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dino social dynamics
Let be begin by making a public apology for having been such
an abnoxious twit for the past few months. I don't know what my
problem was, so don't take much of what I said too seriously (I can
just hear the majority of you going "what the $#%&$ is he talking
about?!?":-). I also say this in the hopes of clarifying that the
questions I'm going to be asking are of legitimate inquiry and not
I'm thinking about writing an article on the social dynamics
of dinosaur palaeontology for the APS _Bulletin_. What I mean by
"social dynamics" are what little subcultures and stuff are there
within the social grouping of dinosaur palaeontologists and dino-
nuts. Anyways, I have a few questions for you kindly folks out there
that should help me out (if anybody answers that is).
1)Is there really an "Old-Guard Establishment" anymore? (eg:
is there something to be "rebellious" against nowadays?).
2)How many people out there, both proffessional and
amateur/fan feel themselves to be "rebels" based on what
you believe/accept about dinosaurs?
3)If there is some kind of "establishment" worth rebelling
against, what do you feel it is? (eg: what are the
perceptions of dinos that catagorize this group?).
4)Does anybody feel that the attitude of confronational
"rebellion" is potentially damaging to the social structure
of dino palaeo.? (another eg:the seemingly in-your-face
preening by some upon the discovery of the chinese feathered
theropod and the angry, incoherent rebutals by some others
5)In a question more for the dino-fans, is a lot of the
support for the hyperactive, warm-blooded, feathered, etc.
view of dinosaurs HONESTLY based on consideration of the
evidence, or just because it "sounds cool" and makes for
6)How many of you out there, particularily younger, up-and-
coming types, could be considered "freaks" (by that I mean
Punks, Goths, heavy Alternative, etc....I'm a Goth myself,
so I don't mean "freak" in a derogatory way).
Anyhoo, thanx for any insight you can give me. Feel free to
send your responses to my personal e-mail instead of cluttering up
the list. Later all...
"Oh my brothers, have a horrorshow day."
*Cory Gross * Ex ignorantia ad *
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