Daily Topics - Thursday December 27th, 2012

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Hour One: Should parents have the right to know which homes are gunowners' homes? Curtis Sliwa, Founder-Guardian Angels & Host-The Curtis Sliwa Show

Hour Two: Should the Westboro Baptist Church be labeled a...hate group? / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - what can kindness prevent?

Hour Three: No more billionaires

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 40 weeks ago
#1

Re today's geeky science, I've noticed that I feel really good when I've recently been giving and helpful.

Regarding violence though, I overheard someone at work advocating corporal punishment for one's own children. I didn't get involved in the discussion, but I believe that use of violence sets a threshold of what it takes to modify someone's behavior. Adults that were beaten as children are probably incapable of learning to alter their behavior through words. They've been raised to believe (subconsciously) that, if no one is beating the tar out of them, their behavior is okay, regardless of verbal complaints.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 40 weeks ago
#2

I've never found out why it's called geometric progression, but it's also known as exponential increase (or decrease) and, in certain cases, compound interest.

If the first square on the chessboard gets one penny, and each one thereafter gets double the previous one, the total of all 64 squares would be (2^64 - 1) cents = $184,467,440,737,095,516.15, so about 200 quadrillion dollars.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 40 weeks ago
#3

"Bellum omnia contra omnia" would be a war of all against all, i.e. every man for himself.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 9 years 40 weeks ago
#4

Why would this guest, Neil Asbury, say that envying success is bad? Envying it means that you will try to attain it. Maybe he meant to say "punish success" which is the normal right-wing talking point. The fact that he got it wrong implies that he's speaking by rote and not really thinking for himself.

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