The BigSoccer Science Thread volume 2

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by DoctorD, May 7, 2012.

  1. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

    Sep 29, 2002
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    Apparently the first thread disappeared with the forum reboot. Although "spirituality and religion" is not the most appropriate place for it, let's start a new science thread here just for old times' sake.

    Therefore, feel free to post your science-related topics here. Keep in mind the principles of "uniformity of law" or inductive proof, uniformity of process, and falsifiability of claims.
     
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  2. DoctorD

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  3. ceezmad

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  4. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
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  5. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

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    That's a great article. I find it sad when scientists dismiss the study of the philosophy of science as "useless". One benefit is that it can help scientists come to appropriate interpretation of their results.

    Quantum mechanics consistently leads to solutions in which 2 states of equal energy/characteristics mix (i.e. degenerate states) and form one of lower and one of higher energy. I can believe that there is an anti-universe out there that is completely incomprehensible to us. I guess it would be empty, though. Unless we are the anti-universe.

    PS - no pictures of Spock's beard, please. The anti-universe would not have beards, TVs or starships.
     
  6. Justin Z

    Justin Z Member

    Jul 12, 2005
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    I think the Spock beard episode was more a "many universes" interpretation, anyway.
     
  7. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
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    http://www.american.com/archive/2012/may/science-vs-pr

    I don't usually post American Enterprise Institute links ,but this is a good one. I would excerpt, but that is a pain in the ass on an Ipad. Basically, it talks about the role of public relations in distoing perceptions of what science actually does.
     
  8. JohnR

    JohnR Member+

    Jun 23, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    In my own field of finance, I see this. Enterprising professors seeking to make a name for themselves for consulting revenues issue a press report to the investment media about a paper they are going to publish. The paper is appropriately hedged, because sure enough when you read it much of the data are statistically insignificant. The professors maybe kind of have found something, or maybe not. In the press release and thus the articles that end up being written, the conclusion is a sure thing.
     
  9. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

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    This was just a case of the American Chemical Society desperate for favorable publicity for the field of chemistry. The author is a former president of the society.
     
  10. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
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  11. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
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  12. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
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  13. tomwilhelm

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    SpaceX Takes Flight - Becomes first private spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station
     
  14. tomwilhelm

    tomwilhelm Member+

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    Blah blah blah... space is so boring.

    Steak, on the other hand:

    Steak Specialists Discover a New Cut of Beef

     
  15. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
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  16. Naughtius Maximus

    Jul 10, 2001
    Shropshire
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    Chelsea FC
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    England
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  17. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

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  18. soccernutter

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    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
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    My wife worked in a lab (bio-chem lab) a few years back that had a mormon, Italian Catholic, Mexican Catholic, and a Buddhist, not to mention a gay male and a german couple. They had a lot of science-based meaing-of-life conversations, some of which were at dinners and barbeques. Really interesting conversations.
     
  19. ceezmad

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    Did they ever walk into a bar and a joke broke out?
     
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  20. Naughtius Maximus

    Jul 10, 2001
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    What... with a couple of German's there? Unlikely mate... :D
     
  21. DoctorD

    DoctorD Member+

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  22. Dyvel

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  23. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
    Tampa
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    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
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    United States
    what an awesome moment and accomplishment!
     
  24. Area 51

    Area 51 Member+

    Sep 5, 2009
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    WE COME IN PEACE!

    Fantastic moment, and the new discoveries of things we didn't expect are going to be eye opening.

    Skycrane worked, and successfully trolled all the doubters:D

    7 minutes of terror was intense.
     

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