. It was amazing, the people from the program thought Kim Jong Il had come to visit me.

Spamalot / Having a bad day thread
« on: November 03, 2015, 02:02:38 PM »
I wake up sometimes and think
I am having a bad life.

Gonna read a book and try and finish this proposal I was supposed to send it last Friday and I have no desire to help anyone today. I want the whole world to burn, and I want to live until I am 120 years old, then shoot myself in defiance of God.

Spamalot / I shouldn't
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:47:08 PM »
play EverQuest. I was about to, then I remembered what it's like being at the mercy of a bunch of man-children running a blocky pixel palace and decided to opt out.

writing instead.

not directed at you Buhbuh, rather the idiots running the EQEmu and the p1999 server in particular.

General Discussion / Going to see the doc today
« on: October 27, 2015, 12:29:53 PM »
My heart hurts all the time, stabbing pain. Feels like something is squeezing my heart.

My head feels like it has things sticking out of it, like ghost protrusions coming out the sides and the back. I hear ringing all the time, I personally think it's the sound of the hologram and even though I have a sound scientific basis for thinking that, I won't be mentioning why -- just that I hear ringing all the time. Doesn't bother me at all honestly. I can feel time pulling on me too, won't be telling her that either lol.

Last thing is my asshole feels weird, like wrong. Not always but once in a while I get the distinct feeling something isn't right in that part of my body either.

Main concern is my heart and my brain though. Wish me luck, might get a brainscan soon. They did one on me a while back, when I had some kind of badass headache associated with sex.

I know a bunch of you are asexual, not trying to rub it in.

Spamalot / Keanu youtube
« on: October 26, 2015, 03:02:01 PM »
The one video made here, AD made it? Egg? one of you.

I can't find it

General Discussion / Some kind of Indica
« on: October 24, 2015, 02:22:02 PM »
if you were wondering about the increase in weirdness here, all is good in Warrenland. I have taken all recent events in stride.

Spamalot / I wake up
« on: October 24, 2015, 12:24:04 PM »
in the weirdest moods. it's fucking weird being me

how is it being you?

Spamalot / Listen I know I'm crazy
« on: October 23, 2015, 12:22:44 AM »
Synth loves me so that option is basically a yes as well

My wife sings this song, I like her version better actually but Radiohead did it pretty good.

Spamalot / Pretty Hurts
« on: October 22, 2015, 12:08:52 AM »
This one goes out to my pretty daums:

General Discussion / Seattle bound
« on: October 17, 2015, 01:43:27 PM »
Not gonna have time to visit anyone but I'll be here until Monday.

Spamalot / The Black Thread
« on: October 08, 2015, 12:40:28 PM »
It is a white party nonetheless.

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love, both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby it just happens ev'ryday

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I want to see your face painted black, black as night, black as coal
I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky.
I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black, yea

Spamalot / You will all obey
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:15:03 PM »
I just post, and posting will increase. Any one of you could do it.

This is how badass Nicki Minaj is, she has Drake and Lil Wayne rapping about how they don't get to fuck Nicki Minaj after she just offered up the information up herself that she has not fucked either of them.

I really like listening to Nick.

Spamalot / This avatar
« on: October 07, 2015, 04:10:40 PM »
Or this:

Shout out to my ancestors, from the past and the future we are one and the same.

General Discussion / Radical Acceptance
« on: October 07, 2015, 03:17:06 PM »
I think I may have already mentioned this here. If I have I apologize, since spending a lot of time thinking about time the nature of time in general is strange to me and my whole life does seem like one event.

Radical acceptance is the name I gave the method that I had to use in order to learn about particle physics. It is something I think we all participate it, we radically accept things that come from authoritative sources. Havlen considers Hawking a reliable source, and accepts his version of reality based on his educational background moreso than Havlen's own tacit knowledge of the universe. (not blindly, but with a great amount of trust)

In the western philosophical tradition, I feel like "Radical Skepticism" (see Descarte) is the status quo, and it is useful indeed. However if I had been nothing but skeptical of the things I read I would not have gained any understanding of them. I accepted things based on mathematical authority mostly. If the math people liked it, or said it was possible I added it to the mental lexicon. I had "faith" the things they said were true and pretty much like "M-Theory" (which is all the competing theories mashed into one) I had to try and make the new data I was receiving fit into my paradigm.

What is a paradigm? The paradigm is the current scheme of data we have that explains reality around us. It is not a linear progression, old schemes were also based on the scientific method even if the scheme was wrong. Thomas Kuhn, who wrote the Structure of Scientific Revolutions (and coined the term paradigm as we use it now) says that the vanguard of the new paradigm kinda has to accept things on faith. This ends up happening in the field of science because the scientists don't control the data (however they are human, and interpretation is complicated, the paradigm is the tool they use to bring conformity to this) and the data doesn't always fit the scheme. Then the new scheme has to be come up with, but the scientific community doesn't just accept new schemes (if they did science would not be what it is) however for the paradigms to change, new parameters do need to be defined.

In order for radical acceptance to work you need to "try on" the truth so to speak. We all do this internally, we ping the information against what we know to see how it lines up. So we try on a different truth, but we immerse ourselves in it to gain the tacit knowledge of the paradigm.

The key to radical acceptance for the scientist is to be able to extract yourself from the new paradigm, and to maintain yourself while you let a false but good copy of yourself try out the new ideas.

Yes, I know how I sound.

So I had to first radically accept, then I started pruning internally the things that didn't make sense, or putting aside things that didn't fit. After radically accepting all this information I started to apply a "friendly" skepticism to the ideas, and a much more radical form of skepticism (I am so skeptical of their version of the truth I assign it close to a zero probability) with the areas I felt comfortable applying it. For instance my assertion about time.

Now as you know, perhaps the problem with this whole idea is sometimes you try on the truth and you can't take it off. I'm trying real hard to re-join everyone but the whole world looks different and ugly to me. I know how good it can be too, I am intelligent, good looking, i have a beautiful wife who has a "WOW box" and great kids. I am personally blessed by God.

Yet I can't enjoy this world. I can't seem to rejoin it fully.

General Discussion / Time is not a dimension
« on: October 06, 2015, 02:49:44 PM »
Time Is Not a Dimension

Time is an illusion.
-Albert Einstein

It is recognized that many current justifications for time are circular in nature, try to explain what time is without using some definition of time and you will see the difficulty. Scholars from all disciplines struggle to understand time. In physics, time is combined with space into a concept they call spacetime. Time and space are either inextricably interwoven, or two aspects of the same phenomena. Time is often considered the fourth dimension along with the other three Euclidean dimensions we are familiar with in day to day life. Einstein considered time to be an illusion. I disagree with the idea that time is a dimension, rather time is the changing spatial relationship of everything in the universe.

Time is an important concept in the West. Most cultures have a concept of time, the phenomena is persistent and mundane. However not all of them place the emphasis on it the West does. I was lectured once by a white woman who reminded me that time itself was one of the most important gifts the white man brought to my culture. I didn’t know what to say to that, I think time is important as well. It is a supremely useful metric for coordinating activities in this modern world.

We live for a finite period of time, even now talking about all of this it should be obvious how important the concept of time is in the West. We assume this is the case for all people because we only know what we know. We are raised in the West to value time, time is money! Do not waste my time with your weird ideas about time! You get the point. In addition to these strong cultural ideas about the importance of time there is the actual human experience of it which these cultural ideas are based on.

The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.
-Hermann Minkowski, 1908

   To this day it looks like the sun goes around the earth. Any lay person will tell you that it is the earth that goes ‘round the sun, however ask any child who has not been told any better and they will likely tell you what humans believed for many years, that it is the earth that circles the sun. So too we experience time, it has even elapsed since you began reading. Time has real consequences, the arrow of time only points in one direction for us. The events that exist in the past are unable to be accessed by us except by memory. The future is undecided, and many paths exist. How do we reconcile these apparent truths with the idea that time is an illusion?

   Accepting that time and space are in fact the same thing, let us attempt to understand time through space. How could time be space, or to think of it another way how could time be movement? In 2014 on a World Science Festival panel, Tim Maudlin a fellow philosopher said that you can think of a clock like an odometer. I liked that analogy and found it useful.

   Entanglement claims that the universe is one entity, one whole that changes with time. This is at the core of quantum mechanics. Although this may be hard to understand how this entire universe could be one entity given how we experience reality, let us also accept this. This includes the earth, the sun, and your very own body. So far none of the claims made are pseudoscience or even particularly controversial. Although Einstein didn’t like Entanglement famously calling it “spooky action at a distance”.

   The universe has been expanding since its inception. This is also true. Expanding implies growth outward, in one direction. So then, taking those three premises time is the experience of the expansion of the universe. Since us and all that we experience are part of the organic whole of the universe, and the universe is expanding, and time and space are the same thing it is my assertion that time is simply the expansion of the universe. This does not violate general relativity, rather this fits in very nicely. As the universe expands, your relationship to the rest of the universe changes, as it expands arounds us our general position changes (albeit very little) and the past relationship no longer exists as the whole structure has changed.

   Imagine two rooms, one static and one with the ability to expand. In both we mark a point of reference in the middle of the room. In room A, that point of reference never changes. In room B we begin the expansion of the room. The point itself never moves, however its relationship to the rest of the room changes as the room expands around it. This simple analogy demonstrates the truth about the phenomena of time, as the universe expands your spatial relationship to the rest of the universe has changed irrevocably and in one direction. This also explains the arrow of time as the past literally does not exist anymore.

   That is it, in the Yupik worldview time is only important in its usefulness as an agreed upon measure for strictly pragmatic reasons. A clock is an odometer that measures the expansion of the universe. To think about it another way, if you want to meet me at a certain time tomorrow for coffee you can understand it differently, “Warren, lets meet for coffee when the universe has reached this point in its expansion”. Time is an interval of expansion. Or perhaps more clearly, the universe is bigger today than it was yesterday, than it was 5 minutes ago. Time being understood as a changing spatial relationship rather than a dimension simplifies the universe considerably. A much more elegant definition of time.

   I propose a new theoretical space I would like to call “Yupik Space” in deference to my culture. In this space, time is not factored as a dimension but rather the space includes the 3 Euclidean dimensions we are all familiar with, and factoring in time via an expanding boundary rather than as a dimension in a static one. The speed at which the boundary expands based roughly on how fast we currently think the universe is expanding which is 68 km/s per megaparsec. The megaparsec is a million parsecs, a unit of distance you might be familiar with from Han Solo’s quote about the Millenium Falcon and the Kessel run. Skirting the Maw Black Hole cluster reducing the distance he had to travel from 18 parsecs (a normal Kessel run) to approximately 11.5. A quote often maligned by physicists. Maybe Han knew something they didn’t.

My intuition tells me gravity is related to this expansion as well, however until I can teach myself all this shit the world has to wait since no one wants to work with me.

Spamalot / burn the WoW box to the ground
« on: October 06, 2015, 01:00:23 AM »
don't just quit

Spamalot / I have access to all the information again
« on: October 03, 2015, 07:24:15 PM »

Spamalot / I only know what it's like to be me
« on: September 24, 2015, 06:07:27 AM »
But I like to think that is how I know you. Are we perhaps all the same? Do you in your heart of hearts believe the same things as me? We obey the laws we must, we obey.

Even my cold heart has a heart of hearts. My heartmeat is rich and strong, gamy and dark as dried blood it beats yet. It beats under the coldest of conditions, being of the darkest side of light.

Synth's Book Club / New Oxford Annotated Bible NSRV
« on: September 19, 2015, 02:10:44 AM »
Serious study bible for both religious and secular uses. Interesting for a wide variety of reasons. Wanna impress Jesus? This is the bible to use.

Gonna read the whole thing but I wanted to start with the Pentateuch (the first five books) with the intention of reading the whole damn thing. Probably gonna do it in sections

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