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RE: A tough question...or is it?

Paleontology a "Hobby"? ... NO, for me, more like a personal lifelong obsession.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:

On Mon, July 29, 2013 2:47 pm, dale mcinnes wrote:
Augusto ..

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.

I'm switching this around:

Any fully sustainable task such as business is just routine maintenance for society. Science, art, and so forth ARE the human condition: they are what makes living worthwhile (rather than simple persistence for the sake
of persistence).

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661

Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
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