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  1. My favorite philosophy joke: Rene Descartes walks into a bar. "Beer?" asks the bartender. "I think not," Descartes replies, and instantly vanishes.
  2. I agree with all of this, but I still think the hierarchy you presented in your diagram is incorrect.
  3. Found this article: Despite Rumors, Black Hole Factory Will Not Destroy Earth Sounds like someone's trying to find evidence supporting string theory. If string theory is groundless, as Stephen says, then these efforts will be doomed to failure, no? Also, since the article implies that black holes will form only if the "extra dimensions" exist, no black holes should be observed anyway. In addition, since black holes appear to violate the law of identity, even fewer than no black holes should be observed. Right?
  4. The Trust Molecule

    Aw, no takers?
  5. Basic Grammar

    Then Warriner's would be ideal for you. You'll get all that in a concise, hierarchical presentation from basic concepts all the way up to the broadest integrative writing skills. Strunk and White is excellent, but not as comprehensive.
  6. The Trust Molecule

    Discuss the following line from Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged, with emphasis on "indivisible," entity," and "attributes." Contrast separating mind from brain with separating red from apple.
  7. Basic Grammar

    I have never found a better book for this purpose than Warriner's English Grammar and Composition. Originally written in the 1950s, various versions of it were my standard textbooks from the fourth through the 12th grades (1970 - 1979). The material is as thorough as could be, and the structure, logic, and (perhaps most importantly) sheer economy of the presentation is unparalleled. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  8. The Trust Molecule

    Somebody please point at an "epistemology" for me...
  9. The Trust Molecule

    To quote a Facebook friend of mine: "Why is this not from The Onion?"
  10. My granddaughter has words! Words I can recognize. I had never even heard the word "epistemology" when my kids were her age, but now that I'm 12+ years into Objectivism and I've discovered the field, I'm seeing things I could not have noticed before. This is fascinating to watch. Her current set seems to be "daddy" ("da da"), "baby" ("ba ba"), "bye bye" (similar to "ba ba" but with a wave that shows she's not saying "baby"), "phone" ("peh"), "kitty" ("kih-eh"), "book" ("buh"), and (my favorite) "bacon" ("bay-keh").* It may be that "grandpa" is "da da da," but that's less clear. ("Mommy" is noticeably absent, because even though she's present Mommy is noticeably absent. But don't get me started down that road.) In addition, she has what resembles a whole vocabulary of her own, which she uses all the time with all the tone, inflection, facial expression, and body language of anyone speaking adult English. She knows exactly what her meaning is, too, because she often gets frustrated when we don't respond correctly. On the other hand, she's not consistent in her "word" usage, meaning that she can utter an entirely different set of sounds which appear to have the same meaning. For example, "Buh day da ma dat?" and "Dat muh buh ba?" when said one after the other with the same tone, expressions, and gestures will both mean "Can I have that?" What I'm having the most fun with (and what Grandpa is most proud of) is that she is now actively trying to learn new words. We were reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish not long ago, and when I put it down she picked it up and asked in her own "words" what was clearly "What is this?" I said "book" and she asked again. This question/answer was repeated a few times, and then she said "buh." We said "book"/"buh" back and forth several times and she seemed satisfied. Later she brought the book to me, said "buh," and walked away with it. She hasn't done that with any other book so far (although we haven't finished OFTFRFBF yet - it has many chapters, as you know, and she's a woman with things to do and little patience), so she might think that "book" means that book, but she wanted a name for it and got one. Watching this develop in her is, now that I understand something of conceptual development, the most incredible thing I've ever seen. I'll post more as she progresses. Any and all replies (technical and personal) are welcome. _____ *I wish I had a video of me holding her in one arm and cooking breakfast with the other, while she watches in fascination and says "bay-keh, bay-keh, bay-keh" over and over. I do have one of her eating barbecue pork ribs at age 8 months, holding and gnawing on a rib like the good paleo eaters we are - I'm so proud.
  11. She also understands "alive" and "dead." She saw an ant on the sidewalk and exclaimed, "A ant! Look! It alive!" Then she stomped on it. "I think I kill it." On a whim, I showed her a picture of a cat in a box and asked, "Is the kitty alive or dead?" "Yes," she replied. So I think she's a little uncertain about Heisenberg. (OK, I made up the Heisenberg one. )
  12. Today's bit of amazement: Kira was drawing with crayons, and she started rubbing a red crayon on her lips. I said, "Kira! That's not lipstick!" She replied, after a moment, "It kinda lipstick." A bit less cutified: she can reliably count to ten, and understands quantity enough that she consistently answers "How many?" by counting whatever objects are asked about. Next up, letters. Right now she thinks they're digits and recites them as numbers.
  13. Introduction

    Welcome! I read (and linked on Facebook) your "The One True God" blog post, just today. Very nice!
  14. An update: Kira is now just over 28 months. She and I were outside this evening. She looked up and saw something. This was the conversation: Kira [pointing]: Ba Ba, what that? Me: That's the moon. Kira: Moon? Me: Yep, the moon. [Kira thinks for a moment.] Kira: Da moon is way up high. [pause] It too high for birdies. That whole concept-formation thing? I think we're pretty much there.
  15. Jokes

    Or Found On Road Dead
  16. If I had a nickel for every extrovert who thought my introversion was a character flaw... And that's the problem: in my experience, extroverts overwhelmingly really do think that something is wrong with introverts. Either that or they just don't pay any attention, being too busy interacting with other extroverts or dominating their interaction with introverts. It used to bother me, now I just observe for study for amusement.
  17. This blog post of mine might help: Ten Myths about Introverts. I have stopped treating my introversion as a malady to be cured. Recently, I had an interesting experience of how that's been an improvement for me: Out at a karaoke show a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting with a group of people I know, all of whom I think of as "drama-mongers" (more commonly called "gossips," I would think). One of their major goals in human interaction appears to be to create strife and use it to garner attention for themselves. They were having an animated conversation, while I was looking up songs to sing on my phone. One of them turned to me and said, "Oh, sorry about that." I looked around to see what she might be talking about, and said, "For what?" She said that she had just made an insulting remark about my son. "I wasn't listening," was my reply, and she looked confused. I still don't know what she said, and still have no interest in finding out. I had a really good time that night. Don't sweat introversion, there's nothing wrong with it. For myself, I think it's extroverts who have a problem. I see them, in general, as far more secondhanded than I am. Just be who you are and do what you do, and you'll find the right people. Or ... you'll find that you've been with the right person all along, and that's more important.
  18. Total silence leads to hallucinations

    One of the treatments for tinnitus (in extreme cases) is to sever the auditory nerve, but apparently the cause of the condition is not well enough understood to guarantee that doing so will make the sound go away. So one may wind up deaf yet still with tinnitus, the tones being the only thing you'd ever hear again. I think that would drive me mad, whereas the condition as it is for me now is no big deal since I am unaware of it most of the time.
  19. Quick correction: The Lord of the Rings was issued as three books, but Tolkien considered it one story and was not happy with the publisher's decision. In fact, each of the three volumes are divided into two "books," numbered consecutively 1 through 6 by the author. Regading part 2 of the Atlas movie, in my not at all humble opinion, part 1 was so bad that there is no point in continuing to parts 2 and 3. (See my review elsewhere on this forum.) There will be even less point in going to see whatever comes next.
  20. Cars and traffic safety

    Nope. It's neither speed nor the sudden stop. What kills you is the fact that not all of you stops at the same instant.
  21. It's been a long time since I've seen any updates on the progress of Lewis Little's Theory of Elementary Waves. It's always been very exciting to me, since I've been following it from close to its introduction. Has there been any news in the last year or so?
  22. Theory of Elementary Waves

    [emphasis added] You omitted the exact part that the video's closing line refers to. Where your ellipsis is should be the words "I hope it doesn't hurt," meaning pain from the elementary wave passing through the skull. That's supposed to be the joke, feeble as it is. In any case, his explanation for how we can see light that was emitted before we existed is different than the one given by Dr. Little in his original descriptions of TEW. Dr. Little's is much better.
  23. Theory of Elementary Waves

    He's commenting on something he joked about during the video. Watch it again and you'll find it.
  24. Jury Duty

    I disagree. In all those cases you are trading an actual for an actual: money for a contractual promise. If the other party fails to deliver on that promise, then he has engaged in fraud at the time he was supposed to fulfill his obligation. The potentials in the case of insurance are the fire, accident, etc., and you're not paying for those. In the other cases, it's no different than paying a clerk for an item behind the counter - the clerk may or may not give you the item after you've handed over your money (or vice-versa, you many not hand over the money after the clerk gives you the item). The only difference in your examples is the amount of time that elapses between one side paying and the other side delivering. In all cases it's goods for goods.
  25. Jury Duty

    I agree. I was merely observing that Ruveyn's example is not similar to insurance.