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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    Yes and no.
    In terms of the mathematical models the relativity is very much real and not just illusionary. The change from a geocentric to a heliocentric picture is just a coordinate...
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    I'd even say that the black holes do not distort the light - they distort the space(time) in which the light is propagating. The light still takes the straightest line possible in the curved geometry...
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    Many-Body-Problems are indeed very hard to calculate and it gets even worse when considering general relativity, where we have been able to obtain analytical solutions of Einstein's equations only...
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    Re: The Astronomy Thread

    I always prefer the simple statement that in the absence or neglibility of other gravitational influences the movement of two given masses (with nonzero angular momentum relative to each other*) is...
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    Re: Where's the parade

    It has been rescheduled to the Ewiggestrigenweg in Schlechtwitzhausen.
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    Sticky: Re: The Chat Thread (Read OP)

    Since nobody knows how much a pound actually is (17.4 inch/gallon² maybe?) that is no problem.
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    Re: The Great Kar thread.

    Here are some Karyatides
    https://www.athens-private-tours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/7-Karyatides-759471.jpg
    from the Karthenon
    https://www.wissenschaft.de/wp-content/uploads/p/a/parthenon.jpg...
  8. Re: Infant Male Circumcision is Genital Mutilation without Consent

    I don't think there can be non-hierarchical discourse in the sense of Habermas between parents and children.
  9. Re: Infant Male Circumcision is Genital Mutilation without Consent

    Is the consent the punctum saliens here, though? We are usually fine with parents taking decisions about medical (and other) procedures on behalf of their underage children, and not all of them based...
  10. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Indeed, the so-called Hotel-Dieu, a charitable hospital for the poor founded as early as 1443.
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    Re: Guess where?

    I always liked the cat goddess.

    Next one:
    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=364648&d=1618604914
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    Re: Guess where?

    Ooh, it's the museum of Bubastis. So my impression of modernised egyptian architecture wasn't wrong.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Some modern buildings have these stair/seat elements near the entrance to integrate generic sitting areas with the architecture. I considered a theatre but discarded it: The steps are too flat and...
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    Re: Guess where?

    I can only speculate either. Maybe we can pool observations to beat the riddle:

    There are palm trees in the background and other flora and earth-colours I would associate with north-african or...
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    I know of seven Electors that held considerable military power compared to their state...
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    Re: Guess where?

    It's the faggio di San Francesco in Rivodutri.

    EDIT: :ninja:'d by the Dutch Bastet (or Sakhmet?)
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    Re: Guess where?

    Indeed it is, the "Ship of the Fens". That was quick. You turn :)
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    Re: Guess where?

    Unsettling, but nevertheless interesting.

    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=364642&d=1618482989
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    Re: Guess where?

    It's the Ulmener Maar.

    The volcanoes don't spit lava anymore, but the region is still seismically active. Tiny earthquakes below the threshold of human perception are very common in the Eifel and...
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    Re: Islam is the heir to Abraham

    I'll just blatantly ignore the tongue-in-cheeky-ness of this entire thread any annoy everyone with serious arguments:
    You're trying to make a point via the consistency with older traditions, which...
  21. Re: Have we gone too far with computer technology?

    The parallels are indeed strong, but I think one important difference would be that after the industrial revolution human workers were still needed to convert money into agency, even if at less...
  22. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Is it one of those cinder cone type volcanoes in America?
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    Sticky: Re: 'You Laugh, You Lose Thread (No Videos, Read OP)

    Might be a specific one, though.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/24/Rabbitattack.jpg
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    Sticky: Re: The Chat Thread (Read OP)

    What's the difference between scaloppina and cotoletta?
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    One might well disagree that private, individual property is "human nature", but that is not necessarily the point here. You might try to sell off the common green by lot, but you cannot do so with...
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    Sticky: Re: The Thema Devia Constitution

    I heard there's only degrees of guilt anyhow.
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    Sticky: Re: The Chat Thread (Read OP)

    Many money, many Schnitzel.
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    If the Covid legislation is too contentious a point, then let us use another one, as I do not want to get into a discussion about the former in this context. By indirect interaction I do not mean...
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    That's a fair point where direct, individual interaction is concerned. But what about intermediate interaction? The current pandemic provides an excellent example: Even if someone behaves...
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    Individual autonomy is not boundless and finds its limitations in the rights of others. The autonomies of individuals must be balanced against each other and those overstepping their bounds are kept...
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    Re: What makes a villain?

    I don't think coercion works as a criterion. Societies also use coercion to enforce laws that serve the public good, so it would be hard to label all that as villainous.
  32. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    Boing, I lookup up Netherlands' highest point, didn't find anything matching and went for lunch...
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    Re: Guess where?

    So that's why Napoleon wanted to expand its borders...

    I think its fair to let Turk spill it out, since he already guessed the right planet.
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    Re: Guess where?

    There's not that many places on Mars with a name...
  35. Re: Have we gone too far with computer technology?

    I think the greatest social danger is the breaking up of the social contract that the poor don't revolt as long as the rich keep them employed: As long as hiring other humans is the best option to...
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    Obliged :bow:
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    I had indicated that I wanted to enter the competition with the post from the relativity thread, not the other ones.
  38. Thread: Guess where?

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    Re: Guess where?

    (Almost entirely) correct! It is Heimaey, though the volcano is Helgafell. The much younger (born 1973) Eldfell is less conic and to the left of Helgfall from this perspective.
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    Re: Guess where?

    Here we go. Not a castle, for a change:
    https://www.twcenter.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=364591&d=1618012432
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    Re: Guess where?

    That's why I didn't recognise it. Good one for tearing that abomination down.
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