"Yvonne Couch" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
nobody in the lab knew the answer???
that's very worrying, if true.
You are right.
It was a basic question. I remember looking at what molecules, Avogadro,
moles etc in high school. A simple concept that once grasped, it stays.
Okay, maybe some people have to wait till their undergrad years and re-learn
there... I'm surprised somebody is able to pass their basic chemistry s an
undergrad and not grasp these concepts... But at teh end of the day, I'd
rather have someone asking a question than not.
It is not right to patronise you for asking a question like this. But I
don't think you were exactly patronised. A number of people have expressed
surprise at how somebody at the level you are didn't know this. I don't know
you, but you are probably a reasonably intelligent person. So a question
like this it's surprising... but that's all.
Some people will treat the ignorance of others to putthem down, tomake them
beel bigger. Ignore them. You'll come across them. They cannot be avoided...
but one grows a thick skin, and learns who to pay attention to and who to
ignore... and even arrogant bastards have sometimes something useful and
interesting to say. In other words, scientists are just human, with the same
defects as the population at large.
I suppose that generating a thread like this might make one feel a bit
"shy", and put off.
Don't let it get to you. It's not a big deal. Take the useful information,
ignore teh rest. Actually, it's just like reading papers... you don't just
read what's written and accept it... you read it critically and judge
whether the conclusions of teh authors truly reflect what the experiments
demonstrate. You accept some, and some you put in the "hmmm, not fully
convinced yet, but thanks" bag. YOU decide. You have to think for yourself,
which is not the same as being isolated and not communicating. Ask any
question, by all means, but it's usually a good habit to think a bit about
it by yourself, if you can. You learn more that way. But you always learn
more by asking than by not aking... if somebody sneers... that's their
problem, and you are solving yours.
ok, I'll stop now