posted on May, 24 2009 @ 09:02 PM
reply to post by mikerussellus
In my mind, no data is insignificant... possibly irrelevant but not insignificant.
Take for instance the possibility that the marble from my example has a significant magnetic component and there are buried high-voltage cables
directly under the marble, rebar in the concrete slab the marble is going to roll across, and you had a stereo loudspeaker playing your favorite tune
right next to where you were going to be rolling the marble. Would the magnetic field from the wires, the possible attraction the marble would have to
the rebar, and the magnet in the loudspeaker interfere with the path of the marble?
With regards to the pistol, crosswinds can influence the trajectory of a bullet as can the coriolis effect. Otherwise, shooting a bullet straight into
the air would cause it to land at the exact position of the gun when fired. Marksmen / sharp-shooters have to take into consideration the wind,
gravity, etc. when firing over large distances.
edit to add:
Nothing can be considered insignificant or irrelevant unless it's been considered and deemed such.
[edit on 5/24/2009 by abecedarian]