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Re: [APD] Science

Jerry Leong wrote:
> Wait a minute!  We've had to endure several days of acrimonious e-mails 
> because you couldn't figure out how to replicate Tom's experiment?  This 
> is something you could (should) have asked Tom off-line.
> I can understand if someone has tried (unsuccessfully) to replicate Mr. 
> Barr's experiments and after failing to obtain similar results, to seek 
> additional information on the list, explaining what was attempted and 
> the results; but the e-mails the last few days crossed the line: 
> accusations of providing insufficient information to replicate the 
> experiment and later admitting that no attempt has been made to 
> replicate the experiment is unfair to both Mr. Barr and to the 
> subscribers of this list.

I am curious how you would propose to replicate an experiment when the 
original experimenter has not provided any information about the 
original experiment. Why would you try to replicate an experiment when 
you don't know anything about how the experiment was conducted? That 
seems rather like a waste of time.

> This list should NOT become an electronic 
> version of 20 questions,

Um, I think that is exactly the purpose of the list ... to ask questions 
about growing aquatic plants and related topics.

> nor is it fair for Tom or anyone else to be 
> expected to provide detailed answers to vague questions (well designed 
> experiment) and then be accused of intentionally providing insufficient 
> information when the answers aren't sufficiently detailed for the 
> questioner.

You can't point to *any* answer at all because they do not exist. Your 
implication that there were answers explaining his experiments is 
dishonest, and I can only assume it is being employed to justify your 
anger in some way.

Jerry Baker
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