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  1. JMJones, I acknowledge your statement and as you are correct, I apologize for my incorrect terminology. Uplift, I would indeed define life as what living things do, as a very (very) broad definition. When using this definition, we must think, "what is it that scientists do?" In defining what scientist do we define science. Just like with life, "what is it that all living things do? What is it that they have in common?" This is where we get a definition of life. As far as thought experiments go, I don't know if I would call them science, maybe more along the line of philosophy of science,
  2. I don't actually understand what your example proved. You spoke of gathering information, forming a hypothesis, refining your hypothesis (by disproving parts of it), and moving to add validity to it. A scientific theory becomes a law when after many trials, it has withstood the tests and has not been disproven. I reiterate, when a theory has failed to be disproven over time, it then becomes a law. What I do understand is the anamosity and lack of tolerance for creationism in the scientific community. In my experience many of the creationists are close minded and indeed lack an overall under
  3. So much hostility in this room... maybe it is time we all grab a beer, sit back, and cool down for a few minutes. :D First, I would have to agree with the moon-man in that creationism is not provable, in addition, I must assert that neither is any other theory of "the beginning." I once had a history professor tell her class that nothing she would teach us was necessarily true. She told us that historians find artifacts, and documents, and other pieces of evidence, and then string them together into the most likely story. This is exactly how science works; we find evidence, and build a good
  4. I just found an article on a star that is really cool. The cool thing about this type of star is how cool it is- 80 degrees F. So my question is, what makes this star distinct from a planet. Maybe being the center of a system is what it takes? I really have no clue and the article provides almost no information. Here is the link. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/nasa-spots-chilled-stars-cooler-human-body-004551421.html
  5. My roommate and I were having a discussion last night, when he used what is commonly known as a "dangling preposition." Being the son of a former english teacher, I corrected his grammar, as I often do unconciously. When I did so, he countered by asserting that such useage is common to the South, making it a form of dialect. No arguements, certainly people speak as is common to their region, however, I simply do not believe that dialect should trump proper grammar. Now please don't worry about my relationship with my roommate, we have a bit of an antagonistic relationship that keeps both of us
  6. noexpert

    Cryptobiosis

    Do you know of a site where I can do some research on these types of studies?
  7. noexpert

    Cryptobiosis

    what about the others? We have found that it is possible (at least temporarily) via cryogenic freezing, so I am just thinking maybe it is reasonable to say that we should explore other methods. If we just think of the bigger organism as many smaller parts, and simultaneously treated as though, is it not possible to stop and restart each of the parts? My point is, that the possibilities should be further explored, especially with the possible advantages.
  8. noexpert

    Cryptobiosis

    I was thinking less along the lines of cryogenic freezing, and more in the manner that terdigrades do it. So really I am curious as to what body functions allow them to hibernate in the way they do, since they obviously dont freeze themselves. So more into one of the other four types of cryptobiosis: Anhydrobiosis, Anoxybiosis, Chemibiosis, or Osmobiosis.
  9. noexpert

    Cryptobiosis

    I recently discovered cryptobiosis when reading about its utilization in Tardigrades (water bears). I looked for other forums that may discuss this but I couldnt't find any. Anyway, it seems like it could prove to be of great usefulness if we could utilize this. So I was wondering if there are, or have been any, attempts to achieve this in some way in humans or other mammals? Is it even possible. Maybe understanding how it is that water bears and other organisms achieve this could help to understand how it could be done in other species.
  10. I was watching television the other day, and I heard a theory that said if the universe were infinite, the sky would be white. I dont know much about the theory, and I dont really know much about the math involved, but I understand as you go further away from earth, the number of stars within angle increases due to the increasing area within the angle. My problem is, I feel that this theory doesn't account for redshift. Can anybody tell me more about the theory, maybe some basic math involved and whether the theory is sound. Thanks.
  11. I support transparency in the government, for the simple reason that the Government (at least in the US) is a government "of the people, by the people, for the people." How can people really make informed decisions about anything happening in the government if they dont even know what is going o with the government? Now of course there are some things which should be kept secret, war strategies and such, but much of what is hidden has no reason to be hidden. I just dont see how it makes sense for a government to leave its people out of so much when so much is decided by its people. So I guess
  12. Sorry that I kinda forgot about this thread, but what I really meant by that statement was that aquired characteristics can not be passed down through genetics. Since the idea was that a person could learn to think a degree further, and that over the generations this would add up, thus enhancing our abitlity to reason, I was saying that each generation would have to start at square one. So while I do agree that the ability to attain knowledge can be passed genetically, but only to the extent that is encoded in your genes. To answer your question, I guess that would depend on whether you actu
  13. I didn't really have time to read all seven pages, so I apologize if this has already been said, I would like to expound on the statement "truth=reality." An example of this would be to say that on a street surrounded by people, a car wreck were to occur. There is an absolute truth about the car wreck, how and moreso that that happened actually happened, even to the most minute detail. Now from where I am standing, I see part of the truth, this is my perspective of the truth. My perspective may be highly similar to that of another person perhaps one standing next to me. However, my perspecti
  14. Similar to the Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment, there is a thought experiment that makes implications about an infinite number of universes. It was originally published independently by Hans Moravec in 1987 and Bruno Marchal in 1988 and was further developed by Max Tegmark in 1998 (Wikipedia). Essentially the subject would be sitting with a gun aimed at his head (or really just any means of killing him). The gun would be rigged to a device that has a 50% chance of fireing it every 10 seconds. However every time that the gun is to fire, an alternet universe is created and in one the subje
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