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Old 14.12.2007, 15:27
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How does geography fall under the social sciences?
At least part of it does: There's physical geography (mountains, rivers, etc.) and ther's social/political geography (cities, countries,etc.)
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How does geography fall under the social sciences?
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:32
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Here's a social psychology question: how do people instinctively know when they are being looked at? Or is it a myth?

This goes back to the "dawn of man", back in the days of competing for land (for survival) to grow food, hunt, etc. There is a nerve in the lower part of the neck that instinctively senses when there is another source of living energy (such as a lion or another human), which serves as a warning to take action (fight or flight). Ever hear the saying "the hairs were standing on the back of my neck" when someone is describing a fearful moment? There is evolutionary foundations to that expression, because it is a built in mechanism of survival.

I know I am missing the accurate vocabulary, could have researched this for you, but this is a quick reply. Anyone else want to fill in the acurate historic time periods, and autonomic nerves, etc. please feel free.
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:35
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At least part of it does: There's physical geography (mountains, rivers, etc.) and there's social/political geography (cities, countries,etc.)
Mix the two together and you get all sorts of fun and interesting things. For example settlement theory used with vegetation (plant sociology) to describe which plants go where best, and why some plants take over. Location theory. Watershed Management. The list of things seem endless. :-)
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:38
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I realized too late in the life that I want to be a geologist.
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:41
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I realized too late in the life that I want to be a geologist.
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:49
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I realized too late in the life that I want to be a geologist.
Why not get into studying soils. It's a pretty interesting thing to see how the dirt changes from one place to another. There is a lot of chemistry involved. Water is always causing reactions. What can you add to the soil to make crops grow better, etc... It wouldn't be that much of a change, likely, just a new application.
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Why not get into studying soils. It's a pretty interesting thing to see how the dirt changes from one place to another. There is a lot of chemistry involved. Water is always causing reactions. What can you add to the soil to make crops grow better, etc... It wouldn't be that much of a change, likely, just a new application.
Thats pushing it a bit. You can hardly ask a goddess to go dip her hands in a heap of horse shit can you
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:57
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Thats pushing it a bit. You can hardly ask a goddess to go dip her hands in a heap of horse shit can you
I add horseshit to my goddess (well its a rose), but anyway, I would hardly equate soils with horse-shit or is that what your wife, fiancee is wearing on her finger?
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Old 14.12.2007, 15:58
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Well, I already have one PhD and there is no way in hell I would ever subject myself to going through that whole process again. I partly ended up being an organic chemist because I had a phenomenal professor who encouraged me to work in his lab. If I had happened to take a geology course with a great professor I could have easily been steered in that direction.

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I add horseshit to my goddess (well its a rose), but anyway, I would hardly equate soils with horse-shit or is that what your wife, fiancee is wearing on her finger?
Well that depends if you read what greg says ...
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What can you add to the soil to make crops grow better, etc... It wouldn't be that much of a change, likely, just a new application.
What do you add to the soil to make crops grow better? Answer: Horse shit! Anything else isn't biologically friendly.

But anyway as goddesschem herself says at some point you will just give it a bit of calculus in the morning, some trigonometry for lunch, followed by some light Euler's Formula
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Old 14.12.2007, 16:18
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But anyway as goddesschem herself says at some point you will just give it a bit of calculus in the morning, some trigonometry for lunch, followed by some light Euler's Formula
Careful with the Euler's formula - it has laxative characteristics
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Old 14.12.2007, 16:44
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All sciences are math really. Don't tell the biologists though.
No they are not - Maths facilitates absolute proofs of theories which is why some sciences, engineering and physics, needs maths (Since when has chemistry evolved from applied cooking/alchemy to a science?)

The social sciences deal in theories, the probability of correctness/acceptability is enhanced by the use of statistics and the scientific method - which is why they call themselves sciences.

Computer sciences are an interesting variation on both schemes - you use an established iterative method - just like numerical mathematics and when that doesn't work you use culturally established formulae

You write a program and, unsurprisingly, it doesn't work so you re-compile it - it still doesn't work - you recompile it in debug mode - it still doesn't work - you re-boot the machine - it still doesn't work - you go for lunch - it doesn't work when you come back - you re-install windows and run the program again - it still doesn't work

Now you are nearing the end of the working day so - you can blame marketing (German) - you blame yourself and go to the pub to find a solution (English) - you can blame the English and go to the pub (Irish/Scots) - you quit and find another job (US) - you can ask somebody else to fix it (French) - you pass it onto support (Swiss) ....

next day you discover the the specs have changed (i.e. you realise the background colour should be green rather than red) so you write a new program .....

there - that's sorted most of you for this week ...

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Old 14.12.2007, 16:46
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Physics can be explained with math. Chemistry can be explained with math, quantum mechanics. Biology can be explained with chemistry which can be explained with math.

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No they are not - Maths facilitates absolute proofs of theories which is why some sciences, engineering and physics, needs maths (Since when has chemistry evolved from applied cooking/alchemy to a science?)

The social sciences deal in theories, the probability of correctness/acceptability is enhanced by the use of statistics and the scientific method - which is why they call themselves sciences.

Computer sciences are an interesting variation on both schemes - you use an established iterative method - just like numerical mathematics and when that doesn't work you use culturally established formulae

You write a program and, unsurprisingly, it doesn't work so you re-compile it - it still doesn't work - you recompile it in debug mode - it still doesn't work - you re-boot the machine - it still doesn't work - you go for lunch - it doesn't work when you come back - you re-install windows and run the program again - it still doesn't work

Now you are nearing the end of the working day so - you can blame marketing (German) - you blame yourself and go to the pub to find a solution (English) - you can blame the English and go to the pub (Irish/Scots) - you quit and find another job (US) - you can ask somebody else to fix it (French) - you pass it onto support (Swiss) ....

next day you discover the the specs have changed (i.e. you realise the background colour should be green rather than red) so you write a new program .....

there - that's sorted most of you for this week ...

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One problem with mathematics is that there is a common popular misunderstanding that maths has to do exclusively with numbers (as in 1,2,3). In fact most "pure" mathematicians barely deal with numbers at all! If I think of mathematics, I think of "abstract structures" (whatever this may mean to you...) rather than numbers, but of course I might be biased due to the kind of work I do. A person involved in modelling or numerical analysis would have more of a "numbers" kind of viewpoint...
Bang on the button there. When I was doing pure maths, the main exposure to numbers I had was shopping and checking the change, and, err, darts.
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You write a program and, unsurprisingly, it doesn't work so you re-compile it - it still doesn't work - you recompile it in debug mode - it still doesn't work - you re-boot the machine - it still doesn't work - you go for lunch - it doesn't work when you come back - you re-install windows and run the program again - it still doesn't work

Now you are nearing the end of the working day so - you can blame marketing (German) - you blame yourself and go to the pub to find a solution (English) - you can blame the English and go to the pub (Irish/Scots) - you quit and find another job (US) - you can ask somebody else to fix it (French) - you pass it onto support (Swiss) ....

next day you discover the the specs have changed (i.e. you realise the background colour should be green rather than red) so you write a new program .....

there - that's sorted most of you for this week ...

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Old 14.12.2007, 16:51
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Physics can be explained with math. Chemistry can be explained with math, quantum mechanics. Biology can be explained with chemistry which can be explained with math.
Physical chemistry can be explained with mathematics - and physical chemists are lazy physicists.

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Or physicists are physical chemists with no understanding of chemistry.

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Old 14.12.2007, 17:02
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Physics can be explained with math. Chemistry can be explained with math, quantum mechanics. Biology can be explained with chemistry which can be explained with math.
I do not agree with that deduction.

Would'nt that mean that woman can be explained with math too?




An engineer and a mathematician both fancy the dean's daughter. The dean asks them to step 10 meters away from the daughter and tells them that they can approach her by halving the distance every minute. Whoever gets to her first could then ask her out. The mathematician cries out "But I will never get there", while the Engineer smiles and says "I'll get close enough".
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What do you add to the soil to make crops grow better? Answer: Horse shit! Anything else isn't biologically friendly.
Ah, now we get into the commercial world...

Mushroom Management
  • Keep them in the dark
  • Every now and again, feed them horseshit
  • Reap the profits
  • Rinse
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