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    I dabble in quantum physics, genetics, and marine biology. I find them all aesthetically pleasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    I liked control systems design, thermo and compressible fluid flow best in college. I don't remember it now.
    I had a control systems design prof who believed learning all the schematic symbols were way more important than actually learning control systems. I don't remember anything from his class either.

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    I'm slow when it comes to math, but I'll endure it for the science. I do love it.. chemistry interests me, and physics as well. I didn't realize how much I loved physics until it opened up the beauty of the world to me. I remember watching a show where the guy said, "Everything in the world is made up of stars. And the star matter in your right hand can come from a completely different time and galaxy than the star matter in your left hand." Something about that has stuck with me ever since I heard it.. there's a beauty to knowing particles, and life, and where it all comes from.

    It seems cold and calculating, but really it's beautiful and curiously interesting.. the fact that it never has an end to the journey (science in general) is also a great thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExAstrisSpes View Post
    I had a control systems design prof who believed learning all the schematic symbols were way more important than actually learning control systems. I don't remember anything from his class either.
    Oh, man. Our very first lecture in control systems concerned the design of a toilet. Very .. relatable, to say the least; the prof had an idea of how to make concepts stick with us. I'll be damned if I remember much of the math involved, but I still have some of the books from the class.

    That class was hard as balls.

    It was one course of many on linear systems in my engineering program. All of the stuff that uses linear systems is connected--controls, filters, and so on. I've actually used those concepts in social sciences--modeling political movements with systems dynamics models, modeling human behavior, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    Oh, man. Our very first lecture in control systems concerned the design of a toilet.
    :-O

    Did we take the same class from the same professor?

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    So I majored in Biology, like I said.

    Yet, I took two classes of physics and math through Cal III. Physics was fun, and our teacher did demonstrations like with liquid nitrogen or with static electricity.

    As a kid I wanted to be an astrophysicist or something, but realized I wasn't smart enough (according to timed standardized tests to get into someplace like Caltech).

    Yet, when I was in the BSA, I took Environmental Studies. We had to sit in the forest (like Thoreau <3), and record our observations (at summer camp), and the adult said that my report was amazing...like one of the best he'd seen for someone my age.

    Also, my sixth grade class went to the local Environmental Studies Center. She asked us questions, like "Does anyone know the poisonous snakes for our state?", and I knew them all. I knew almost all the answers, and she also suggested that I should study science.

    Being that I liked learning about those things and being extremely starved for praise and positive-feedback, I came to consider science my destiny.

    Though I'm not an astrophysicist, I love science documentaries. I watch "how the universe works" series over and over. I like reading about fractal geometry, physics, and other stuff. I have some of Mandelbrot's books and books by other people. I frequently buy Discover or Scientific American.

    Right now, however, I'm dabbling in philosophy (not science). I like philosophy and probability type books.

    Of course, since...as I said...I operate a fish hatchery, I use practical science every day. I inject fish with hormones and manage plankton cycles...for example. I use a lot of knowledge from my field. I'm also a fish whisperer. Yet, I can basically whisper any kind of animal or plant, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExAstrisSpes View Post
    :-O

    Did we take the same class from the same professor?
    Dunno. Maybe the classes always open with a toilet. It's pretty engaging, at least

    I pulled out my notes from that class. It looks like I could probably re-learn this stuff, but.. it's hard to believe that was a time where I actually knew it.

    I had a much easier time grasping the overall concepts in my classes than I did memorizing the stupid algorithms and formulas. On half of my tests, I just used those overall concepts to re-derive the formulas, because that was somehow easier for me.



    In one class, the prof was so lazy that the tests were literally regurgitated homework problems. So, even on tests that had no computation, you'd hear click-clacking of calculators--since people put the solutions to those problems in their calculators. I had more honor than that, and I actually tried to learn the material, but that got in the way of actually succeeding in the class.

    The worst thing about the sciences and engineering are that some (or many) of the professors don't give a crap.

    Screw the pedants; that's why I enjoyed graduate school more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I didn't realize how much I loved physics until it opened up the beauty of the world to me. I remember watching a show where the guy said, "Everything in the world is made up of stars. And the star matter in your right hand can come from a completely different time and galaxy than the star matter in your left hand." Something about that has stuck with me ever since I heard it.. there's a beauty to knowing particles, and life, and where it all comes from.

    It seems cold and calculating, but really it's beautiful and curiously interesting.. the fact that it never has an end to the journey (science in general) is also a great thing.
    I'm not an NF, but I have always felt this, too. Carl Sagan was particularly good at presenting this side of science, probably why some people want to type him as an F. It is unfortunate that so few Fs make careers in the physical sciences. There is much beauty there, and the field could use the diversity.
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    I am always drawn to any field that has ¨evolutionary¨ in it. Cognitive neuroscience and astronomy also interest me. I have a subscription to Discover magazine does that count?
    "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... Some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age. " - H.P. Lovecraft

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    I know an ENFJ friend from the UK who focused more on scientific classes such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Secondary School. She went on to do Archeology in Uni...

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