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I just got asked to TA for Perception this winter.

If you are cutting out the "dilute until there's nothing measurable left", you are no longer talking about homeopathy, you are talking about chemical effects.

Lol, this topic got me pondering homeopathy again. While this doesn't validate the "woo" culture around things like homeopathy, if you cut out the "dilute it till you can't measure the substance anymore" shtick, some applications might trigger the olfactory cells in our skin (which cause subconscious chemical-cascade changes in the body):
Skin cells possess an olfactory receptor for sandalwood scent, as researchers at the Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum have discovered. Their data indicate that the cell proliferation increases and wound healing improves if those receptors are activated. This mechanism constitutes a possible starting point for new drugs and cosmetics. The team headed by Dr Daniela Busse and Prof Dr Dr Dr med habil Hanns Hatt from the Department for Cellphysiology published their report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

I posted a thread about that effect the other day, and no, not at homeopathic concentrations.

's new ecofriendly temple walls.

Linky broke. :(

I've set up a page on one of those "let people buy your prints" sites. I will be reaching out to people over PM for permission to post some of the Big Words materials there. Just a heads up.

QG, if you can make a buck at it, go ahead and use anything of mine that's already in BW.  Attribution is required, but if you sell anything, you keep the cash.


Well if the doors don't lock I fail to see how a meeting stops anyone from getting to the bathroom.

They'd holler at my guys and then I'd have to do something awful.

And you know how much I hate being like that.

Oh I know, you just hate it so much.

And it's terrible, to have to hate doing something you have to do.  :fap:

Or Kill Me / Re: On Being Terrible
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I want an emote for this that we don't have. The emote for "knowing you are terrible makes you potentially good on a level that those who know that they are good can never attain".

Good, I hope she grades this one kindly or gives you a chance to revise.

I'm currently reviewing Mol bio slides in preparation for tomorrow's midterm. I feel like everyone else is much more stressed about it than I am, which makes me worried that I'm grossly overestimating my preparedness.


I have a mock collection policy due on Wednesday for my Museum Studies class, and I have no idea where to start. He wasn't terribly helpful but he's not looking for massive amounts of pages. I'll do it tomorrow. I'm way too into the Hadrian's Wall course tonight to stop.

Yeah, I apparently have one to two midterms per week for the rest of the term.  :lol:

I think I might be onto something, it's getting easier to notice when I'm being patronising, at least when it's pointed out. Thanks for the reading material, and yes, it's my fault. I never intended to claim Newtonian mechanics got 'shitcanned', I understand about it being a limit case of GR, but I completely failed to take into account that the state of play may have changed significantly and that even 30 years ago, it may have been more complex than my rather classy high school physics, or the philosophy of science courses I took let on. All of that was quite stupid, and there may well be more stupid to come, Rome wasn't demolished in a day! Question: what's your take on Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions? Also, split this off by all means if it's in the wrong place. I'm sorry to say I will be back.

Well, this is a significant improvement. Congratulations again.

I haven't read Kuhn, and probably won't anytime soon, given my school-related reading list. Maybe someone else here has?

Good, I hope she grades this one kindly or gives you a chance to revise.

I'm currently reviewing Mol bio slides in preparation for tomorrow's midterm. I feel like everyone else is much more stressed about it than I am, which makes me worried that I'm grossly overestimating my preparedness.

Ouija boards allow people who can't spell to speak with spirits that also can't spell.

Which I think is awesome.



 I am deeply ashamed.  :lulz:

For some reasons which I can't put my finger on, I find myself in doubt of your sincerity.

I am a bad, bad man.

I love phrases like "please don't take this as an insult to your intelligence, but...



 :lulz: BUT it totally is, because now I will quote from a Wikipedia article a sentence that I assume you haven't read or don't understand, little lady.


You should stop being so NIGEL when a man hollers science at you.  It's not HIS fault he's wrong, and you make his wee-wee shrivel up when you go all NIGEL and get uppity.  He's just trying to explain things in terms you little ladies will understand, see?  Small words, enunciated slowly.  And then you NIGELed him with some facts that were less than convenient.  Is it any wonder he lives in a garrett and never shaves?  It's because of YOU.  All of you.  Every last NIGEL.

 I am deeply ashamed.  :lulz:

And on that note, I am off to go cram some more electron behavior into my wee little lady brain.

Something about this whole discussion is harkening me back to that time when Holist was arguing with Cain over the correct phrasing and meaning of a common English turn of phrase. His argument appeared to be something along the lines of "I speak English as a second language, but I have been translating the English language for a living for so long that I know it better than you highly educated native English-speakers".

Likewise, this thing where he is insisting that he, as a philosophy major who has read a lot of articles on the internet, has a better understanding of the relationship of Newtonian physics to relativistic mechanics than people who have backgrounds and training in science and engineering, seems similarly mind-boggling.

Oh, Holist.

If it's any comfort, I have a lawyer friend who does much the same thing. He'll make outlandish claims about subjects he only poorly understands, and then digs in and refuses to believe that anyone else knows more about them than he does. After 25 years of dealing with this, I realize that he is beyond hope, and no longer bother pointing it out or arguing with him about it. I should probably apply that wisdom to Holist as well.

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