Monthly Archives: August 2010

Teaching the Drama of Science

“If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you.” So why is it, then, that so many of us can’t see the world from this standpoint?  Continue reading

From star-stuff to wonder-stuff

Your ancestors are hydrogen atoms. Overtime, these atoms interacted, exploded, melted, decayed; and then, they formed stars and planets and chemically stable precursors of life. Soon enough, minds and things that bite were in the picture.
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Where science and morality collide

So you walk down the street and see a Muslim woman with a burka covering all but her eyes. You can’t tell whether she’s happy or repressed under her clothing. Can science provide a definitive answer? This is where science and morality meet.
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… but mostly the best of times

Humanity has endured two world wars, countless murders, atomic bombs, and unimaginable violence. And yet, here’s why we’re actually living in the most peaceful, most prosperous times in our species’ history.  Continue reading

viva la evolución!

Tree of life

 

This is what happens when you give hydrogen atoms nearly 14 billion years to strut their stuff:

http://evogeneao.com/images/Evo_large.gif

This Haiku Is Brought to You By the Letter S

MIT and Boston

Sandals slip — soaked, sunned

Snow slowly supplants songbirds

Sad — summer stops soon

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Can we learn to let go when medicine doesn’t have the answer?

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all