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Saturday Fun – 7 Weird Jobs in Science

The Fox News website recently ran this story on the 7 Weirdest Jobs in Science.  To this list I would add an eighth – Evolutionary Biologist (EB).  To be an EB these days, not only does one have to explain away large bits of contrary data, but also believe that the mass amounts of complex specified information observed throughout biological systems is easily explained by the blind, purposeless forces of matter and energy interacting over eons of time through chance and/or necessity.

Given the choice of being an EB or one of the 7 other Science careers mentioned, I’d opt to be a Scatologist.  At least the crap they talk about is real!

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13 Responses to Saturday Fun – 7 Weird Jobs in Science

  1. “Sexology is “the study of sex or of the interaction of the sexes especially among human beings,”

    Isn’t studying the interaction of the sexes basically psychology? Why does their need to be a separate field of study specifically for sex? Oh, right, grant money.

  2. Do the people who write original posts and who comment here do so with a straight face? Is the game that everyone is POE-ing themselves?

  3. Larry,

    We have been wondering that about evolutionists- do they really write their screed with a straight face?

    BTW this post is under the heading of “Humor”…

  4. LarTanner:

    Do the people who write original posts and who comment here do so with a straight face?

    What a moron. Yes, you’re a moron.

    Do you really think you have a choice, or that anyone posting here has a choice?

    WTF does “a straight face” have to do with anything?

  5. LarTanner’s posts are all original and are all written with a straight face.

    So? LarTanner had no choice.

  6. Tanner is one of those intellects that takes too much for granted. But what would you expect?

  7. Do the people who write original posts and who comment here do so with a straight face? Is the game that everyone is POE-ing themselves?

    You have to cut them a little slack. It must be hard finding new content about ID these days!

  8. What a moron. Yes, you’re a moron.

    If you work on it LarTanner, you can maybe get promoted to the ranks of mung’s “freaking ignorant morons”.

  9. Mr. Fox, you claim:

    It must be hard finding new content about ID these days!

    Which I found to be a surprising claim for you to make.,, I find ‘new content about ID’ fairly constantly. For instance, after reading your post I went directly to phys.org and found this:

    Closing the last Bell-test loophole for photons – Jun 11, 2013
    Excerpt: An international team of researchers has reached a milestone in experimental confirmation of a key tenet of quantum mechanics, using ultra-sensitive photon detectors devised by PML scientists.
    The work, reported last month in Nature, eliminates the last remaining potential obstacle to a quantum-mechanical interpretation of results from observations of pairs of “entangled” photons. Entanglement is an exclusively quantum, non-classical phenomenon in which the properties of each photon in the pair are intrinsically correlated – no matter how far they are separated in space – but unknowable prior to the act of measurement.
    Albert Einstein, among others, did not believe that was a complete description of nature, and argued that presumably entangled particles actually have inherent properties which are somehow hidden but which exist before measurement. This view has come to be known as “local realism.”
    In the 1960s, Irish physicist John Bell formulated a definitive test for entanglement, showing that if local realism is true, there are mathematical limits on the correlations between different measurements performed on the particles. If those constraints are exceeded, then the entangled particles are obeying purely quantum-mechanical rules.
    In the years since, many “Bell tests” have been performed, but critics have identified several conditions (known as loopholes) in which the results could be considered inconclusive. For entangled photons, there have been three major loopholes; two were closed by previous experiments. The remaining problem, known as the “detection-efficiency/fair sampling loophole,” results from the fact that, until now, the detectors employed in experiments have captured an insufficiently large fraction of the photons, and the photon sources have been insufficiently efficient. The validity of such experiments is thus dependent on the assumption that the detected photons are a statistically fair sample of all the photons. That, in turn, leaves open the possibility that, if all the photon data were known, they could be described by local realism.
    The new research, conducted at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Communication in Austria, closes the fair-sampling loophole by using improved photon sources (spontaneous parametric down-conversion in a Sagnac configuration) and ultra-sensitive detectors provided by the Single Photonics and Quantum Information project in PML’s Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division. That combination, the researchers write, was “crucial for achieving a sufficiently high collection efficiency,” resulting in a high-accuracy data set – requiring no assumptions or correction of count rates – that confirmed quantum entanglement to nearly 70 standard deviations.,,,
    http://phys.org/news/2013-06-b.....otons.html

    Now Mr. Fox, I have a ‘non-local’, beyond space and time, cause to appeal to to explain this ‘spooky action at a distance’, as Einstein termed entanglement in quantum mechanics, i.e. God Almighty, whereas you have, well with the closing of this final loop-hole, you have nothing to appeal to. There is simply nothing within space-time (local realism) for you to appeal to so as to explain quantum entanglement,,, Let me know how having nothing for a cause works out for you will you?. But as to your claim of ID having a hard time finding new content, well I certainly did not have a hard time finding this article as it was on the first page I visited!

    Supplemental notes:

    Looking Beyond Space and Time to Cope With Quantum Theory – (Oct. 28, 2012)
    Excerpt: To derive their inequality, which sets up a measurement of entanglement between four particles, the researchers considered what behaviours are possible for four particles that are connected by influences that stay hidden and that travel at some arbitrary finite speed.
    Mathematically (and mind-bogglingly), these constraints define an 80-dimensional object. The testable hidden influence inequality is the boundary of the shadow this 80-dimensional shape casts in 44 dimensions. The researchers showed that quantum predictions can lie outside this boundary, which means they are going against one of the assumptions. Outside the boundary, either the influences can’t stay hidden, or they must have infinite speed.,,,
    The remaining option is to accept that (quantum) influences must be infinitely fast,,,
    “Our result gives weight to the idea that quantum correlations somehow arise from outside spacetime, in the sense that no story in space and time can describe them,” says Nicolas Gisin, Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland,,,
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....142217.htm

    quantum coherence living-cells and proteins

    Quantum entanglement between the electron clouds of nucleic acids in DNA – Elisabeth Rieper, Janet Anders and Vlatko Vedral – February 2011
    http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxi.....4053v2.pdf

    Coherent Intrachain energy migration at room temperature – Elisabetta Collini and Gregory Scholes – University of Toronto – Science, 323, (2009), pp. 369-73
    Excerpt: The authors conducted an experiment to observe quantum coherence dynamics in relation to energy transfer. The experiment, conducted at room temperature, examined chain conformations, such as those found in the proteins of living cells. Neighbouring molecules along the backbone of a protein chain were seen to have coherent energy transfer. Where this happens quantum decoherence (the underlying tendency to loss of coherence due to interaction with the environment) is able to be resisted, and the evolution of the system remains entangled as a single quantum state.
    http://www.scimednet.org/quant.....d-protein/

    Implication of finding massive amounts of ‘beyond space and time’ quantum entanglement within cells and proteins??

    Does Quantum Biology Support A Quantum Soul? – Stuart Hameroff – video (notes in description)
    http://vimeo.com/29895068

    Quantum Entangled Consciousness (Permanence of Quantum Information)- Life After Death – Stuart Hameroff – video
    https://vimeo.com/39982578

    Music:

    YOU ARE GOD ALONE, Philips, Craig and Dean – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OICArFHAa9c

  10. You all did notice this post was titled “Saturday FUN” right? Also, I categorized it under “humor”. Just sayin’….

    So, LIGHTEN UP and just have a laugh!!!

  11. So, LIGHTEN UP and just have a laugh!!!

    Precisely. And I have.

  12. Alan Fox:

    It must be hard finding new content about ID these days!

    True, science has provided plenty of evidence for Intelligent Design but I am sure it will continue to uncover more as we continue to explore.

    OTOH we are still loooking for positive evidence for natural selection to actually do something.

  13. They left evolutionary psychology off the list. At least space psychologists have some subjects to study. Wait. How silly of me. It must be that ep isn’t a field of science. Sorry to ramble to myself.

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