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bio website atmos.uw.edu/~akchen0
location Seattle, WA
age 94
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen Oct 21 at 10:06

Feel free to stalk my Internet name(s) if you wish - it's how I make most of my closest contacts these days. Just note that I don't really believe in social constructs when they get in the way of satisficing (or in the way of my goal of learning as much as possible).

Don't take anything I say/do too seriously. A lot of the things I do (that may look weird/stupid on the outside) are the types of things that help me adjust my posterior probability of various things - especially low probability events.Sometimes I hit on a jackpot/very interesting idea. I'm kind of messy since it helps facilitate creative destruction.

I have a lot of respect for all of the sciences. Tactically, I'm developing heuristics for rationality, impartiality, anti-laziness, and creation+identification+searching for what's relevant+reliable. Strategically, I just want to learn everything.

A lot of my thought processes involve my creating new hypotheses and refuting them on my own. I still document the thought process since it's important and may be important for future "true" hypotheses.


May
16
accepted Why don't massive water-borne animals crush under their own weight when they're in water?
Nov
28
accepted Most accurate ways to find the average distance between stars in Milky way galaxy
Oct
20
accepted If we assume that protons don't decay, then will all matter ultimately decay into Iron-56 or into nickel-62?
Oct
4
accepted Does the heat death of the universe really imply a maximum entropy state *all* of the time? Or most of the time?
Sep
25
accepted Why don't stars in globular clusters all orbit in the same plane?
Sep
21
accepted What physical interactions actually make single stars leave their binary companions at formation?
Sep
17
accepted What percent of planets are in the position that they could be viewed edge-on from Earth? (and thus able to undergo transits)
Sep
10
accepted Can one canonical conjugate variable be considered to be the “frequency” of the other one? (which could be a “wavelength”)?
Aug
31
accepted Assuming an observer is 50 light years away, in the plane of the solar system and observing earth, what is the light flux of earth he would see?
Aug
26
accepted What distinguishes a moon from orbiting space debris? Or in other words, when is a satellite “too small” to be a moon?
Aug
25
accepted Are our telescopes capable of taking actual images of brown dwarfs?
Aug
22
accepted Is angular resolution important when we want the spectra of an Earth-like exoplanet?
Aug
20
accepted Does the Earth help stabilize changes in the moon's obliquity as well?
Aug
20
accepted How are galaxy filaments formed? And do they have any analogues in stellar formation?
Aug
20
accepted For resolving different objects, are there any alternative coefficients to the one used in the Rayleigh criterion? (which is 1.22)
Aug
19
accepted How are accelerated reference frames non-symmetrical?
Aug
18
accepted Are telescopes with a concave lens useful for astronomy?
Aug
11
accepted How do the day/night temperature variations of moons compare to those of their planets?
Aug
11
accepted Assuming that the Sun wouldn't evolve into a red giant, how long would the Earth's atmosphere last?
Aug
10
accepted If you focus in on one image, is combining two telescopes really equivalent to a larger mirror?