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 on: August 29, 2014, 10:54:11 AM 
Started by An tAthair - Last post by Celestrial
yes pics pls

 on: August 28, 2014, 10:49:00 PM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Iroriel
I've found it to be a very helpful process. Did I mention that everything is color coded (not just blue for things I like). Things that really irk me are pink/red, things that seem questionable or inconsistent are orange, fact checking and comparisons are in yellow. This next statement may make me really unpopular, but ebook readers work really well for this. That way highlighting and long winded annotations don't wreck a perfectly nice book! It isn't ideal, and nothing compares to turning a paper page, but it is very practical.

There are so many pretty notebooks (if I had infinite money...)! ::) The one I scribble things in is very bright red with nice thick paper (I'm very fond of it, it's a mess). Eventually the things that make it past the red notebook will be transferred to my BoS.

Perhaps you should strive to become a 'science witch' (or any other moniker you prefer) yourself? You certainly seem to be headed that way. :)

hmm.. that actually does make it tempting to get one of those ereader things.. You have a very good point with the annotations and highlighting and things. I've never much been interested mostly because I've never had a need to do any of that (at least to this probably extreme extent).

Oh yes I'm sure your red notebook is lovely~ I think I got one similar for my mom once. Oh no I just remembered Barnes&Nobles has that section with the super nice notebooks.. must.. resist.. :'(

I suppose I'll find out if I'll end up being a science witch! I'm sure I'll be pleasantly surprised. (I also wonder if there's a way to make that a clever pun of some sort.. *squints*)

 on: August 28, 2014, 03:44:17 PM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Alchymist
I wouldn't call myself a skeptic... but I constantly question things, and reconcile them with knowledge.  I was once skeptical of the "Big Bang" theory, but through research, and examining the science, I've found it makes sense, but to understand it, you need to study it's exact mechanics.  There's a reason why it happened, and there is evidence in long range x-ray scans by deep space satellites that infer when it happened, and how it proceeded.  From a purely scientific perspective, it makes good sense, but you have to understand the science.

Oh, I understand the science, no problem; that's precisely why I'm sceptical. And I've read books and articles, from "Scientific American" to peer-reviewed academic journals, and talked to University professors and grad students and amateur astronomers, and I'm still unconvinced.

Current Big Bang theory depends on two pieces of evidence, both inferences (since no-one was around to actually observe it).
a) The light from distant galaxies is red-shifted, which is inferred to mean that they are moving away from us.
b) The cosmic microwave (not x-ray) background radiation, which is inferred to be a remnant of the Big Bang itself.
From this, it is further inferred that the Big Bang happened .... well, the consensus nowadays seems to be that it happened around 13.7 billion years ago.

However.... In every direction, using our best modern telescopes, we can see galaxies which are inferred to be up to 12 billion light years away from us. But when we look at these distant galaxies, we are also looking into the distant past; we are seeing them, not as and where they are "today", but as and where they were, 12 billion years ago. Which leads me to suppose that 12 billion years ago, the Universe was already, at minimum, a sphere 24 billion light years in diameter (and most probably, much bigger).

This seems to imply that the Universe expanded from, essentially, nothing, to 24 billion light years in diameter, in less than 2 billion years; thus, it expanded at several times the velocity of light - which is, supposedly, impossible. Which is not to say that the Big Bang didn't happen; just that I'm sceptical of current theories as to how, where, why, when, and indeed if.

"Ah, well, space is actually curved", we are told; but, according to the latest measurements, it isn't; it's "flat" to within 2%.

Also, if we ask "what happened before the Big Bang? and what is the Universe expanding into?", we are informed "The question is meaningless, since time and space began with the Big Bang." Which sounds, to me, awfully like dodging the question; or hiding the fact that no-one really has an answer.

So ..... I remain sceptical, as I do about most things; is there an afterlife? Who really wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare? Was there an advanced civilization before the Ice Ages? Does Bernoulli's Theorem really explain aerodynamic lift? And on, and on, and on.....


 on: August 28, 2014, 03:07:23 PM 
Started by An tAthair - Last post by Canis
I'd love to see the pic. Sounds amazing.

 on: August 28, 2014, 02:27:32 PM 
Started by An tAthair - Last post by Questa
That tree is just crying out to be sat in and communed with.

I agree! 

Yesterday I was walking with my father on his property (where I grew up), and I was drawn to a tree that has grown so much since I lived there.  I was standing at the trunk, looking up, thinking of how it would be impossible to climb since the lowest branches were really high up, when I noticed from the trunk on up it has a perfect shape of a woman! I pointed it out to my father and we stood there amazed.  I wish I had taken a picture to show.  Next time I visit, I will.   

 on: August 28, 2014, 11:20:59 AM 
Started by Jamni90 - Last post by Celestrial
I agree with that Marisol...As in Deja Vu..sometimes we believe we have seen that person or event and feels very me thats maybe a past life and those people, places where a part of that...Fear has no meaning to us unless we let it in...But alas I have a phobia, its getting better, but still cannot be outside in a thunder storm...i can watch it now but no way be out in it...but the pictures amaze me and are so beautiful :-P

 on: August 27, 2014, 11:18:36 AM 
Started by danceswithdidgeridoos - Last post by hecate8
Hello and welcome.

 on: August 27, 2014, 10:00:21 AM 
Started by Harjilaz - Last post by MoonlitWings
Welcome to the forum Harjilaz, let the corrupt..I mean learning begin ;D :-p hehe

 on: August 27, 2014, 04:32:16 AM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by Alces Alces
I see the other side of the skepticism coin to be gullibility. I'd rather be skeptical than gullible.

 on: August 27, 2014, 03:42:33 AM 
Started by Iroriel - Last post by C_A
The only thing I hate to see is "card carrying" skeptics.  They reject everything, and see it as an elite intellectual process,

This is true of "card carrying" ANYTHING.  Atheists.  Vegans.  Republicans.  Democrats.  The Quebecoise, the IRA and the neo-nazis.

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