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#11654 - 08/20/06 09:29 PM Out of Curiosity...
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I was just wondering if the majority of individuals who participate in the discussion forums have careers in the scientific field, or hobbies pertaining to such? Obviously everyone here has at least a minute interest in science. I was just curious as to how that interest was used. laugh
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#11655 - 08/20/06 10:39 PM Re: Out of Curiosity...
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8% careers in science
72% interested in science
10% cranks (as defined by: http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/quack.html)
7% anti-science trolls who have deep psychological needs to prosletyze
3% moderators who are trying to figure out whether this site is to about science or just a free speech platform for the masses

And my numbers are for those that don't understand statistics.
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#11656 - 08/21/06 03:54 AM Re: Out of Curiosity...
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It depends on what you mean by the question. I have a "career in science," but I am not a scientist. I work for a lot of PhDs - most in physics, but a few in statistics, math, computer science, economics, etc. Most of them treat me as a peer - or I don't work for them for very long.

I've done technician type work (running cables, system config stuff), technologist work (database implementation), engineering work (design robotic trainers), system programmer work (for long distance carrier), but I guess I'm now more of a 'research programmer'. I talk through a problem with a bunch of guys and we decide how we're going to solve it - sometimes I write the code, sometimes I just tell someone else how to do it, or give advice. Some times I just read a bunch of stuff, summarize it, and give my opinion (tech stuff, but also historical stuff).

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#11657 - 08/21/06 08:23 PM Re: Out of Curiosity...
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Any work even remotely scientific will be fine. Thanks! smile
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#11658 - 08/21/06 09:39 PM Re: Out of Curiosity...
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i worked with lasers. i believe that is somewhat scientific. at least as much as computer programming.
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#11659 - 08/21/06 11:15 PM Re: Out of Curiosity...
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But perhaps less than a BS in organic chemistry and years in the pharmaceutical industry doing interfaced gas chromatography-mass spectrometry? ;-)
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