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But hubris implies some kind of flaw. I'm too good to have flaws like that.

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Sorry, Med. I did try to acknowledge the exception to the rule.

But, your reply is priceless. Deny hubris with hubris. Love it.


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Perhaps I should had the 3 year old explain it to the MD that is a pediatrician,, who can then explain it to MD that is a ER doc. They are all really smart but we all have some knowledge gaps
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Why do we assume that the MDs were thickheaded and the engineer was giving a perfectly good explanation and the sailor-PhD really truly understood what is going on? Plenty of hubris to go around, it seems to me.
Phds are taught, in the last year of Phd school, to just smile when they really don't understand something, and everyone will just assume that they understand it.
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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

Wait, you guys don't run your engines when sailing upwind?
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When someone asks me, I just start quoting scripture and tell them God has a plan for everything. When their eyes glaze over, I know I can pass around the tip jar.
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When asked how anything works on the boat, you put on your best Cap'n Ron and say, "nobody knows"


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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

Just sailed back to R.I. From BVI. I was brain doc until recent retirement. My crew was two PhD engineers.
Most intellectually demanding thing was trying to figure out how match up the components of the pre cooked meals my wife made for us. Baffled all three of us.
It's definitely true there is no correlation between initials after your name and common sense.
Cleaned the frig/freezers when got home with the the bride. Boy did she have a laugh.
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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

If the wind is "attached" to the leeward side of the sail going upwind or reaching it's like flow through a pipe. Just like there will be negative pressure on the walls of a pipe ( or a hole in the pipe) there will be negative pressure on the leeward side of the sail when the pressure there is compared to the general atmospheric pressure.
This is because the "attached" air has to move faster than the surrounding air due to the presence of the foil.
At these that's how a brain doc understands it.

Btw: trained and practiced in Boston area. Teaching appointment at Harvard. By far and away the most brilliant docs and teachers I knew were always the most humble. If you think you know it all there is little room to learn.

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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

Being an engineer, I once tried to teach my sister to drive a standard by explaining synchromesh gears and clutch plates. She's still blames me for her bad driving habits.

Just pull on the strings, and turn that wheeley thing back and forth till all the yarns on the sail point straight back.

And tell the patient take too of these and call me in the morning.

You'll be fine
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Re: Sailing with excess brain power

This kinda reminds me of the time I was riding in a car with a software engineer, and a quality control manager. As we we were coming down a hill the brakes failed.
Only by the grace of Poseidon or Zeus or Neptune did we safely reach the bottom. The quality control manager wanted to take apart the brake system, measure all the components and run metallurgic analysis to determine the failure. I being the mechanical engineer wanted to check the fluid level and pad thickness. The software engineer wanted to push the car back up the hill to see if it would fail a second time.
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