IS Forum
Forum Index Register Members List Events Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Help

Go Back   International Skeptics Forum » Search Forums
 


Welcome to the International Skeptics Forum, where we discuss skepticism, critical thinking, the paranormal and science in a friendly but lively way. You are currently viewing the forum as a guest, which means you are missing out on discussing matters that are of interest to you. Please consider registering so you can gain full use of the forum features and interact with other Members. Registration is simple, fast and free! Click here to register today.
Showing results 1 to 50 of 500
Search took 0.09 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Olmstead
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 02:50 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Yes, I thought about that too. That might be more...

Yes, I thought about that too. That might be more likely.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 02:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 982
Posted By Olmstead
Your're not making any sense. You need to play...

Your're not making any sense. You need to play deliberate but also can't be definable? You must be completely unpredictable, but you can't be random?

I think your basic idea is that if the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 12:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 982
Posted By Olmstead
If randomness is required to win consistently,...

If randomness is required to win consistently, you can program randomness. You can also program an engine that adjusts its bidding and playing based on what opponents do.

Eventually, the computer...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 11:55 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Exactly. And I've identified the source of the...

Exactly. And I've identified the source of the first light that flickers on in that sequence a few posts up. It's in the shot and clearly visible.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 10:40 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Oh, for ****'s sake. This (source of first...

Oh, for ****'s sake.

This (source of first flash of light in the "search beam"):

http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=1454&pictureid=13170
is obviously the same as...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 09:10 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Why is that place lit up like a Christmas tree at...

Why is that place lit up like a Christmas tree at 4 in the morning anyway?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 04:13 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
See, this is why I think you're showing signs of...

See, this is why I think you're showing signs of schizophrenia. You actually think something happened to you at the time?
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 03:52 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
The light didn't take out the power, and the...

The light didn't take out the power, and the noise is an unknown noise that could be anything. This means that the only thing that "might" be weird in the video is the light. Thing is, it doesn't...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 03:21 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
You're claiming that there is something off about...

You're claiming that there is something off about the light, but you've provided nothing to back that up. It's a flash of light from an unknown direction with unknown obstacles, recorded using a...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 02:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 982
Posted By Olmstead
The computer knows its own hand and all the cards...

The computer knows its own hand and all the cards in the deck. From there it can predict millions of possible lines, look for patterns in the outcomes, and analyse which outcomes would be beneficial...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 02:13 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
There was a power outage. Something in the...

There was a power outage. Something in the neighbourhood was shut down, a backup generator started running, and the thing that was shut down came back on, flashing its start-up lights and making its...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal Yesterday, 01:15 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Did the aliens capture you or upload your mind to...

Did the aliens capture you or upload your mind to their ship?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 07:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 982
Posted By Olmstead
If there are statistically beneficial decision to...

If there are statistically beneficial decision to be made, a computer can identify the best ones far better than a human.

If there aren't, well, then you have a game of pure chance.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
https://www.securityinformed.com/insights/minimisi...

https://www.securityinformed.com/insights/minimising-video-frame-drops-video-surveillance-co-14796-ga.22721.html



I think the most likely explanation is that the sudden change in lightning...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 01:23 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
Who cares, it's some glitch in the video, the...

Who cares, it's some glitch in the video, the compression, or the camera. Why does your car backing video skip from 48s to 50s? It's probably for the same reason.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 12:40 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
I don't know why your footage skips weirdly. It...

I don't know why your footage skips weirdly. It does the same thing in the video with the car backing up.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 7th August 2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
You're making some really weird connections based...

You're making some really weird connections based on almost nothing.

Also, what exactly do you mean by this:

"at 15s the light beam is what put me or my wife or both of us back....*"
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th August 2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 2,711
Posted By Olmstead
You should probably see a psychiatrist to check...

You should probably see a psychiatrist to check whether you have schizophrenia.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 6th August 2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 5,805
Posted By Olmstead
Why should Ukraine care whether Russia objects?...

Why should Ukraine care whether Russia objects? Oh, wait, I know the answer. Because Russia will invade otherwise.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 6th August 2022, 04:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 456
Posted By Olmstead
There also isn't anything confusing about me...

There also isn't anything confusing about me being a Shintoist because I really like Spirited Away.

Oh wait, yes there is. I should get that checked out.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 5th August 2022, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 456
Posted By Olmstead
Maybe not. Honestly, he seemed to have been an...

Maybe not. Honestly, he seemed to have been an agnostic who had bought into the children's book version of Christianity and really wanted it to be true.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 5th August 2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 456
Posted By Olmstead
He knows intellectually that Christianity is...

He knows intellectually that Christianity is nonsense, but emotionally he still wants a "Get out of Hell free" card because it's hard to shake off childhood trauma?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 3rd August 2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 1,958
Posted By Olmstead
There is no problem of evil. Centuries of...

There is no problem of evil. Centuries of ridiculous paradoxes, even though every religion fails at the very first hurdle: Where's your silly God?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 2nd August 2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,896
Posted By Olmstead
To be fair, nothing much has changed since old...

To be fair, nothing much has changed since old Henry. The whole religion can't be a sham, so instead we get to bluff everyone into thinking that Yahweh loves homosexuals a whole lot, just like Henry...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 31st July 2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 5,903
Posted By Olmstead
Psychiatry doesn't make such value judgments....

Psychiatry doesn't make such value judgments. Homosexuality wasn't socially acceptable, so it was a mental illness. Now it is socially acceptable, so it isn't a mental illness. There isn't anything...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 31st July 2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 5,903
Posted By Olmstead
It'll be a dark day when transgender identities...

It'll be a dark day when transgender identities are classified as invalid. Gender reassignment surgery might make people functional and happy, but because their identity is invalid, we'll have to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th July 2022, 12:54 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 5,903
Posted By Olmstead
If she's losing against female athletes at all,...

If she's losing against female athletes at all, it means that she's a rather average swimmer.
Forum: USA Politics 25th July 2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 500
Posted By Olmstead
I don't think libertarianism would survive long...

I don't think libertarianism would survive long enough for it to turn into anything.

I also don't understand why libertarianism would hold property sacrosanct or protect against force and fraud....
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd July 2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,191
Posted By Olmstead
I probably lack the knowledge and understanding...

I probably lack the knowledge and understanding for that distinction to matter.

From what I understand, everything might be deterministic, we just don't know enough to see all the complex patterns...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd July 2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 4,191
Posted By Olmstead
Theoretically, I could build a machine that would...

Theoretically, I could build a machine that would show how my brain transforms input into output. But then the input would be me watching my brain. Then I could rebel against this determinism, but my...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th July 2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,235
Posted By Olmstead
There's a video. It's not like he was...

There's a video.

It's not like he was shooting to stop anyone. When you blindly shoot at a car driving away, you shoot to punish.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 19th July 2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 587
Views: 25,862
Posted By Olmstead
I just looked out my window, and the swallows are...

I just looked out my window, and the swallows are on fire.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 18th July 2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 529
Views: 99,765
Posted By Olmstead
Not to mention that air conditioning contributes...

Not to mention that air conditioning contributes to even more greenhouse emissions.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th July 2022, 01:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,110
Posted By Olmstead
Their racket is something to behold: ...

Their racket is something to behold:

https://history.familyfed.org/hyung-jin-moon-1/rev-kook-jin-moon-speaks-on-new-findings-about-japans-prejudiced-policy-toward-unification-church
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 12th July 2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 621
Views: 8,809
Posted By Olmstead
Unless there was a single individual who was born...

Unless there was a single individual who was born in a manger, trashed a temple at some point, was rumored to perform at least one miracle attributed to Jesus, and ended up crucified, I don't buy the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 12th July 2022, 01:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,110
Posted By Olmstead
Downplayed Japan's acts in World War 2, expressed...

Downplayed Japan's acts in World War 2, expressed denial about the Nanjing massacre, literally victim blamed the women that had been subjected to sexual slavery, etc.

He didn't deserve to be...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 11th July 2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 295
Views: 4,404
Posted By Olmstead
Why exactly do religions get the benefit of the...

Why exactly do religions get the benefit of the doubt? Are there any other movements with such a horrible body count that get to have "good" adherents.
Forum: USA Politics 10th July 2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
That just means that abortion is a crime for...

That just means that abortion is a crime for those who are too poor to get it done in another state. I'd call it discriminatory.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th July 2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 670
Posted By Olmstead
The factual analysis is nice, but Putin is all...

The factual analysis is nice, but Putin is all rhetoric anyway. It doesn't need to be true, it just needs to make "sense" to his base. And you're not convincing them with stats.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 9th July 2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 295
Views: 4,404
Posted By Olmstead
We could release a public disclaimer that there...

We could release a public disclaimer that there is no God and that churches should be used for entertainment purposes only.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th July 2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2,947
Views: 93,077
Posted By Olmstead
What exactly is the endgame of the "West"? Is it...

What exactly is the endgame of the "West"? Is it to turn the world into a capitalist dystopia where life is somehow still better than in RussiaTM?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 9th July 2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 295
Views: 4,404
Posted By Olmstead
Even if religion were only a tool for...

Even if religion were only a tool for manipulation and justifying atrocities, that's still equally bad.

Where's the positive? It's only use is in making people content with their ****** life,...
Forum: USA Politics 4th July 2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
You're free to provide relevant scientific...

You're free to provide relevant scientific findings on brain activity.
Forum: USA Politics 4th July 2022, 04:23 AM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
It's far more curious that those who defend a...

It's far more curious that those who defend a clump of cells which might grow into a sentient creature at some point in the future will toss aside those principles when it comes to actual sentient...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
Just because something looks aware, doesn't mean...

Just because something looks aware, doesn't mean it is.

Around 30 weeks seems to be the point when you can even start to consider a fetus sentient, but I don't really count that as a person based...
Forum: USA Politics 3rd July 2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
A baby probably isn't even aware of anything...

A baby probably isn't even aware of anything until a few months after birth, but that might be an unpalatable time frame, so I'm willing to compromise.
Forum: USA Politics 29th June 2022, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
While conservatives prefer to use big government...

While conservatives prefer to use big government in order to make the lives of everybody they don't like miserable. Math checks out.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 10:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 648
Posted By Olmstead
Maybe. Rather than displacement, I'd be concerned...

Maybe. Rather than displacement, I'd be concerned about how how it affects the housing market for people with lower income. Of course, this could all be solved with more social/affordable housing.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 648
Posted By Olmstead
Good for who? Colonisation usually turns out...

Good for who? Colonisation usually turns out great for the coloniser. Eating the rich would do wonders for my protein intake.
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 1,826
Views: 37,263
Posted By Olmstead
In that case, why do the judges disagree, and why...

In that case, why do the judges disagree, and why is this disagreement based on their ideology?
Showing results 1 to 50 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:03 AM.
Powered by vBulletin. Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum began as part of the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF). However, the forum now exists as
an independent entity with no affiliation with or endorsement by the JREF, including the section in reference to "JREF" topics.

Disclaimer: Messages posted in the Forum are solely the opinion of their authors.