Questions you want answered.

BadKen wrote:
Jonman wrote:

Grip and friction are nano-scale phenomena.

Yeah that makes sense. Anything that helps creatures using trees to avoid predators stay in the trees is going to be a selective advantage.

Comes into play for tool-use too, which is kind of the defining feature of humans.

Fenomas wrote:

According to the page that image is linked from, those symbols come from a positional number system. (and a base 10 system at that!)

Sorry, got it confused with the one above it:

IMAGE(https://mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Diagrams/oracular.gif)

From the page it is linked from:

Now this system is not a positional system so it had no need for a zero.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

From listening to modern philosophers I was under the impression that man is 5, and if man is 5 then the devil is 6, and if the devil is 6, THEN GOD IS SEVEN, THEN GOD IS SEVEN, THEN GOD IS SEVEN this monkey’s gone to heaven.

RawkGWJ wrote:

From listening to modern philosophers I was under the impression that man is 5, and if man is 5 then the devil is 6, and if the devil is 6, THEN GOD IS SEVEN, THEN GOD IS SEVEN, THEN GOD IS SEVEN this monkey’s gone to heaven.

But if I go to hell, well then, I hope I burn well
I'll spend my days with JFK, Marvin Gaye, Martha Raye, and Lawrence Welk
And Kurt Cobain, Kojak, Mark Twain and Jimi Hendrix's poltergeist
And Webster, yeah, Emmanuel Lewis, 'cause he's the Antichrist

fenomas wrote:

E.g. if you met an English-speaking alien with eight fingers who thinks in (what we call) base 8, and you asked that alien what base they use, they'd answer base 10. (Of course if they speak English they'd verbalize that as "base eight", but only because that's how they pronounce the number 10.)

But if their word for ten was “gurg” then it would be base gurg.

RawkGWJ wrote:
fenomas wrote:

E.g. if you met an English-speaking alien with eight fingers who thinks in (what we call) base 8, and you asked that alien what base they use, they'd answer base 10. (Of course if they speak English they'd verbalize that as "base eight", but only because that's how they pronounce the number 10.)

But if their word for ten was “gurg” then it would be base gurg.

Negatory. They're using what we call base eight, so if they call it "base gurg" then "gurg" must be their word for the number we call eight. In numerals they would write that number as "10", but those symbols would, to them, represent what we call eight.

I know this is a bit trippy, but again, numbers are separate from representations. The existence and sequence of the natural numbers are the same for everyone (modulo axioms etc), but how one refers to any given number is down to orthography.

I.e.:

  • English: seven, eight, nine, ten...
  • Decimal: 7, 8, 9, 10...
  • Binary: 111, 1000, 1001, 1010...
  • Alien: 7, 10, 11, 12...
  • Kanji: 七, 八, 九, 十...

Those are all different ways of writing the same sequence of numbers. If the aliens call their number system "base gurg", then "gurg" would be their word for the second number in all of those sequences.

Does that make sense?

Yup. I was just being absurd. Or trying to be anyway.

Abgurg. It's when you try to be absurd.

Maybe I am misreading this because I dont feel good. Did several forum members just admit to being aliens or having proof of aliens?

Who's got three thumbs and definitely isn't an alien?

THIS HUMAN!

Stealthpizza wrote:

Maybe I am misreading this because I dont feel good. Did several forum members just admit to being aliens or having proof of aliens?

Wait this isn't Gagnarkian's With Jobs........

Stealthpizza wrote:

Maybe I am misreading this because I dont feel good. Did several forum members just admit to being aliens or having proof of aliens?

Well I'm certainly not an alien. Look here, I have 10 fingers!

(wink! wink!)

...And you keep both of them in a nice box?

fenomas wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Maybe I am misreading this because I dont feel good. Did several forum members just admit to being aliens or having proof of aliens?

Well I'm certainly not an alien. Look here, I have 10 fingers!

(wink! wink!)

You're only holding up one hand.

Why was I today years old when I realized that "Boo Berry" and "Franken Berry" halloween cereals are the exact same flavor, just different color/packaging?

One's supposed to be blueberry and the other strawberry but it is really just sugar berry.

fangblackbone wrote:

One's supposed to be blueberry and the other strawberry but it is really just sugar berry.

Do those grow wild or just on farms now?

Count Chocula is the same flavor, too.

HFCS flavored.

Number are abstract. Numerals are the symbols used to represent them. Referring to binary 10 as decimal ten is being a semantic jerk.

It would be awesome to tell someone to stop being a semantic jerk.