[2019-03-21] Game

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[2019-03-21] Game

Postby kaitou » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:21 pm

But gorillas can fly if you can convince the airline that it's an emotional support animal.
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby sbruestle » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:24 pm

Here is my answer:

"The Work Output of Animals: Flight by Birds and by Man-power" by D.R. Wilkie (1959) notes that "man is five times heavier than the heaviest flying creature of this or any other epoch". And "A Record of the Body Weight and Certain Organ and Gland Weights of 3690 Animals" by George Crile and Daniel P. Quiring (1940) includes a table comparing primate body weight. The table shows that gorillas are significantly heavier than humans. Therefore gorillas are heavier than the heaviest flying creature. Therefore gorilla's can't fly. QED

I admit my answer would have been cleverer if I could use one of the papers comparing human and gorilla testes weight. There seems to be a large scientific literature on the subject.

If I win the 10 internet points, I will donate them to the person who can find a citation showing: "avocados can't talk"
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby CCsF_S » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:35 pm

It strikes me that most of the prompts in this game would be negatives: planets are not safe for human consumption, lego minifigs are not good pack animals, etc.

I'm really struggling to think of an example that isn't counterfactual.
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby NeatNit » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:28 pm

CCsF_S wrote:It strikes me that most of the prompts in this game would be negatives: planets are not safe for human consumption, lego minifigs are not good pack animals, etc.

I'm really struggling to think of an example that isn't counterfactual.

Try: some paintings are blue.

It might not be that hard, I haven't checked.

Edit: Since I'm obsessed with having this for each new comic:
https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/game

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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby Tracy Hall » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:05 am

It didn't take long to find this, either: "Birds and bats are the only extant vertebrate taxa that have achieved flight."

from: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/203/20/3045
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby dorwinrin » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:54 am

Tracy Hall wrote:It didn't take long to find this, either: "Birds and bats are the only extant vertebrate taxa that have achieved flight."

from: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/203/20/3045


Are you making the assumption that gorillas belong to an extant vertebrate taxa? Citation needed.
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby dorwinrin » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:58 am

CCsF_S wrote:It strikes me that most of the prompts in this game would be negatives: planets are not safe for human consumption, lego minifigs are not good pack animals, etc.

I'm really struggling to think of an example that isn't counterfactual.


Peeling a banana is significantly easier than peeling an apple (citation needed).
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby SMOS » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:47 am

An ethogram of observed Gorilla behavior. Does not include flying. Unless you include a reference to flight or fight responses.

http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/beha ... llas2.html
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby hmijail » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:41 am

SMOS wrote:An ethogram of observed Gorilla behavior. Does not include flying. Unless you include a reference to flight or fight responses.

http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/beha ... llas2.html


Just because the behavior hasn't been observed doesn't mean that it isn't possible. Case in point: the slow loris was discovered to be venomous only in 1990, even though the folklore had said so for centuries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_loris#Venom
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby AlixeTiir » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:28 pm

hmijail wrote:
SMOS wrote:An ethogram of observed Gorilla behavior. Does not include flying. Unless you include a reference to flight or fight responses.

http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/beha ... llas2.html


Just because the behavior hasn't been observed doesn't mean that it isn't possible. Case in point: the slow loris was discovered to be venomous only in 1990, even though the folklore had said so for centuries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_loris#Venom


https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.d ... _of_th.pdf

"...gorillas are regarded as specialized terrestrial folivores..."
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby Capable Runt » Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:39 am

There is a precise combination of pitch, tone, and cadence in a person's voice that creates audible cues in speech and allows them to be understood by the listener.

It seems obvious enough, but I've had a professor hit me with a [citation needed] on this. I'm still upset that I had to find proof that "people have recognizable voices."
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Re: [2019-03-21] Game

Postby NeatNit » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:09 am

Capable Runt wrote:There is a precise combination of pitch, tone, and cadence in a person's voice that creates audible cues in speech and allows them to be understood by the listener.

It seems obvious enough, but I've had a professor hit me with a [citation needed] on this. I'm still upset that I had to find proof that "people have recognizable voices."

Maybe your professor has the voice equivalent of prosopagnosia (= face blindness) [Edit: the voice equivalent is called Phonagnosia], and wants to make sure you're not bullshitting him :P
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