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Messages - (Doktor (Nephew Twiddleton (Twid)) Blight)

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So, you're saying there's antimatter that is running in negative time, in some inaccessible part of the universe, because matter and antimatter exploded in different spacetime directions?

So, what's with the antimatter that's in the universe we can perceive?

And, uh, how do you go about testing this?

Leaky seals.

That's kinda what I was thinking about at first too, but we get both in this universe when we create them. I think. Wait, do we?

You have to, I think.

Probably. Stupid question.

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So, you're saying there's antimatter that is running in negative time, in some inaccessible part of the universe, because matter and antimatter exploded in different spacetime directions?

So, what's with the antimatter that's in the universe we can perceive?

And, uh, how do you go about testing this?

Leaky seals.

That's kinda what I was thinking about at first too, but we get both in this universe when we create them. I think. Wait, do we?

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Good point. When we create antimatter we see an equal amount of matter. As far as testing I couldn't figure that out. How do you experimentally test any universe other than this?

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Alright, so now that I've gotten some sleep and I can string the thought together, consider a three dimensional graph where the Big Bang is the origin. Our universe is branching out along the x, y and z axes, all with positive values, with time basically being the slope. The universe's antimatter counterpart would all be doing the same but with negative values, and time being the slope running in the opposite direction. This is just a way to picture it, where the absolute values are the same. So both universes are the same age, but twice as long apart, because that's just the distance between them.

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So-

Warning I'm a bit wired because I drank a bunch of coffee to get my biology report done and it's almost 2 am, but this has to do with the Big Bang and the asymmetry of matter and antimatter. The question of what happens before it is irrelevant because there's no before but could it work out that the other side of the Big Bang is the antimatter Big Bang, doing the same thing that our universe is but, from our perspective, backwards in time and never the twain shall meet? Here's a stupid graphic I'm about to make to illustrate my point:



Such that, it's not a Big Crunch on the other side, it just happens to be a roughly identical universe expanding in the other direction through time from our perspective. It's still not really before because the Big Bang is more of a pinching off point. Chegolas' thread and tiredness got me thinking about it. I don't know, I feel like I can't quite get the idea out correctly. It's probably wrong anyway.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: DEAR LMNO
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:49:34 pm »
I believe that's technically known as the "Lucky Pierre".

:spittake:

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A.

B would only be worse if they had a slow but terminal illness. That's not necessarily a logical assessment other than you're going to die from it anyway and it's going to suck the whole way there. Suicide is still the taking of human life, which I find repugnant in all but a very narrow set of circumstances that necessitate it.

But I can't say that logic should apply in this situation. The kid's going to be really fucking upset either way. I don't think that the maturity to even process this hypothetical even exists until well into teenage years. But seeing them try to at least fight back and stay alive would probably be preferable.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: The Pit, 5 parts
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:15:09 am »
Part 10

"Now, to form a bubbleverse, as has already been mentioned, takes a great deal of energy.  Consider, though, how many nuclear weapons were set off in the second half of the 20th century.  Also, Schroedinger's work has been interpreted as some to say that consciousness may have a direct influence on the universe itself...SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"



I love this bit.

Great story, btw, just caught it today. Looking forward to more.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Dear LMNO
« on: April 13, 2014, 03:25:28 am »
Right. LMNO. We've obviously been failing at this music thing. We're doing it right. This guy has 83,000 some odd views. I propose that you and I form the shittiest band in Boston. I'll play drums. You'll... do something that you suck at.


Twid,
liking Biology more and more

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I just found out that my PSU bill for 5 credits is more than $2k.

I guess I'm selling my car.

I can sympathize, though, not entirely (never had a car to sell nor children to feed, for example). From September 2014-May 2015 is all out of pocket (June 2015 is when I transfer to UMass and am eligible for more financial aid). Of course that's two full time semesters. Out of pocket.

Funny enough the bill for Fall semester is due on my birthday.

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High Weirdness / Re: The Faith of a 21C Maintenance Monkey
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:08:57 am »
So, obviously, I've been struggling with my beliefs lately, and I've had a friend who recently passed, horribly.

I said the Kaddish for her, and then I started to say the Rosary for her, Sorrow Mysteries. I was reading the meditation on the Crowning of Thorns and I got to the point where, you know Jesus, as God Incarnate, was suffering so that he could bring himself to point where he could say, ok, maybe I'm being kinda harsh. And I thought that was silly. Why does God need to die to realize that being human blows. And I said, "Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride... And HIS."

Then I stopped, smirked, put the beads down, and said, "God bless you, Anderson."

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High Weirdness / Re: The Faith of a 21C Maintenance Monkey
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:56:40 pm »
Excellent post, couldn't agree more.

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Just checked the demographics of religious affiliation in Massachusetts.

As expected, the largest group were Catholics, at 44%
Somewhat surprisingly, the second largest group is No Religion at 23%


Table at the bottom of page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Massachusetts#Religion

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It really does seem like the batshit retarded contingent have a much louder voice in the US. In the UK it's almost at the stage where if you admit you so much as believe in god, small children will gang up and kick the shit out of you. Creationism isn't even a thing here. Other than something we laugh at america for. :eek:

Please note - This is not the situation for the whole UK.

Round here, they still pray for the sun to rise perform all manner of arcane sporting and lottery rituals.

Small children still attack people but it's more for fun and profit than ideological differences.

Yeah, I have to admit the small children round my neck of the woods mainly attack for lulz/profit/trip to jail to visit their parents. Nobody takes religious wingnuts seriously, tho. Imagine someone started a campaign demanding they teach intelligent design in our schools? It's not like the fucking anglicans wouldn't publicly mock them along with the rest of us.

Something about America. Too much wide open space? It seems* like the psychos are encouraged to make these mental demands and the establishment has some sort of duty to consider them, rather than just point and laugh



*this is how the situation appears over here, at least. I have been reliably informed that it's not really true but then I hear another headline about my little unicorn theory of whatever  :?

It really kinda depends. If you're in a city like Boston, it's going to be way different than if you're in Topeka. We have religious nuts here too, but religious nuts are generally nuts anyway. So we have people like That Jesus Guy but guys like him are generally ignored. We have religious folk who aren't nuts, but they tend to be of the Roman Catholic variety, but with a largely socially liberal outlook. Many religiously affiliated people don't really practice. Atheism is well tolerated.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Biology Thread
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:25:08 pm »
 :lulz:

Here's a bit from my notes on bacteria:

BSC [Biological Species Concept] is bullshit in these domains. Reproduce every 20 minutes.
Prokaryotes are hipsters [in reaction to the professor saying how prokaryotes invented all the stuff our cells do]
Most biology is microbial. Fucking hipsters everywhere.
Less than 1% pathogenic.

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