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Law Bringer
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This one's pretty self-explanatory. Inspired by the recent presence of science in Synergy's debate, Thuryl's pseudoscience, and Randomizer's physics poll, I think it's time we figure out what exactly it is that we all do or wish to do with our professional lives.

This list is deliberately non-exhaustive and some people may choose more than one. If you are undecided about your future education and career, please don't choose all that apply. If you have decided on more than one, do mark them all.

—Alorael, who really wishes the poll came before and not after this signature. It looks funny as it is.

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Lifecrafter
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Nice survey, Alo.

The last question confused me a bit, just for a moment.

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My situation is a little complicated; I've just completed a degree in biomedical science with honours in zoology (my graduation ceremony is tomorrow, in fact), but I'm applying for a postgraduate degree in scientific communication with a view to becoming a science writer. (I'm somewhat better at writing than I am at lab work, and a lot better at writing than I am at field work.)

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Posts: 9973 | Registered: Saturday, March 30 2002 08:00
Warrior
Member # 4537
Profile Homepage #3
Artist here. That's why it looks like I don't have a professional interest in anything - because I don't. I mean because it's something else.

It's not really a lack of interest, either. I like the appeal of breakthroughs in science, but I'm not sure I could handle the grunt work and there's something I'd rather do more. Maybe I'll pick up something as an elective. Or something. Something something.

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Posts: 147 | Registered: Sunday, June 13 2004 07:00
Law Bringer
Member # 6785
Profile #4
Loved the last question. Actually what I got a degree in and what I wound up doing are two separate fields in the poll. Still I might make it back to my original field of study some day.
Posts: 4643 | Registered: Friday, February 10 2006 08:00
Shaper
Member # 3442
Profile Homepage #5
I "write".

I would like to teach though, and I have A Levels in Economics and Psychology, so I take more than an interest in those subjects, but don't have a degree in them.

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Posts: 2864 | Registered: Monday, September 8 2003 07:00
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #6
I want to be a travelling salesman when I grow up.

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Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Shaper
Member # 3442
Profile Homepage #7
quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

I want to be a travelling salesman when I grow up.
Would you specialise in anything? England needs a decent quill seller...

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Posts: 2864 | Registered: Monday, September 8 2003 07:00
Guardian
Member # 2339
Profile #8
I shall become a Genetic Engineer. Surrender your genes. Uhhh...so I may manipulate them!...for the better.

I've also been told I'm VERY good at writing, but I don't plan on living on publishing my writings (I still might write or publish a book at one point in my life).

And I prefer blunt objects or pointy sticks. And superstition makes for nothing more than a good read or for part of a game.

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Posts: 1779 | Registered: Monday, December 9 2002 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 4153
Profile Homepage #9
Natural sciences FTW!

And to that end, my job will be a lot easier when I get that whole "dictating the laws of reality" thing down. :D

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Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!
Member # 919
Profile #10
Dare I ask - why did you leave out all the arts other than writing?

It's funny how everyone here considers him/herself a bloody expert in the field of social/behavioral sciences and yet barely any of us are actually studying it seriously...

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Posts: 3351 | Registered: Saturday, April 6 2002 08:00
Triad Mage
Member # 7
Profile Homepage #11
A combination of artificial and social sciences for me ... better watch out.

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Posts: 9436 | Registered: Wednesday, September 19 2001 07:00
Shaper
Member # 7420
Profile Homepage #12
I've never heard that particular field called 'artificial sciences' before. Sounds kind of deragatory. Not that I mind, math is the worst. Social sciences all the way for me.

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Posts: 2156 | Registered: Thursday, August 24 2006 07:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #13
I just forgot to put in various arts besides writing. Oops.

Artificial science is my tongue-in-cheek way of combining fields of study that are entirely dependent on thought. There's no natural or observational component of mathematics or computer science.

—Alorael, whose studies of the mystical arts are impeded by his Rational Mind. At least he gets more experience.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Agent
Member # 2759
Profile Homepage #14
Excellent poll.

I think your term 'artificial sciences' is rather a good one, although I'm not sure how well it works for applied - as opposed to pure - mathematics.

I suppose physical/biological mathematics could just be reclassified under the application; but where does one put statistics, or mathematical finance? Do tell.

Edit: The point being that the latter branches are practical in the sense of existing for real world purposes, but also highly unnatural.

[ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 12:36: Message edited by: Micawber. ]

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Posts: 1104 | Registered: Monday, March 10 2003 08:00
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #15
quote:
Originally written by Elegance:
Qwghlmian or Lojban?:
Artificial science is my tongue-in-cheek way of combining fields of study that are entirely dependent on thought. There's no natural or observational component of mathematics or computer science.
That's actually not true, depending on what kind of CS you do. Emergent systems are at least partly under the dominion of CS, and that's pretty much all observational.

Myself, I'm double-majoring in CS and government (basically poly sci) right now.

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Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Off With Their Heads
Member # 4045
Profile Homepage #16
Um, double-majoring in Classical Languages and Astrophysics, and after that, we shall see. Right now I teach test prep (SAT, ACT, LSAT, and soon MCAT Physics).

[ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 15:25: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Posts: 7968 | Registered: Saturday, February 28 2004 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 6785
Profile #17
quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Um, double-majoring in Classical Languages and Astrophysics, and after that, we shall see. Right now I teach test prep (SAT, ACT, LSAT, and soon MCAT Physics).
So you can name what you find?
Posts: 4643 | Registered: Friday, February 10 2006 08:00
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #18
The list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. I guess bioinformaticians can call themselves natural and artificial scientists. Many fields apply some math without actually being really mathematical. Pick for yourself.

—Alorael, who thinks Kel is putting the classical back in classical mechanics. Sic itur ad astra &c.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Off With Their Heads
Member # 4045
Profile Homepage #19
quote:
Originally written by Randomizer:

So you can name what you find?
In particular, telescope naming convention has gotten out of hand, I think. :P

EDIT: Exhibit A.

quote:
Originally written by Lock before the in.:

Sic itur ad astra &c.
Google yields some sites that try to translate this as "Thus do we find the stars" or "This way to the stars," but the problem is that "itur" isn't a Latin word. "Sic iter ad astra" might be "Thus is the way to the stars" or something like that, but certainly not itur.

[ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 15:59: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Arancaytar: Every time you ask people to compare TM and Kel, you endanger the poor, fluffy kittens.
Smoo: Get ready to face the walls!
Ephesos: In conclusion, yarr.

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Posts: 7968 | Registered: Saturday, February 28 2004 08:00
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Member # 869
Profile Homepage #20
quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Google yields some sites that try to translate this as "Thus do we find the stars" or "This way to the stars," but the problem is that "itur" isn't a Latin word. "Sic iter ad astra" might be "Thus is the way to the stars" or something like that, but certainly not itur.
If it's a misspelling, it's a misspelling that's been around for an awfully long time -- it was my high school's motto, and my high school was founded in 1861.

EDIT:

quote:
The College motto, "Sic Itur Ad Astra" is part of a verse by the Roman poet Statius: "Macte animo ... sic itur ad astra" which means "Be of courage… thus is the way to the stars".


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Posts: 9973 | Registered: Saturday, March 30 2002 08:00
Off With Their Heads
Member # 4045
Profile Homepage #21
I'll be damned... it's a real Latin word. That quote ("sic itur ad astra") is originally from the Aeneid (9.641). It's just not in the Lewis and Short, which is one of the standard Latin dictionaries. How the heck did they miss that?

[ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 18:10: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Arancaytar: Every time you ask people to compare TM and Kel, you endanger the poor, fluffy kittens.
Smoo: Get ready to face the walls!
Ephesos: In conclusion, yarr.

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Posts: 7968 | Registered: Saturday, February 28 2004 08:00
Lifecrafter
Member # 7538
Profile Homepage #22
My major is actually game design. That said, if I ever get a break from the G.E. classes, maybe I'll have a chance to get a little experience in that on my own, by way of BoA scripting. Prior knowledge is a good thing.

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Posts: 743 | Registered: Friday, September 29 2006 07:00
Infiltrator
Member # 5410
Profile #23
quote:
Artificial science is my tongue-in-cheek way of combining fields of study that are entirely dependent on thought. There's no natural or observational component of mathematics or computer science.

Um, traditionally the study of mathematics was considered a liberal art. However, at the University I attended it was under the faculty of Science.

Interestingly, Wiki has this to say about the debate as to where mathematics belongs:

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However, in the 1930s important work in mathematical logic showed that mathematics cannot be reduced to logic, and Karl Popper concluded that "most mathematical theories are, like those of physics and biology, hypothetico-deductive: pure mathematics therefore turns out to be much closer to the natural sciences whose hypotheses are conjectures, than it seemed even recently."[11]
Mathematics has also variously been considered to be a language, to be philosophy and to be applied science. Some univeristies distinguish mathematics from Science (as in the faculty of Mathematics and Science).

In addition, your poll makes no note of applied sciences (like engineering). I assumed that it was included under unnatural sciences.

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Posts: 687 | Registered: Wednesday, January 19 2005 08:00
Lifecrafter
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Well, you gotta admit, at least the telescope's names aren't confusing. Although calling them "The Omnipotent All-Powerful Eye of Zeus-oscope" or "Titan's Retna" or something would have been a little more imaginative.

For my own career plans, I'm planning to run for President in 2024. Put that on your calendars! It'll make a great 35th birthday present to me.

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