a background in math and physics that allows us to
a background in geology that allows us to think
spatially and create models
a solid knowledge of computers and computing
an ability to deal with uncertainty
With their four dimensional minds
and in their inter-disciplinary ultraverbal way,
geologists can wriggle out of about anything.
-New Yorker, Nov. '92
A geophysicist is a person who passes as
an exacting expert, on the basis of being able to churn out, with prolific
fortitude, infinite amounts of data, gathered to micro-metric precision by
persons of questionable I.Q. and mentality with the aid of very expensive
"black box" machines of dubious integrity based on incomplete
experiments for the avowed purpose of confounding Geologists, who are
already on the lunatic fringe of society.
Everything we know is only some kind of
because we know that we do not know all the laws as yet.
Therefore, things must be learned only to be unlearned again
or, more likely, to be corrected
-Richard Feynman, Six Easy Pieces