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Nov 21, 2018 2:36 AM
Glam and Ashras in Wormverse
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So that works out all right.
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Yup! What've you been up to today?
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So far today I have reluctantly decided not to waste my time on: learning ancient Greek, figuring out how to get a computer to type in my native alphabet, understanding string theory.
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You are the most adorable thing, have I told you that?
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You may have.
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Well, here I am, telling you that again. Ancient Greek, really?
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It looked fun!
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Well, given how fast you learned English when you are quite possibly the closest thing to an alien on Earth, I'd give you a month.
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The motivation isn't there, sadly. Very few people will be unable to speak to me unless I learn ancient Greek in particular. I might actually want to pick up a second Earth language someday, but it'd probably be something widely spoken. And I wouldn't be nearly as good at it unless I moved somewhere where hardly anyone speaks anything else. Which I don't want to do. Then how would we save the world together?
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Well, you got your priorities right. How did that even come up?
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Aristotle!
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Of course. What about string theory?
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Physics!
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Well, yes, but why were you researching physics in the first place and what were you researching that would lead you to want to consider studying a vague ill-defined theory of everything?
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I was researching physics as part of giving myself a comprehensive education, and something mentioned string theory and it looked cool.
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Well, it's kinda cool, until you look a bit into it and find out what a kludgy mess it actually is.
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Oh?
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There are enough free variables that you could basically invent any kind of physics there! It's pretty much this insert-your-own-physics mold, and the predictions we haven't verified are so ridiculously hard to that not verifying them isn't even actually that strong evidence against it.
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Why do you know this much about string theory?
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Because I'm a nerd and don't actually have a very good set of priorities!
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You're adorable.
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That is also a thing that I am.
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It's so true.
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:D

Well, now you know of another good reason not to study string theory, i.e. it's probably not true.
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Saying that only makes me more curious!
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