Thursday, February 21, 2008

priorities.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080222/ap_on_re_ca/odd_sweden_fish_in_space

ok, now i get it.

i wondered why, even though i liked to solve problems and make things work better, that i never became a scientist.

it`s because i`m not a dumbass.

muscular, sporty little fish?

4 comments:

X. Dell said...

Science has it's own methodology. Things that don't seem important one day, could become so the next. It's a slow deliberate process of discovery, where little things linked together reveal a great deal.

Take Robert Goddard, for example. Working as he did with rockets led to the basis of space flight in the 21st century, even though everyone and his mother called him a dumbass at the time (what practical relevance this work had was one issue; the findings, conflicting as they did with previously established scientific fact--namely that rockets cannot work in a vacuum--was the other).

Of course, science isn't the only knowledge, or the only place one can use problem solving skills. That's why they invented epistemology.

dr.alistair said...

ell, yeah. and it`s important not to get one`s ego caught up in such discussions.

the boundaries established by science have to be broken down if human existance is to continue, and it will be the mavericks who persist outside of the safety and sanctity of peer-review and funding.....

Dalraida said...

Well, it always has been the mavericks outside of the establishment that has projected science forward whether we are talking Galileo or Einstein. And now there is that new surfer dude on the scene who recently made a stink with a new theory of Quantum gravity...

Hmmm, were the fish swimming in zero gravity? That might have made it more fun.

dr.alistair said...

the status quo doesn`t like change.

if an alien race shows up on the white house lawn there will be scientists jumping out of buildings.
it is very difficult to teach newtonian mechanics after the faster-than-light guys show up.....or justify a paycheque.

and i think the fish were in zero-g.