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Topic: ethical question
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:02:57 PM
ChrisKC wrote:
You have actually written that you were prepared to 'pay for the cost of the book" but you meant, "pay for the cost of the damage to the book" as later, you mention about the full price of the book, I can't imagine the Manager refusing the offer to pay for a new book and for him to keep the damaged one!


By "cost of the book" I mean the wholesale price, the price that the store pays to the vendor. By "full price" I mean the retail price, which I found out is about double the wholesale price (that's top-secret information).

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Topic: ethical question
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 5:44:12 PM
I was at a bookstore and I damaged the cover of a book. I brought the matter to the attention of a manager and suggested to him that I pay the store's cost for the book, and that the store could keep the book. The manager agreed to my offer. I'm wondering if I was fair to the bookstore. Should I have offered to pay the full price for the book? I assumed that they could perhaps sell the book at a discount.

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Topic: Scale of the universe
Posted: Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:14:29 PM
As an aside, it makes no sense to say that the universe is 'huge', because it is sui generis and there is nothing to compare it with. And if the universe is infinite, then the notion of size makes no sense.

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Topic: Amazing math puzzle
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:29:55 PM
srirr wrote:
rmberwin wrote:


(Note: It might be objected that because there are an infinite number of balls, the task cannot be completed. But hypothetically it can [Zeno's dichotomy paradox].)



I reckon practically the task can be completed, but hypothetically it can not be. Think

The first action starts at 30 sec, and hypothetically it is assumed that the time lapsed in putting in the ten balls and taking out one ball is nothing, Think Eh? so the next action begins at 31st second.
Practically, there will be some time lapse which after some iterations will cross the 60 second mark.

So, hypothetically there is always some time left in completing the set of actions, in billionth part of a second or trillionth part of a second or...............



I should have added that the time to complete each action should be counted as zero. I won't get into an explanation of Zeno's dichotomy because: 1) I'm not an expert, and 2) There is still some controversy about it. But the paradox states that you cannot walk across the room, because first you have to cross half the distance, then half the remaining, half the remaining, etc., and you can't complete an infinite sequence of events. But in calculus such infinite sums are computed all the time, not by actually calculating them, but by taking the limit of the series of partial sums. In this case, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + ... = 1. And needless to say, we can cross the room, so the paradox must be confronted, not only in the physical realm, but in the mathematical.

But the question remains, How many ball are left in the urn at the completion of the task?

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Topic: Amazing math puzzle
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:38:08 PM
This is an 'infinite task' kind of problem, and it takes place given one minute of time. Let's say you have an urn with infinite capacity and an infinite number of balls, marked 1,2,3.... At the start of the clock there are no balls in the urn. After 30 seconds you place balls 1 through 10 in the urn and then remove the lowest numbered ball, which is 1. At 45 seconds (half the remaining time) you place balls 11 through 20 in the urn and remove the lowest numbered ball, which is 2. So at every step you are adding a net amount of 9 balls. Keep going like this, adding and removing balls every time the clock counts down to half the remaining time. At the completion of one minute, how many balls are in the urn?

(Note: It might be objected that because there are an infinite number of balls, the task cannot be completed. But hypothetically it can [Zeno's dichotomy paradox].)





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Topic: Annoying laptop-screen reflection problem solved
Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 9:39:12 PM
Glossy laptop screens are known to deliver better color than matte, but a problem is the reflective glare. But I've found that if the screen is adjusted so that it is at a slight acute angle to the line of sight, there is no noticeable reflection.

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Topic: Nozick's 'experience machine'
Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:01:54 PM
The philosopher Robert Nozick has attempted to refute utilitarian and hedonist philosophies of life with his hypothetical 'experience machine'.

"Nozick asks us to imagine a machine that could give us whatever desirable or pleasurable experiences we could want. Psychologists have figured out a way to stimulate a person's brain to induce pleasurable experiences that the subject could not distinguish from those he would have apart from the machine. He then asks, if given the choice, would we prefer the machine to real life?" (Wiki)

Nozick claims that the machine represents a mere escape from reality and is not in keeping with the good life.

But what if someone used it to escape overwhelming suffering? There is a Star Trek episode in which Mr. Spock risks his career in order to transport his disabled previous captain to a planet where aliens would provide a pleasurable, realistic fantasy life.

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Topic: What were they thinking?
Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017 9:22:36 PM
Sarrriesfan wrote:
rmberwin wrote:
A few years ago a new apple variety was sold under the brandname 'SweeTango". I thought the name and spelling were awful. Now comes (get ready for it) the "Cosmic Crisp". Besides being nearly unpronounceable, the name suggests that the apple should offer some kind of transcendent crispy-texture experience--that the fruit is the apotheosis of crunchiosity. Actually, the name was the result of marketing research and refers to the surface appearance of the apple. From the website: "Those little spots look like starbursts to some and consumers are believed to be drawn to names relating to outer space and the cosmos." Somebody needs to be spanked.


I do not find the name unpronounceable myself, but I agree with you about market researchers and their thoughts.


I should have said "awkward to pronounce" instead.

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Topic: What were they thinking?
Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017 5:25:46 PM
A few years ago a new apple variety was sold under the brandname 'SweeTango". I thought the name and spelling were awful. Now comes (get ready for it) the "Cosmic Crisp". Besides being nearly unpronounceable, the name suggests that the apple should offer some kind of transcendent crispy-texture experience--that the fruit is the apotheosis of crunchiosity. Actually, the name was the result of marketing research and refers to the surface appearance of the apple. From the website: "Those little spots look like starbursts to some and consumers are believed to be drawn to names relating to outer space and the cosmos." Somebody needs to be spanked.

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Topic: The uses and abuses of public spaces.
Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 5:54:32 PM
FounDit wrote:
Speaking of memorials, perhaps we could have an All Earth Victims Day Memorial.

On this day, every person on the Earth could wear a hair shirt, place ashes on our heads, and sit by the side of the road throwing dirt into the air, while bemoaning the abuse our group has suffered at the hands of some other group in the planet. Because it is abundantly clear that every group of humans has offended or abused some other group at one time or another in history, it works for everyone.

Having established such a day, we could all demand reparations, the equivalent of one unit of monetary value for our society. And once you have paid your reparation to someone, and they have paid you, we would all believe we’ve actually accomplished something — we all paid, and received reparations for the past sins of our ancestors. We are now all equally recompensed and forgiven. Yea!! Then we could focus on how we actually treat one another today, rather than some time in the past.

(Oh, wait. I forgot. Doing this would require maturity on the part of humans. Ne-e-e-ver mind.)


Yes, I think that you are getting to the point I was trying to make. By allowing just one group to display their misfortunes, it sort of distorts the larger picture.

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