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Re: Skydiver almost struck by meteorite (well, at least saw it go by)
um just wondering why wasn't the meteorite burning from the friction with the air?
It would have hit the atmosphere at 10km/s (or more) rapidly decelerating and ablating (vapourising essentially). If anything survives it slows down to terminal velocity (about 200-300 mph) and cools to ambient atmospheric temperatures as it plummets, in a period sometimes called 'dark flight'. Only rocks that start the process at about 10 tonnes or more are likely to collide with the earth with some of their cosmic velocity (and thus glow all the way down), if this was one of those - we'd have heard about it as it happened, not two years later!
If you picked up a freshly fallen meteoroid, you probably wouldn't notice any significant temperatures (though in fairness, testing this is tricky).
So the jokes as I understand are: 1) Philosophy as bug fixing reality told as a literal metaphor with a bug-fixing system with tickets related to philosophy problems. 2) Constructing methods that lead to solutions against the thesis, which are then kludged by arbitrary factors is a weakness in philosophical arguments that other philosophers get their doctorates by finding and exposing. So panel two, the philosopher doesn't accept the programs output regardless of the efforts of a colleague to fix this. Instead of accepting the result, they propose cheating with the intent of fixing it later. 3) Another long standing issue in philosophy, notably discussed by Descartes, is the mind-body problem. If, as Descartes proposed, our minds are non-material - how does the non-material mind interact with the physical body? 4) A joke about how most people, even the pros, at some point in their troubleshoot process type into Google and read forums. In this case the joke is that people are really trying to get the mind and body systems to interact and having practical, rather than theoretical difficulties with accomplishing it. This extends the metaphor to its ridiculous conclusion. 5) MonadMan is Liebniz, he came up with a philosophical fundamental unit of existence called a monad. As ever with these kinds of ideas they are queer things, but Liebniz believed they resolved the mind-body problem (it's actually just a kludge like the troubleshooters earlier attempt). 6) MonadMan does what is so typical in these kinds of hunts, indicates a solution exists but doesn't post it. 7) Descartes, the mind-body argument trailblazer reads the same forum post and curses as per joke 6.