If You Had To Give A 45-Minute Expert Presentation On Anything, What Would It Be On?

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in Misc


What's the one topic that you could talk about for 45 minutes, and hold your audience's attention?
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Male 26
- Disc Golf
- Commercial real estate investment
- Random fun facts
- Fantasy football
- Drugs and what to do on them


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Male 645
Awyoung It's refreshing to see someone use their actual picture for their avatar.
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Female 6,392
Firearms instruction/safety and make it fun because I use zombie targets and tannerite ones :)

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melcervini I couldn't talk about guns for 45 mins. That's just not enough time :) 
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Male 18,088
melcervini did you just describe IAB?
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Female 6,392
Draculya Yes! LOL :D
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Male 1,642
I think it would take about that amount of time to demonstrate how to run a 'successful' public hearing with a hostile audience and a clueless panel. I would need about a half-dozen well-rehearsed assistants.
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Female 6,392
semichisam01 Did you just describe IAB? ;)
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Male 1,642
melcervini "Did you just describe IAB? ;)"
There are aspects. Fortunately, no one has been foolish enough to offer me one of those lucrative mod positions, so I haven't had to turn it down.
All public hearings have a hostile audience. All boards, committees and commissions are clueless. You have to herd cats while convincing the audience that you would do exactly what each of them wants if only you had the money/authority/manpower (choose one, or another one).
I'm retired. I just want to play out in the woods and run my boat in some of the beautiful Oregon rivers. But I would give that presentation if I thought anyone wanted to learn how to do it.
(If you want to learn how to take down a very large hazard tree solo, without damaging other trees or dropping anything on anyone, I could do that, but it's a field demo.)
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Female 6,392
semichisam01 Impressive all around :)  Is this you? :D

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Male 1,642
melcervini On my best days.
He used three wedges, driven less than half-way in, then left them. That gives him more room for the chain bar, but I don't usually have that much confidence. I usually can't resist tapping the wedges until I'm sure gravity has it.
His lifting his arms to the heavens was a joke. He knew where it was going from the start.
That was a very straight, clean felling cut. This guy's a pro.
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Female 6,392
semichisam01 To someone that couldn't cut a milkweed plant down with any proficiency, I bow to you and yours. :)
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Male 1,718
melcervini Don't cut down milkweed!  Think of the Monarch butterflies!  Seriously, Mrs. Punko would hunt you down for taking out milkweed.
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Male 558
How to give an interesting 45 minute presentation.
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Male 1,835
This is a really cool topic, Fancy. Good post.
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Male 1,062
Doctor Who, model making, airliners, woodworking, metalworking, pornography, drawing and painting, whisky, plumbing, wiring, cooking and Jaguar cars. 
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Male 645
mrteatime What are some woodworking and metalworking projects you've done? Any pictures to share?
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Male 1,062
yelloow12 Furniture restoration mainly but also constructional stuff such as door installation facings soffits and such. Most of it not really photogenic. As for metal a lot of vehicle body repair, welding panel forming and such but I am going to set a a small forge in my garage for making stuff. I am working on a wee Christmas project at the moment building the first house of a miniature village. I can post photos of that in a few weeks when it's finished.
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Male 645
mrteatime Furniture restoration sounds cool. I've been wanting to get into making furniture. Probably just an outdoor lounge chair to start.  I've also always wanted to learn to weld, but I wouldn't do it frequently enough to spend the money on one.

Definitely post some photos of the village once you're done.
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Male 1,062
yelloow12 It might just be one house just now I intend to add to it each year, perhaps even incorporate with a model railway at some point.
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Male 18,088
mrteatime What's your opinion on the new lady doc?
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Male 1,062
Draculya I like her. After watching the show since I was about five it's a bit odd having a female doctor but I think she's a good choice. It's kinda weird fancying the Doctor though.
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Male 12,877
mrteatime I don't think I could do pornography for a full 45 minutes. I'd probably need 8 minutes at most.
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Male 1,062
holygod Boom Boom Tish!
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Male 1,642
holygod "I'd probably need 8 minutes at most."
Wow! Eight minutes! No wonder they call you holygod. Most of us wouldn't need that much time.
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Male 9,975
  • A 45 minute class on Calligraphy.
  • Graphic design, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Preparing Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods for Transportation by Multiple Modes 
  • Alternately, an anecdotal recounting of the consequences of idiots attempting to prepare Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods for Transportation by Multiple Modes.
  • A brief overview of the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (and how the United Nations fucked it up)
  • Gas and/or High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography
  • Basic lab safety and procedures. 
  • Non-destructive testing*
  • Destructive testing*
  • Haunted House design, make up and special effects.*

*note: a little rusty on these as it's been a few years, but I could bone up.
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Male 1,835
megrendel  A brief overview of the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (and how the United Nations fucked it up)

Are you thinking about how they fucking reversed the hazard scale? That pisses me off every time I see it. Also "inflammable" 
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Male 9,975
marsii Got it in ONE!  That was beyond fucked-up. 

I STILL  have to explain to customers why in the US we cannot present the hazard scal
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Male 12,877
megrendel Wait. What? You're a graphic designer? I don't recall you ever bringing that up.
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Male 9,975
holygod My degree is in Commercial Art & Graphic Design.

Of course, I'm so old that I learned the OLD way...using rapidographs, transfer colors and inking in a logo three feet across and then photostating it down to 3" to clean it up. 

My plan was to go in the ground floor as a layout artist at a advertising firm and work my way up.  But, in the early 90's the layout artist job market dried up.  So, I backed my way into chemistry.
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Male 12,877
megrendel That's really cool. So you learned the Adobe suite independently?
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Male 9,975
holygod While I was in art school, the art department got it's very first computer in 1990.  A MacIntosh SE PC (picture below)

That same semester my entire art kit was stolen, and replacing it would have been at least $500 as I had acquired it over time.  I was delivering pizzas to afford school, not really an option.

The art instructor made me a deal. I would get credit for that semester's art class if I learned everything I could about the computer and then instructed him and the class about it.

So I did, and the primary program I taught myself was Adobe Illustrator 3.0.  Since then I've used 5.0, 7.0(Windows), 10.0, CS3, CS5 and CC.   Actually have Illustrator open on this computer now.

I figured Photoshop would come in handy, so started teaching myself that starting with 5.0 and am now using CS6.

In each case I basically learned by figuring out what I wanted to do, and then doing it by trial and error or by research.

So now I do labels, textbooks, flyers, invites and the occasional logo. I'm a regular on Reddit for 4 years, mainly on r/picrequests and haven't paid for Gold Membership in over 3 years because occasionally I get gifted for work I've done.

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Male 12,877
megrendel Wicked cool man. Good for you. Illustrator is my baby. I'm a big vector illustration guy and while Graphic Design pays the bills, Illustration is my passion. Sometimes I do photo realism competitions just for kicks. This lamp was one of them. All hand drawn vector, no mesh.

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Male 645
holygod Wait. I don't understand what the terms you used mean, but basically you just straight up drew that? Whaaaaaaaaaaa
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Male 12,877
yelloow12 This is digitally drawn in a program called Adobe Illustrator. Vectors are a way to create elements with mathematical point and lines as opposed to raster which is made up of pixels. A vector drawing is infinitely scaleable, whereas a pixel drawing will become pixelated as it gets bigger. Mesh refers to gradient mesh and is a way of bending gradients to create certain effects. I personally avoid it.
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Male 645
holygod Damn. Not even a reply of "that looks like shit"... I already felt like it was a waste of time, now I really do.
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Male 12,877
yelloow12 LOL. Sorry dude. I saw it on my phone and thought you just jokingly reposted my image. It wasn't till you wrote this that I looked at it on my computer and zoomed in. You actually did that in Paint? That's pretty badass.
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Male 645
holygod megrendel Ah ok, thanks for the info. Still really impressive that you drew that.

Also, screw you guys, I like MS Paint.

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Male 645
yelloow12 Please don't tell my boss I spent my morning drawing that.
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Male 9,975
holygod I like to explain it like this:

Draw a circle in a raster program (Paint).  You have created a shape that is the approximation of a circle.  This shape is static. If you want a different color, you have to redraw it.  If you prefer an oval you have to redraw it.  From a distance it appears circular.  As you get closer (zoom in) you see the edges become squares, because the image is made up of individual pixels. 

Draw a circle in a vector program (Illustrator):
You have just defined a closed circular path. This shape is dynamic.  You can change the shape, curve, size, color and stroke width at will.  No matter how close you get, or how far you zoom in, the edges will still be lines, because the edge is the vector (definition of the line). 

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Male 9,975
holygod Sweet work.   Not sure I'd have the patience to get that photorealistic. 

Most of my work is designing labels for chemical companies.  Pretty basic.
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Male 12,840
holygod a lot of people are graphic designers.
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Male 4,375
There's a good amount I can talk about.
  • Music, particularly instrumental, theory, instruments
  • The Civil War, mainly music of, maybe some other topics within
  • Computers
  • Video games
  • Nothing
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Male 6,076
ive got notes on all of your mothers. and pie charts
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Male 1,642
rumham mmm.. pie!
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Male 843
OK - my serious response to this question is writing and managing successful federal proposals, and what to do after you win.  Alternative options based purely on my interests would be WWII Aircraft, and Ghosts.  
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Male 1,196
Well, I guess I have a few options I am confident on giving an expert lecture in:

  • The fact that holygod's cock is not 13 inches
  • Nuclear physics
  • Quantum Electrodynamics
  • My 13 inch cock
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Male 6,076
BuckeyeJoe is corn food?
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Male 12,877
BuckeyeJoe COCK FIGHT!
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Male 1,196
holygod Let's red-vine it bro.

No homo if called bro first.
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Male 5,503
Female 9,772
Dogs. When I was really young, I had an obsession with dogs and still know quite a bit about them to make a speech about it.
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Male 12,877
I could give a lecture on living with a 13 inch cock.

I've been raising pygmy roosters since i was 12.
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Male 8,986
holygod LOL! You got me.
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Female 6,392
squrlz4ever with his 13 inch cock
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Male 841
Invasive species. I did a lot of freelance writing for money back when I was unemployed, and it's a topic surprisingly untapped by the listicle universe. I never could get anyone interested in the invasive plant lists though, which is a bummer because I learned so much researching those.
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Male 15
Instruments of the orchestra and generally how they work. I've done it, successfully, with middle schoolers.  
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Male 5,187
longtimelurker Cool, me too. Helping kids with playing musical instruments is kind of a hobby/calling of mine.
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Male 12,877
trimble LOL. Who the fuck downvotes this comment?
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Male 12,877
trimble That's highly commendable. I used to do art therapy with kids. There's nothing better than helping kids.
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Why the United States of America is and always has been an evil empire.  
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Male 12,877
dm2754 I think evil is a bit hyperbolic. Certainly selfish, uncaring, and ambivalent at times.
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Male 4,093
batman.
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Male 12,877
robthelurker True story:

My wife and I were playing some "get the person to guess" game on my phone during a long car ride. One of the categories was "comic books". I thought, OK, let's see how she does. She's no geek but we see all the movies and she listens to me talk about random shit.

First phrase was "Bruce Wayne".
Perfect, an easy one to get started.
I say "Batman's identity"
"Bruce Banner"

Then we stopped playing.
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Male 1,718
Tricky.

While I have given lectures (most longer than 45 minutes) at university, high school, and primary school levels (as guest presenter, not a professor/teacher) and I'm fairly certain I held the audience's attention, there is not much chance that the audience wanted to attend the presentation.  Captive audiences and all that.

Holding an audience's attention is not the same thing as having a presentation that people are excited to listen to.
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Male 12,840
why it's so important to love one another as Christ asked.
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Male 18,088
monkwarrior I am sure you must get invited to many cocktail parties. 
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Male 12,840
Draculya I do, but i almost always decline
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Male 6,076
monkwarrior sure thing. im sure its just a pity invite and they do a collective phewww
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Male 12,840
rumham no, i make it clear that i prefer to avoid parties, but they ask because they know i may sometimes say yes.
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Male 6,076
monkwarrior dude yeah you avoid parties.. lol i'm sure the people who deal with you day to day totally want you at their gatherings
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Male 12,840
rumham I'm frequently asked. and i often will do short parties or luncheons.
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Male 6,076
monkwarrior stop harassing me i feel unsafe
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Male 12,840
rumham there there karma chameleon.
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Male 6,076
monkwarrior i feel unsafe
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Male 12,840
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Male 12,840
daegog I am more introverted than extroverted. I'm not embarrassed in the slightest, are you?
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Male 6,076
daegog no no we all want a guy at a party who constantly talks about jesus
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Male 12,877
rumham Jesus and how 9/11 was an inside job. My two favorite party topics.
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Male 18,088
holygod The whole bible was an inside job. The walls of Jericho do not just fall down when you blow trumpets at them. I think the "jews" did it.
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Male 6,076
holygod totally make any party better. except maybe asking "hey party people lets talk about abortion!"
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Male 843
Baiting... Indeed, one could say I am a master baiter.
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Male 15
skeeter01 This must be an emotional topic for you. I mean, that's why you're carrying around that tissue, right?
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Male 1,718
skeeter01 Did you have them in your palm of your hand or did you snag their attention hook, line, and sinker?
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Male 18,088
Whatever topic the audience was interested in. 

Rural microfinance in SE Asia. Kinetics of elastomers under load. Pharmacokinetics of gaseous anaesthetics. Quantum effects in optics. Socioeconomic drivers of the sex industry across Asia. Tobacco tasting and the effects of soil, seed and sun. Rights of migrant workers. Colour palette choices in Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Glassworking and annealing for optimal physical properties. Tensegrity structures in public architecture. Conquering your fears regarding interviewing strangers on video.

I could probably stand up unprepared and give TEDx talks in all these and more, but nobody wants to hear about some random specialised topic.
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Male 1,835
Draculya That's cool. Could you do a short post on a couple of the science topics if you have time? I'd like to read those. It would really add to the site too. 
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Male 2,233
Draculya you left out scotch, asian hookers and cigars.  You don’t want to appear shallow and superficial do you?
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Male 18,088
woodyville06 I don't know much about scotch.
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Male 1,196
Draculya Quantum effects in optics.

Noice!

The equations describing quantum mechanics and optics are surprisingly similar. We should have a chat, you can I. You could teach me a thing or two.

:))))
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe I know really only about practical things like airy discs, interference and uses such as zone seives, polarization, wave functions, etc. That's all semi-classical and when it gets really quantum, I lack the mathematics to get properly stuck in: quantum entanglement, teleportation, and logic gates go over my head.

So, I doubt I could teach you anything, but I could keep you engaged and thinking.
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Male 1,196
Draculya I love it. Fucking spectacular.

And don't discount your knowledge, because much of quantum mechanics is "semi-classical." It does not become a complete quantum theory until canonical quantization is introduced much later.

Basically, as long as we use continuous functions to model the wave-functions, it can't be a true quantum theory -- because "quantum" means "discrete" (as opposed to continuous). So this additional quantization promotes wave-functions to the status of operators, which just adds another layer of abstraction to an already difficult idea.

We only teach this to advanced graduate students in physics, so most of what folks identify as quantum mechanics is semi-classical anyway...but still not easy by any means!

Quantum Entanglement

Yeah, join the club. It makes no sense to me how two objects can somehow "know" about the other's collapsed quantum state without sending any information between them. But this apparently happens. We do not understand how; we can only model it. The Universe sometimes exhibits behavior that is non-local (not confined to special relativity). Given that this is true, might it be possible for macroscopic objects to also break causality (thereby moving backwards through time)?

Teleportation

Unfortunately cannot happen. I suppose some folks are still trying to see if there is a way. But the problem is that quantum states are not deterministic, so if you destroy a quantum object in one location, then transmit the information to another location, and re-create the object -- they will not be identical copies. In the act of destroying the object, you have altered its information in an un-recoverable way. So they might be able to re-create...uhhh ...something...but it wouldn't be you. Prolly some weird fucked-up version of you, with like, Dr. Seuss trees growing where your dick should be. Or something.

Don't know much about logic gates -- that's more experimental physics. I'm a theorist.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe Here is something that fucks with my head.

I understand that time, like space and matter is granular at the quantum level. I accept that entropy always increases.

However that's when it starts to get screwy. Why did the big bang have such low entropy? Because it was the beginning of time. Why was it the beginning of time? Because entropy cannot have a negative number? Why? Because that would be before the beginning of time.

Right there is a hideous pool of derp swirling in a manner that stinks of biblical circular logic.

Heh heh, so now comes the kicker. It's only circular logic because we experience time in a forward direction, which is to do with the perceived experience of increasing entropy and I cannot explain why we experience time without explaining why entropy increases and everything I read about why entropy must increase back references to time.

If you can answer that, I probably can't understand your answer, because answering why time moves forward and entropy increases probably also answers why time and space sums to zero and why time dilation occurs and then you find yourself sitting under an Bodhi tree and you explode into a shower of mystical crystals and all we remember about what you actually said is "he mumbled something about an eight-fold path and then he was gone. Wanna buy a crystal?".

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Male 1,196
Draculya That was a fun reply to read.

So entropy either remains constant (in reversible systems) or increases (in non-reversible systems). But this only applies to an isolated system. If I define my system to be, say, the blocks on a table. Then I can arrange those blocks into a pattern -- thereby decreasing the entropy. So did I violate the 2nd Law? Not at all, the system was not isolated...I fucked with it. If we include me in the system, then entropy increased. Because the calories I expended to arrange the blocks increased entropy more than the decrease in their arrangement provided.

The upshot is, we do not really know whether the early Universe was a closed system. Discussing the entropy is still a well-defined concept (we think), but the 2nd Law may not apply.

Theists like to abuse the 2nd Law to argue against natural selection. In doing so, they implicitly define a system that is not isolated. I say "implicitly" because they do not understand they are doing this, because they do not understand the 2nd Law.

"time and space sums to zero"

They actually sum to the speed of light. That is Special Relativity.

"Wanna buy a crystal?"

LOL. I do enjoy such things.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe They actually sum to the speed of light. That is Special Relativity.

Yes, I get that. It was kind of what I meant. When speed is c, time elapsed (as experienced by the traveller) is zero, etc. etc. Oh snap! That's it. That's why you cannot have negative time unless speed exceeds c. LOL, that's why backwards time travel is easy as long as you have greater than infinite energy. It also specifies the perceived passage of time as a function of relative kinetic energy. That's fucked up. And with that, I've just time travelled back a hundred years in terms of mankind's understanding of physics.
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Male 1,196
Draculya What really cooks my noodle is that, apparently, photons do not experience time at all. The entire Universe is happening simultaneously for them.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe that was one of Einstein's key findings and was mentioned by Hawking in A Brief History Of Time.

Thinking about it, it also means although light behaves as both a particle and a wave, the photon does not experience the time component of the wave, just the lambda. The wave forms as the photon progresses. This explains wave particle duality.

It's not always true that light does not experience time, though. A photon takes hundreds of thousands of years to travel from the sun's core to the surface. I wonder how it behaves in that time?
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Male 1,196
Draculya "The wave forms as the photon progresses."

The wave component of a photon has more to do with its probability distribution, rather than its composition. So as the photon propagates, our measurement of it can discover wave-like behavior. To be exactly strict about it, a photon is a local excitation of a quantum field, hence more particle-like.

"A photon takes hundreds of thousands of years to travel from the sun's core to the surface. I wonder how it behaves in that time?"

It is not the same photon. The reason why it takes this long is because it is being constantly absorbed, then re-emitted in a random direction. The net effect is that a photon emitted from a star's core will take that long before that energy exits the surface as some other photon. But the photon absorbed is not the same (in any way we can determine) as the the photon re-emitted. In many cases, they do not even have the same energy.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe my understanding was as you said, but have read in several places that it was as I stated
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe Quantum entanglement does my head in, especially when there are no known forces that could at at that distance with that speed. Quantum entanglement is powered by the forces of "because" and "it just does". What I wouldn't give to understand what those forces but I am as just as likely to find an answer through sketchy mushrooms as physics.
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Male 18,088
Draculya hey BuckeyeJoe, what to you make of Huw Price's conjecture that the uncertain multistate nature of quantum physics, means that quantum particles may not experience time, hence an entangled particle may be affected instantaneously by the change of state of its pair in the act of measuring the state of the paired particle?

https://curiosity.com/topics/this-quantum-theory-says-time-can-flow-backwards-curiosity/ 
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Male 1,196
Draculya Yeah, mine too. We do not understand how some of the Universe can obey special relativity and some not. There are interesting thought experiments that try to test whether the EPR paradox can be exploited.

https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.07323
https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.10050
https://arxiv.org/abs/1601.00378

It is hairy reading, no doubt. But cool as shit. People are activity working on these things.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe Huw Price's explanation that paricles do not experience time in the same way answers EPR.

One thing that Einstein had going for him was the understanding was he was usually pretty good at identifying the hole in his own argument. His failure was his notorious inability to tell Chinese women apart from the men, which can be easily done by finding the hole. I call that the Einstein-Draculya paradox.
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Male 1,196
Draculya The philosopher? It most certainly does not. This idea violates Bell's inequality, namely that it requires hidden variables to exist when it has been proven none can be.
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe I first came across quantum teleportation at age 14 or 15 in maths class. The teacher was telling me about the then new idea that a quantum particle could teleport short distances because its position couldn't be certain and occasionally particles would be shown to be where they shouldn't have had the ability to get to.
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Male 1,196
Draculya Hmmm, this is not quite correct. I think what your teacher was talking about is quantum tunneling

Basically, it is possible for an electron to "pass" through a wall, because its position is not well defined. In principle then, it IS possible for a thrown tennis ball to just "pass" through a wall instead of bouncing off. But the probability is so insanely low that you will never witness this.

Quantum tunneling is not the same as teleportation. Teleportation is destroying a state at one location and recreating it at another. Quantum tunneling is where a quantum object can be on the other side of a classically inaccessible boundary, because the Universe can violate energy conservation for short amounts of time. 
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Male 18,088
BuckeyeJoe Basically, it is possible for an electron to "pass" through a wall, because its position is not well defined.

"It was IN I tell you!" - John McEnroe.

Teleportation is destroying a state at one location and recreating it at another. 

Start with a small state, like Rhode Island.
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Male 2
Draculya 
Do a talk on people who think they're intelligent and try to boast about it on the internet but don't actually go anywhere with it.
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Male 12,877
Mr_G85 Except sometimes the person pretending to be smart online actually is smart. You're talking to one of the 5 foremost "Color palette choices in Hanna-Barbera cartoons" authorities in the Eastern hemisphere. Try to show some respect.
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Male 18,088
holygod actually, that one was bullshit, but I could still talk you to death on the topic, should you wish.
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Male 18,088
Mr_G85 lol, upvoted.
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Male 524
Rowing, sculls and sweep, technique and the physiology involved....

Or IGSS (It's a SCADA system, you know, software...)

Or industrial user interface design, especially High performance HMI.

Captivating stuff......
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Male 18,088
wolladude everyone in FISA has to be doping, surely?
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Male 2,233
wolladude I manage SCADA projects for an electrical utility.  45 minutes on SCADA hardware or protocol would test the the resolve of the most hardened nerd...
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Male 18,088
wolladude Star Trek had some of the worst user interface designs I have ever seen.
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Male 1,718
Draculya What?  LCARS rules!  Seriously, though, no advanced space faring civilization in either Star Wars or Star Trek bothered to label any of the buttons/switches on their consoles/computer systems.
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Male 1,642
punko "no advanced space faring civilization in either Star Wars or Star Trek bothered to label any of the buttons/switches on their consoles/computer systems."
For two good reasons:
1. They wouldn't want anyone on the console who couldn't find everything instantly blindfolded;
2. They wouldn't want to make anything easy for invaders.
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Male 1,718
semichisam01 1. possibly.  2. Ummm no.  If they're on the bridge you're screwed
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Male 1,642
punko "If they're on the bridge you're screwed"
If they're on the bridge, but don't know how to run the ship, you have something to talk about. 
Remember that you have a chance to get out of any situation other people can set up if you have: something to talk about; and someone who can talk.
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Male 18,088
punko it's like that Black Mirror USS Callister episode when the new girl on the bridge is told to press any button at her station; they all do the same thing.
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punko Draculya The Klingons seems very fond of labelling practically everything on their displays.
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Male 1,642
wolladude "The Klingons seems very fond of labelling practically everything on their displays."
Remember that Klingons used tradition and honor as a substitute for rational thought.
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Male 1,299
Cats, of course :-)
Several other topics too, but they'd probably require a bit of research. My memory isn't all that hot sometimes.
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Male 6,950
It Would be a speech called the Assdessy, One man's quest to find the Gluteal Divine!

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daegog "One man's quest to find the Gluteal Divine!"
I read that at first as 'the Gluteal Divide', and didn't comment because it seemed like a pretty easy thing to find. Now I've reread it, and I'm wondering about your parameters.
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Male 2,233
daegog that’s a FL plate, I hope her ass makes it out of the storm safely.
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