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Postby BatrickPatrick » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:38 am

deldaisy wrote:Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. JUST a bit one sided. Most of these characters are in the astronomy or astropyschics field (as is the author of the piece).

I have NEVER had a problem with scientists and science fiction. In the early days of science fiction the majority of short stories were written by scientists (which is why the majority of SF in the 50's are a "what if" scenario).


Maybe they didn't think they could validate characters that weren't part of their field of expertise? Like I don't know anything about astrophysics so I can't tell who's good at it or not.
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:40 pm

Dotsie wrote:OK, I've googled Dr Karl's research, and the only thing I could find was a research project on belly button fluff. The man is clearly a scientist, I stand corrected.

That wasn't destroying him, was it? He's very obviously a popular journalist/presenter.

:lol: I love it when Dotsie's sarky! :lol:
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Postby Quatermass » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:49 pm

Yeah, Dotsie. Diss the man probably most singlehandedly responsible for getting me interested in sciences other than astronomy. Kill my enjoyment of his work like you did any ambition of mine to try for a PhD. Erode just a little bit more of my will to live, just as I was beginning to build it up again.

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Postby deldaisy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:56 pm

HEXcuse ME!

http://www.abc.net.au/profiles/content/ ... science/k2

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into 'Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue'. :D

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list

Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has worked as a physicist, tutor, film-maker, car mechanic, labourer, and as a medical doctor at the Kids' Hospital in Sydney.


He's GOD he is. :D
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:42 pm

Quatermass wrote:Yeah, Dotsie. Diss the man probably most singlehandedly responsible for getting me interested in sciences other than astronomy. Kill my enjoyment of his work like you did any ambition of mine to try for a PhD. Erode just a little bit more of my will to live, just as I was beginning to build it up again.

:cry:

So you've given up on your PhD, have you? :shock:
And you gave up because Dotsie criticised you? :shock:

As I recall, she said that on a PhD you'll get criticised by people who have forgotten more than you'll ever know. She was prepping you and warning you that it wouldn't be easy.

If you've given up on a PhD simply because of something someone you've never met on a forum said, then quite clearly, you were never up to it. :roll:

Alternatively, stop being such a bloody, negative misery-boots and just do the PhD! :D
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Postby pip » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:58 pm

I temporarily gave up on mine cos the British government pulled my funding but i wouldn't let a little criticism get to me.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:05 pm

Why is the British Govt funding your education?
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Postby pip » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:09 pm

They weren't funding my education, a phd is a research study not taught so i was contributing not taking :roll:

My masters was funded by the EU. Then i wrote a research proposal which was approved for a British UNI but then when they had to tighten belts they cancelled a few no resident researchers.
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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:10 pm

poohcarrot wrote:
Quatermass wrote:Yeah, Dotsie. Diss the man probably most singlehandedly responsible for getting me interested in sciences other than astronomy. Kill my enjoyment of his work like you did any ambition of mine to try for a PhD. Erode just a little bit more of my will to live, just as I was beginning to build it up again.

:cry:

So you've given up on your PhD, have you? :shock:
And you gave up because Dotsie criticised you? :shock:

As I recall, she said that on a PhD you'll get criticised by people who have forgotten more than you'll ever know. She was prepping you and warning you that it wouldn't be easy.

If you've given up on a PhD simply because of something someone you've never met on a forum said, then quite clearly, you were never up to it. :roll:

Alternatively, stop being such a bloody, negative misery-boots and just do the PhD! :D

I couldn't have said it better :wink:
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Postby deldaisy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:11 pm

Bugger Pip! :(
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Postby pip » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:13 pm

its grand. Nearly went to OZ to study anabranching rivers in new south wales but would have been stationed in Canberra so ran from that :roll:
Might get back to it in a few years but in the meantime settled down and working away :D
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Postby Dotsie » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:16 pm

Can't you get funding from a research council, or a fellowship? Then they pay for the whole three/four years, so they can't take it back.
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:18 pm

pip wrote:its grand. Nearly went to OZ to study anabranching rivers in new south wales but would have been stationed in Canberra so ran from that :roll:
Might get back to it in a few years but in the meantime settled down and working away :D



You can stay with Del. She's got a river at the bottom of her garden, hasn't she? :wink:
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Postby pip » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:23 pm

Dotsie wrote:Can't you get funding from a research council, or a fellowship? Then they pay for the whole three/four years, so they can't take it back.


That will be the plan. :D
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Postby deldaisy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:28 pm

Creek Bouncy CREEK!

I wouldn't come from Ireland and go to live in Canberra either? Why would you run from cold weather to come live in the coldest place in Australia, way inland far far far from the beaches, full of politicians, porn capital of Australia.......

It DOES have the snowfields at its doorstep though.
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