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About goingtothedo

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    North of England
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    Reading, Walking, Science, Writing, My Dogs
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    BSc Hons Engineering Metallurgy University of Salford
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    Evolution and Astrobiology
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  1. Yes, I love science poetry and particularly what you term "astro-poetry", but it is kinda hard to find the good ones. I prefer the hard science approach to such things, but am not averse to taking a very emotional and intuitve approach either. I've added below another one I did a few years ago when I went to watch a full lunar eclipse on Pendle Hill. Doubtless you don't know Pendle Hill, but it is famous in this country as the site of witch trials in the 17th century. There was even a book written "Mist over Pendle". Very spooky being there at night. Even in the day, its so high and de
  2. Am female. The icon is of me about two years ago.
  3. Was "nous" intentional? Think I prefer "nous" to "noun", but it works either way.... A poetic goat......... Mmmmmmmm.....
  4. It has been my understanding that whilst it was once accepted from the fossil record that the dinosaurs had a long slow demise, based on reducing numbers of fossils approaching the KT boundary, that this is no longer accepted. I have read, in several places, that this is now taken to be a statistical artifact, based on the fact that if looking for a specific species, the odds are very high that you will never find "the last one". This produces a tail-off in the fossil record that looks like a gradual dying out of species but is actually what would be statistically expected to be seen for a
  5. Is that right? I've got Darwin's Dangerous Idea on my bookshelf in the "not yet read section". must get around to it.
  6. Yes I'm taking the bird/dinosaur thing as read. The problem with this sort of thing is that scientific language and poetic language do not necessarily overlap. So for example, I've tried a couple of times to do a pice on evolution; but you just try to find a graceful rhyme for "prokaryotic"....
  7. Thankyou. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm currently working on a "Dies Irae" The death of the dinosaurs, but it's uphill work to pull it all together......
  8. There's no point bombarding me with examples. You have it wrong. Get your head around the fact that natural selection is NOT random. READ what has been posted, otherwise I am wasting my time on this thread.
  9. You are missing the point. There are two parts to the process. 1) Variation is random 2) The selection process is highly non-random. Natural selection is NOT random
  10. And take part in forums like this one. Whatever your level of knowledge or ignorance, there is always someone around who can discuss things of interest at your level, or preferably, just a bit above your level. If you stretch yourself a bit and go around topics which interest you, you will soak up knowledge like a sponge.
  11. Thanks folks. I rather thought these would be the kind of responses it would bring. Can anyone tell me a bit more about the potassium-argon dating method? Is it a radoactive dating technique?
  12. A bit of speculation of my own. If anyone can contribute with evidence or relevant information I'd love to hear it. Many now accept that the great extinction at the KT boundary was probably caused by an asteroid hit. One of the puzzles regarding that extinction is the selection of animal species, specifically dinosaur species surviving the catastrophe. We still have the birds with us, but in different forms to the archaic birds, and the non-avian dinosaurs are gone. Has anyone suggested the following? Or, can you suggest a book or other reading? Birds now largely have one o
  13. A point that I forgot to include in my last post. One of the common dirving mechanisms in evolution is what has been described as the "arms race". e.g. the antelope develops longer legs and so becomes faster, therefore the lion that hunts it must become faster, therefore the gazelle must become faster, therefore the lion........ Such developments are widespread and hard/impossible to escape for the organisms and lineages involved in them. The consequences are varied. Such arms races produce anything from the breathtaking speed of the cheetah to the teeth of the sabre tooth cat. I menti
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