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    On a slightly related side note, I guess I hadn't officially said anything - on May 11th (one week ago), I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a dual Bachelor of Science in Physics and Pure Mathematics. Hooray me! No more school for at least a year or two!

    Incidentally, this should free up a lot more time for making gear and generally enjoying hammocks (happy, Jeff? ) !
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    ...for what I call pseudo-science - sociology, psychology, marketing, whatever.
    I would add political science to that list.

    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    On a slightly related side note, I guess I hadn't officially said anything - on May 11th (one week ago), I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a dual Bachelor of Science in Physics and Pure Mathematics. Hooray me! No more school for at least a year or two!

    Thats great BB! Congrats on on reaching the end of the chapter (that's how I've come to remember the transition from college to 'normal life').

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    Incidentally, this should free up a lot more time for making gear and generally enjoying hammocks
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    Amen, and pass the ammo. I'm sure as heck not trying to point to anything other than generalized trends and whatnot. Stats is nothing if not subjective to a point, especially when looking at such grey areas as motivations and the like.

    "There was a significant differance between section hikers that carried tents and thru-hikers who did not wear underwear when controlled for their satisfaction level regarding tent stakes." (Actually I'd like to sneak something like that into a journal article just to see if I could get away with it.)
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    Hey - I did (or should say, finished) my undergrad at UNCG. Only took my 13 years from start to finish to get the Bachelor's degree!
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    I am going back for a second master's, but not to UNCG. I will finally get a master's in Mathematics and then a PhD. I suppose I don't have to get the master's first, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
    I am going back for a second master's, but not to UNCG. I will finally get a master's in Mathematics and then a PhD. I suppose I don't have to get the master's first, but...
    Nah, do the straight PhD program. Much easier and (IMO) more rewarding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    Thanks to a fascinating course a couple years ago (that was actually listed in the Philosophy department), I'll point out that data can be "statistically significant" even though they're drawn from a small sample size. Lack of a realistic control group can even be accounted for.

    On the other hand, it seems to me that statistical significance must be a term that was invented specifically for what I call pseudo-science - sociology, psychology, marketing, whatever. It accounts for a lot of subjective meaning as well - for example, studies have found that smoking increases the user's chance of contracting lung cancer by 0.2%, which is then called "significant" simply because of the subjective gravity of the disease.

    Anyway. Enough of the rant. I personally try not to believe ANY reported statistics whenever possible...at least without a LOT of corroboration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticFringer View Post
    Dont kid yourself. Cigs kill. Give up your habbit. We need you around on this forum for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    Habbit...is that like a hairy rabbit?
    Or a wascawy wabbit?
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