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I guess this was too studded with spoilers to leave in TDTCB threads. Oops :P.

General Misc. / Re: Explaining Bakker
« on: April 22, 2013, 02:58:15 am »
Oh I've no idea how to go about it as I explained. Not a clue. I was merely trying to say that the way it is presented is more philosophical than scientific. Nothing is wrong with that, but if you ask a scientist to read it then they will likely give you a disappointing response.

General Misc. / Re: Explaining Bakker
« on: April 21, 2013, 10:07:16 pm »
Yeah I would agree that the judgment passed was a bit harsh. Sure his stuff isn't a breeze to read, but there is no rule that it has to be. It isn't a scientific article and should lose points because of that fact. It might not be what one generally reads, but just because you dislike how it is written doesn't mean it is garbage.

Well anything is certainly better than nothing, and it looks like a great start to me, though a website might be nice so people could more easily find the information.

General Misc. / Re: Explaining Bakker
« on: April 21, 2013, 02:29:45 pm »
I think the opinions of your scientists seems reasonable. I'm not going to say I have spent any reasonable amount of time looking into Bakker's philosophies, but from what I have looked at, I can say that I felt similar to your quoted opinions. I, however, and just some guy off the street. One would hope that someone that is, more or less, in the field of study that the paper was written about, would be able to more fully grasp what the hell was going on.

Though the credentials of your readers may be important. I don't know what the paper(s) were about, and I don't know how much a 'neruolinguistic researcher' would know about it. However, what I can say is that Bakker does not write scientifically, and the people in the scientific community expect a certain kind of writing. I don't know how much Bakker claims to be a scientist, but he certainly isn't doing 'science' on a day to day basis. Philosophy and science can be more or less similar depending on how theoretical ones research is. I would imagine that your readers, since they are doing research (which I take to me actually doing experiments and developing working models of theories) that philosophy is not close to heart. Practical science, outside the realm of purely theoretical stuff, is not much like philosophy, and the practitioners would not appreciate something like the texts written by Bakker.

This is because, like they said, he isn't a scientist. I'm sure he could write something that could be more comprehensible for a scientific audiance, but from what I've seen, most of his work is not for them. Its for the philosophers. His papers are not scientific papers.

Go to google scholar or something similar and look up a journal article regarding something scientific.  You'll find a very similar design in all of them. They will start with an abstract, then go into their hypothesis, then a theory section, then their apparatus and method for testing, data and discussion, and finally the conclusions they came to. There will also be an appendix section.

There is not a lot of fluff. Not a lot of confusing dialect and complex sentence structure. The only thing that may be confusing are the terms that are very specific to the research itself, and these things are usually explained in the appendix, accompanied by all the references they used for their work.

Peer-reviewed scientific journal articles go through a rigorous process to get published, and their findings are typically more accurate and more reliable than textbooks or papers, since those can be written by just a few people and hold no obligation to be accurate.

I'm just trying to say I can understand the stance of the your scientists. Bakker is a philosopher not a scientist, and grabbing any random scientist from the street and asking them to interpret his writing will probably yield you the same result over and over again.

What was the motivation for doing thing? Looks like you spent quite some time on it.

General Misc. / Re: Manga/Anime
« on: April 19, 2013, 03:26:56 pm »
I myself have watched lots and lots of anime, or at least my my own recognizing I have. DBZ and DB are classic, who didn't watch those growing up?

I've watched a mixture of stuff dubbed and subbed in english, the one that had the most significant difference between subbed to dubbed, that I've seen, was Rurouni Kenshin.

I watch the new subbed episodes of Naruto every week, but I started watching it dubbed in english. There doesn't seem to be a huge difference from subbed/dubbed, but I've watched only about have the whole series subbed so I could be wrong. A good anime, but lots and lots of filler episodes. Shippuden is far better than the original IMO.

I can't decide if I want to start watching bleach again (I stopped after the Final Getsuga Tensho stuff with Izen, before the Hell arc). That may have significant differences dubbed/subbed. I probably watched 90% of it subbed so I can't say for sure though. I will note though, that my favorite episode (maybe of any anime ever) is episode 270: :"Beginning of Despair...Ichigo, the Unreachable Blade". I originally saw it subbed, and it was amazing. Once the english dubbed version caught up and I re-watched it, I was sorely disappointing. The english version had not the same dark overtones and completely botched the delilvery, changing it from an amazing scene to a mediocre one. Needless to say I haven't watched one in english since.

Another that I've really enjoyed were Yu Yu hakusho (last seasons was the best) and Zoids (first 2 seasons, never watched fuisorz or whatever)
I've also found Deathnote to be extremely interesting, though not your standard anime.

I guess you could say that I've only ever watched the popular anime and am therefore way too mainstream to be a proper anime hipster, but I'm cool with that. Never liked that crowed anyway.

News/Announcements / Re: Welcome to the Second Apocalypse
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:26:09 pm »
And so comes the survivors of the Second Apocalypse (first ZombieThreeSeas and the the last TSA forum), seeking refuge and reprieve, where we shall hopefully find permanent shelter from the oblivion of the world.

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