Geologists vs. the Rest of the World

My heart sister Nicole posted this for me on Facebook. She knows me entirely too well. The moment I saw it, I fell deeply in love, and knew I had to share it with you. I think you lot will love it as much as I did:

Image courtesy ROFLrazzi via Nicole.
Image courtesy ROFLrazzi via Nicole.

That whole damned thing is so very, very true. But the neat thing is when we eventually influence the people around us to the point where they can spot some of the basics with ease. Nothing warms my heart more than to know that I’ve given someone a new way to see the world. Keeps the place interesting and the horizons broad, doesn’t it just?

And memes like this can open the door to a dialogue. A little laughter combined with awe and a hefty dash of enthusiasm make a very potent brew indeed.

Geologists vs. the Rest of the World

16 thoughts on “Geologists vs. the Rest of the World

  1. rq
    9

    Lithified Detritus
    Probably another one of those generational things, because I saw Dwayne Johnson and went *snicker*. :)

    (Dana, passing this on to my siblings!)

  2. 10

    Is it really true that geologists use the term FRGOK: funny rock, god only knows? I think I read that in the Last Whole Earth Catalog.

  3. 11

    2 weeks ago, Neil DeGrasse Tyson spoke here in Gville, and we were lucky enough to get to see him. During the talk, he (disparagingly) mentioned the complicated terminology that geologists used, like, “orthoclase feldspar”. He pointed out that astronomers used much simpler terms like “Big Bang” and “Black Hole”. During the Q and A, I was tempted to point out that, maybe, it was a failure of imagination by astronomers. Didn’t quite have the nerve, unfortunately.

    He was, mostly, being sarcastic.

  4. 13

    astronomers used much simpler terms like “Big Bang” and “Black Hole”

    Terms that are a lot easier for creationists and coproliths like Deepak Chopra to think they understand, and therefore use incorrectly.

  5. 15

    @Gvlgeologist – Astronomers have their own cant for being precise, like stellar classifications and giving stars a dozen names, each one for a different catalog. Of course, if astronomers could actually pick up a piece of piece of stellar matter and analyze it in a lab, they’d probably be just as detail-oriented as a geologist.

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