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Dictionary » S » Speculative



1. Given to speculation; contemplative. The mind of man being by nature speculative. (hooker)

2. Involving, or formed by, speculation; ideal; theoretical; not established by demonstration.

3. Of or pertaining to vision; also, prying; inquisitive; curious.

4. Of or pertaining to speculation in land, goods, shares, etc.; as, a speculative dealer or enterprise. The speculative merchant exercises no one regular, established, or well-known branch of business. (A. Smith) Speculatively, Speculativeness.

Origin: Cf. F. Speculatif, L. Speculativus.

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... flow we are aware of, is between homo sapiens and Neaderthals, right? I don't know. I haven't learned about Homo evolution yet. The idea is only speculative, but it seems reasonable to me. I don't know our genus history, so the following is only hypothetical. Suppose we have a single population ...

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by wildfunguy
Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 4652

Re: Is complexity inevitable?

... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorum_sensing - - http://www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bassler_on_how_bacteria_communicate.html Now it's time to get speculative! Be critical! Throw grains of salt in my eyes! Twin studies reveal that genetic differences can't explain all of the human variation, meaning ...

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by wildfunguy
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
Replies: 16
Views: 4652

Bear vs Gorilla Stand-Off. Who would win?

... does not occur. I don't like the idea of people gaining enjoyment by watching animals fight one another. I hope that your argument is more of a speculative nature, rather than a desire to see animals fighting to the death. Gorillas are becoming increasingly threatened by deforestation and hunting ...

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by darrellacoustic
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Bear vs Gorilla Stand-Off. Who would win?
Replies: 10
Views: 13113

mutations and dependencies

That last part was somewhat speculative, so don't take my word for it. I have been taught that mutated cells often die off.

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by wildfunguy
Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: mutations and dependencies
Replies: 29
Views: 14678

Re: question for evolutionary biologist.

... code underpinning the translation system could have originated. Now for the other way. You can indulge yourself, as is suggested, and go down the speculative route of “abiogenesis” which has absolutely no scientific foundation. In fact even NASA has recognised that there is no plausible route ...

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by scottie
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: question for evolutionary biologist.
Replies: 26
Views: 21852
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