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  1. I was just watching a documentary on the Dark Ages, which should be a sort of interesting topic on its own right, but the way they did it it just wasn't. I wanted to know, for instance, how their living conditions would compare with those in Africa today, or if there were any recognizably French aspects of early Frankish culture, but it was mostly on a political and martial level. Are there any such documentaries on level closer to what you would notice passing through as a traveler or exchange student? I realize it would take both impressive levels of scholarship and acting/production to get to the point where you could see peoples' BO onscreen (and have everything be accurate) but the end product would be very cool.
  2. @Autumnleaf what's your opinion on Islamic finance?
  3. I'm pretty sure this isn't how it works, because they were talking about violating conservation of momentum. But I assume people who know more than me will be along shortly. ...... added to this post 2 minutes later: Here's a pretty convincing takedown of the paper. Basically, the effect looks about exactly the same as you would expect from thermal expansion. It would be pretty strange if light kept bouncing around for tens of seconds after the stimulus ended.
  4. Oh really? Show me a non-living thing that reproduces over a long enough timeframe that death (i.e. non-infinite resources) and mutation (i.e. 2nd law of thermodynamics) come into play, and I will show you evolution. i.e. It's only been recently that we've been able to simulate such things in detail, but there is only one possible result of these simulations.
  5. I don't think even native Chinese bother with strokes anymore, after learning them in elementary school.
  6. Well done. I grant you three internet points.

  7. So, you're pro-life, while conservatives are pro-abortion?

  8. I've lived in China for a number of years. I can't really disagree when it comes to political power - although the abstract concept is not Buddhism. The "mandate of Heaven" for instance - I'm not sure whether its original basis is more Taoist or Confucian - is supposedly a source of political legitimacy. There is an understanding that the top and the bottom of the pile will have to give and take, even if there is a taboo on creating institutions to actually streamline that process. However, it is worth noting that the opposite seems to be true in personal relationships. They don't really have the extroverted vs. introverted mindset that you see in the West. Pretty much everybody gets married at the 'normal' age. Furthermore, there is less of a taboo on creating market institutions to make that happen. So in sum, I don't know.
  9. I think of it as a dichotomy between simplicity and complexity. Even complexity has an element of simplicity, otherwise we would not be able to summarize it as "complexity." True complexity is something we can't really comprehend. As for simplicity...we never know if what we perceive as simplicity is real, or just a function of our perspective. We have to be able to understand ourselves first before we can pass judgement on things outside of ourselves as being "simple." So simplicity may actually be more complicated than complexity.
  10. I was just thinking the same thing.

  11. Hopefully everyone involved understands that's sarcastic :sneaky:

  12. omg stop you're too much

  13. Hi everybody! (Does anybody know what kind of accent he has? Is is Spanish?)