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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:43 am
by scottydog
Are you suggesting Clarke's talent is other-worldly?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:44 pm
by RJDiogenes
Did you ever hear the saying that any sufficiently excellent writing is indistinguishable from extraterrestrials?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:26 am
by scottydog
Of his three laws, which do you find the most intriguing or insightful?

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:03 pm
by RJDiogenes
While the third is the most insightful, don't you agree that the second is the most intriguing?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:57 am
by scottydog
What's an example of how you can apply the second law, or how it's already been applied?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:18 pm
by RJDiogenes
Wouldn't any Grand Unified Theory be an example?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:23 pm
by scottydog
As an example, I was thinking of Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute mile barrier. Because people had said such a feat could never be done, would his achievement be considered an example of Clarke's second law?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:52 pm
by RJDiogenes
Yes, but don't you think Clarke was more likely to be considering things like interstellar travel and Dyson Spheres?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:07 pm
by scottydog
Yes. Do you have any thoughts about the rivalry, if there was one, between Clarke and Asimov?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:57 pm
by RJDiogenes
They just kidded each other, but don't you think the relationship between Asimov and Heinlein was more amusing?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:00 am
by scottydog
I Googled this and found nothing. Can you send me a link on the amusing relationship between Asimov and Heilein?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:48 pm
by RJDiogenes
I must have read about it in his magazine essays, so do you mind if I summarize an example below?

Asimov was a teetotaler and Heinlein was a hard-drinking type, so one time at a party Heinlein spiked Asimov's drink. Asimov began to realize that something was happening to him, so he went off to sit in a corner and wait for it to pass. He was normally loud and gregarious, so this caused Heinlein to remark that Asimov was the only person to ever sober up when drunk.

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:43 am
by scottydog
RJDiogenes wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:48 pm
...so this caused Heinlein to remark that Asimov was the only person to ever sober up when drunk.
:lol: :veryhappy:
Do you have any idea how Asimov got him back for that prank?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:12 pm
by RJDiogenes
Unfortunately, I do not. Isn't it funny that, despite the petabytes of data freely available on the Internet, that we still can't find what we're looking for?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:01 am
by scottydog
But can you imagine ever returning to the days before the internet and Google searches? :eek:

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:39 pm
by RJDiogenes
Isn't it hard to even remember what it was like?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:54 pm
by scottydog
Do you think there is such a thing as internet addiction, and do you think we are addicts?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:41 pm
by RJDiogenes
Can human interaction be an addiction?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:24 pm
by scottydog
If there are some things we need in order to survive, like oxygen, can it be considered an addiction if we seek them?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:25 pm
by RJDiogenes
If so, would we not have to conclude that addiction is not necessarily a bad thing?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:36 pm
by scottydog
Be honest -- Do I have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:35 pm
by RJDiogenes
Do you think that just because you hear people call each other "Chocolate" on TV? :D

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:02 pm
by scottydog
I hear chocolate, I see chocolate, I taste chocolate, I touch chocolate, and I smell chocolate. I even dream about it, and occasionally I bathe in it. Is that not normal?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:26 pm
by RJDiogenes
Do you believe in Choco-Vampires?

Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:28 pm
by scottydog
Is that similar to Count Chocula, the breakfast cereal?
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