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#10210Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.
#10211Experiments must be reproducible; they should all fail in the same way.
#10212Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proof. There are many examples
of outsiders who eventually overthrew entrenched scientific orthodoxies,
but they prevailed with irrefutable data. More often, egregious findings
that contradict well-established research turn out to be artifacts. I have
argued that accepting psychic powers, reincarnation, "cosmic conciousness,"
and the like, would entail fundamental revisions of the foundations of
neuroscience. Before abandoning materialist theories of mind that have paid
handsome dividends, we should insist on better evidence for psi phenomena
than presently exists, especially when neurology and psychology themselves
offer more plausible alternatives.
-- Barry L. Beyerstein, "The Brain and Conciousness:
Implications for Psi Phenomena".
#10213Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.
#10214Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
#10215Federal grants are offered for... research into the recreation
potential of interplanetary space travel for the culturally disadvantaged.
#10216Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity.
-- Robert Firth

"One, two, five."
-- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
#10217Florence Flask was ... dressing for the opera when she turned to her
husband and screamed, "Erlenmeyer! My joules! Someone has stolen my

"Now, now, my dear," replied her husband, "keep your balance and reflux
a moment. Perhaps they're mislead."

"No, I know they're stolen," cried Florence. "I remember putting them
in my burette ... We must call a copper."

Erlenmeyer did so, and the flatfoot who turned up, one Sherlock Ohms,
said the outrage looked like the work of an arch-criminal by the name
of Lawrence Ium.

"We must be careful -- he's a free radical, ultraviolet, and
dangerous. His girlfriend is a chlorine at the Palladium. Maybe I can
catch him there." With that, he jumped on his carbon cycle in an
activated state and sped off along the reaction pathway ...
-- Daniel B. Murphy, "Precipitations"
#10218For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
-- H. L. Mencken
#10219For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!
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