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by orthogonaltee
16 Jul 2015, 10:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Answer a Question With a Question Thread
Replies: 4836
Views: 122746

Re: Answer a Question With a Question Thread

How do you know you don't know?
by orthogonaltee
15 Jul 2015, 12:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Introduce yourselves! (A friendly topic for new members)
Replies: 6891
Views: 722169

Re: Introduce yourselves! (A friendly topic for new members)

Hey, everyone! I'm a physics teacher/masters student who specializes in astrophysics and cosmology while making my mind explode with research into differential topology specifically as it relates to curved spacetime. So yeah, I need a break every so often, so I play Magic and I play lots of video ga...
by orthogonaltee
14 Jul 2015, 16:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

"conditions on the Earth" They tend to mean by this whatever present evidence may indicate an older Earth is merely due to the misunderstanding scientists have with respect to the way the Earth was when those scientists were not there. It's a way to make indirect evidence null and void by ...
by orthogonaltee
09 Jul 2015, 15:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

"God works through people. God working through people builds fellowship. Builds socialness. God heals through medical trained people." I prefer to think that all good and bad things that occur happen because of people. The man in the story waiting for God to help him believed that God was ...
by orthogonaltee
08 Jul 2015, 22:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

My response to the fossil argument is that typically, the standard for the age of the Earth is not based on the dating of fossils, but rather, the dating of meteorite deposits and the incredibly slow rates of decay of Uranium 235 into Lead. We don't ever use the dating of fossils to determine the ag...
by orthogonaltee
08 Jul 2015, 19:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

As to questions of literature legitimacy, I think the greatest thing that points towards the text of the Old Testament being clearly not written according to traditional beliefs is the presence of camels in the stories of the Torah (the first 5 books), which according to tradition take place at a ti...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 16:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

austriamann "Unpatchable holes" are not things that scientists believe in. "Need for more evidence", sure. The Big Bang Theory is not so broken as you seem to think. Most astrophysicists are taking the basic premise of the theory, which is actually supported by the observable evi...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 16:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

Himyul, I will say we know very little, something like 4% of the Universe has a well-established explanation for it. But still, we know more than we exist. "What might have been" has no real meaning when we can adequately find evidence of a large amount of things in our past. As to the Big...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 16:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

austriamann It is a potentially valid assumption that at some point in the past, the rules of the universe were different than they are observed to be in future. Thus, the things we observe today may be tainted by our inability to understand how and when the rules changed. But let's look at why. If ...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 16:01
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

Himyul You flip a coin, it lands up heads. What is the probability that it landed heads just now. It's actually 100% The problem with applying probability to past events is that probability actually says nothing about past events, only about future events. The probability that this universe exists a...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 15:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

Himyul, The thing is, we can actually see back pretty far into the past because of the nature of the speed of light. For the most part, much of the evidence we have for the Big Bang is actually based on radiation, which is the same thing that visible light is. We've actually seen back and observed a...
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 15:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

Elomin Sha wrote:Why does God need a starship?


Never quote Star Trek V. It brings the bad juju.
by orthogonaltee
07 Jul 2015, 15:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread
Replies: 69
Views: 2932

Re: The Life, The Universe, and Everything Thread

I was just going to say that I am not trying to say that I know what happened before the Big Bang and I didn't mean to give the impression that I did by my very first comment. I generally don't go beyond saying that I don't know. That being said, there are an awful lot of things that I don't know, a...

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