September 22nd, 2011, 06:20 PM #1
Two major scientific breakthroughs(?)
Technically this should be split into two threads but I don't want to flood too much so I shall put these two things together:
(1) Brain imaging reveals the movies in our minds
This is pretty straight forward and really cool. I also have the link to the actual research paper if anyones interested. Of course this is the beginning of a new era of ethical discussion where things like thought-crime and mind reading begin to be part of the reality we live in...
(2) [and this is closer to my interest] Particles found to break speed of light
This is VERY cool. However I must advise caution since this has a very high probability of being an error of one kind or another. But if confirmed I am sure everyone realizes that this is big...
As someone who goes by the internet nickname SubTachyon for most of his life I find the possible discovery of the first tachyon-like particle very close to my heart."If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don't understand quantum mechanics." - Richard Feynman, quantum physicist.
September 22nd, 2011, 06:37 PM #2
oh yes, because the lounge is in such a risk of being flooded
The brain activity one is very nice. I would love to see my dreams tapes, especially since quite a bit of them were quite epic (at least the bits I remember).
It also raises a different ethical concern: what about creepy peeps selling their wet dreams containing illegal material? Is it still illegal if no one is hurt?
But the second one is really really awesome. Like holy ****. That's awesome. If it's true.
September 22nd, 2011, 06:42 PM #3
"It also raises a different ethical concern: what about creepy peeps selling their wet dreams containing illegal material? Is it still illegal if no one is hurt?"
I think that's a non-issue since even today we have cartoons including pedophilia, necro/snuff and bestiality that is mostly legal. (and if it isn't legal somewhere, then it should be, yes I am looking at you Australia and your retarded sex laws)"If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don't understand quantum mechanics." - Richard Feynman, quantum physicist.
September 22nd, 2011, 06:50 PM #4
Indeed australia has some silly laws. But more and more countries have laws against it, the first one springing to mind being Canada.
September 22nd, 2011, 06:53 PM #5
Well that's retarded. What more can I say. Unless there is some seriously good reasoning behind it that eludes me."If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don't understand quantum mechanics." - Richard Feynman, quantum physicist.
September 23rd, 2011, 05:18 AM #6
Second one: Yes yes, and more yes. If this isn't an error, this pretty will pretty much redefine a ton we know about physics. I'm not so sci-fi that OMG TRAVEL THE STARS, but it will allow for crazy fast information transfer, and open up a whole new level of particle physics.
And, yes, space travel.
September 23rd, 2011, 05:35 AM #7
btw: "Intent afaik."
What do you mean by that?
September 23rd, 2011, 11:39 AM #8
AFAIK stands for "As Far As I Know"
@Higgs: link me up; I'd gladly take a look at the research paper for the brain imaging thing. I've always found subjects of/relating to the human body to be pretty interesting. Physics? Meh, the scale can get a bit too big for me, if you know what I mean.
September 23rd, 2011, 12:00 PM #9
http://download.cell.com/current-bio...ermediate=true (its not technically a research paper but...)
and I know what afaik means but it still makes no sense to me. :S
September 23rd, 2011, 02:43 PM #10
Oh, I was referring to strict pornography laws. Some countries think that if there's easy access to racy materials, the amount of sex crimes goes up, and that there's a direct correlation between amount consumed vs propensity to commit said crime.