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  1. No problem at all. I'll transfer the blame to you. I wasn't aware I had called anyone out as a troll. Would you elaborate? Nor have I. I reached a provisional conclusion that the OP had a selfish attitude. I offered them two options, one hyperbole riddled instance where they proudly refused the vaccine and another where they did the socially responsible thing and took it. They (and you) appeared to miss that second option. I've reread my post several times and am comfortable that the option was clear unless one chose to be deflected by the hyperbole. Or, to put it
  2. How do you define evil? Without knowing that, disection of your thesis is difficult. As @Bufofrogpoints out, evil is a human construct. Are you exploring the role of evil in human evolution only, or in all evolution? If all evolution, are you imagining organisms other than humans can practice evil?
  3. M.I.T. say he's not a scientist. Sheldon Cooper says he's not a scientist. That's good enough for me. It ought to be good enough for you.
  4. That was my impression. And not as amusing as some of the time wasters.
  5. If I aim a reply at a silly post, does the reply share the inconsequence of the post?
  6. All of my money is tied up in loose change!
  7. While this is true I doubt that the natural processes of weathering will be significantly affected by the tensional forces discussed in the paper. I gave some though to mentioning metasomatic and metamorphic changes, but could based on the abstract the authors do not appear to directly suggest those. I should expect enhanced metasomatism via increased micropores in a tensional environment. Enhanced metamorphism seems unlikely - perhaps @beeceecould say if the paper offers examples of such in the Turkish locations referenced.
  8. Surely the key word in @MigL's post is "typically"? He suggests, and I agreee, that typically an engineer applies known science. Applies is a key word in my sentence. Engineers are (typically) engaged in the application of principles. Scientists are (typically)engaged in the derivation of principles.
  9. You are mistaken. Scientists seek to gather knowledge. Engineers seek "build" things. I have worked with scientists and with engineers. I have worked as a scientist and as an engineer. The two minds sets are different. The methodologies are different. The aims are different. I repeat, you are mistaken.
  10. A handful of disparate thoughts on the topic: I wonder @beecee if the words "tremendous damage occurs to areas of Earth's crust" are yours, or from the paper. I would not characterise deformation, whether folding, or faulting, as damage. Damage is something that happens to objects with a purpose that interferes with that purpose. Deformation is something that routinely happens to rock. In the context of this forum the casual "tremendous damage" is fine, but if those are the words of the authors I am rather surprised. I agree with @studiot that the slab pull- break off is not new. Wit
  11. What do you mean when you talk about "competing with China"? If I plan to run 2,000 miles this year and my neighbour is targetting selection for the GB athletics team over 800m, are we competing. We're both involved with running, but our goals are quite different. China has first and foremost political goals in space. Second they are targeting political goals. And, of course, political goals are also important to them. In contrast SpaceX's aim is to make humanity a multi-planet species. Where do you see the competition? Chinese plans to take over Mars? Could be, but what is your take?
  12. A very crude measure of the amount of research on a topic is how many hits are generated by a google scholar enquiry. That returns, for "neurobiology", about 1,070,00. How much larger do you think it should be?
  13. Happy to help. It's wrong. For example: An eastern gong is disc shaped, so saying that the disk is shaped like an estern gong, is not really telling us anything new. It's a disc. Slates vary considerably in mineral composition, micro and macro texture, and the properties such as density, compressive and tensile strengths, etc, that are dependent on them. You need something much more specific than just identifying it as a slate.
  14. Not really. There is overlap between the disciplines, but they are distinct in both their methods and their objectives. A scientist can adapt to engineering work given time and appropriate training, and vice versa, but that does not make an engineer a scientist.
  15. My following comments are not intended as cynicism, trolling, fatuousness, or any other negative descriptor, I ask a basic question to which I would be interested in learning some of the possible answers. Does it matter? Not, whether or not everyone's given up on this thread, but does it matter whether virtual particles are real or not? Virtual particles 'perform' at scales of time and space, and in a medium, that is utterly beyond the experience and mental acuity of a bunch of hyped-up African Apes to understand without the application of a pile of complex metaphors (disguised as mathema
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