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Carl Zetie
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Why we don't live in a simulated universe
There's an oft-repeated theory that our universe is a simulation -- a computer program (or equivalent) created by some higher form of intelligence. The modern popular form of this claim is generally attributed to philosopher Nick Bostrom, although the basic...

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Just a Minute...
The internet at large has already covered a lot of what's wrong with BvS, so rather than repeat what's already been said, I'm going to
restrict myself to a couple of major things not much touched upon,
specifically: the Act 3 climax is a huge mis-fire; an...

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Why quantum entanglement can


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Experimental theology: religious football
Somewhere between one third and one half of Americans believe that God / Jesus cares enough about the outcome of sports contests to intervene, typically in favor of those who pray most fervently. I propose to put this belief to the test with the new game of...

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What we really talk about when we talk about transgendered people
A confession: back in my early-20s, there was a guy who worked in my office who disappeared for a few weeks then returned as a woman who worked in my office. For narrative purposes I'll call her Helen (not her real name). In retrospect, apparently I was amo...

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I Hate Birthdays
The thing I hate most about birthdays in the Web era is the absurdly
insincere birthday greetings in email and on FB from corporations that
happen to have my birthday in their database. What am I supposed to think about "good wishes" that don't emanate fr...

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Some Thoughts On Jurassic World
Oh, and SPOILERS , obviously. Here's a couple of thoughts about Jurassic World that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere. 1. Owen (Chris Pratt) is actually responsible for hundreds of deaths. If instead of trying to escape from the Indominus Rex compound he h...

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How to win bar bets with Wikipedia
Step 1 : Edit Wikipedia to insert a fake "fact". Choose your fact carefully: it needs to be unlikely enough that your mark will bet against it, but not so crazy that it will provoke obvious incredulity ("Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is a Furry"), c...

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Physics Problem: barometers and building height
There's a physics problem that typically gets presented to children when they learn about pressure (air, water, and often mercury) and barometers. And it seems to me that the problem is broken. The question is: how could you use an ordinary barometer to mea...
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