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About yourselves!
« on: 26/04/2003 01:09:02 »
In my opinion people on here should inform a little about themselves so our science family gets to know each other a bit better!

I'll start, i'm 21 and a geology student at the university of london, i have a huge passion for snowboarding but am keen to try other extreme sports! I love science and learning useless science facts... er cant think of anything else, so cmon everyone else... fill me in about yourself! :D

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #1 on: 26/04/2003 09:55:20 »
I'm a 47 yr old mom.  My proudest achievement in life is being a good mom.  I surmise that I'm a good mom because my son is a fantastic person[8D].

I have a post-degree certificate in freelance writing.  Writing feels as natural as breathing[^].

I view the universe as one huge organism and believe that everything we do affects everything and everyone else. Like individual T-cells, we each have a small effect, but when we work together we can keep the whole organism healthy.  Thought precedes action, so we need to pay attention to our thoughts and keep them positive.  

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Science is fascinating; each thought on the subject spawns numerous [?]questions, and this forum is a great place to get some answers:D.

« Last Edit: 26/04/2003 18:15:51 by Donnah »
 

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #2 on: 29/04/2003 13:51:35 »
I'm 17 and still at a college in Leeds doing AS levels. I'm doing maths, biology, physicsand chemistry. I feel the same about science as Donnah and I want to do a chemistry degree when I go to uni.

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #3 on: 29/04/2003 23:14:21 »
I'm Chris and at the moment I'm working as a doctor in London seeing lots of jokers [8D] in the Casualty department who come in because they don't want to go to work [:(!], usually !

Occasionally I see a real patient, with something really wrong with them, [xx(] but not often.

Chris

 

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« Reply #4 on: 30/04/2003 01:12:09 »
hello, my name is Osama and i'm a terrorist. I don't really do much any more, currently i'm decorating my cave in Pakistan. Was thinking of getting in changing rooms to do a feature... ooh i love that smilie smilie carol smilie! Sometimes have friends for tea and biscuits such as Saddam have also invited that lovely Galloway chap!

On the forum, my expertise lie in explosives, torture & hide and seek

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catch me if you can!
 

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #5 on: 30/04/2003 12:09:26 »
Hello. I'm Richard, I'm 23, and an experimental physicist. I got my undergraduate degree at Royal Holloway, and decided to stay in order to fuel my skiing addiction.

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #6 on: 03/05/2003 18:48:28 »
I'm 16, a student, I study physics, chemistry, AME, english, french and religon (only because I have to - darn catholic school system)

I love science and I do a lot of extra-curricular science things. After I come back from france, I'll finish off my senior years and go study genetics and biochemistry at the ANU!!!!!

Religous people annoy me greatly
 

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #7 on: 04/05/2003 07:51:17 »
Quantumcat, didn't know you are about the same age as me. Your science knowledge is sound!...making me think that you're doing a uni degree.

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #8 on: 04/05/2003 10:57:36 »
Quantum - when are you going to France ? Presumably you'll meter in a trip to England - come and visit the Naked Scientists !

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« Reply #9 on: 05/05/2003 01:13:04 »
Chris, I understand your frustration with people who don't want to work.  They are very wearing on doctors like yourself and make it hard[:(!] for those who are serious about healing to be heard above their whining[xx(].  I'd love to stand behind them and dispense some (size 7) momentum to help initiate movement[^].

I did notice some fundamental differences between someone who wants to heal and those who pay only lip service to getting well.  If you are interested I'll share that info:).

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« Reply #10 on: 05/05/2003 05:52:43 »
CuSO4 ... thanks for the compliment :D

Chris ... I'm going on the 4th September for an exchange :) The exchange thingy I'm going with always organises a country tour at some stage while the student is there ... I hope I can convince them to let me see the whole of Europe !!! Australia is so boring !!! One of the weirdest things will probably be the fact that it will be cold at christmastime [xx(]
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« Reply #11 on: 05/05/2003 08:22:44 »
Australia is boring? I think many British would love to live in Australia...for the sun!! because you don't get much sun here in the UK.

I'd love to visit Australia some time!

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #12 on: 05/05/2003 19:40:54 »
Quantumcat, is it religious people or organized religion that annoys you?  Have you had a bad experience that led you to feel this way?

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« Reply #13 on: 06/05/2003 12:08:43 »
I hate it when they try and convert me, mostly ! Random people on AIM or MSN like to pop up when and say "God loves you!" I say "Not if God is an idea that your mind agrees with because it's too tiny to think about the REAL answers" they say "Just because you've led a life of sin dosn't mean that Jesus won't embrace you and love you! He can make your life better!" I say "I'd like to control my own life thanks, not attribute all the good things to a mysterious figment of the imagination and blame the bad things on us humans." they say "Christian life will make you a happier and fuller person than your pagan life will!" I say "That sounds like a cult to me. Get away." And etc. etc. etc. It generally turns into a very heated discussion then we end up hating each other.

They probably find me just as annoying as I find them ^_^
 

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« Reply #14 on: 06/05/2003 21:56:17 »
Hi, I'm Dalya.  I am one of the columnists, but I don't look like that picture in real life.  I'm a biologist supposedly but I like teaching and writing much more than doing research.  Too bad I have to earn a living.  

Is there any biological or biomedical topic that anyone would like to hear about in detail?  I have a long list that would be fun to write about, but since I am writing to educate the readers of this web site rather than to amuse myself (next one coming soon is on how cells from different family members can end up in your body naturally which is an amusingly bizarre phenomenon in my mind), I can take requests.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 07/05/2003 01:28:07 »
Hi Dalya,
How 'bout doing an article on the way our bodies absorb calcium and the most readily absorbed sources (including vitamin supplements), how much is too much, and what causes crystalization of excess calcium?  I think that would be great.

Quantumcat,
It's pretty clear that you are bright and like to think for yourself.  There's an article you may be interested in reading at http://me.essortment.com/informationburn_rjpa.htm  It talks about the period of history refered to as "the burning times" (1450 - 1700).  King James (the King James version of the Bible is what many people refer to) caused the horrific slaughter of thousands of innocent people accused of "witchcraft" and "heresy".  It also mentions the Duke of Burgundy (as a good guy), who I seem to remember as being connected with the Knights Templar.  Can anyone enlighten me there?

 

 

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« Reply #16 on: 07/05/2003 01:37:38 »
Ooooh .. maybe you can explain in detail what happens in DNA fingerprinting ^_^

I did something of the kind at a work experience in a plant biology lab last year, but I don't really know why I was adding this liquid to that, that liquid to this, sticking it in various machines then putting the tiny little drops in the electrolysis thingo!

What are the liquids and machines and what was happening??

My supervisor just got me to do stuff without explaining anything :(
 

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #17 on: 07/05/2003 01:42:45 »
Donnah - thought I'd do a little round up of the cherished members of society who have popped in to the casualty dept. here this evening where I am doing a night duty.

Statistics so far this evening :

Patients seen so far : 5
Patients seen so far who are genuinely ill : 1
Patients seen so far who speak English : 1
Patients seen so far who are on benefits and have never worked : 4
Patients seen so far who are genuinely ill and came by ambulance : 0
Patients seen so far who are time wasters with nothing wrong : 4
Patients seen so far who are time wasters and came by ambulance : 3

sorry...I've run out of energy to go on.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 07/05/2003 02:33:11 »
Chris,

I get the picture.  Want to borrow my size 7?  Good people sometimes need help from welfare, but they don't usually stay in the system for long.  If your medical system is like ours, people on welfare don't have to pay for an ambulance, and people who arrive at the hospital by ambulance are treated first.  It's like rewarding bad behaviour, "time (and resource) wasters" can use an ambulance as a free taxi, and get to jump the queue at the same time.
 
I used to try and help others who said they were trying to get well.  Then I noticed that most  of them:

A  don't work
B  have rarely, if ever, worked
C  have a million excuses why they "can't" work
D  smoke
E  are unwilling to quit smoking
F  have a million excuses to smoke
G  drink
H  are unwilling to quit drinking
I  justify their drinking
J  frequently complain (aka whining)
K  rarely have anything good to say
L  are unwilling to make any changes to their lifestyle
M  are rarely well educated (that would require effort)
N  will frequently ask for "help" (aka get someone else to do it)
O  are unwilling to use their own financial resources
P  are noticeably absent when there's work to be done
Q  are first in line for freebies or fun
R  smoke marijuana EVERY day ALL day
S  love to take prescription drugs that give them a "buzz"
T  love to talk, but rarely (if ever) listen
U  have an answer for everything

That's all I can think of at the moment.  Have I missed anything?
 

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« Reply #19 on: 07/05/2003 06:57:08 »
Donnah, that article was really interesting! There really is such thing as being TOO religous!
 

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Re: About yourselves!
« Reply #20 on: 07/05/2003 08:56:30 »
Donnah - HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD

Chris
 

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« Reply #21 on: 09/05/2003 14:45:17 »
Hey Donnah and QuantumCat and anyone else reading this-

Great suggestions -I'll be very happy to tackle them.
But Donnah -you seem to have thought out some really good questions for a really relevant article -maybe you should write it yourself, especially if you are a writer.

Have a great weekend everyone,
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« Reply #22 on: 09/05/2003 15:23:23 »
I'm interseted in hearing in more detail how our brain does things without us even having to think about it, for example blinking when an object approaches the eye, or reacting to cold/hot stimuli. I think its fascinating.

Essentia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem...
 

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« Reply #23 on: 09/05/2003 20:38:57 »
quote:
Originally posted by dalya

Hey Donnah and QuantumCat and anyone else reading this-

Great suggestions -I'll be very happy to tackle them.
But Donnah -you seem to have thought out some really good questions for a really relevant article -maybe you should write it yourself, especially if you are a writer.

Have a great weekend everyone,
Dalya



Dalya,
I do plan to write something for the site and if you haven't tackled calcium by the time I get to it, I'll do it.
« Last Edit: 10/05/2003 23:15:56 by Donnah »
 

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« Reply #24 on: 10/05/2003 20:53:40 »
Hello, I'm Claire, 24, have just finished (yesterday) my history degree at Royal Holloway and am interested in the history of medicine. I studied medieval medicine in Europe as part of my degree and wrote my dissertation on the treatment of the insane in the medieval Islamic world.

I donít know anything about the Duke of Burgundy referred to, but it must have been an earlier one connected with the Templars, as the order was destroyed by about 1315 and lots of its leaders executed for sacrilegious practices.

I think the article makes some very sweeping generalisations about a complicated subject, and is a bit journalistic in terms of its language. There is a theory by a chap called R.A.Moore that medieval society was a 'persecuting society', that persecution became institutionalised in legislation. So I think it's important to see persecution of witches in the context of society and its nature as a whole rather than seeing it as being solely initiated by the Catholic Church. There are also some interesting exceptions to the idea that any one 'different' was persecuted. Jewish physicians flourished in medieval Europe, particularly in Spain and ironically even the pope had one.:D

 

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