A Number Of Answers

I’ve lost my first pre-post so I’m starting from my second and I’m only doing the questions from my pre-post this time there are just too many questions to go through otherwise.

I just got 10 questions in and I already realize how many of these I can’t answer (well give a definite answer to,) with the research I am doing. I’m not sure if that is a good thing, but I think it is.
What questions I choose to answer and what not is simply a matter of answerability. Some of the questions were not meant to have universal answers and for some I simply can’t find the information.

Can we remember exact shades of color enough to recreate them?
Not in our head; I’m still not sure if we can mix paint to recreate a color we’ve seen or using color splotches, but from what I’ve read, probably not.

Does knowing the color name help? Can we recreate names by simulating what computers do?
Well, describing colors when remembering them can help us recreate them more accurately, so maybe.

Why do the color values on a computer only go up to 255? (ff in hexadecimal)
We use hexadecimal because it is somewhat easy to read, it lines up with binary, and you can count up to 255 with only 2 digits. The next ones that line up with binary are base 32, 64, 128, etc, and those are much harder to read. Yes, base 32 goes all the way from 1,2,3…9,A,B…V,W, which is still going in the order of the letters, but I don’t think we remember the alphabet well enough to work with that. So base 16 1,2,3…9,A…F, is what we use.
Oh, and base 16 represents exactly half a byte; that’s probably the real reason. For a full byte, we’d need base 256, and that’s a readability disaster.

How would cursed numbers work?
No clue. I only know that you have to burn the deck if someone smacks a triple 6 in Egyptian Ratscrew.

How would history look if King Louis XVI took a more active role in running his kingdom, at least before the revolution? Would he have been able to change anything, or would he just be swept along?
Long, complicated, and I’m not a historian. Do the research yourself, but the question is open-ended enough that we could probably generate at least 3 different alternate histories from it.
Yes, he would have been able to make a difference, at least in how the revolution turned out.

Why do we want to fit in when we don’t want to be judged the same as others?
Because multiple social and biological systems affect our behaviors and what we want, we can want things that contradict each other, and sometimes we do.

If I know I’m wrong, does that make me right?
I had fun with this one. No, I wasn’t right, but I am right about having been wrong.

If you could make something hurt for half as long, but you would remember it more, would you? In what scenarios, when, and why?
Personal question answer as you will.
I personally would, in most situations. And I’m currently trying to come up with exceptions; I would rather feel the scorpion sting for twice as long than be afraid to walk barefoot, There’s one.

Is the idea of purgatory meant to be comforting; you feel intense, deserved pain, and then you are relieved of your guilt and allowed to go to paradise with the rest?
I don’t want to answer this one. And I can’t because I don’t know if the idea of purgatory was meant to be comforting or if it even was a consideration for those who came up with it.

Why did the Christians come up with it?
It’s religious history I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

And who was the first believer in such a concept? (aka who were the first believers in purgatory.)
I don’t know how to find the answer to this, and I don’t think we have sufficient historical knowledge. But someone may have figured that out, but I can’t find them. (well, in the five minutes I checked, if I can’t find a lead, I’ll move on I have a lot of questions to go through.)

What’s the deal with twenty-sided dice? Is their really a five percent chance to fail at any task, was any research or thought put into that?
I can’t find answers to this. I need to do actual research and not just copy the research of others. Or you can do it if you’re interested.
Was it for the sake of humor?
It does add an element of chance, which can make games interesting. If you’re wondering what game I am referring to, d20’s are usually used in D&D and other role-playing games.

Why is water so important?
It’s liquid at room temperature and can be solid or gas within our environment, it’s a universal solvent, and water can carry things into and out of cells.

How does the human body process water?
Well, it’s absorbed through the small intestine than complicated things happen, and I don’t understand it that well yet.

Do we process water at different speeds depending on our thirst?
I’m having trouble finding answers for this one, but I want to know. But I don’t understand water digestion processing that well. how much and how recently we ate impacts water digestion speed. But the answer to this question I cannot find.

Not answering Pre-Post 7 here, you’ll have to see for yourself. it was from back when the pre-posts were attempts at building a habit, and I was giving myself limited time to complete them so the creative lines got cut short. And ignore the math in binary part. I have an outline of a syllabus, but I keep on finding better things to do. Well other things to do, it’s a lot of work.

Pre-Posts 8 through 10 aren’t answerable, or if they are it’s way too much work for what I’m doing here. So I’m skipping them.

It seems I’ll be doing this in 5 parts as I have already spent quite a bit of time on this. I working on a pace of more than a week’s worth of questions for one of these so that I can catch up to my current pre-posts and make one of these at the end of every week, summarizing the questions from that week.

See you next Thursday for the next part.


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