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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2011
     
    New Scientist

    I think this could be a really major breakthrough. Al sell your body to medical research and buy some shares if you can.

    Evolution machine: Genetic engineering on fast forward
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    New Scientist

    What is this forum about? Probably the most important idea of the 21st century and not one comment about it.

    Evolution machine:
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    Don't tell God. He might take offense. As long as we keep it amongst ourselves, we'll be all right.

    (I can neither confirm nor deny that TKLabs has recently taken a large order for specialized Sandwich Printers with the attached PCR module, to be delivered to an upscale address in Boston.)
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    Posted By: TrimNew Scientist

    What is this forum about? Probably the most important idea of the 21st century and not one comment about it.

    Evolution machine:


    When you don't know what you're doing, try everything.
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    There's an awful lot of everything.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    According to Enginerd's Dictum "Almost nothing is possible".
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    I'm not sure what he means by that, but I will contemplate it (in case it means something).
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    Posted By: BronzeSwordI'm not sure what he means by that, but I will contemplate it (in case it means something).


    It is probably one of the deepest insights we have had on moletrap, and I'm being serious. (Seriously!)
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011 edited
     
    Posted By: AngusAccording to Enginerd's Dictum "Almost nothing is possible".

    I've been thinking this could be developed into "Nothing is possible". There are a finite amount of Things That Are Possible and an infinite amount of Things That Are Impossible, thus:

    a/oo = 0*

    Where "a" is the Things That Are Possible. Therefore nothing is possible.


    *OK, it might be a number arbitrarily close to zero, but I'm rounding down for simplicity. And dividing by infinity may be nonsensical, but I don't give a shit. So there.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    I think we can cover all the ground by stating it in the form:

    "In the limit of many things the proportion of possible things goes to zero."

    However, enginerd's original was more fun.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    I would like the EM to produces phage's for every pathogenic bacteria we know and dummy bacteria which would be a super bio magnet for harmful viruses in the body or of course antibodies. Then we can produce smart disease proof long lived humans and of course roo-bots.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    There are three punctuations in that, of which two are periods and one is incorrect. Could you clarify please?
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    Posted By: Angus
    Posted By: BronzeSwordI'm not sure what he means by that, but I will contemplate it (in case it means something).


    It is probably one of the deepest insights we have had on moletrap, and I'm being serious. (Seriously!)

    true dat.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011 edited
     
    Posted By: BigOilRep
    Posted By: AngusAccording to Enginerd's Dictum "Almost nothing is possible".

    I've been thinking this could be developed into "Nothing is possible". There are a finite amount of Things That Are Possible and an infinite amount of Things That Are Impossible, thus:

    a/oo = 0*

    Where "a" is the Things That Are Possible. Therefore nothing is possible.


    *OK, it might be a number arbitrarily close to zero, but I'm rounding down for simplicity. And dividing by infinity may be nonsensical, but I don't give a shit. So there.


    I've just been thinking about what you said. What makes you say that there is a finite number of things that are possible? I would assume that there is an infinite number of things that are possible, and another infinite number of things that are thinkable*, and that the first infinity is smaller than the second.

    *And there is another infinity that includes both possible and thinkable, and other stuff besides. Enginerd's dictum does not address an interesting question:

    Is the set of the possible completely within the set of the thinkable?
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    Posted By: BronzeSwordThere's an awful lot of everything.


    Reminds me of Steven Wright's statement that if you owned everything where would you put it?
    • CommentAuthorNick Hawk
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011 edited
     
    "Reminds me of Steven Wright's statement that if you owned everything where would you put it?"

    My Wife and Son have solved that one; - Everywhere
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2011
     
    "What makes you say that there is a finite number of things that are possible?"

    Are there a finite number of "rules" within the universe?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2011
     
    Posted By: loreman"What makes you say that there is a finite number of things that are possible?"

    Are there a finite number of "rules" within the universe?


    There are no rules. What we call rules are simply our way of making sense out of what we observe.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2011
     
    Posted By: Angus
    Posted By: loreman"What makes you say that there is a finite number of things that are possible?"

    Are there a finite number of "rules" within the universe?


    There are no rules. What we call rules are simply our way of making sense out of what we observe.


    Which is why I used the inverted commas, but you know what I mean-the sharpest ends of the probability gradient, the C's, the E's and the Golden Means
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2011
     
    Well, then, no - the number of "rules" is infinite because we can never observe all of infinite reality in order to know if we have got them all.