April Fools

It’s always good to carefully read the dates of blog posts, especially those at the end of March and thus the start of April, a date that catches many in its snare. So the VolcanoCafe blog had a posting about the “Frisian Sudwcalvulkaan coming to life again” on the 31st March, 2015 (Here). The post was written by Fopke Brandarius.


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    Haha,funny. The volcano is there, but there is no Eisinga at TU Delft, and the name “Fopke” is real, but contains the word “fop” which comes from the verb ‘foppen’, which means to trick or to hoax. April foolsday joke – well done though!


I have some experience in this area.

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Catches of note include most of the geophysicists at the Western Australian Geological Survey, Mining News magazine, and a Canadian client of geophysics contractor Geoterrex.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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