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Main Hall / Re: Scientists becoming celebrities?
« on: November 15, 2007, 02:36:28 PM »
That The Onion is a parody newspaper isn't even an argument, its a statement. That is general knowledge, something Wiki does very, very well. There is some horribly painful irony here if you can read that paper and cite it as a valid source, and then read the Wiki on the paper and summarily "not take it seriously"...

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Also I don't really agree with your first paragraph, the majority of the people can still override some experts in the field.

The question is, does this actually happen? And the answer is, yes, yes it does. But not nearly as often as you seem to think, as when it comes to scientific articles Wiki has a system in place to make sure "the majority" is not the deciding factor on what goes in. Imperfect, certinally, but "good enough" for most purposes.

That said, would you kindly go find me a 'valid source' that states that the Onion is in fact, not at all what Wiki says it is? Good luck.

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Main Hall / Re: Scientists becoming celebrities?
« on: November 15, 2007, 02:19:56 PM »
Summary of the first article: Wikipedia isn't neutral because of corporate tampering. Except, now the same tool that was used to detect such corporate tampering, can be used to correct and undo such tampering. Suddenly this major problem isn't one.

Summary of the second article: A lot of articles aren't well written. I've seen some issues with this on minor and obscure articles (such as any of the articles they cite as an example), but for anything significant, controversial, or well known a great deal more care is generally taken to ensuring readability. Regardless, in years of using the site, I've never had my understanding impaired by this, and this seems a nit-picky non issue.

Aside from that, no encyclopedic source is 100% accurate, but can be useful for general knowledge, and especially regarding any well known publication, is going to have the basics down. especially something as simple, as, say, that The Onion is a parody newspaper.

Wiki has its issues, assuredly, but it is behooves one to actually know what they really are. To summarily dismiss the entire project because of poor arguments like these is a bit ridiculous.

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Main Hall / Re: Scientists becoming celebrities?
« on: November 15, 2007, 01:58:03 PM »
Thats a little bit silly.

As an encylopediac source, on the vast majority of subjects, Wikipedia in its modern form is at least as accurate as any print based encyclopedia. About the only detractors from this I've ever heard are old English professors who "don't get that whole Internet thing", or have otherwise completly failed to understand how Wiki actually operates. They're not 100% accurate, but no source is, and for general usage purposes they're quite credible.

Especially for general knowledge such as "What is The Onion".

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Main Hall / Re: Scientists becoming celebrities?
« on: November 15, 2007, 01:24:23 PM »
Do you know its also from The Onion?

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Psionics / Re: Time
« on: November 15, 2007, 12:30:47 PM »
Tachyons are also entirely hypothetical.

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Main Hall / Re: morality problems
« on: November 12, 2007, 07:14:42 AM »
I'm not entirely sure what the question is. Are you no longer attracted to your girlfriend? Are you feeling strongly inclined to experiment? Either way, you should talk with her about it and see what she has to say.

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Main Hall / Re: My own artistic project
« on: November 01, 2007, 07:33:09 AM »
Its a poor author that doesn't draw at least some inspiration from the world around him. ;)

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Main Hall / My own artistic project
« on: November 01, 2007, 12:21:02 AM »
After approximately six months in planning, I am now publishing a webcomic with my girlfriend. I am the author, she does the art.

It is a comic in the 'graphic novel' sense, aimed at telling a serious story. The tale itself is fundamentally about superheroes, more in the "Heroes" sense than the campy getup one. Its a setting I've been working on for some time, and I'm fairly proud of the project, so I feel it only natural to share it with my friends at Veritas. :)

It can be found here: http://www.avatarcomic.net (some strips are NSFW, so be warned!)

I hope that you all enjoy what we've done so far, and if so the 'voting' links in the bottom right would be much appreciated, to help us get more traffic. :)


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Public Dynamic Psi / Re: Fundamental Psi: Future Selection
« on: October 31, 2007, 11:07:34 AM »
Thats probably one issue I do have with the term actually, yes. It can be used to affect things in the past as well. The rules for that are a bit complicated, but the short version is that you can't change anything that was known to have happened. Developing a chronic illness pretty obviously already happened, so you can't undo that.

However, it is quite possible to use future selection to treat such illnesses in the present. Chronic and other serious illnesses can be a little tricky, because of the high emotional weight they carry. That said, if you can manage to surmount that difficulty, then such a healing is no different than any more mundane illness.

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Psionics / Re: Time
« on: October 28, 2007, 12:15:59 AM »
I suggest, honestly, that you don't bother worrying about such a thing. It will require a greater degree of mastery than you will have some time, and further any objective one might wish to accomplish through "bending time" is most likely easier done through some other method.

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Psionics / Re: Gene modifying
« on: October 28, 2007, 12:14:27 AM »
For most purposes, manipulating genes is not a very practical way of going about things.

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Psionics / Re: It's pyrokinesis again
« on: October 28, 2007, 12:08:51 AM »
Thread necromancy is generally considered very impolite on most forums.

Right above a post, you can see the time and date it was posted. Generally, if the thread is more than a few weeks old, people aren't going to appreciate having it dredged up again.

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Main Hall / Re: How far would you go?
« on: October 26, 2007, 10:48:58 AM »
I added a "none" option.

As for me, I share psi with anyone I think is ready to comprehend it.

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Voting Forum / Re: Mentor Program
« on: October 24, 2007, 07:24:51 PM »
I added the ability to select multiple options, and reset the vote count accordingly.

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