Originally Posted by shpanko
What in particular did you want to know about astrophysics?
We maybe should take it to PM? I guess it doesn't matter, other people might be interested too.
I've been listening to the AstronomyCast podcast a lot. Have probably listened to ~50 of them. Any other good shows/documentaries/whatever? I watched Sagan's "Cosmos," Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos," and I tried to watch "Stephen Hawking's Universe" but I kept getting distracted and imagining him like the South Park character (lol, sadly not joking) so I didn't really like it. Any other recs?
I also want to get started in amateur astronomy (in addition to my current title of amateur pharmacist) but I'm not sure what to buy. I imagine there's some sick places I could go in the desert to get really good views. I hear that I should first buy binoculars and that newbs shouldn't start with telescopes. True? If you were just getting into astronomy what would you do?
One more thought: I think none of us really care to admit just how linear the relationship between natural intelligence and poker acumen really is. Like, do you think the guy (robot?) who wrote this post, the astrophysics major from Princeton, ^^ just has better poker fundamentals and has studied poker more than the people who breakeven?
I mean, every decision in poker is just like a logic problem. If you're really f'ing smart then you can figure out the correct answer more often and faster than other people assuming some familiarity with the types of lines of thoughts you should be thinking about.
I guess this theory breaks down because it's not like everyone who is super smart is inherently good at poker, but I think if 100 people all have a similar capacity for risk-tolerance and emotional control and also have similar levels of experience, I think the dude who is just the smartest is going to be the biggest winner.
Okay I'm not sure why I'm philosophizing about everything.