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Posted: Oct 5, 2022 - 1:41pm

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Kant said time was intrinsic to the way we perceive the world and not a property of the world as such.. I'm still not entirely sure he's that wrong.

Reminds me of the Zen koan "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

The National Science Teachers Association cuts through the fog pretty quickly

If sound is vibrations, then the falling tree certainly does make a sound, because it produces vibrations in the air. Even if there’s no person or other animal around to hear the sound, a recorder with a microphone could certainly record those vibrations—as sound.But wait! Remember in the first paragraph I said that there’s more than one definition of sound? Another definition is that sound is the sensation we experience when our ears detect those vibrations and send information about those vibrations to the brain. In other words, by this second definition, sound is what we hear, i.e., the perception in our brains

Wikipedia has this to say about Kant and time:

In the "Transcendental Aesthetic" section of the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant outlines how space and time are pure forms of human intuition contributed by our own faculty of sensibility. Space and time do not have an existence "outside" of us, but are the "subjective" forms of our sensibility and hence the necessary a priori conditions under which the objects we encounter in our experience can appear to us at all. Kant describes time and space as "empirically real" but transcendentally ideal.


Kant was wrong: time exists outside of humans and can be measured without the existence of humans. However it takes humans to associate the passage of time with its presence in space and effect on objects.
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Posted: Oct 5, 2022 - 11:28am

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Interesting story on why does time move forward, and why did the universe start (big bang) from a low point of entropy.

The arrow of time began its journey at the Big Bang, and when the Universe eventually dies there will be no more future and no past. In the meantime, what is it that drives time ever onward?

When Isaac Newton published his famous Principia in 1687, his three elegant laws of motion solved a lot of problems. Without them, we couldn't have landed people on the Moon 282 years later. But these laws brought to physics a new problem, which wasn't fully appreciated until centuries after Newton and still nags at cosmologists today.

The issue is that Newton's laws work about twice as well as we might expect them to. They describe the world we move through every day – the world of people, the hands that move around a clock and even the apocryphal fall of certain apples – but they also account perfectly well for a world in which people walk backwards, clocks tick back afternoon to morning, and fruit soars up from the ground to its tree-branch.

How does a clear direction of time emerge from these descriptions of the Universe, which all lack their own arrow of time? As Marina Cortês, an astrophysicist at the University of Lisbon, puts it: "There's a lot of implications that start with taking seriously the question, 'Why does time pass?'"

https://www.bbc.com/future/art...



Kant said time was intrinsic to the way we perceive the world and not a property of the world as such.. I'm still not entirely sure he's that wrong.
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Posted: Oct 5, 2022 - 11:14am

Interesting story on why does time move forward, and why did the universe start (big bang) from a low point of entropy.

The arrow of time began its journey at the Big Bang, and when the Universe eventually dies there will be no more future and no past. In the meantime, what is it that drives time ever onward?

When Isaac Newton published his famous Principia in 1687, his three elegant laws of motion solved a lot of problems. Without them, we couldn't have landed people on the Moon 282 years later. But these laws brought to physics a new problem, which wasn't fully appreciated until centuries after Newton and still nags at cosmologists today.

The issue is that Newton's laws work about twice as well as we might expect them to. They describe the world we move through every day – the world of people, the hands that move around a clock and even the apocryphal fall of certain apples – but they also account perfectly well for a world in which people walk backwards, clocks tick back afternoon to morning, and fruit soars up from the ground to its tree-branch.

How does a clear direction of time emerge from these descriptions of the Universe, which all lack their own arrow of time? As Marina Cortês, an astrophysicist at the University of Lisbon, puts it: "There's a lot of implications that start with taking seriously the question, 'Why does time pass?'"

https://www.bbc.com/future/art...

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Posted: Mar 18, 2021 - 5:41am

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 Red_Dragon wrote:
 
Or in the case of men, not rising

 
{#Lol} Here's Erin Brokovich's take on it:

As if this wasn’t terrifying enough, Swan’s research finds that these chemicals aren’t just dramatically reducing semen quality, they are also shrinking penis size and volume of the testes. This is nothing short of a full-scale emergency for humanity. 
well, yes, um.
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Posted: Mar 16, 2021 - 6:00pm



 haresfur wrote:

Or in the case of men, not rising

 




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Posted: Mar 16, 2021 - 3:42pm



 Red_Dragon wrote:
 
Or in the case of men, not rising

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Posted: Mar 16, 2021 - 9:39am

 Red_Dragon wrote: 
Well, that is going to solve a whole lot of problems. 
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Posted: Nov 10, 2014 - 12:24pm

Yes indeed, this fracking technology is quite popular with the public...yeah, sure. Not in my backyard.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

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Stay skeptical
Ditto
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 4:11pm

fidge, here's what came through my feed

While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years of fusion research and investment to develop an approach that offers a significant reduction in size compared to mainstream efforts. “Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts,” said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs. “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR in less than a year.” After completing several of these design-build-test cycles, the team anticipates being able to produce a prototype in five years. As they gain confidence and progress technically with each experiment, they will also be searching for partners to help further the technology. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.




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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 3:20pm

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Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers, seems to have 1 million times the energy density of gasoline


Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy – has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or “far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.” The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by “nuclear reactions” — a conclusion that boggles the researchers: “… It is of course very hard to comprehend how these fusion processes can take place in the fuel compound at low energies.”


 
i'm skeptical

i saw something in my rss feed about skunk works and compact fusion today

but they've been talking about that for a while




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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 12:06pm

Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers, seems to have 1 million times the energy density of gasoline


Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy – has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or “far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.” The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by “nuclear reactions” — a conclusion that boggles the researchers: “… It is of course very hard to comprehend how these fusion processes can take place in the fuel compound at low energies.”

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Posted: Aug 22, 2013 - 9:05am

Welcome To The Age Of Denial
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Posted: Jun 27, 2013 - 11:49am

mouse cloned from drop of blood

wonder how many humans have been...
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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 - 9:59pm

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Gene therapy reprograms scar tissue in damaged hearts into healthy heart muscle

NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2013) — A cocktail of three specific genes can reprogram cells in the scars caused by heart attacks into functioning muscle cells, and the addition of a gene that stimulates the growth of blood vessels enhances that effect, said researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University Medical Center in a report that appears online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

"The idea of reprogramming scar tissue in the heart into functioning heart muscle was exciting," said Dr. Todd K. Rosengart, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM and the report's corresponding author. "The theory is that if you have a big heart attack, your doctor can just inject these three genes into the scar tissue during surgery and change it back into heart muscle. However, in these animal studies, we found that even the effect is enhanced when combined with the VEGF gene."

"This experiment is a proof of principle," said Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman and professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pioneer in gene therapy, who played an important role in the research. "Now we need to go further to understand the activity of these genes and determine if they are effective in even larger hearts."

During a heart attack, blood supply is cut off to the heart, resulting in the death of heart muscle. The damage leaves behind a scar and a much weakened heart. Eventually, most people who have had serious heart attacks will develop heart failure.

Changing the scar into heart muscle would strengthen the heart. To accomplish this, during surgery, Rosengart and his colleagues transferred three forms of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene that enhances blood vessel growth or an inactive material (both attached to a gene vector) into the hearts of rats. Three weeks later, the rats received either Gata4, Mef 2c and Tbx5 (the cocktail of transcription factor genes called GMT) or an inactive material. (A transcription factor binds to specific DNA sequences and starts the process that translates the genetic information into a protein.)



 
Fascinating ! Thanks for the post. Wonder thought, if it would inhibit cancer cells development (they need blood vessel - they even create their own)


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Posted: Jan 7, 2013 - 12:59pm

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Thanks, I do all that can to help the world. {#Lol}
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