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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th February 2008, 09:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
Sigh. Lisa, I usually like your posts and find...

Sigh. Lisa, I usually like your posts and find you intelligent, but this really sounds like you've got a major chip on your shoulder. This is part of why I kind of hate the internet, and was...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th February 2008, 08:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
Ooh, from the wikipedia article: I...

Ooh, from the wikipedia article:



I kind of feel like I'm wasting my time now keeping a journal.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 14th February 2008, 08:46 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 43,283
Posted By Phaycops
PS -- a couple friends I pointed towards the site...

PS -- a couple friends I pointed towards the site didn't realize that the little "?" dealys are links to additional info. Just FYI!
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th February 2008, 08:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
THANKS! This is more the kind of info I was...

THANKS! This is more the kind of info I was looking for. I've got a good list of questions going for when I finally see a neurologist, that's for sure. I'm a little bit frustrated because I don't...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th February 2008, 12:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
I wanted to add that I am not trying to contend...

I wanted to add that I am not trying to contend that your or your friend's or your mum's migraines *aren't* caused by something in particular. What I'm questioning is whether there is any medical...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th February 2008, 12:45 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 43,283
Posted By Phaycops
The thing I think some people are worried about...

The thing I think some people are worried about is that if you point someone to the site and say "yeah, THERE'S the harm," they might be put off or exasperated by the aggressively short descriptions,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th February 2008, 12:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
Yeah, see, this is where I'm getting skeptical...

Yeah, see, this is where I'm getting skeptical (and frustrated). It seems like migraine headaches are caused by something specific -- blood vessels dilating when/where they're not supposed to. ...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 13th February 2008, 08:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,464
Posted By Phaycops
Migraines and triggers and misinformation

Hi All! Haven't posted in a while, and I'm hoping the brilliant minds here can help me out a bit. I've been getting migraines with aura with increasing frequency. My primary care doc is going to...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 13th February 2008, 07:57 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 43,283
Posted By Phaycops
I like the site -- I even blogged about it (ok,...

I like the site -- I even blogged about it (ok, ok, only after Bad Astronomer blogged it, but still, I did MEAN to!). I think the descriptions of the cases could be a little bit longer. I'd be more...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 18th June 2007, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phaycops
Thanks for the help! The issue seems to have...

Thanks for the help! The issue seems to have fixed itself for now, after shutting down and starting up a few times. Stuf like this really frustrates me, though. I hate it when really weird, small...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 8th June 2007, 04:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phaycops
Rebooting didn't help -- that was the first thing...

Rebooting didn't help -- that was the first thing I tried (please, I've been a Windows user for, like, ever!). I was IMing a friend last night, and he said the interwebs told him of a "transient...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th June 2007, 04:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,219
Posted By Phaycops
I can't believe nobody linked to that guy who ate...

I can't believe nobody linked to that guy who ate monkey chow for...what, a month?

I used to have the link... I think it was slightly NSFW, though...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th June 2007, 04:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,828
Posted By Phaycops
The problem with this is, as other posters have...

The problem with this is, as other posters have pointed out, that waving a Geiger counter around the house won't tell him anything unless he knows more about sources and types of radiation, not to...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 7th June 2007, 03:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,286
Posted By Phaycops
Frustrating XP taskbar problem

I think the only times I wind up actually posting here are when I have computer problems...

Ok, I like having my taskbar auto-hide. All of a sudden, for no reason, it refuses to do so. When I...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th November 2006, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,336
Posted By Phaycops
As an aside, I'm not sure what the laws are where...

As an aside, I'm not sure what the laws are where you live, but around here, if you work in food service and come down with pink eye, you MUST stay home! Good advice in any event. Don't go...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 27th September 2006, 11:58 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 31,535
Posted By Phaycops
Ok....two things. 1. Drinking and smoking. ...

Ok....two things.

1. Drinking and smoking. I don't have time to track down the info referenced in this article, but since people were asking about drinking and smoking...From Seed Magazine:...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th August 2006, 09:45 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,247
Posted By Phaycops
~shrug~ Ok, but the bible is just ONE text out...

~shrug~ Ok, but the bible is just ONE text out of many. Like I said, if you want to correlate lots of different traditions with what happpened, that's valid. But using just one text kind of smacks...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 10th August 2006, 07:09 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,247
Posted By Phaycops
But without knowing which stories are pure myth...

But without knowing which stories are pure myth and which are dim and distorted rememberances, speculation that climatic conditions caused a plague of frogs or the eruption of a volcano caused the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2006, 01:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,247
Posted By Phaycops
Or it could just be a myth. Your starting...

Or it could just be a myth. Your starting premise is still that the events recorded in mythology have some kind of real-world counterpart. I disagree. Many, if not all, of the stories that have...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2006, 01:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,247
Posted By Phaycops
Steve, You missed my point. The stories in the...

Steve,
You missed my point. The stories in the bible aren't recording either observations OR reality -- they're stories. Made up. Myths. Not real. So trying to find "natural" explanations for...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2006, 12:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,247
Posted By Phaycops
Trying to find natural explanations for bible...

Trying to find natural explanations for bible miracles misses the point, because it starts from the flawed premise that the bible accurately records historical facts.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st July 2006, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By Phaycops
Oy. Couple of points, here. First, color is not...

Oy. Couple of points, here. First, color is not a good indicator of a mineral's identity. There are many common minerals that come in a variety of colors due impurities, substitutions in the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 5th July 2006, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,379
Posted By Phaycops
It was...fine. It was definitely fun to read,...

It was...fine. It was definitely fun to read, but her "skepticism" needs work. IIRC, she seems to really want to believe in an afterlife, and some of the comments later in the book had me pretty...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 3rd May 2006, 11:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,272
Posted By Phaycops
Definitely mine. In the lab I used to work in,...

Definitely mine. In the lab I used to work in, back before my time, there was a grad student who re-used his gloves, and reached his whole finger into a container of HF. Needless to say, he almost...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 25th April 2006, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,115
Posted By Phaycops
My guess would be that's because carbon-14 dating...

My guess would be that's because carbon-14 dating is only applicable to more recent, biological artifacts. That stuff is probably a lot more interesting to a lot more people than dating, say,...
Forum: Skeptical Events 24th March 2006, 07:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,185
Posted By Phaycops
:rolleyes: Just when you think it's safe to go in...

:rolleyes: Just when you think it's safe to go in the water...

Don't worry -- there's still time to plan. I'll put it on my calendar for thinking about later.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd March 2006, 11:44 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 13,648
Posted By Phaycops
I fear you misunderstand me. I'm trying to say...

I fear you misunderstand me. I'm trying to say that just because people you know in every day life have no problem with you as an atheist, they probably still have problems with atheists in general,...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd March 2006, 10:56 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 13,648
Posted By Phaycops
"Hey, some of my best friends are atheists." You...

"Hey, some of my best friends are atheists." You can still be predudiced against a group while liking individuals. The ability to hold two contradictory viewpoints is one of those special meaty --...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd March 2006, 10:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,071
Posted By Phaycops
You can't grow up to be a robot, even though your...

You can't grow up to be a robot, even though your mom kept telling you you could grow up to be anything you wanted :(
Forum: Skeptical Events 23rd March 2006, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,185
Posted By Phaycops
Suez, we'll try to make it out, but my...

Suez, we'll try to make it out, but my boyfriend's already balking at the idea of trekking to Albany to hang out with a bunch of strangers :( He's not too good with the whole making friends and...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st March 2006, 03:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,465
Posted By Phaycops
Well, one obvious way to try to find out what was...

Well, one obvious way to try to find out what was going on would be to get the water in your house checked. There are commercial labs that will do this, or maybe you can get someone at your...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th March 2006, 07:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,881
Posted By Phaycops
Ummm.....what? Why would you say that?

Ummm.....what? Why would you say that?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 15th March 2006, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,465
Posted By Phaycops
Avita -- don't forget that memory loss, inability...

Avita -- don't forget that memory loss, inability to concentrate, and fatigue can be symptoms just of the thyroid condition. I'm assuming you've researched your thyroid condition and are not...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th March 2006, 03:15 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,881
Posted By Phaycops
'S ok -- I'm a bit thyroidy (that would be a...

'S ok -- I'm a bit thyroidy (that would be a technical term, you know) lately, so until my meds kick in, I may be a wee bit moody.

I can't believe I had to sit around and wait for like 45 minutes...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th March 2006, 03:01 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,881
Posted By Phaycops
:shrug: Just asking. You don't need to insult my...

:shrug: Just asking. You don't need to insult my intelligence. I already said I don't really care about philosophy anyway...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th March 2006, 02:40 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,881
Posted By Phaycops
Based on what I've read here, it seems to be...

Based on what I've read here, it seems to be related to the "Noble Savage" sorts of myths. Like, oh, the Hopi experience time as a great and loving ocean of, I dunno, truth, or whatever, and us...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th March 2006, 02:14 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,881
Posted By Phaycops
This is by far one of the most interesting...

This is by far one of the most interesting discussions I have ever read here.

Ok, so humans have certain ways of grouping colors that some people think may be related to the ways our brains and...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th March 2006, 08:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,861
Posted By Phaycops
Oy, no kidding. Gas can be quite painful. The...

Oy, no kidding. Gas can be quite painful. The year before I was a freshman in high school, our marching band was on their way to Florida and had to make an emergency landing for what a doctor on...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 27th July 2005, 12:08 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,958
Posted By Phaycops
Like I said, I was just trying to get some input...

Like I said, I was just trying to get some input on my understanding of the problems with developing AI. I'm not sure what all this attitude is for. In the instance I mentioned, the word...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 27th July 2005, 07:12 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,958
Posted By Phaycops
I dunno. Like I said, I was just quoting Pinker...

I dunno. Like I said, I was just quoting Pinker who was quoting someone else to describe my understanding of the problem surrounding AI. To whit: that you can make a very large computer, but you...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 26th July 2005, 02:17 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,958
Posted By Phaycops
I'm reading The Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker...

I'm reading The Blank Slate by Stephen Pinker right now, and he mentions some difficulties with AI in the context of some discussion on brains being hardwired or flexible. To my understanding, the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th July 2005, 09:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,212
Posted By Phaycops
How old are your kids?

How old are your kids?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th July 2005, 09:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,779
Posted By Phaycops
I think the problem is that the CNN article is...

I think the problem is that the CNN article is implicitly stating that contradicting old knowledge is bad; in reality, that's just the way the process works, as other posters have pointed out. ...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 11th July 2005, 12:19 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,770
Posted By Phaycops
What does it say? The site got blocked at my...

What does it say? The site got blocked at my work.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 11th July 2005, 11:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,220
Posted By Phaycops
I apologize if someone's already said this; I...

I apologize if someone's already said this; I didn't read the entire thread, as in the middle of reading, I suddenly found out that I have actual work to do! Yikes!

Anyway, the book the Red Queen...
Forum: Education 25th May 2005, 12:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,978
Posted By Phaycops
I really hate to wade into this, since I have no...

I really hate to wade into this, since I have no philosophical knowledge at all, but it seems to me that philosophers of science are talking an awful lot about this stuff and claiming it's of the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th May 2005, 09:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Phaycops
I just had a weird dream. For a while, I've been...

I just had a weird dream. For a while, I've been seeing this guy around who looks a LOT like my first high school boyfriend. It's not him, but similar enough to freak me out a little. Anyway, in...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th May 2005, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By Phaycops
Hi Merphie, Inderal is the trade name for...

Hi Merphie,
Inderal is the trade name for propranalol, and it can cause fatigue. I was on it for a while to calm my blood pressure and heart rate while getting treated for hyperthyroid.

The...
Forum: Skeptical Events 3rd May 2005, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,591
Posted By Phaycops
Any conversation that mentions sex and Penn do...

Any conversation that mentions sex and Penn do that for me :D Ahem.

Just had to get that out. There, I feel so much better!

Re: Circumcision....I've only ever seen uncut bits, but I can't say...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 2nd May 2005, 12:28 PM
Replies: 440
Views: 12,835
Posted By Phaycops
Aw, darn it. Nick appears to have run away. ...

Aw, darn it. Nick appears to have run away. Drat.

Sorry, I couldn't let this thread die without at least trying to resurrect it!

Any other creationists out there with questions? We're...
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