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Those darn scientist keep letting facts get in the way. Several subjects of research have sparked some pretty lofty debate but most of those so passionately against the "scientist" haven't even read the material or know what it means. Most of the research is teaching us about fire behavior. Its not telling us what to do every time but rather what happens when we do what. Before you hear a rumor or make an assumption about any new research, do a little research of your own. Find out exactly what this new information is and what it means then use it to either shore up your current practices or ask more questions and conduct your own experiments. Put everything in the context that it was intended and be careful not to declare the world is flat before you have sailed more than 20 miles off shore! If you look over the research and still don't know exactly what it means to you or your department.....ask. I've never seen the scientist at a loss for words. Just be careful and note that if you ask them what time it is they may answer by telling you how to make a watch!



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Comment by Skip Coleman on December 12, 2013 at 5:05pm
Well said and illustrated (I think).

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