The Implications of Advancement

Gravitational waves are small ripples created by something such as the collision of black holes. They were first theorized by Alebert Einstein a hundred years ago and just recently confirmed by scientists using the LIGO. This LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) equipment shows an advancement in these technologies as it can accurately detect the mostContinue reading “The Implications of Advancement”

Is Science Our Friend?

The age of “big science” was created by the academic-military-industrial complex because of the desire for power. Humans have always been at war with one another and technology has always been there to support the creation of new weapons. These have always somewhat fed off of each other, but the World Wars amplified this tenfold.Continue reading “Is Science Our Friend?”

Editing Our Future

CRISPR technology is the science of editing genetics and DNA code. Many organisms have already been successfully modified using this CRISPR technology including livestock, fish, plants, and fungi. This is obviously an amazing use of science and technology, but it is scary for scientists and the public alike because of the implications of “playing God”.Continue reading “Editing Our Future”

How Do We Mix Science With Society?

Eugenics is the idea of “improving” the human genetic pool. This was and is quite a harmful notion, yet medical professionals attempted to justify it by looking to Charles Darwin’s studies. Using biological terms that appeared in his work made the whole practice look more scientific than what it really was — biased. Even theContinue reading “How Do We Mix Science With Society?”

Engineering Our Earth

The sudden interest in geoengineering comes from the culmination of technology and awareness of our effects on the planet. For many large donors, this interest comes from a place of wanting to proceed with harmful effects with no repercussions. This may also partially come from a place of guilt of being part of the problemContinue reading “Engineering Our Earth”

(Not) Your Grandma’s Climate Science

It is simply untrue that climate science is a “new” form of science. Swarts writes of a revolutionary female scientist, Eunice Foote, who studied climate science in the 1850’s. That is hardly what one would call recent. The discovery of carbon dioxide as a factor for global warming was seen by Foote in an 1856Continue reading “(Not) Your Grandma’s Climate Science”

Imagining Capitalism

This new order manifested in ‘imagined communities’: groups of people that feel like they are much closer than they technically are. This is extremely powerful for creating a sense of togetherness and pride for what we create as a nation. These imagined communities came after a period when actual intimate communities grew less common, andContinue reading “Imagining Capitalism”

Humankind Throughout History

The worldwide expansion of trade was massive to the contribution to the unification of humankind. The Columbian Exchange comes to mind as a specific force behind this. Specifically, money, empires, and religion were used directly during this time. Money was certainly a motivation during this time, and Spain’s collection of gold is part of whatContinue reading “Humankind Throughout History”

Imagined Order? I hardly know her.

The Cognitive Revolution allowed for larger-scale cooperation simply because of how much easier it was to form larger towns/cities/empires with growing technologies. The agricultural revolution specifically encouraged larger civilizations, and cooperation was a must to keep everything running smoothly.  An imagined order is a social structure built on shared myths and beliefs rather than anyContinue reading “Imagined Order? I hardly know her.”

The Power of Progress

The reason governments and religion should be afraid of air pumps and electrical machines is simply because scientific advancement is such a powerful tool. Whoever holds the newest technology inevitably holds more power over those who don’t have access or understanding of it. In Priestley’s eyes, conflict from the outside world looked like progress, butContinue reading “The Power of Progress”