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RE: A tough question...or is it?
Palaeontology IS a hobby .. albeit .. a professional hobby
run by professionally skilled researchers, artists, illustrators,
technicians. Technically .. any field that does not stand on its
own [financially or management wise] and needs to be propped up by
gov't mamagement/funding .. IS a hobby.
And professional hobbyists have contributed greatly to science. Most
sciences find themselves in this catagory. It does not take away from
their importance to mankind. A science that is not a professional
hobby is a science that is in complete control of its own funding and
therefore complete control over its management. It is more than a matter
of semantics here.
The decision to remain a professional hobby is entirely up to its
practitioners. Whatever they're most comfortable with. Just saying ..
> Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:54:21 -0300
> From: email@example.com
> To: DINOSAUR@usc.edu
> CC: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: A tough question...or is it?
> Zen answer: because it is one of the many works one can do.
> At times the related question, why paying taxes for dinosaur studies,
> instead of materially more important stuff like disease or technology,
> emerges. I guess so long humankind enjoys or at least does not protest
> because of that practice, dinosaur paleontologists can keep going on.
> If not, dinosaur paleontology will have to be a hobby, as it is for
> If your question refers to employment, it may vary depending of the
> country, but I guess many other careers have better chances of
> employment or higher wage.
> 2013/7/28 Caitlin Syme <email@example.com>:
>> I guess that's my point: the anthropocentric view is us vs. them, us being
>> one species of bipedal ape, them being billions upon billions of
>> vertebrate, invertebrate, plant, bacteria etc... species extant and
>> On 29/07/13 9:32 AM, "Jason Brougham" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>Well, that is true, and it is good even if people know that there were 65
>>>million years between dinosaurs and people, because even that is more
>>>knowledge of earth history (and the resulting perspective) than 99% of
>>>But I do quibble, just a tad, with making direct comparisons between one
>>>species, H. sapiens, and all dinosaurs, which are a radiation of probably
>>>tens of thousands of species.
>>>From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] on behalf of
>>>Caitlin Syme [email@example.com]
>>>Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:11 PM
>>>Subject: Re: A tough question...or is it?
>>>My reasoning is that it (hopefully) reminds people that we weren't/aren't
>>>the most successful animal on the planet. Depends how you measure success
>>>(i.e. Power to modify/destroy whole landscapes), but I like to think it
>>>puts the anthropocentric worldview down a peg or two.
>>>On 29/07/13 8:33 AM, "Dann Pigdon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>>On Mon, Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:47 AM, email@example.com wrote:
>>>>> How would you answer this question:
>>>>> Why study Dinosaurs?
>>>>A certain quote attributed to George Mallory comes to mind.
>>>>Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
>>>>Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj