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First we had Occam's Razor. Then we had Hickam's dictum. In confusion, we invented the Duck Test. But finally, we have the one trite epistemological aphorism to rule them all: Newton's flaming laser sword!

Coined by philosopher Mike Alder, Newton's flaming laser sword is a particularly confining device, trimming all of human knowledge to that that can be proven through scientific experimentation, right now. It is commonly summarized as "what cannot be settled by experiment is not worth debating", although Alder himself gives a somewhat longer definition:

"In its weakest form it says that we should not dispute propositions unless they can be shown by precise logic and/or mathematics to have observable consequences. In its strongest form it demands a list of observable consequences and a formal demonstration that they are indeed consequences of the proposition claimed."

His first example of this is the famous quandary,…

Many people today, in America and around the world, have been taking a greater interest in the behavior of the people of the Mid-Atlantic States. While many scholarly studies have been done on the behavior of these strange creatures, who I often encountered during my years living in Baltimore, one I would like to bring to your attention is the scholarly article I wrote on the subject as part of a "study" I was doing in the late 1970s.

As you know, in the early 1970s I was forced to go back to…

Hello noderfolks. I wanted to give an update as to the infrastructure moves that we've made here. With today's database maintenance complete, we are now in sustainable footing for the next decade. Today we'll be locking in a lower price for a year and reducing costs. Ultimately E2 needs to be a business so whatever I put in that reduces OpEx is excellent and allows me to focus on the next few layers of the problem. E2 is a complex technical debt problem, so here is what was accomplished in phase 2: …

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June 4: SciFiQuest 3019: My Robot Made Me Do It ends. Rewards will be announced shortly.

June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

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June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

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June 28: Tau Day.

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SciFiQuest 3019 is ongoing.

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April 27: SciFiQuest 3019 starts today. That's what happens when you don't properly calibrate your time machine....


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March 1st: The Prosenoder's Cup 2019 starts today! (Late starts may still report to the line by visiting Hevosen Rotu: An E2 Proseproduction and reserving a title.)

March 14th: Pi day.

March 15th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, the Prosenoder's Cup 2019.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

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February 15th: Happy birthday Admin to the goo!

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