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Submission + - Lost Doctor Who Episodes Recovered From Space (rimmell.com)

Mindflux0 writes: While searching for alien signals from deep space, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico discovered Dr. Who. They stumbled across a strange signal that turned out to television broadcasts from almost 50 years ago. They've begun recording the signal and have found, among other things, lost Dr. Who episodes.

The broadcasts are being reflected off of an as of yet unknown object in deep space. Exactly what the signals are bouncing off of remains a mystery despite attempts to spot it with the Hubble Space Telescope. The astronomers suspect it is some sort of asteroid field.

Comment Re:Fundies just can't stand the heat (Score 1) 943

If you call this a gambit you seem to agree that stuff like wonders and virgin birth are only a small part of religions. Because a gambit is small sacrifice to get to a advantageous position.

No, that's gambit in reference to chess. In normal, colloquial English "gambit" means strategy (perhaps risky strategy) or, in this case "attempt to change or manipulate the topic of conversation."

So if you still believe this argument needs debate then you must think that science can prove moral values wrong or how rituals should be done.

That's a strawman. We're talking about religion, not moral values. Why should we think religion and moral values are equivalent?

To give you a bit more of a favorable reading I'd say you personally define religion as something more akin to what most people would call "spiritualism" or something like that. Acknowledging forces greater than yourself, attempting to do good etc. etc. Most people think of "religion" as organized religion, with detailed doctrines etc. The first may or may not be incompatible with science, the second is almost always in conflict with science.

Comment Re:Bush certainly never did that (Score 1) 271

We'll see how the healthcare reform works out. "there were so many other things they could have fix speaks volumes." Volumes about what? Healthcare is one of the US's biggest problems. People have been trying to reform healthcare for decades. Why is this a bad target (results aside)?

The US's appearance abroad is important for international relations. How much easier do you think it would be for the US to function in the middle east if we were to win over the people of Pakistan? Their government understands that we've got to work together but the people (including the people in the government) hate the US. If we could change that, it would make dealing with them enormously easier and would be a huge economic and defensive advantage to the US. We've taken a lot of steps in the right direction (maybe not in Pakistan specifically but that's just an example).

And what I mean about rhetoric is that it guides the public discussion at least. Bush was "I think with my gut" and Obama says science and innovation are important. Yes just saying these things has an effect. It causes people to consider things differently and hopeful do different things. No it's not as important as actually doing things but it's not discountable.

Comment Re:Bush certainly never did that (Score 1) 271

That's crap.

There are huge difference between Obama and Bush. I'll agree that Obama is much more similar to Bush than the Democrats would like to admit. He did however push through healthcare reform (watered down though it may be). He also hugely improved the US's appearance abroad. And differing rhetoric in and of itself is sometimes important. It's at least slowing down the war on science (even if he's not doing much proactive in that regard).

So, I'll agree that he's not it any way living up to his "change" slogan but he's certainly not the same as Bush. Maybe economically the same.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 271

Well, considering you want this system to work in the whole country and to be able to be triggered by the government in Washington, how else would you set the system up? Would you really set up a system that couldn't be triggered all at once? Would that be in any way easier or preferable?

Sure, the number of things that would actually effect the whole country are pretty limited...nuclear fallout...invasion...other extremely unlikely things but you still want the system to work everywhere, why wouldn't you test it like this?

Comment Re:Swirly flat pancake thing... (Score 1) 412

A) It would seem that you would need a non-zero radius to spin BUT (1) pre-big bang wasn't necessarily 0 radius (2) angular momentum might just be a value, whether or not there's anything "spinning" like quantum spin or strangeness.

B) I don't follow your question.

Comment Re:Does the universe stop when I go to sleep? (Score 1) 412

No. Yes.


No. Yes.

If you are non-skeptical enough to continue surviving then you can sufficiently prove all those claims. If you're more skeptical than that you have no reason to be posting here. Or eating.

I don't know what you mean by that second question. Rebooting is something a computer does...are you suggesting the universe is a computer? Also, if you can "perceive things as happening" then...what's the difference between that and them "actually happening"... It's difficult to give an answer without knowing what you think is going on in the background.

And this is a philosophy question. It has nothing to do with science let alone astronomy in particular.

Comment Re:Why does anything exist? (Score 1) 412

Your principles there are true (more or less) but they don't really relate to the question.

You're assuming that a universe such as ours can exist and (perhaps) many universes with different features do exist. The question was "Why is that the case?" Since we're here, obviously the universe does exist, but why? Or more specifically, why is there "stuff" in the universe. If you threw space-time into the mix the question would reduce to "Why is there something rather than nothing?" which is a good question...

Though, it's not a science question.

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