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Obligatory joke about the three scientists visiting Scotland in the first time:

Biologist: "Whoa, you see that in the distance? That's amazing! All cows in Scotland are brown!"

Physicist: "Hold on -- all we know at this point is that there's a population of cows in Scotland that's brown."

Mathematician: "No, all we know is, there exists at least one cow in Scotland such that this side is brown."


With that said, I agree that it's an excessively narrow sample for the kind of conclusion they're trying to draw.

wouldn't the Physicist first need to assume a perfectly spherical frictionless cow?

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