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10 questions to ask an alien

April 11 2002 at 10:42 AM
Linger  (Login Linger)
from IP address 216.221.81.99

 

nothing mystical here.

Looking for a question which has a definate, immediately recognizable answer, that we just do not know yet.

Not looking for metaphysical, probably not logic questions either.

My best, and another answer, follow below.


Linger



The question was posed to me over coffee this morning, with one question; give proof of fermat's last theorum. We don't have one, but if one was given it could be 'proven' correct. So, it would be advanced knowledge, thus the 'alien' part of the game.

I first suggested a unified theory of relativity, but hey, maybe that was asking too much.

My best question is an improved construction method. Truss, girder, rebar... I answered that perhaps 'they' could produce plans for a 'weave' that could be used to for a building. Perhaps the whole structure sharing the load, and made safe b/c it is so over powered that one section will not fail, so no cascade failures. I figured this 'weave' could be tested out on a design program easily enough to show if it worked.


My friend then told me that after 4 years of eng, one thing he learned was, " you can't push a rope."

So, i'm back to square one.

g'luck.

 
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  1. Huh? - McFrugal on Apr 11, 2002, 10:46 AM
    1. Aliens already here - Jaffa Tamarin on Apr 11, 2002, 10:51 AM
    2. then scratch that. try this one though - Linger on Apr 11, 2002, 12:22 PM
     
  2. Pushing a rope - Pete on Apr 11, 2002, 2:08 PM
    1. We are - Anonymous on Apr 11, 2002, 2:40 PM
      1. You would fail the turing test - Pete on Apr 11, 2002, 6:54 PM
        1. Perhaps, just perhaps. Shall we try, or just judge first. - Linger on Apr 11, 2002, 10:23 PM
          1. And, again, you miss the point. - Pete on Apr 11, 2002, 10:53 PM
            1. hmm - ErickSinda on Apr 12, 2002, 7:40 AM
              1. Exactly - Linger on Apr 12, 2002, 8:50 AM
              2. How do we know what we know? - Pete on Apr 12, 2002, 10:45 AM
            2. Good afternoon - Linger on Apr 12, 2002, 10:10 AM
              1. About clarity - Occhidiangela on Apr 15, 2002, 11:54 AM
                1. Just a dinner for two - Linger on Apr 15, 2002, 12:33 PM
                  1. OK, not as clear as I thought it was. - Occhi on Apr 15, 2002, 1:20 PM
                    1. excuse you - Linger on Apr 15, 2002, 3:10 PM
                  2. Have we forgotten our manners!? And why can't we push a rope? - KingOfPain on Apr 16, 2002, 1:27 AM
                    1. Reply - Sirian on Apr 16, 2002, 3:30 AM
                      1. "why are you here" - Anonymous on Apr 16, 2002, 9:46 AM
                        1. Yeah - Sirian on Apr 16, 2002, 3:30 PM
                          1. What are we doin here? - Linger on Apr 16, 2002, 7:22 PM
                            1. "While I Eat Eclairs" - Sirian on Apr 17, 2002, 4:19 AM
                              1. Patients grasshopper - Linger on Apr 17, 2002, 9:23 AM
                                1. here we are. - Linger on Apr 17, 2002, 6:52 PM
                                  1. Re: here we are. - Sirian on Apr 18, 2002, 12:31 AM
                                    1. I disagree, as reader and writer, with a point you made - Occhi on Apr 18, 2002, 8:32 AM
                                      1. Grin - Sirian on Apr 18, 2002, 5:04 PM
                                    2. I disagree, as reader and writer, with a point you made - Occhi on Apr 18, 2002, 8:36 AM
                                      1. I think you're both right - Pete on Apr 18, 2002, 10:42 AM
                                    3. Clear and Concise - Linger on Apr 19, 2002, 9:29 AM
                              2. Knot Through My Lone Star Beer, eh? - Occhi on Apr 17, 2002, 10:57 AM
                                1. not so fast there! - Griselda on Apr 17, 2002, 1:45 PM
                                  1. AH, but you see, since he had paid the rental fee - Occhi on Apr 17, 2002, 2:09 PM
                                    1. ok, but - Griselda on Apr 17, 2002, 2:27 PM
                                      1. No - Occhi on Apr 17, 2002, 4:08 PM
                                        1. Law Jick? - Sirian on Apr 17, 2002, 5:14 PM
                                          1. Bravo!!! - Occhi on Apr 18, 2002, 5:59 AM
                      2. The special case of a rope at absolute zero - Occhi on Apr 16, 2002, 9:51 AM
                      3. The special case of a rope at absolute zero - Occhi on Apr 16, 2002, 9:53 AM
     
  3. I know - Drasca on Apr 11, 2002, 10:57 PM
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  5. 8 here from the net <rated CnO> - KingOfPain on Apr 12, 2002, 12:54 AM
    1. you forgot one - Griselda on Apr 12, 2002, 11:55 AM
     
  6. Perhaps the best proofs are empirical ones - Carbon on Apr 12, 2002, 11:49 PM
    1. I think what you are looking for . . . - Occhi on Apr 13, 2002, 11:14 AM
      1. As to the FTL - Lissa on Apr 13, 2002, 11:25 PM
        1. Macro tunneling has been observed - Pete on Apr 14, 2002, 10:03 AM
          1. Maybe the teleportation experiment? - Lissa on Apr 14, 2002, 10:08 AM
     
  7. How about... - Lissa on Apr 13, 2002, 11:32 PM
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