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Title: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:01:36 PM
i would not be alive today if it was not for
modern medical science.  my heart procedure
was beyond hi tech.  i went home the next day.
i could have walked to my room after six hours of
surgery.  no pain.  easy.

i have two new shoulders, 100% repaired.
i am throwing 20 lb bowls like i was 25 years old with
no pain.

my prostate cancer was `cured` with a technique
of freezing the tumor.  it was a few hours in the hospital.
the same cancer killed my brother.

my ipad mini three is one of the most amazing tools i have
ever held in my hands.  the picture quality is stunning.
and, how does it know what page i am on in my kindle????
i open my kindle page on my mini and it is on the same page
as my kindle that i just read one hundred pages on..

the camera is world class.
my iphone is a miracle.  i can travel the world and
call home every day. clear as a bell.  instant.

and, just for new 20 volt drill/hammer drives a four inch
screw into a board in seconds.  the battery will last for
many hours.  just think of the science of batteries..amazing.
and, you can all add to the list.  500 times.

my new paragon small kiln just fired a perfect bisque with my scheduled timing
and shuts down by itself.   perfect.

my point today was very metaphorical.  it is odd how
the world forgets what is was like 40 years ago.
or what we were told as fact.  it changes every day.
'robot horses that are almost real.  and few realize how
much is made with robots..

but, we have to keep our minds open, look for new ideas
in your own work.  try things and observe.  join the modern world,
don't reject it.

as steve jobs says so well.  `don't think of yourself as stupid, and
important people have all the might be surprised
how dumb important people can be`  (sorta what he said.)
but, i always encourage people to find their own intelligence.  become
competent...with yourself.

from: minnetonka, mn
Title: Re: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:02:10 PM
Nice post, thanks Mel.

I also think we need to distinguish between science (and engineering and
technology) and scientists.

The former goes ever marching onward. The latter can be just as full as
crap and blather and crackpot ideas as the next person.

(If you want to see a scientist who has - at least in the eyes of his peers
- gone a little nuts, look at Brian Josephson, who won the Nobel Prize in
Physics for quantum tunnelling. He now is a firm believer in, and
researches, telepathy, telekinesis and parapsychology).

Robert Harris
Title: Re: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:02:30 PM
I also never cease to be amazed by the advances that surround us and impact on our lives.

My Grandmother, like so many of her generation did not survive the birth of my mother,  and were it not for the advances in medical science and practice I would not still have our Daughter and the two glorious Granddaughters she, with some attendant difficulties, produced.

Like you I've had bits mended, knees replaced, and I'm about to have bypass surgery, which means I should have the continued opportunity to annoy everyone around me for a bit longer.

We are very darned lucky.

Steve M

Steve Mills, Bath, UK 
Title: Re: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:03:07 PM
My husband had a heart attack in 1993 in class at Penland and after a week in intensive care at Spruce Pine  after beung advised he needed 3 ,had 5 bypasses , He under 3 weeks later ( in his 51 st birthday) reaching home. He,just under 3 weeks later, walked our daughter down the isle and gingerly danced the first dance with her.
He, had lived an active life celebration our 51st anniversary last fall and still works and directs deconstructing the home.
Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetheart.
Hoping you have the same outcome.Best wishes.

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Title: Re: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:03:31 PM
If it were not for technology advances, I would not have been able to jump start my car in the 40C below temp of last night.  My battery pack did not fail me. 

Off to watch my six year old Grandson play hockey.

Sent from my iPad
Title: Re: Mel's love of science
Post by: rbogle on March 19, 2015, 05:03:49 PM
es, and don't forget all the social changes that followed (and are following) the technological advances.