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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:28:17 am »
Expanding on previous:

I think questions as to whether the Universe is a simulation is interesting, but ultimately meaningless. Even if a simulation, it's as good as real to us, and at that point, simulation and reality become indistinguishable. It may be bits in someone else's computer (I don't think it is), but that doesn't make a bit of difference on the inside.

Speaking of which, I think that what we perceive as the Big Bang is someone else's black hole. Most of the time. Other times I entertain other thoughts about the origin and fate of the universe. Most of it is probably poorly formulated. I am after all way better educated in biology than physics, but when did a layman's understanding of physics ever get in the way of tasty, tasty woo, amirite? Don't worry, I won't ever being up quantumz. I don't see anything especially meaningful about stairs on a staircase other than that's just how stairs are put together. (An analogy to make LMNO grumble, perhaps)

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:29:30 am »
I should send her an email, I think I last communicated with her around Christmas

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:52:06 pm »
I've listened to Rupert Sheldrake and believe that many things that are considered "supernatural", perhaps even all of them, are real phenomena that science simply doesn't have explanations for yet. "ghosts" aren't necessarily Ghosts, they might not even all be the same thing, but many of these things happen and it's worth looking into what's going on.

I believe that people honestly see ghosts.

But I think neurology will explain that faster than anything else.  You don't have to be crazy to have your brain play tricks on you.  Your brain is a dick, and will fuck with you for no reason.  And then laugh at you.  That piece of shit is definitely NOT on your side.

100% truth

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:01:39 pm »
The universe isn't really all that old.  We could very easily be the elder species, aka someone's amazing archeological find.

We should research how to put people in stasis.  That should be a priority.

Surprise, "Galactic Space Brothers".


Write very clearly on the tanks, in English, which they can't read: Caution: Reactivate Humans At Extreme Peril

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:07:44 pm »
I hate how people call it a paradox. There's fuck all paradoxical about it if you're prepared to entertain the notion that a half arsed calculation based on a bunch of wild assumptions might have been out by anything from 0 to a zillion

Yeah. It's disappointing if there are no aliens but also bit necessarily a shocker. Even if another world has microbes, there's no guarantee that multicellular life would evolve. Microbes are pretty good at dealing with far harsher conditions than we can handle.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:41:43 pm »
Your solution to the Fermi Paradox is quite elegant.

Thank you, sir!

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:05:38 pm »
Religious affiliations, all of which I take with varying degrees of seriousness:
Discordianism, Cult of Gozer, The Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, First Church of Polydeism

Previous religious affiliations:
Roman Catholicism, Wicca, Irish Polytheism, and briefly, Reform Judaism

Theological positions: usually emergent pantheism, sometimes deism or bureaucratic polytheism. But usually pantheism. Also, because we have begun to utilize technology to increase our mobility and interconnectivity, God is a cyborg.

Other: humans don't have souls, but we have eternal life here on Earth, owing to the fact that time is a dimension. We only perceive ourselves as experiencing it as a one way trip. This also means that everything were going to do has already been done, so I suppose you could say I believe in a sort of fate.

I believe the one of the simplest explanations for the Fermi Paradox is the one that is secretly the most horrifying to us: we're the most advanced civilization, if not the only civilization, in this part of the galaxy, if not the whole galaxy. For some strange reason we have trouble imagining that we might be the first, even though someone has to be. I believe this is horrifying to us in the same way that the idea of there being no benevolent Creator god is horrifying.

I believe that dreams and thoughts are real in their own way, off to the side of objective reality. You experience a dream and it is real to you in that moment, much in the same way that your subjective experience of objective reality is real to you.

I fight off self destructive impulses by "choosing to remain in the primary timeline." This, despite me believing in what is in essence determinism. If alternate universes exist and bud off of each other through decision, there's a whole lot of dead Twids and horrified onlookers.

I believe that to a degree every position is a belief. Since believe means merely to accept as true, it's possible to believe things that are obvious. I believe that believing that one has no beliefs is in itself a belief, and the most delusional one.

I'll see if more comes to me later.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:36:26 pm »

Hi Twid! Hope all's well for you.

Things are pretty good, I'm mostly settled into my new place

Apple Talk / Re: Greater Boston Area Legion of Dynamic Discord
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:35:24 pm »
I'll try and think of stuff

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:34:35 pm »
I taught my last class of the term and formally accepted my RAship for the summer. I'm excited because 50 hours a week is so much less than I've been working, but also kind of bummed because technically I'm only supposed to be working 15 hours a week and my advisor is formally violating university policy and State and possibly Federal law by demanding that I work 3x the hours I'm being paid for.


Apple Talk / Re: Genderz on the forum
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:12:28 pm »
Gender is a social construct.  As a society, we have determined your gender for you, at no extra cost citizen.


Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:50:29 pm »
Totally unrelated to anything, a grad student I barely know asked me to babysit for him during another student's thesis defense. Like in the middle of the day on a Friday. I was just like, wut? :? Is this a thing?

Yes, this is a thing. The senior grad student who trained me sauntered into the lab one day, handed me her first born and said, "Here. Hold her a while. I have to start some stuff." Of course, I was in the middle of my own stuff and in the middle of the lab. So, I went and sat in the office with the little one. Her kid was a newborn at the time, but I was a 20-something man-child. It was like I could feel myself growing up just sitting there.

My wife, OTOH, raised her first child as a single parent while in grad school. She wasn't impressed by my "maturation".  :lulz:


Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 04:42:22 pm »
Thanks! I'm particularly happy about staying in the lab in the interim. I don't want to lose momentum.

Yeah, that's really awesome! Will he take you as a grad student? More relevant question; do you want to do your grad work in his lab?

Yep, we had discussed the possibility of me coming in as a PhD student, but he's eying retirement, but he said he's happy to take me on as a master's student. I'm probably going to continue to follow up on my senior thesis and related stuff either way, so I definitely want to work in his lab, can worry about the PhD in another year or so. When I was doing my poster presentation I was talking with my microbiology TA and she asked me what my interests were. When I said the overlap of microbiology, virology, genomics, and evolution, she said, "yeah, that's Mike. That's definitely Mike."

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 03:48:10 pm »
Thanks! I'm particularly happy about staying in the lab in the interim. I don't want to lose momentum.

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:59:21 pm »
I don't think it's quite hit me yet. Maybe because in was busy after graduation with moving and I still have the thesis.

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