reply to post by theresult
THEY SPENT A YEAR MAKING IT GO AWAY.. great
and now you know why we are DUMB oh dont understand the problem MAKE IT GO AWAY I CANT COPE IT MAKES NO SENS.
You misunderstand. This is the scientific method.
I'll explain with the help of Sherlock Holmes. Remember what he told Watson: 'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however
, must be the truth.”
So you're a young scientist, listening in on the universe through your radiosonde balloon, and your instruments suddenly pick up a huge signal out of
empty space, where no signal is expected to be. Your heart leaps, your mind starts racing. You've made a new astronomical or cosmological discovery.
Maybe it's the signal we're all waiting to hear - the first call from another intelligence Out There. Even if it isn't something so spectacular,
just some - I don't know, previously unknown solar wind effect or something - your reputation is still made. They'll name the thing after you for
sure. You can barely contain your excitement.
But you're a scientist, and after the first rush of ecstasy your training in the scientific method takes over. You have to convince the world that
the thing you've found is real, whatever it is. Convincing the world, as any ATS conspiracy buff knows, is hard. Hardest of all to convince are your
fellow scientists - they're going to pick your data over with a fine-tooth comb. If there's the slightest hint of error, you're toast.
And you know - from years of unpleasant personal experience - how easy it is to be wrong. Your 'signal' may be a fault in the equipment, a software
glitch, a programming error, or interference from the local radio-cab company. It may be one of those modern demons called 'data artifacts'. It
could be a hundred and one things.
So like Sherlock Holmes, you go through all the possibilities, eliminating them one by one - 'trying to make that peak disappear'. You check the
equipment, reload the software, do everything you have to do. You're meticulous. And with each possibility you eliminate, your conviction grows
stronger - this is the real thing.
Finally, it all checks out. There really is a signal. You can now announce your discovery to the world. And when you do, you do it with pride. You
tell people how hard you worked on it, how real you know it is. You say, 'We tried for a whole year to make that peak disappear, and what do you
know, it's still there! We're on to something here, boys!'
That's the spirit in which those words should be interpreted, I believe.