Thursday, January 26


In My World

The science wars were a series of intellectual exchanges, between scientific realists and postmodernist critics, about the nature of scientific theory which took place principally in the United States in the 1990s. The postmodernists questioned scientific objectivity, and undertook a wide-ranging critique of the scientific method and of scientific knowledge, across the gamut of the disciplines of cultural studies, cultural anthropology, feminist studies, comparative literature, media studies, and science and technology studies. The scientific realists disintegrated them with a laser.

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1 Have you ever tried to disintegrate something with a laser? Especially one from the '90s? It's not very efficient! Real scientists would use some kind of pressurized solvent spray.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Thursday, January 26 2012 11:57 AM (pWQz4)

2 Not since they took out the restraining order. sad

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 26 2012 01:17 PM (PiXy!)

3 I punched holes in coins with a laser. The sound is similar to a gunshot. As the metal vapor expands into the air, it creates a similar shockwave. It's funny that we never hear such a sound effect in anime where lasers strike anything.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thursday, January 26 2012 04:49 PM (G2mwb)

4 Coincidentially, my mum worked on battle lasers at some point. We had a collection of melted bricks used as a backstop in the lab. They turned into glass.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thursday, January 26 2012 04:51 PM (G2mwb)

5 Was that in the USSR?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, January 27 2012 03:38 AM (+rSRq)

6 Yes. The coin was during my exploration tour of various universities.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, January 27 2012 05:26 AM (G2mwb)

7 I had a buddy working in the high energy lab at Urbana-Champaign. Went to visit, ended up blowing up some business cards in the lab. Laser wasn't really amazingly powerful, but it really was interesting to see the damage - it really does explode from the inside. (Paper, so it's the water trapped within exploding into steam...)

The laser we were working with was a pulse model with a very rapid pulse, so the sound was more like a string of firecrackers.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Friday, January 27 2012 08:25 PM (GJQTS)

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