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"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims." --R. Buckminster Fuller
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This is a board whose topic will change from time to time, topic to topic.

The current topic is /STEM/: Science, Technolog(ies), Engineering, and Mathematics. The backbone to our interpretation and dynamic with the world around us. You know what to do.

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Who Engineering Major here?
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EE here, one more year to go and I'm finished with undergrad. Internship this summer will decide whether I want to go straight into work or stay in school and go for a Master's/Ph.D.


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> Technical field

> Esoteric math
> Classmates are weebs that have the social graces of a brick, if they're lucky

Breddy sure it counts.


I was actually kind of shocked to find how many weebs there are in software. seems like it's either that or they simply are asian.



I think it has to do with computers. There's some inevitability associated with it. Use computers long enough and you will, without fail, become a weeaboo.

And also probably gay. Blame the ghost of Alan Turing for that one.


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another software engineering student here, he is totally right.
I'd never thought I'd meet that many weebs at my university.

But I'm not gay yet.

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What do you people think about this movement? Any Biomedical Engineers? Biohackers?
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As the saying goes, "You can't kill progress." Personally, I think it's somewhat inevitable - a hammer can pound nails to hold wood into place and build a shelter, but if you swing that same hammer at someone's head hard enough, it'll crack their skull. Medical researchers constantly have to toe the line between "doing a good thing" and "unleashing an ethical horror upon the world". You sushis know how to treat frostbite? The first thing you do is restore warmth, warm the tissue with warm (not hot) water. You know who figured that out? The Japanese Unit 731, during their occupation of Manchuria - now Northern China/Mongolia. According to testimony from an officer of Unit 731, they developed this treatment by freezing the limbs of civilian victims - dubbed "maruta", or "wooden logs", until their "frozen arms, when struck with a short stick, emitted a sound resembling that which a board gives when it is struck", and then applying various temperatures of water to see what worked best. We still use this treatment today, it's the first step in first aid. Even though I know this, if I had a child - or hell, even a complete stranger - suffering from frostbite, I wouldn't hesitate to use this exact treatment to help them. Nobody with their head on straight would approve of the methods used to conduct the research, but all the same, I doubt most of those same people would reject the knowledge and the benefits it can bring.

2/3, body too long


I'm not so concerned about the notion of people shoving USB ports in their arms - it's their body, what do I care? We're still a ways away from cyborg supersoldiers punching through concrete and tearing meatbags apart with their bare robo-hands. What's more important is that as technology develops, we have safeguards in place to prevent those real atrocities from happening, or at least minimize their impact. At the end of the day, if I want to off a fella, and I don't care about consequences, there's little stopping me from grabbing the nearest heavy object and smashing it into the person's squishy bits until they stop screaming. We can cause pain and suffering without any technology whatsoever. Technology is certainly dangerous, but a kitchen knife isn't a weapon until someone starts swinging it around.

If someone's afraid of the coming of transhumanism, it's the human bit they're scared of.


>If someone's afraid of the coming of transhumanism, it's the human bit they're scared of.



Transhumanism was supposed to be about merging with technology to enhance your abilities and make yourself smarter and stronger; and not getting cosmetic implants in your eyes and embedding magnets in your fingers for no reason.


I dont like we should execute them


I saw this video and the website it mentioned:

What if we counted in twelves? It's quite possible that we used to.

A 'gross' is an old term for 144 (12^2) of something.
A 'dozen' is still a common term and used for counting eggs.
The English (Germanic) number system shows etymological preference for 12:

… eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen
… acht, neun, zehn, elf, zwölf, dreizehn

The clock has twelve hours, there were twelve Tribes of Israel, etc.

Discuss the duodecimal base.
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>There is also a trick in base 12 - you can count full base only with one hand
Using binary you can count to 31 on one hand. 1023 on two hands.

I think you may be confused about how base systems work.
If your collection of glyphs starts with '0','1',etc… than the first number one order of magnitude higher will always be '10'.
For the confusion reason though, I'd say use pic related glyphs.


What they really need is a way to indicate the different place value of the '1' in '10', maybe by adding some sort of dot or underline. But then for consistency you'd probably need two for 100 (144), three for 1000 (1728) etc.


>using binary you can count to 31 on one hand. 1023 on two hands.

I understand that in 10 it means "one whole measure, and zero remains". Maybe they should develop system where 0-11 are new symbols, while a 12 will be second and first. Can we print zodiacs like you suggested? Is there unicode support?


You can show any number from those ranges by using each finger as 0 or 1. Not sure if it can be used for counting as it's hard to bend fingers like that.
>Maybe they should develop system where 0-11 are new symbols, while a 12 will be second and first
Why? There isn't anything wrong, besides that they are mocking Arabic numerals like some kind of thelemites when they could just use first letters of Latin alphabet like everybody else does for any other number representation with base greater than 10.
>Can we print zodiacs like you suggested?
Yes we can (http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/category/So/list.htm), but I think his suggestion was sarcastic.


Counting from 0 to 31 and back to 0:
Also a wiki article:
Point of confusion though; vid related uses the pinky as the least significant didget. The more common notation is to use the thumb as the least significant didget. idk why. I find my thumb more annoying to move from '0' to '1' quickly.

>unicode support

How from aries to count to taurus aries:
0 = ♈, 1 = ♉, 2 = ♊, 3 = ♋, 4 = ♌, 5 = ♍,
6 = ♎, 7 = ♏, 8 = ♐, 9 = ♑, 10 = ♒, 11 = ♓,
12 = ♉♈

I don't know about sarcastic. Maybe just tounge in cheek.


Thoughts on the subject.

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Who into math here?
>what are you reading?
>what's your favorite field?
Right now I'm reading [pic] bevause it has a lot of fun problems and I'm also reading Enderton's Elements of set theory. Master the essentials so later I can get into topology and number theory.
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what's your background? this is a good book but not really the place to learn Complex Analysis proper imo. however it is an excellent text to have once you've been through a conventional text like Ahlfors.


>what's your favorite field?
groups and their (modular) representations.
>what are you reading?
impossible to keep up with the literature now that i'm no longer in academic circles but the last maths book i read was Daniel Gorenstein's - Finite Simple Groups: An Introduction To Their Classification.


Im just starting out, I don't know how hard it gets later on, but the geometrical approach makes it pretty intuitive so far


any particular reason your interested? just curious. Complex Analysis is a pretty nice mathematical rabbit hole to fall down, it was my favourite class by far at grad school even though my interests were more algebraic.


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aw yiss

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This motherfucker right here. Architect, designer, writer, mathematician. A FUCKING GENIUS. Do you know what he did? He orchestrated a city so it could sustain itself while floating on the FUCKING SEA. Desalination!

Go ahead, give a read to some of his books. Let's discuss this great mind's works.


I heard that this guy used polyphasic sleep. He'd take 20 minute naps every 2 hours or so. Highly productive and fit for a genius, I wish I could be like those guys
Oh fuck I didn't ask for the feelz.


You can be anything you want to, sushiroll.


Y-you too

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ITT: We talk chemistry(organic, inorganic), drugs, projects you are working on, anything.


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I'll just leave this here: https://www.erowid.org/archive/rhodium/

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