Supertasks allow you to accomplish an infinite number of tasks in a finite amount of time. Find out how these paradoxical feats get even stranger once randomness is introduced. What happens when you try to empty an urn full of infinite balls? It turns out that whether the vase is empty or full at the end of an infinite amount of time depends on what order you try to empty it in.
Throughout much of human history, people consciously and intentionally produced randomness. They frequently used dice – or dice-shaped animal bones and other random objects – to gamble, for entertainment, predict the future and communicate with deities. Despite all this engagement with controlled random processes, people didn’t really think of probability in mathematical terms prior to 1600.
Below is my response to a question someone asked on a forum about psychic mind control. Since this is such a common question, I decided to curate my explanation of how to it could be done. Yes, it is possible for someone to take control of your brain. Because of the moral and ethical contexts around that along with the fear it conjures up in people’s heads, it is normally hard to get a straight response if you asks people or go looking for how to do it. I don’t believe in censorship, so if you asks me how to Read More
Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics has been credited with defining the arrow of time.