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    I've been back for about a week now, and I'm sad to see that the number of posts has dropped to almost nil. This forum will only survive if there is an active, continuous discussion. So I would ask the active members....start threads. Even if it's not super scientific. Help build back this forum to it's former glory!


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    Well said Mac. I would concur with this suggestion, might we also consider a strategy for generating further involvement from those of us who appear more comfortable with responding to existing threads than actively creating new ones. Perhaps with this in mind, we could reintroduce topics that were previously popular. Gun control & Capital punishment were both issues that have generated lively debates and substantial activity.


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    As a new member this is my effort to contribute to the goal. I've started the following threads:

    How to Combat Creationists.


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    Lots of newer posters being mowed down by machine guns. Sometimes it's well deserved...but there shouldn't be a baseline assumption that every poster is a crackpot.
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    Free...Here's some thread ideas

    1. Topics for Threads You're Too Afraid to Introduce

    2. Science Names for Rock Music Groups (checked it out....The Quantum Mechanics already taken)

    3. X Rated Science

    4. Can Science Plan the Perfect Crime
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    If you were a genuine scientist would you risk exposing your own theory or hypothesis here, knowing full well your peers are sharpening their knives?
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    That wouldn't worry me... This place is a cake walk compared to the average academic conference or seminar... In science your peers are always sharpening the knives... (one guy I used to work with said it's like a contact sport!)
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    Has there been a theory of note that saw the light on this (or any of the science forums) and went on to be accepted as a substantial advance in its field?
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    I wouldn't have thought so, most serious scientists will present at a conference or in a journal paper not on un-peer reviewed forums or social media...

    No one working in scientific research would take ideas that have not passed peer review seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I wouldn't have thought so, most serious scientists will present at a conference or in a journal paper not on un-peer reviewed forums or social media...

    No one working in scientific research would take ideas that have not passed peer review seriously.
    So we shouldn't be surprised to see nothing but woo on these pages. This IMHO is a serious flaw for Internet science forums if that's all we can expect in the way of hypotheses and theories, those categories might as well be removed altogether because for woo merchants they're like light is to a moth. We aren't going to get the TOE or the next Isaac Newton.
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    Woo threads can be very educational though. I can't count the number of times I've read a woo post, and knew it was bunk, but didn't have the data to prove it. I actually had to go do a little research on my own, and even practice a little math I haven't done in years to gather the data I needed to show it was bunk...and in the process learned a few things myself.

    For instance....I now know it takes 240 kJ of energy to separate one mole of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    For instance....I now know it takes 240 kJ of energy to separate one mole of water.
    But how much water does it take to separate 240 moles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968 View Post
    For instance....I now know it takes 240 kJ of energy to separate one mole of water.
    But how much water does it take to separate 240 moles?
    Exactly 32 raccoons.
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    The Woo script, it's the same always. Baseless facts and claims with no evidence, citation or proof of any kind. Followed by Dywyd's gentle nudging, followed by more garbage, Dywyd steps it up a notch, followed by more useless crap, Dywyd gives last chance, some complaining and whining, Dywyd lowers the boom, find thread in Trash.

    I can't help but think the woosters are a touch mental. Can a person O.D. on woo? Only saving grace is the entertainment value.
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    I wish I had some valuable thread ideas, but I've got nothing. Unless you want to talk about boardgames. :shrug:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    I wish I had some valuable thread ideas, but I've got nothing. Unless you want to talk about boardgames. :shrug:
    We have a section somewhere where that could be done. I'm partial to RISK myself.
    We have an online community here, it's an interesting mix.
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    For the armchair people like myself I think it's important to really take an interest in your surroundings and observe. No one is asking you to form an hypothesis or postulate a theory. You may include your own thoughts or what it is you may think is happening but the important thing is to observe. Observation isn't limited to sight alone, all senses come into play. If you have any question about what it is your sensing then by all means post it here, I think we'd all love to read different viewpoints.

    Case in point..... Yesterday I was walking along the north shore of Lake Ontario with my wife. She picked up a rock and tried to make it skip along the top of the water. Seems pretty innocent but....

    Here's what i saw and my thoughts: there were literally thousands of smooth round flat rocks mixed in with a similar number of entirely round rocks piled in a line formed about a foot or two above lake level along the beach. Rocks ranged from less than an inch to roughly 4 inches in diameter. My first thought was how did they get to where they are when the lower water level didn't match the height of the deposit.... What forces brought them there? When my wife threw the one rock back into the surf I wondered how long will it take for a that rock to return to the pile or if it will even be smaller? Could simple observations like that form a thread? I think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    For the armchair people like myself I think it's important to really take an interest in your surroundings and observe. No one is asking you to form an hypothesis or postulate a theory. You may include your own thoughts or what it is you may think is happening but the important thing is to observe. Observation isn't limited to sight alone, all senses come into play. If you have any question about what it is your sensing then by all means post it here, I think we'd all love to read different viewpoints.

    Case in point..... Yesterday I was walking along the north shore of Lake Ontario with my wife. She picked up a rock and tried to make it skip along the top of the water. Seems pretty innocent but....

    Here's what i saw and my thoughts: there were literally thousands of smooth round flat rocks mixed in with a similar number of entirely round rocks piled in a line formed about a foot or two above lake level along the beach. Rocks ranged from less than an inch to roughly 4 inches in diameter. My first thought was how did they get to where they are when the lower water level didn't match the height of the deposit.... What forces brought them there? When my wife threw the one rock back into the surf I wondered how long will it take for a that rock to return to the pile or if it will even be smaller? Could simple observations like that form a thread? I think so.
    I've been thinking about that too. What happens when the pebble hits the water ? There is an expanding circle of waves emanating from the point of contact. This wave (I seem to have come to realise) is the same shape no matter how fast the pebble
    is traveling : circular wrt the surface.

    The motion of the pebble has no impact on the wave that it causes (and that is nothing to do with relativity)
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    I've been thinking about that too. What happens when the pebble hits the water ? There is an expanding circle of waves emanating from the point of contact. This wave (I seem to have come to realise) is the same shape no matter how fast the pebble
    is traveling : circular wrt the surface.

    The motion of the pebble has no impact on the wave that it causes (and that is nothing to do with relativity)
    Well Geordie, I don't think I have to spell it out for you considering this thread's topicStart one FFS.
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