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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: derekb.lowe@gmail.com Twitter: Dereklowe

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January 8, 2010

Find That Pattern

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Posted by Derek

I have to take my hat off to this guy at the Times of London. The British press recently played a story about how various ancient sites were linked up in uncanny triangular formations - well, it turns out that the same chilling patterns are found in other ancient monuments as well. Read and be enlightened.

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1. chris on January 8, 2010 1:49 PM writes...

Brilliant article!

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2. Sili on January 8, 2010 1:49 PM writes...

Awesome! I have to shamefully admit that I've been fond of 'sacred geometry' and that sorta stuff. Just never had the cleverness to test it.

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3. Steve on January 8, 2010 3:25 PM writes...

Brilliant, as the Brits would say.

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4. Philip on January 8, 2010 3:27 PM writes...

I got deja vu reading the article. It reminded me of the modelers choosing from among thousands of molecular parameters to find trends in the biological data.

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5. HelicalZz on January 8, 2010 3:32 PM writes...

Always be skeptical of geometry that fails to account for chirality.

Zz

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6. Silverstein on January 8, 2010 8:26 PM writes...

"It is mathematically known that if you have a sufficiently large set of random data, you can find any pattern that you want with any given level of accuracy."

Might this be considered kindred or corollary to John P. A. Ioannidis' 2005 PloS Medicine article "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False?"

And, does this exposé mean the Pyramids were not really landing platforms for alien Goa'uld ships?

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7. Cellbio on January 8, 2010 10:14 PM writes...

Easy target here. It should not take a mathematician to prove aliens didn't visit ancient sites or Woolworth's when we all know they prefer Walmart parking lots in the American deep south. They must be afraid of teeth...then again, maybe the Brit thing is real....

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8. coprolite on January 8, 2010 10:47 PM writes...

Has anyone seen the geometric corollaries on cattle mutilations in the American midwest in the 1950's? Uncanny.

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9. TX Raven on January 9, 2010 3:52 AM writes...

I wonder... does this include Lipinski's rule of 5?

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10. A nonie mouse on January 9, 2010 2:59 PM writes...

Reminds me of the Bible Codes fiasco:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_code

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11. Tok on January 9, 2010 3:59 PM writes...

I bet there's a 216 digit number in the locations of the Woolworths.

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12. PharmaHeretic on January 10, 2010 6:55 PM writes...

A product of my patented mediocrity machine.. enjoy

http://pharmaheretic.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/designing-tris-adventures-in-mediocrity/

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13. PharmaHeretic on January 11, 2010 9:57 AM writes...

I have put in an alternate way to look at pdf files, after suggestions from a reader.

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