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  • BTW Vorpal I was watching the PBS videos on space-time mechanics and I was wondering from your affiliates in the field, is the idea that "everything" has already happened a 'correct' and 'modern' hypothesis on the nature of the universe? IE, that time as a linear progression is merely a constraint of our perception of space-time happening at once?
    Vorpal
    Vorpal
    If you're going for something like the philosophical positions of presentism vs eternalism, I think if if restricted to just those two, more physicists are intuitively inclined towards the latter (I haven't taken a wide poll; this is an impression that's likely biased), but the biggier issue is that it's not actually a well-defined physical question, and those are not the kind of terms physicists think in qua physics. ... Well, the (probably overly) literal answer is no. Relativity doesn't mesh well with discriminating between space and time in terms of fundamental importance, and asking whether things happen at once is analogous to asking whether things are located at the same place. So... they don't because they aren't.

    On the one hand, because of relativity, philosophically one can say something like: time as much ‘right to exist’ as space; in particular ‘elsewhen’ exists just as much ‘elsewhere’ does. There is this intuitive inclination towards eternalism in relativity, assuming we consider other locations as existing. ... On the other hand, if one tries to ask what exactly does that mean in concrete physical terms, one runs into problems. Say I'm not interested in some abstract ‘time’ or ‘elsewhens’, but whether my future exists. Do future experimental outcomes that I make exist? Is that the same thing as asking whether they are determined by the past? If so, by quantum mechanics, they aren't in general because they're intrinsically probabilistic. (And if it's not the same thing, then what the question mean in physical terms?)
    t-dugong
    t-dugong
    *reads short essay while absent-mindedly patting down the fire on his head caused by brain breakage*
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    Horton
    Horton
    I actually tried reading pop math today, didn’t like it as I’m far to used to actually building solid abstractions and solid chains of reasoning and trying to explain knot theory to me, who hasn’t studied it yet? The lack of rigor reaaaly irked me.

    Too many multiple interpretations as well, not enough solid definitions...to me? Gross. :p

    (Don’t even get me started on the book trying to explain hyperbolic geometry without explaining Euclid...)
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    To this day I still wonder what drugs the writers were on

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    Lerticus
    Lerticus
    Q: "What drugs were the writers on?"

    A: "Yes."
    Vorpal
    Vorpal
    Lolwut. Still, not really worse than the Slitheen, and that's just out of νWho. Though apparently Abzorbaloff was literally designed by a nine-year-old boy, which does explain some things.
    Horton
    Horton
    HAHAHAHA WTF

    Like out of context that looks like it’s from a hentai movie.

    The ending of L&M is weird as well and rather disturbing if thought about

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    Vorpal
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    That's interesting but seems not strongly tied to progressive talking points, since it is aimed at a vote-share target form electoral fraud, which is incentivised by loyalty-signaling of local goverenment to central. That's important in general, especially distinguishing spikes that are statistical artefacts from those that probably aren't. However, for places which gerrymandering is a serious concern (just to pick a common progressive issue), this specific type of corruption is not practically relevant: if the districts are already engineered to have high support of a particular brand of candidate, there's no incentive to do so.
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    Most useless plugin ever lol
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