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The very many questions-not-worth-their-own-thread question thread XXXI

Discussion in 'Picture Threads Archive' started by Cutlass, Dec 1, 2016.

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  1. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    Was Isaac Asimov a creationist?
     
  2. Lohrenswald

    Lohrenswald 老仁森林

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    I severly doubt it
     
  3. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    He was Jewish. The creationists you're thinking of are all Christian.
     
  4. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Well, there was one particularly strident Jewish YEC who frequented the boards here a few years back, but that's extremely unusual, to say the least.

    Asimov was also an atheist, though it took a long time for him to admit it. There's a whole section on his religious beliefs on his Wikipedia page.
     
  5. Mouthwash

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    Never heard of him.
     
  6. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    I did say that it was a few years back.
     
  7. Mouthwash

    Mouthwash Escaped Lunatic

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    Been here five years. You're not much more ancient.
     
  8. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    I looked through his wikiquote page and it's clear that he was against creationism. I was looking for a quote that supposedly showed even if he didn't say he supported the idea, he clearly showed that he knew it was right, but I couldn't find the quote. It's something like how the human brain is more complex than anything else in the universe.
     
  9. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Two years is a long time in politics. Besides, it being a long time ago could simply indicate the failings of the human memory.

    Well, given that he was neither a neurologist nor an astrophysicist, his thoughts on the relative complexity of the human brain are not that important. Besides, the usual creationist argument is that of irreducible complexity and I think we can be fairly certain that he never claimed that was true.
     
  10. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    When I heard that quote from Isaac Asimov said by someone, they paired it with a quote from Wernher von Braun, who said something like the human eye and human brain is so complex that it couldn't have appeared by random chance.
     
  11. Owen Glyndwr

    Owen Glyndwr La Femme Moderne

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    I can't find any evidence of Isaac Asimov commenting on irreducible complexity.
     
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    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Well, as we've established that Asimov was indeed not a creationist, it's not an issue, is it? It doesn't matter anyway, seeing as since he was not an astrophysicist, geologist or evolutionary biologist, his alleged opinion on irreducible complexity is not professionally relevant.
     
  13. Takhisis

    Takhisis spells laser with an s

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    Owen! (and others), what effect do toe-socks have on their wearer possibly having more (or less) athlete's foot and other such common problems?
     
  14. Owen Glyndwr

    Owen Glyndwr La Femme Moderne

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    Oh! I don't know. Athlete's foot isn't really something I get.
     
  15. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I'm trying to track down a game. I last played it on the Atari 800XL. While most of you have probably never seen an Atari 800XL let alone played games on it, a lot of games from the Atari 2600 console also made it onto the 800XL, so this game I'm trying to track down was likely also playable on other platforms (possibly even non-Atari ones)

    The game is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up game. You fly in a spaceship and always move to the right. This sounds like a LOT of games out there, so I doubt I will be able to figure this out, but this game seemed a bit ahead of its time in terms of graphics and gameplay. You basically piloted a spaceship through tunnels, with turrets, spaceships, etc. Each level had its own colour scheme. You could of course upgrade your ship, get new weapons, etc. I remember this game being very hard - it was tough to make it to the 2nd or 3rd level even after many hours of play.

    The game's name was something like Zoltrax. That wasn't it at all - but I think it was something like that. I seem to remember just one word, and the letter x is jumping out at me too, although it's possible it wasn't in the title at all.

    I realize this is a long shot, but I might as well try.
     
  16. Takhisis

    Takhisis spells laser with an s

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    Sounds as if you've been playing a 2D version of Descent, warpus.
    And regarding ingrown toenails and such? And, well, stink? Do toe-socks make any difference regarding foot-stench?
     
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    I don't know if it was available on Atari, but the game you're describing sounds a lot like Magmax.
     
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    warpus In pork I trust

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    It was something a bit more like this game I found also for the Atari 800XL that isn't it but is similar

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    Fast forward to 3:00 to skip the intro




    This one is called Humanoid though and my memory could be way off but I don't remember the game so cartoony. I also remember more corridors and a slightly smaller ship.

    I looked up Megmax and the main difference between the 2 games is that the game I'm thinking of was.. a flat projection, while Megmax is a bit 3D. Also that you are hovering over the land in Megmax, but in the game I want to find you see a flat crosssection of the action and you can basically only move up and down (or speed up or slow down)
     
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    Merry Christmas:

     
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    warpus In pork I trust

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    Damn that looks close and fits the description so well, especially the name! Sadly it isn't it either :/ At least the levels seen in this video have plant and natural-like qualities, whereas I remember more corridors, straight edges, some rough edges sure, and there were some cave parts maybe, but I remember more order to the floor and ceiling.
     
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