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Well you still contribute by commenting which is cool. smile

And yes, Space is indeed VERY weird. H3LL not only Space but EVERYTHING inside it.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/1857fknh2inr5jpg/original.jpg

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azathoth wrote:

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The whole reason I started this thread was for folks to bounce/share ideas with each other.  The past ~~4 months it's been you and Punk leading the way since I've been focused on other matters.  So it's cool when you guys post something new, 'cause I'd miss it otherwise right now.  I just hope that I can stabilize my shiite soon so I can start contributing again.

I hear you, man. I can bet that you have enough stuff on your plate (job interviews, H-Fest) to have the time to keep up with the universe, too. This thread has been awesome though, and I've had a lot of fun reading and learning about both classical and quantum physics, wild ass cosmological theories, hyper-spacial dimensions, String Theory, the Big Bang, planetary geology, etc. It's assisted both in my knowledge of science, and my personal intellectual growth over the year (stretching the imagination over thinking about complex conceptual theories of space-time and hyper-dimensions is a good way to pump those neurons, I say!). So I gotta thank ya, Azzy, for starting this thing up. I even have this thread bookmarked it's so awesome. 

I thought I should also share this; it's nearly two hours long, but it's worth checking out. The 2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate is on the the concept (or, rather, non-concept) of "nothing", and it features a crew of physicists who have an in-depth conversation on it. Features Lawrence Krauss, J. Richard Gott, Jim Holt, Charles Seife, Eve Silverstein, and is hosted by my main man, Neil deGrasse Tyson big_smile : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OLz6uUuMp8

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Oooooooohhh yessssss!!! That's a truely awesome one I saw a few months ago. Thanks for putting it here, a very enjoyable one. big_smile

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^ Rockin', I'm glad you've seen it before. I watched it a few months back and thought it was a fascinating talk. I watched half of it again last night, which is what reminded me that I should post it here. I especially love the panelists selected for the debate. All are very insightful and knowledgeable, but that lady off to the side, Eva Silverstein, boy is she one smart lady!

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Definitely incredibly wise indeed. Very interesting what she says in this. smile
And man, deGrasse Tyson truely ROCKS!!!

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Thanks for the vid link, Creetch.  I'll have to check it out later. 

I don't think I mentioned it before, but I caught part of a Firefly convention thing on TV, so I looked it up.  Turns out Bab5 and Firefly have their own YouTube channels, with bunches of convention roundtables online.

Bab5- http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCp0-SFSai98A
Firefly- http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCnde3zMtKnqg

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Ohhh VERY COOL!!! Thanks a lot!!! smile

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Happy one year insane Felix!!!
Man that was soooooo NUTS!!!
Especially when he started spinning around like wild.

http://www.space.com/23298-felix-baumga … video.html

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That is pretty cool too.
First Vemomous Creature... No not you The Creature although... lol

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/2 … 43640.html

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1420549/thumbs/o-FIRST-VENOMOUS-CRUSTACEAN-570.jpg?6

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So I'm going through a 3 am scientific/metaphysical mind-fuck right now concerning the composition of existence. big_smile

So here's the deal:
1. Atoms (the basic units of all matter) are composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
2. Protons, neutrons, and electrons are then composed of smaller, subatomic particles
3. These very tiny building blocks of matter are then made up of what...energy?
4. If everything is then made of energy, what then, composes energy?

If my assumptions are correct (that everything is made of energy), what makes this form of matter? One thought is that perhaps energy never had a beginning, but rather that it "always has been" and "just was". This is the best speculation that I can find at the moment...I know we're verging on philosophical/first cause stuff, but I'm trying to stick with the material science of reality. Any thoughts on these questions? Can you spot flaws in my logic? Do you have a better answer as to what energy actually is, or what it is composed of?

Like I said, 3 am scientific/metaphysical mind-fuck. big_smile

edit - I feel like trying to answer this question is like looking at the back of your own head without a mirror. Perhaps our faulty human sensory apparatus won't allow this function!

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Hahahaha interesting 3AM thoughts really.

My view is this: What is energy made of at first??? Yes Protons, Neutrons and Electrons, So trying to answer this is like trying to figure out what came first, the chick or the egg. lol

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My basic understanding of energy is electron excitement- i.e. how fast they are whizzing around (quiet, Punk).  I'm suitably not well read enough on this, but I think the quarks can also get excited (much like Punk).  Beyond that, energy is just a waveform.  So you have a waveform of enormous potential, Big Bang, energy level dissipates, matter forms.

Now I'm going to take some aspirin.

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http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4ku0fyi5F1rwcc6bo1_500.gif

Mwahahaha

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Very nice.  I think you captured the idea of excited energy states quite well.  Or children on many, many drugs.  Or both, my brain is fried right now.

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Hahaha

http://25.media.tumblr.com/49f8f60e96b44be4e43fb114192e383e/tumblr_mtco0d6CTf1sshvfoo2_500.gif

And NO I don't think your brain is some eggs.

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The Creature wrote:

So I'm going through a 3 am scientific/metaphysical mind-fuck right now concerning the composition of existence. big_smile

So here's the deal:
1. Atoms (the basic units of all matter) are composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons.
2. Protons, neutrons, and electrons are then composed of smaller, subatomic particles
3. These very tiny building blocks of matter are then made up of what...energy?
4. If everything is then made of energy, what then, composes energy?

If my assumptions are correct (that everything is made of energy), what makes this form of matter? One thought is that perhaps energy never had a beginning, but rather that it "always has been" and "just was". This is the best speculation that I can find at the moment...I know we're verging on philosophical/first cause stuff, but I'm trying to stick with the material science of reality. Any thoughts on these questions? Can you spot flaws in my logic? Do you have a better answer as to what energy actually is, or what it is composed of?

Like I said, 3 am scientific/metaphysical mind-fuck. big_smile

edit - I feel like trying to answer this question is like looking at the back of your own head without a mirror. Perhaps our faulty human sensory apparatus won't allow this function!

http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx332/LonTurner/Animated/zoomdweebie_zps1bc5b918.gif

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@Azzy, Right on. I think that's perhaps about as close and precise as we can get it as of yet. Lawrence Krauss has an interesting answer to this subject regarding the phenomenon of quantum fluctuation, but I'd have to go back and look it up as I don't fully remember his theory anymore. Enjoy your aspirin, good Sir monkey. smile

@Punk, yeah it is a bit like Chicken & The Egg, in that it keeps you guessing endlessly. Though I believe scientists have given an answer to this old riddle, and it's the egg!

@Lon, Yeah yeah, I know. I just can't help it really. tongue

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So the egg just popped up out of nowhere like that???
Makes no sense at all... But yeah nothing makes much sense in science really. lol

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Actually there really is a logical, scientific answer for this which makes total sense. I found that this article sums it up nicely (Or at least more articulately than I can) smile : http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal … or-the-egg

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Still weird... Makes weird sense. Hahaha

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^ Weird sense is a good descriptor. Ah, the beauties of biology.

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When the announcement was first made I was in grad school (don't remember if it was an Info Sci or MBA class), and somehow we ended up talking about it.  Really bizarre since all the classes were hardcore IT or business stuff... and we're talking about the chicken-egg question. Man, I live an odd life lol !

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I'm sure a lot of us live an odd life. Mine is odder than odd. lol

A little bit of beauty this morning. Hubble rules!!!

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01372/seahorses_1372945i.jpg

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Our sun is one bad ass mother...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qurh_BZ-O2E#t=11

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