FV Midterm Q1 [8 points]



Two blocks of mass m1 and m2 slide along a horizontal surface.
An external force F applied to m1 from the left provides enough acceleration to keep m2 from sliding down the face of m1. The coefficient of kinetic friction between m1 and the horizontal surface is k. The coefficient of static friction between m1 and m2 is s, and s > k. What is the smallest value of F required to keep m2 from slipping?

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Three Epigrams by Schopenhauer

Read closely and see that (3) can be concluded from (1) and (2) according to a consequentialist/utilitarian moral calculus.

(1) Good vs. Evil

I know of no greater absurdity than that propounded by most systems of philosophy in declaring evil to be negative in its character. Evil is just what is positive; it makes its own existence felt. Leibnitz is particularly concerned to defend this absurdity and he seeks to strengthen his position by using a palpable and paltry sophism*

(2)Pleasure vs. Pain

The pleasure in this world, it has been said, outweighs the pain; or, at any rate, there is an even balance between the two. If the reader wishes to see shortly whether this statement is true, let him compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is engaged in eating the other.

(3) Antinatalism

If the act of procreation were neither the outcome of a desire nor accompanied by feelings of pleasure, but a matter to be decided on the basis of purely rational considerations, is it likely the human race would still exist? Would each of us not rather have felt so much pity for the coming generation as to prefer to spare it the burden of existence, or at least not wish to take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood?



Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) excerpts from 'Studies in Pessimism'


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*(Translator's Note cf. Thod: s153) Leibnitz argued that evil is a negative quality- ie, the absence of good; and that its active and seemingly positive character is an incidental and not an essential part of its nature. Cold, he said, is only the absence of the power of heat, and the active power of expansion in freezing water is an incidental and not an essential part of the nature of cold. The fact is that the power of expansion in freezing water is really an increase of repulsion amongst its molecules; and Schopenhauer is quite right in calling the whole argument a sophism.

StumbleUpon Toolbar Posted on October 15th, 2011 | Comments [2]

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In the spirit of the old FV AIM Convos! Maybe I can even add a commentary later! I was typing as fast as possible so all spelling and grammatical boggles are purely "part of the act."

In the spirit of the old FV AIM Convos! Maybe I can even add a commentary later! I was typing as fast as possible so all spelling and grammatical boggles are purely "part of the act."
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Question to discuss:
Do you like books? Which ones?
You: TWILIGHT
Stranger:Harry POtter
You: TWILIGHT
Stranger:BOO!
You: TWILIGHT
Stranger:HARY POTTER IS BETTER
You: NO
Stranger:in every way
You: TWILIGHT
Stranger:nope
You: TWILIGHT has (1) more developed characters
Stranger:no
You: (2) more developed romance
You: (3) a mature theme
You: and harry potter is ripped off from star wars
You: and I can prove it
Stranger:HA!
Stranger:go
Stranger:tell me how
You: harry = luke
You: kid destined for greatness with a power he doesn't understand
You: lives with boring aunt and uncle
Stranger:harry undersands
You: one day is swept into a new world
You: he learns to
You: let me finish
You: hermione = leia
You: at first you think they are going to get it on, but then they don't
You: and she ends up with
You: the third wheel = Ron Wealy / Han Solo
You: best friend who sometimes causes tension
Stranger:but harry and hermione arent brother and sister
You: yes but
You: details don't matter, it's the overarching theme
You: Voldemort = emporer palpatine obvi
You: Snape is Darth Vader
You: because although bad, he has a shred of good in him
You: he also is Harry's father figure
Stranger:you are over analyzing this
You: in lieu of his dead father
Stranger:no he's not!
You: destroyed by the dark side
Stranger:SNAPE HATES HIM
You: did you even read the last book?
Stranger:yes
Stranger:snape hates him
You: so Darth hates luke, but also seeks to protect him
You: from the emporer / voldemort
Stranger:YEAH BUT VOLDEMORT KILLS SNAPE
You: and
Stranger:harry kills voldemort
You: Emporer kills Darth
You: I win!
Stranger:no
Stranger:look here
You: with lightning
You: watch the movie
Stranger:read this
Stranger:http://fuckyeahtwilightsucks.tumblr.com/post/137071004/100-reasons-why-twilight-sucks
You: ok
You: HAHAHAA
You: wow
Stranger:i particularily like number 18
You: because I'm right you just decide to bash Steph Meyer?
You: because you can't refute the clear arguments I present
You: wow
Stranger:she's a shit writer
Stranger:she isn't a very good writer
You: I bet you go and take your ball and run back home when you lose at basketball too
Stranger:oh my dear
Stranger:if only you made sense
You: Twilight is a red herring it doens't matter
You: because HARRY POTTER IS CRIBBED FROM STAR WARS
You: GEORGE LUCAS SHOULD SUE
Stranger:no
Stranger:he'd lose
Stranger:because your argument is baseless
You: I provided tons of proof
You: force = magic
You: hagrid = chewbacca
You: obi wan = dumblebumbass
You: dies - continues to council in spirit form
You: ^
You: god I'm good
Stranger:no
You: c3po and r2d2 = fred and george
Stranger:i'm sorry to break your spirits
You: robotic pointless characters added to create "flair"
You: ewoks = elves
Stranger:harry potter is celebrated as one of the best pieces of literature of all time
You: house elves
Stranger:Twilight is not
You: because it ripped off the best movie of all time!
Stranger:oh no
Stranger:no no no
You: TWILIGHT HAS NOTHGING TO DO WITH JK ROWLING'S plagiarism
Stranger:it's not plagiarism
Stranger:you're crazy
You: umm
You: every character is like piece for piece a ripoff
You: of star wars
You: are you reading what I'm saying?
Stranger:TOTALY DIFFERENT CONCEPT, CHARACTERS, STORY LINE
You: it's a story about a boy who must confront a great evil
Stranger:IM SORRY BUT YOU'RE WRONG
You: and learns of a special power he has
You: lightsabre = wand
You: admiral ackbar = mcgonnagel
You: boba fett = cedric diggory
You: are you ready for this fat worm, baby?
You: Jabba the Hutt = tonks
You: BAM
You: your mind is now blown wide open
You: BOW TO YOUR MASTER
Stranger:no
You: KING!
Stranger:no
Stranger:you're WRONG
You: (slaps hands against outside of crotch in karate chop fashion)
Stranger:rational people would have made these connections
You: I AM RATIONAL
You: AND I MADE THEM
Stranger:reputable people
Stranger:but no
You: CAPSLOCK ROCKS
Stranger:look
Stranger:JK ROWLING
Stranger:has made more money than ANY OTHER AUTHOR
You: (1) appeal to wealth = logical fallacy
Stranger:she is the sole member of the BILLIONAIRE author club
Stranger:you dont get that kind of money from a fraud
You: because she ripped off a well loved franchise and changed some names
You: and "the force" into "magic"
You: ever wonder why the magic in HP is never explained?
You: even the names are shitty
Stranger:Look
Stranger:magic was around BEFORE
You: Hogwarts = warhog backwards
Stranger:star wars
You: ^^
You: it's like
You: she didn't even try
Stranger:yes
You: Snape = snake
You: and what
Stranger:coming from Stephanie Meyer's cliche
You: WHAT
You: he's in the snake house?
You: slyhterin
You: like slither
You: it's so obvious
Stranger:Twilight is cliche and you have trouble accepting that
You: she didn't even try to be original
Stranger:yeah
You: TWILIGHT IS A RED HERRING
You: I HAVE NOT EVEN RED IT
You: BY BASHING TWILIGHT YOU MAKE YOURSELF LOOK FOOLISH
Stranger:oh lord
You: BY IGNORING OBVIOUS FACTS ABOUT HARRY POTTER THAT YOU WISH NOT TO ACKNOWLEDGE
Stranger:help this lost soul
You: why bring twilight into this
You: it's stupid and pointless
You: it's a horrible book I agree
You: but HP is worse because it's contrived AND stolen
Stranger:you just said
Stranger:above
Stranger:that your favorite book was twilight
You: no
You: I said "TWILIGHT" in all caps 3 times
Stranger:yes
Stranger:the question was
Stranger:do you like books? Which ones
You: nothing about favorites
Stranger:you said twilight
Stranger:you said you liked twilight thoguh
You: so, I like it, I just like others more
Stranger:*though
You: or it was an elaborate ruse
Stranger:yes but you said it was horrible
You: it is horrible
Stranger:you said it was horrible
You: and I want you to admit that HP is stolen
Stranger:it wasnt
Stranger:im sorry
You: you are deliberately stearing this convo off topic
You: in order to obfuscate the crimes of JK Rowling
Stranger:intelligent people would have made the connection
You: I am intelligent!
Stranger:but then again, hey wouldnt be intelligent, would they?
You: everyone with two eyes can make the connection
Stranger:no dear
Stranger:you are splitting hairs
You: pandering language doesn't work on me
You: no, not hairs
Stranger:making small connections
You: look
You: splitting hairs would be like if I said star wars is like to kill a mockingbird
You: because both involve sisters and brothers
You: that is "small connectionS"
You: with HP and SW I am alleging giant overarching themes
You: e.g. kid living with other relatives whose family was destroyed by an evil force
You: he becomes friendsw with another guy and girl
You: who later get it on
You: after some tension
You: to learn to master that force
Stranger:WELL YES BUT YOU COULD SAY THAT STAR WARS IS A COPY OF LORD OF THE RINGS
You: RED HERRING ALERT
You: why do you keep trying to drive this train off the rails
You: by making meaningless comparisons
Stranger:clone troopers: orks
You: first of all LOTR has nowhere near the number of obvious SW themes in it as HP does
Stranger:Luke skywalker: Frodo
Stranger:Han solo: Sam
Stranger:Lea: Suzy
You: frodo = not the chosen one
You: he is accidental
Stranger:Darth vader: saruman
You: if you had read the book you would get that
Stranger:Sith Lord: Sauron
You: it is a major part of it
You: that he's not some part of a prophecy, he is "just a hobbit"
You: clearly you haven't read LOTR so you should stop
Stranger:destined to destroy the ring
Stranger:wow you dont read, do you?
You: especially since you have not refuted one single connection I've made between HP and SW
You: of which there are volumes
You: because JK ROwling is a hack
Stranger:If you would let me talk for an extended period I would be glad to refute ALL connections
You: ok
You: Harry and Luke
You: both living with aunt and uncle
You: both inheret a power they must master
You: but didn't know about until they came of age
Stranger:Aunt Petunia and Vernon are terrible to him
You: both have to destroy an evil that destroyed their father
You: both have a male and female sidekick who later become romantically linked
Stranger:His parents were murdered by volemort because volemort wanted to kill harry
You: Luke was hidden because Vader wanted to kill Luke
Stranger:the sith lord wanted Luke to join the dark side
Stranger:but Voldemort wanted to kill harry
Stranger:The only thing Ron Wealsey and Han Solo have in common is that they get married to your supposed Hermione/Lea comparison
Stranger:THATS IT
You: both have a taste for more "Boyish" pursuits
You: both fly their cars
Stranger:Han Solo and Luke dont like each other
Stranger:ron and Harry do
You: not always^
You: did you read the book
You: there is tension
Stranger:YES
You: over the girl
Stranger:NO
You: I don't think you did
Stranger:HARRY DOESNT LIKE HERMIONE
You: I think you cliff notes'd it
You: ron imagines them getting jiggy with it in chapter 17
You: causing
You: tension
Stranger:yes
Stranger:but they are still friends
You: KING!
Stranger:EVERY READ THE FIRST BOOK?
Stranger:THEY ARE BEST FRIENDS!
You: "every" lol
Stranger:*EVER
Stranger:i do appologize
You: appppppologize you say?
Stranger:for every
Stranger:anyways
Stranger:RED HERRING
You: ^ SEE HOW IT FEELS?
Stranger:EVER READ THE FIRST BOOK?
You: YES
Stranger:THEY ARE BEST FRIENDS
You: ok
Stranger:BFFs
You: replace every instance of "wand" with "wang" and you get a totally different perspective
You: "Harry's was 11 inches long, slightly stiff"
You: "ejecting silver dust"
You: "pheonix feather"
Stranger:can you let me speak for ONE LINE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION PLEASE
You: CHECKMATE!
You: I have just
You: intellectually checkmated
You: you
You: Jabba the Hutt = Tonks
You: GOOD NIGHT
Stranger:you are likening every character in the book to Star Wars based on their POSITION IN THE BOOK (chosen one, sidekick, father figure) but you FAIL you connect them based on character traits!
Stranger:AND STORY LINE
Stranger:THAT IS WHERE YOU FAIL
Stranger:AND THAT IS WHERE I WIN
You: Twilight is still better
You: it deals with real issues
Stranger:RED HERRING
Stranger:you havent addressed my comment
Stranger:you lose
Stranger:check and mate
You: the character traits are obvious
You: Luke is a whiny nancy boy much like Harry
Stranger:NONO
Stranger:harry is brave and strong
You: LEiaa is strong willed and smart like Hermione
Stranger:ready for a challenge
Stranger:nope
You: Ron is a frat jock
You: like Han
Stranger:hermione is whiny
Stranger:NO NO
You: man their names even rhyme
Stranger:RON IS A WIMP!
You: Ron and Han
Stranger:HAHA
Stranger:NO
Stranger:im sorry put no
You: Potter = a profession
You: much like Skywalker
Stranger:potter is a last nae
Stranger:*name
Stranger:James Potter never Potted anything
Stranger:HE WAS A FUCKING WIZARD
You: man pimping this story is easy as hell
Stranger:NOW you're splitting hairs
You: Hogwarts =Yavin
You: Dobby = Jar JAr Binks
Stranger:you have no taste when it comes to literature. You are a fringe psychopath. You make you sense. I feel sorry for your parents. You have a pitiful mental state. Please get help. You're wrong
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

StumbleUpon Toolbar Posted on August 19th, 2011 | Comments [1]

 
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