Sunday, November 21, 2010

Warning:

The following quote from wikipedia is why I'm not planning on going to university:

Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Sleepwalkers arise from the slow wave sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and perform activities that are usually performed during a state of full consciousness. These activities can be as benign as sitting up in bed, walking to the bathroom, and cleaning, or as hazardous as cooking, driving, writing a thesis, extremely violent gestures, grabbing at hallucinated objects, or even homicide.

Who knew that writing a thesis was hazardous?

24 comments:

Certified Ashkenazi said...

Writing a thesis can be hazardous, but NOT writing a thesis can be equally dangerous.

The Real Shliach said...

I often don't write a thesis while I'm sleeping, and I have yet to suffer any ill-effects from it.

le7 said...

Don't worry, even if you went you'd have a while before you have to write a thesis.

e said...

If this waere facebook, I'd like TRS' comment.

e said...

I've never written a thesis while asleep, but on Friday/Saturday nights I often dream about my real analysis homework.

sarabonne said...

Killer sleep walkers? Wow.

The Real Shliach said...

le7: I'm not going straight into a doctoral program?

e: Well, thank you!

e (2): How does real analysis differ from fake analysis?

Sara: Pretty wild, eh?

sarabonne said...

I wanted to make a joke about zombies and killer sleep walkers because when we sleep we're 1/60th dead but then I realized that amount is too small a zombie portion size.
Anyways, such was my attempt to get a stream of comments going. If anyone else wants to add anything, be my guest.

e said...

Real analysis differs from complex analysis. Fake analysis is what I do for Wold Humanities 101.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

If this were facebook I'd like your comment.

CoolGal said...

Hey Real Shliach, how is life? Remember me? I am in Italy and loving it. Just wanted to say hi and liking your blog still. Great stuff. That is all for now

Certified Ashkenazi said...

I often don't write a thesis while I'm sleeping, and I have yet to suffer any ill-effects from it.

Well: a) epilepsy takes years (decades sometimes) to develop, r"l; b) hitting one’s head is one of the major sources of epilepsy; c) the vast majority of times one hits one’s head it does not lead to epilepsy; d) better still not to hit one’s head, if it’s all the same.

I mean, I certainly hope you do not suffer any ill-effects of any kind from your athesia. I merely warn of the danger.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: why, what's the minimum zombie percentage?

e: ahh.

Coolgal: vaguely- glad to read your still alive.

CA: what did this have to do with epilepsy?

sarabonne said...

I need to stop leaving comments when I'm tired.
(maybe 75% zombie, it's questionable.)

e said...

CA: That was a logically invalid argument.
You basically argued (P is not a reason to avoid A) => (A should be avoided).

Certified Ashkenazi said...

No, I said some cases of P lead to A, and even though the prob (P=>A) is low, the severity of A is so high that P is better to be avoided.

Certified Ashkenazi said...

Basically it’s the reason we shouldn’t smoke. Or why we should add ethidium bromide to the gel while boiling it. The chances of getting cancer from one-time exposure are quite low, but, as Niels Bohr said in a letter to Einstein, “probabilities pile up”.

e said...

Well then, I better start writing theses in my sleep.

Certified Ashkenazi said...

Or at some other point in your life. Or you could just take a risk. I, for instance, drive without a seat belt when I can help it.

e said...

The real problem with your earlier argument is that the reason me generally avoid hitting our heads against the wall is not in order to avoid epilepsy.

e said...

*we generally

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: and what percentage are you?

CA: and since when does epilepsy result from banging of the head?

e: I can't wait to read it.

sarabonne said...

I am 100% living, thank you very much.

The Real Shliach said...

I am 100% glad to hear it.