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Old 8th August 2016, 08:58 PM
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i don't like, but also do like, being made aware of how little I know about so many things. I bought a generalist science book today because of this thread. Post away db
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Old 9th August 2016, 12:44 AM
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I'm in the middle of a mammoth blog post about wave mechanics that's going to segway into quantum theory and Bell Inequality. As a result of this thread, I now have an excuse to procrastinate for a short while and let the brain cool down a bit.
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Old 9th August 2016, 11:02 AM
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Sure, but isn't the reason you post it to provoke interest in others?
Yep, but I am not psychic. I need to know what others don't know or know!

I will try to post links to blog articles by John Hawks, Ed Young, Carl Zimmer, Jerry Coyne etc, where relevant. I suppose we have our own Hack to help us with the physics. We do have the odd geologist lurking somewhere, but they are often too busy rock-hounding to post, I guess.

Spearthower knows about physical anthropology so maybe he can post and explain about hummin beans and their ancestors.
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Old 9th August 2016, 11:41 AM
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Yep, but I am not psychic. I need to know what others don't know or know!
No, of course I understand that, and it's a large part of the point of this topic's discussion - to find out how to best match your effort (and it is largely yours) to the interests of this community.



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I will try to post links to blog articles by John Hawks, Ed Young, Carl Zimmer, Jerry Coyne etc, where relevant. I suppose we have our own Hack to help us with the physics. We do have the odd geologist lurking somewhere, but they are often too busy rock-hounding to post, I guess.

Spearthower knows about physical anthropology so maybe he can post and explain about hummin beans and their ancestors.
I can guarantee I will always post about big discoveries - usually about those of a newly discovered species, but I won't report the day to day stuff because it's either too technical or too specific for most people's interests even if it fascinates me!
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No, of course I understand that, and it's a large part of the point of this topic's discussion - to find out how to best match your effort (and it is largely yours) to the interests of this community.

I can guarantee I will always post about big discoveries - usually about those of a newly discovered species, but I won't report the day to day stuff because it's either too technical or too specific for most people's interests even if it fascinates me!
I don't like to chose between 'big science" and the day-to day stuff, because it is partly subjective. It is a bit like pron I suppose --hard to define, but you know it when you see it!

But I love to fill in details and gaps, when I can. Many papers are not pardigm-changing, but often have little explainations in the intro sections on the background which help non-specialists, including myself.
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Not very many are scientists, but many, including me have a keen interest.
However,there might be some Peter Principle type thing at work, where the interest wanes as soon the complexity exceeds our ability.
Much of science is accessible, and fun, personally I'd like a bit of that. Even if the observation is easy to understand and the explanation not. Maybe a bit like Naked Scientist stuff...
So, why DOES a strand af raw spaghetti break into 3 pieces, and not 2?
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