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    beliefs are very close to religion...politics....yada...yada..yada.
    was I the only one that was told the "three 'No's of friendly communication"?

    1) No Politics
    2) No Sexual talk(or in modern world, abortion)
    3) No Religion
    there used to be something here, but not anymore

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    but i still don't have find that outlook to be particulary inspiring either. and that's how things remain for now
    Oh you don't have to do anything, i am merely pointing out that there is an alternative to all the doom and gloom. Whether we find life inspiring or depressing all depends on the way we decide to view it, in my opinion there is wisdom in choosing an angle that makes you happy rather than sad.
    Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

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    Here is the article that I spoke off in my op, its pretty long, but worth a read: http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science...676265,00.html

    some entropy with that sink? entropysink.com

    there are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. - franz kafka

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    Believe me, computers are going to die out in the near future (in a century's time). If we have not progressed past them, we will die.
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    Interesting read Axon, makes me want to read a few Sci-Fi novels (if you're not reading anything at the mo. i recommend "Light from Other Days" by Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter, it involves technological changes that change humanity in a fairly major way - so might interest you).

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    Probably off-topic completely, but has anyone read "QED: The strange theory of light and matter" by Richard P. Feynman? It's kind of old (not sure when it was published, but the author died in 1988 i think), so I was wondering how accurate the book is--you know, has new research completely changed physics since then?
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    I know them not: not therefore am I short
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    I haven't read it, but it is on my to read list. As far as i know the field of quantum chromodynamics has not changed hugely, that is assuming Feynman wrote the book after the development of the standard model of particle physics. Ie. it talks about quarks.

    Either way i suspect almost all of what's in that book still applies today, although some topics that are more recent and may be of relevence (like string theory) presumeably will not be there.
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    That's good because I read most of it already, and the last chapter talks about quarks and other particles.

    The reason I wasn't sure is because I read "The universe in a nutshell" and "A brief history of time" and they had some of the same topics in it, but it wasn't explained in the same way. I think this book is more of a introductory book--there's hardly any math explained in it and the author assumes the reader knows very little about the subject (ie they didn't even know light is a particle)
    "Think not but that I know these things; or think
    I know them not: not therefore am I short
    Of knowing what I ought."
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