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Poll Question: what is your favourite subject, or what is most interesting/facinating
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    Posted: July 18 2013 at 14:42
That'd be an interesting argument.
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Well, at least in the sense that Astronomy is a subject that has drawn many humans towards science. If you know Asimov's 'An Intelligent Man's Guide To Science' it starts by Astronomy, that must have a reason behind.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 18 2013 at 15:26
so you don't think books about dinosaurs has had the same effect on kids, for making them put up spades
 and bucket and start  digging in the dirt and start carving for bones. the frist finding of t-rex spawned many to start their interest for sceince, like geology and archeology
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Originally posted by Gerinski

Well, at least in the sense that Astronomy is a subject that has drawn many humans towards science. If you know Asimov's 'An Intelligent Man's Guide To Science' it starts by Astronomy, that must have a reason behind.


Oh I meant that genuinely. I don't agree. But I hadn't thought about it before, and I think a strong case could be made. Although, ultimately it would have to be either philosophy or math I think. Though the distinction between those two and astronomy in the nascence of the subjects is certainly thin.


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Originally posted by aginor

so you don't think books about dinosaurs has had the same effect on kids, for making them put up spades
 and bucket and start  digging in the dirt and start carving for bones. the frist finding of t-rex spawned many to start their interest for sceince, like geology and archeology


I'm sure it does. But looking up at night has also created many a scientist.
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hint: It's not philosophy.

 
 
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Astronomy easily.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 19 2013 at 08:05
as Geology student I spent hours between fossils, as MSc Geologist not so much interested,but still prefer Earth
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Earendil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2013 at 10:43
I took an astronomy class last year to fulfill my science credits, and I loved it.  I like spending hours wikipedia-hopping around amazing discoveries in space too.  Dinosaurs are still pretty awesome though Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HackettFan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2013 at 12:19
Both.
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Sadly (?) now my thoughts turn to the stars. Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tapfret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 27 2013 at 03:26
Paleoastronomy- Wins because its both. If we can have a Sharknado, we can have a T-rexstronaut.


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Actually, you could say most of the astronomy is a kind of celestial paleontology. A quasar called  ULAS JJ1120+0641 is said to be 13 billion light years away. Which means that this quasar may well have been extinct for 3 times longer than the Solar system has existed. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 15 2013 at 16:33
Ermm I think you may be confusing paleontology with geology. Paleontology is the study of ancient life, not objects. (Paleo = old, onto = being, ology = study).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Argonaught Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 15 2013 at 19:59
Originally posted by Dean

Ermm I think you may be confusing paleontology with geology. Paleontology is the study of ancient life, not objects. (Paleo = old, onto = being, ology = study).

Were you also going to solemnly postulate that quasars are inanimate objects, thus not capable of extinction? 




 
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Originally posted by Argonaught

Originally posted by Dean

Ermm I think you may be confusing paleontology with geology. Paleontology is the study of ancient life, not objects. (Paleo = old, onto = being, ology = study).

Were you also going to solemnly postulate that quasars are inanimate objects, thus not capable of extinction? 




 
I'm going to state they are not life.
 
Being animate and capable of extinction is not a definition of life. An automobile is an animate object capable of extinction, the remains of which in million years time would be the subject of archeology, not paleontology. A volcano is an animate object capable if extinction, in a million years time they would be the subject of geology, not paleontology. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote JJLehto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 16 2013 at 09:08
Agi you make the greatest polls
 
 
I write in vote oceanography
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 16 2013 at 09:17
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astrology or scientology? Tongue

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 16 2013 at 11:51
Originally posted by Gerinski

It could be argued that Astronomy is the mother of all sciences.
I see. Well, do you want to have just one argument, or were you thinking of taking a course?
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