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Starwatcher162536
06-17-2009, 12:58 AM
The less you know....

I had no idea that the oil formation process was so much up in the air.

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=319465

popcorn_karate
06-18-2009, 01:18 PM
yep. I was really surprised when i looked into this a few years ago too. It seemed like one of those well known, basic facts about the world - but then you find out its a "just so" story told to school kids with little in the way of scientific backing.

makes you wonder what other well known facts are fairy tales.

Starwatcher162536
06-18-2009, 02:52 PM
If your still interested in this, here is a reprint from the NAS covering this topic.

http://http://www.pnas.org/content/99/17/10976.full.pdf+html

Lyle
06-18-2009, 10:44 PM
Ask your average doctor how much they know about medicine. There are so many things they don't know. There are so many things they can't do for people, because they just don't know. At times it is just trial and error, and some scientific guesswork.

Ocean
06-18-2009, 10:51 PM
Ask your average doctor how much they know about medicine. There are so many things they don't know. There are so many things they can't do for people, because they just don't know. At times it is just trial and error, and some scientific guesswork.

True. And sadly, after many years of costly education and training...