A New Era of Communication… A New Era of Ethical Questions

Gravitational waves are “…ripples in the fabric of space and time…” (Cho). They occur when “…a whirling barbell-shaped mass, such as two black holes spiraling together, radiates ripples in space-time… [As the gravitational waves travel through space] at light speed, a wave stretches space in one direction and squeezes in the perpendicular direction, then reversesContinue reading “A New Era of Communication… A New Era of Ethical Questions”

The question of the industrial complex whose name seemed to get longer in each author’s interpretation.

The academic-military-industrial complex led to the age of big science because the government and military began to fund scientists in their endeavors more than ever before. The government and military became large backers and supporters of science in World War II. Their involvement expanded in the 1900s so that, now, academics and scientists were beingContinue reading “The question of the industrial complex whose name seemed to get longer in each author’s interpretation.”

Modern Eugenics?

CRISPR technology gives scientists the ability to “…quickly and precisely alter, delete, and re-arrange the DNA of nearly any living organism…” (Specter, pg. 36). CRISPR opens seemingly endless opportunities for scientists. It is exhilarating because scientific advancements can be made like no other. CRISPR technology can allow scientists to try and eliminate diseases, such asContinue reading “Modern Eugenics?”

Wake up America

Eugenics was an effort “…to improve the human species through breeding” (DenHoed, p. 2). It was the belief that there were inferior people in society who had to be restricted from reproducing and that only those who are “…pure-blooded…” should reproduce because it would result in a better society (DenHoed, p. 2). Scientists and medicalContinue reading “Wake up America”

Geoengineering technology is not the solution, it is part of the greater problem

The sudden interest in geoengineering spawns from humanity’s desire to look to technology for all of the answers. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, humanity has been enthralled with technology and the continual advancements of it. What this means today, with climate change, is that we seek a technological fix to our planet’s natural problems. Therefore,Continue reading “Geoengineering technology is not the solution, it is part of the greater problem”

Over ONE CENTURY of Climate Science Later and We Are Still Killing Our Planet

Climate science is certainly not too young to be reliable. Eunice Foot’s discoveries in the 1850s (Schwartz, p. 1) and John Tyndall’s discoveries in 1861 (Reidy, p. 13) prove that climate science studies have been around for over 100 years. Therefore, one cannot argue that this is a new topic. Tyndall explicitly said “…that anyContinue reading “Over ONE CENTURY of Climate Science Later and We Are Still Killing Our Planet”

The Marriage of Science, Imperialism, and Capitalism

The Scientific Revolution differed from all previous traditions of knowledge because of people’s “…willingness to admit ignorance… the centrality of observations and mathematics… [and] the acquisition of new powers” (Harari, p. 250-1). As a result, people were willing to admit ignorance. Unlike the imagined orders that followed the Cognitive Revolution, imagined orders began to beContinue reading “The Marriage of Science, Imperialism, and Capitalism”

How did three things that seem to be very anti-unification manage to unify humankind?

            Money, empires, and religions led to ‘the unification of humankind’ because they all influenced a vast majority of people across the globe. As “…empires grew and trade intensified…global unification occurred…” (Harari, p. 170). Money enhanced trade because it is “…a universal medium of exchange that enables people to convert almost everything into almost anything else”Continue reading “How did three things that seem to be very anti-unification manage to unify humankind?”

A Tsunami of Imagination

The Cognitive Revolution allowed for larger-scale cooperation among humans because it resulted in “…new ways of thinking and communicating…” (Harari, pg. 21). As Harari explains, “[l]egends, myths, gods and religions appeared for the first time…” (pg. 24). These factors led to the development of different cultures. These cultures gave humans a common cultural factor toContinue reading “A Tsunami of Imagination”