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On the other hand, I have a real problem with one of Eureka's fundamental concepts (this may have changed; I gave up during the first season). As noted above, the sheriff is *not* one of the geniuses. But, since he's the star of the show, more often than not he ends up solving the problem(s) created by the geniuses using good 'ol common sense or the like. Which, to me, came across as fundamentally anti-intellectual.

Me, I was really hoping Eureka would've been "Real Genius: The Postgraduate Years/Real World", but that's not the direction the show went in.

@Tom: I don't think it's even remotely anti-intellectual -- anything but.  Carter does NOT "solve all the town's problems" by a long shot. He adds a certain practical-minded element -- because it would be equally unfair to just make him the Big Dumb Buffoon, wouldn't it? But he absolutely needs the scientists to help resolve issues as well. The show might not deify scientists enough for your tastes, and that's your prerogative, but to accuse it of anti-intellectualism is simply not a valid critique. As for Real Genius, I was a fan of the film, but it was a tad sophomoric and one-note. The characters in Eureka are far more well-developed and complex. 

Another real-world counterpart would be Oak Ridge, TN during the Manhattan Project - including the fact that the entire town was essentially hidden.

I believe that the universe was constructed in a day using time dilation, when all the matter and energy came through a black hole almost half its size today. Then it closed up, and the remaining black holes are merely remnants, like swirls in a pond. The key to this theory lies in prime numbers and all the mathematics that exists, found or not. It doesn't lie in the many particles, or unified theories. They are like studying the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. The mathematics holds the key. But, then I'm strange. I look at things differently. I have taken my ideas and converted them to poetry, hiding my 40 years of research in them, for few to find, a way of getting even with the world for hiding its mysteries so innate and yet so precise. You can read one at my website.

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      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
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