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Frank your Majesty

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#1250532
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The OT.com Debate Club. No debates!
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I think it would be fun to have our own debate club, but I don’t really like disagreements, so let’s please cut the debate part.

Maybe we can talk about our favorite debate rules instead? But only positively, I don’t want debates about debate rules, either!

My favorite debate rule is “if someone is saying something in a debate to you, you say something back”.

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#1246328
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The Astronomy thread
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The unity of gravitational and inertial mass is a core principle of the theory of relativity, which has been confirmed again and again during the last 100 years.

Sure, new hypotheses are often met with scepticism, but when there is enough evidence, they are eventually adopted. Ironically, people arguing in favor of “alternative” science and against relativity (or quantum mechanics) seem to forget that these theories were first met with the same scepticism, not too long ago, but they passed the tests and prevailed. Time will tell if quantized inertia will do the same, but I wouldn’t bet my money on it.

As for dark matter, I’m by no means an expert, but we already know particles that are influenced by some of the four fundamental forces, but not by others. For example protons interact via the strong force, weak force, electromagnetism and gravity, whereas neutrinos only interact via the weak force and gravity. It doesn’t seem completely implausible to me that there might be a particle that only interacts via gravity, which is exactly what dark matter seems to do.

However, there is one field where I would agree that it’s in a dead end and that is string theory. So far, none of its big predictions came true, but it seems almost too big to admit this and start over, as so many people have already put so much work into it. Instead, they are turning it from a theory of everything to a theory of anything, which is ultimately a theory of nothing.

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#1246238
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The Astronomy thread
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Mrebo said:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7x3ed9/darpa-is-researching-quantized-inertia-a-theory-of-physics-many-think-is-pseudoscience

Sounds promising to me. The dark matter theory has always seemed like make-believe science.

Proposing a too-good-to-be-true engine based on an effect that so far could not be proven to exist and violates some of the most well-tested scientific theories doesn’t sound like make-believe science to you?

Now, I don’t want to completely dismiss it, but I wouldn’t call it promising. Best case, it works and we have a cool new propulsion technology and some interesting physics to explore. Worst case, it doesn’t work and this hypothesis is discarded for good. At least noone can say that these kinds of outsider ideas are supressed by the Illuminati or some other BS, so that’s a good thing.

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#1241561
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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RogueLeader said:

It seems like most “slaves” in the galaxy have implants that slave-owners can detonate if they try to escape. Anakin and Shmi mention having them in TPM

We really see slavery only once in the saga, which is in TPM, and there, slaves have bombs in them. Concluding that most slaves all over the galaxy also have bombs in them seems like a bit of a stretch. Especially since TFA takes place 60 years after TPM.

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#1240201
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Star Wars as a cohesive universe/canon.
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Shopping Maul said:

BiggsFan44 said:
Good perspective. Just to clarify, I’m also talking about the idea of certain pieces of the canon not respecting other pieces even though they are supposed to be 9 parts of one story, which is slightly different from recasting etc.
On the topic of Trek, it’s funny that you mention scale, since now that I know that the saucer set in First Contact was not full size it bugs me, even though you can’t tell in the film that it is only 70 percent of the full size.

But Star Wars has been disrespecting its own canon from day one. In the first film Luke, who had an obvious crush on Princess Leia, was the son of a war hero who’d been killed by Darth Vader. In the next film Lucas suddenly decided Vader was actually Luke’s father. Then he decided that Leia was Luke’s sister, the Emperor was a different bloke to the one we’d seen in Empire, and Luke had supposedly been ‘hidden’ at the family homestead and with Dad’s old surname intact no less! I haven’t even started on the prequels yet!

“Do you remember your mother? Your real mother?”

“Uh, well, ‘remember’ is such a strong word…”

This.

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#1240162
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Star Wars as a cohesive universe/canon.
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BiggsFan44 said:

Frank your Majesty said:

BiggsFan44 said:

  1. massive double standard between the PT and ST

You mean like having no problem with the PT introducing continuity errors, but hating the ST for reverting them? Yes, I think that’s a massive double standard.

I don’t know what you’re misunderstanding here. My original post is not about continuity errors.

I’m talking about Yoda being a puppet again. I don’t care if you want to call that a continuity error or something else.

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#1240028
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Star Wars as a cohesive universe/canon.
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BiggsFan44 said:

For example, I was just watching TLJ and I got to the scene with Yoda. Yoda is a puppet in TLJ when he was CG in the PT. The problem for me is that these movies are supposed to be installments in the same story, and yet that illusion is shattered into a million pieces when things like puppet Yoda or TFA being like the anti-prequel in much of its approach are pretty much rebuttals of earlier installments.

Excuse me? Yoda was a puppet in Empire Strikes Back, which means the prequels got it totally wrong. But you complain about TFA and TLJ for trying to correct the mistakes of the PT, instead of complaining about the prequels for fucking it up in the first place?