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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Posted by:iphisol.
Time:11:07 am.
Oh, illscience, I was so young and angry and intellectually confrontational when I made you! And I haven't looked at you in five years. Anyway, I just thought of you when I saw this:

13 things in science that do not make sense

Okay, bye.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Posted by:gcp.
Time:9:31 am.
Just in case, the Combos Poll analysis is now available here. Thanks!
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Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Subject:important clinical study
Posted by:gcp.
Time:8:04 pm.
I am currently conducting a poll on Combos snacks to settle a debate between a friend and me about snacking habits. If you have a minute, would you please take my poll here? I'll write out the hypothesis over which we disagree when I publish the results at the end of the weekend.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Subject:buckyballs versus brain tumors
Posted by:minniethemoocha.
Time:9:45 pm.
Nanotech developers have figured out how to put metallic molecules inside a hollow carbon particle (called a fullerene) to improve the ability of an MRI to detect and map tumors. This is so cool.
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Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Posted by:howrealisreal.
Time:7:50 pm.
Hello, I'm new here, I'm a quantum mechanics/why-the-f**k-are-we-here enthusiast,
Please feel free to check out the scientific sh*t I post on my journal and leave some feedback on what you think of the content and my style, there are only three articles so far.
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Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Subject:I wonder if they can decipher hunt-and-peck
Posted by:minniethemoocha.
Time:11:58 am.
Manual typewriter keystrokes make a range of sounds, each of which is distinctive enough that the patterns can be translated mathematically into words with 96% accuracy.

I just think this stuff is great. Maybe part of me is a little tickled by the security-minded folk who are really really worried about it.

With me, every tenth stroke or so would be the eraser key anyway.
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Subject:A note on medicating children with ADD & Another on education...
Posted by:ssha.
Time:2:40 am.
Mood: quixotic.
A note on medicating children with ADD:

I was diagnosed at age 7 with ADD, borderline hyperacte. As a result, they attempted Ritalin, but it didn't really help. Instead, they gave me Dexedrine. For those of you for whom that word does not immediately bring visions, let me explain. Dexedrine is prescription grade speed, plain and simple. It is what models used to be prescribed by their 'doctors' in the 70's. It is what was in Dexatrim before they were forced to change the formula. Hence the similarity in name.

According to the complaints from friends and relatives my age, it was horrible. I became a 'zombie'. They all actively advocated me skipping my pills. I ought to have listened. Not only was this claim true, but I believe that the speed prescribed to me for so many years had much worse effects than this. For one, I became incredibly depressed at the onset of puberty, including suicide attempts. I believe this happened when I outgrew the hyperactivity which the speed was suppressing. Oh, BTW, this is one way you are supposed to be able to diagnose ADHD--uppers work like downers, downers like uppers. This is because, as it was explained to me, sufferers become hyper in order to avoid falling asleep. This extreme lethargy against which they fight is, apparently, brought on by the overworking of the mind, as it races a million miles an hour faster than the brains of others. Second, I developed a gigantic pituitary tumor, which grew much larger and faster than it had any right to, until it was a whopping 4"x4"x2"... just in the parts they could see in a mass. When all tendrils and such were put together, it was closer to 6"x4"x4". As a note, most pituitary tumors are not found until an incidental (unrelated) autopsy, and never have any real effect. Nor do they generally become larger than golf balls. I'm, apparently, special. I think it quite the coincidence that the tumor formed and grew the way, and at the time, that it did. The doctors estimated it had been there for at least 12 years. I was 24 when it was finally discovered. I didn't finally refuse to continue taking my Dexedrine until I was 13 or 14.

Another point about ADHD which I don't think is considered today, is that (according to my psych professionals as a child) you must have a high- to genius- level IQ in order to have ADHD/ADD/AADD. What I have come to realize, however, is that ADHD is a handy way of coming up with a diagnosis for boredom (and resultant acting out), so that it can be medicated.

You see, prescriptions must have a diagnosis code attached to them in order to be valid as pharmaceuticals according to the governmental bodies which control such things, and to be paid by insurance (I'd need a whole other post to get into this). You can't drug your hyper-intelligent child so that they conform to the standards of behavior for public schools, while bored out of their mind due to a need for faster movement through the educational rigors and more advanced work than their fellow classmates... unless you have a valid diagnosis code to use with it. Enter ADHD/ADD.

Now, don't get me wrong, ADD is real. However! ADD is also way over-diagnosed, and is being looked at as a disability incorrectly. It is not, in fact, a disability. It is a hyper-ability which is under-served by the limits of our current public education system. It is, quite simply, as I stated previously, the result of boredom. The lack of challenge. The lack of interest.

A plan for education in the future:

It seems to me, and has for quite some time now, that the public education system needs a complete overhaul. In a sense, we need to take a step backwards, but slightly to the side.

Way back whe, we had multiple ages/grades in one classroom, you see. I think we need to go back to this.

Forget age defining grade level. Look how many dropouts and ineffective educations this has given us. My... concept consists of a classroom defined by learning level, not necessarily age.

Under my system, children would first be tested, around ages 3-5 for a basic skill set. Based on this measurement, they are placed in school, or continue with pre-school level education to establish basic reading, writing and speech skills. Once they are ready, they then move on to the next 'grade level', where they learn another set of skills at certain levels. If this takes them more than one year, so be it. One might institute a rough age limit, at which a student is simply passed on or moved into some alternative remedial/counseling system for each of these 'grades'. That would be worked out in future. If so, the rough divisions would be ages 3-6, 7-11, 12-15, 16-21, or thereabouts, as I've defined them in my thoughts. Also, school would be year round, four-six days per week, 8 hours a day (roughly). We no longer need summers off to assist our parents with the harvest, in most cases. In the others, my father has a plan for that, involving an entire sociopolitical idea which he has worked out for aspects of the adult population, which I will not get into here, having enough to fill your screens with.

In these small divisions of population, the children would study at the given level of knowledge until they had fully grasped all concepts, or until the implementation of any alternate plan for remedial education which might come into play at a given age. They would then graduate, immediately, into the next level, and so on. The hope of this plan is that one would reach their full potential by age 21 as far as basic education goes, before moving on to the college level for career training and scholarly pursuits in colleges and universities. Likely, at some point in the process, the child would have developed an affinity for a certain line of education and thought, and the system could be adapted to contain rough tracks for these leanings, to help usher the child into their chosen field(s), or to test out these fields more fully before giving their life and future to its study.

Anyway, that's just a very rough, semi-stream-of-consciousness diatribe. Feel free to ask questions, or offer commentary.
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Subject:OK, OK, I guess it's a planet
Posted by:minniethemoocha.
Time:2:26 pm.
So, this object that's about 1 1/2 times the size of Pluto has been found at the edge of our solar system. And the astronomers are all like, "Is is really a planet? or is it one of those non-planets." For decades, and even now, there have been astronomers who say, "Pluto is totally not a planet. It's too small and... um... it moves funny." But now:

""Pluto has been a planet for so long that the world is comfortable with that," [longtime Pluto hatah] Brown said in the teleconference. "It seems to me a logical extension that anything bigger than Pluto and farther out is a planet."

In other news, avian zoologist Augustus Pendercheese stated today: "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck."
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Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Subject:Serious Question
Posted by:ssha.
Time:7:44 pm.
Mood: curious.
Why does grape soda turn feces bright, grass green?

I assume it has something to do with the colorants used, but it makes no sense to me, as of yet, how green comes out of it.
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Monday, March 28th, 2005

Posted by:illscientist.
Time:10:28 pm.
Mood:Right on, kid!.

Little Asian boy: Mommy, is it true that the world is run by giants who plug it in and make it spin?
Mom: Where did you hear that?
Little Asian boy: I made it up.
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Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Posted by:irishmc.
Time:11:23 am.
illscience, sounds like the title of a beastie boys song! \o/
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Saturday, January 1st, 2005

Posted by:joffy.
Time:10:24 pm.
The premise of this community is irrational. Anyone who comes up with what it says in the user info must suffer from terrible reasoning skills.

Science doesn't propose to explain everything. And even if one scientist thought it did, it's still a subject of controversy itself. Also, science is constantly critical of itself and every theory is forced to the point of falsification so that new theories can replace it. Science, as Sir Karl Popper taught, pushes to falsify theories but it never claims to find truth. That doesn't mean that science is all false, though. This argument is terribly unsound:

  • Science can't prove anything to be true
  • Therefore, all scientific theories are false.

    Reasoning along these lines lead to such silly ideas as the Moon Hoax and astrology. We specifially target people like you as the butt of many jokes in Philosophy of Science.
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    Sunday, December 5th, 2004

    Posted by:visavis.
    Time:11:44 pm.
    I have finals coming up and I am really struggling and stuck on 4 questions, anyone want to give me any suggestions or help? Im totally confused.

    1. What is the disturbing force of a wave? How about restoring force? what is the difference between a free wave and a forced wave? What is the difference between a capillary wave and a wind (surface gravity) wave? Can tsunami ever be deep water waves? Why or why not? What about the tide wave?

    2. Explain the process of wave refraction. You can use/imagine electromagnetic (light) waves, ocean wind (surface gravity) waves, or any other type of wave in your answer. Explain wave interference and the difference between constructive and destructive wave interference. Does wave interference alter the actual, individual wave? What does it alter? what do waves transport across the ocean? How far do they cause movement of water molecules?

    3. Describe the life cycle of oceanic crust from creation to destruction. How is it formed? What type of rock is it made of? How is it different from continental crust and what happens when the two plates (oceanic and continental) collide? Is an oceanic crust in the Atlantic Ocean being destroyed? Why or why not?

    4. Explain the geological process that results in earthquakes at transform plate boundaries. Why is energy suddenly released? What types of waves (describe and explain each wave’s properties) carry the energy from the earthquake’s epicenter through the earth? How can a seismograph record of these waves tell scientists the distance from the seismograph to the quake’s epicenter?
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    Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

    Subject:i think really they just want to make centaurs, mermaids, warewolves and stuff
    Posted by:riddley_walker.
    Time:12:20 pm.
    Mood: giddy with flying monkey love.
    x posted.
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    Friday, November 19th, 2004

    Subject:The article about me.
    Posted by:pixyled.
    Time:1:14 am.
    Mood: amused.
    "Attack of the B-movie Director"

    I even got mentioned on the front page. "Boston's Pony Trouble see page 27"
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    Thursday, October 14th, 2004

    Posted by:illscientist.
    Time:2:06 am.
    Mood:derrida rip.
    Hey, if sex is what's between your legs and gender's what's between your ears, then does the existence of furries imply that species is in your head too? Like, if gender theory says that your body's gender and your mind's gender can be incongruent, then doesn't the existence of people who identify as dragons or wolves or whatever, doesn't that imply that one's body's species and one's mind's species can be incongruent? Or is furryism just purely sexual? Or is something else going on?
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    Friday, October 8th, 2004

    Posted by:petitevicious.
    Time:8:44 pm.
    __mindpollution kinda reminds me of this community, except more literary oriented.
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    Thursday, August 5th, 2004

    Subject:question about bullies
    Posted by:riddley_walker.
    Time:7:28 pm.
    crossposted to BFE and back so it's behind a cut. question about bulliesCollapse )
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    Posted by:riddley_walker.
    Time:5:51 pm.

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    Monday, August 2nd, 2004

    Subject:Ever find yoursef becoming increasingly curious about Hypnosis?
    Posted by:darkfader.
    Time:6:08 pm.
    Hypnosis, the original ill-science.

    Learn whats really going on behing closed eyes.


    Open to all curious now.
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