The Militarization of Science

The academic-military-industrial complex produced the age of big science through realizing the power and possibilities of scientific progress. Largely due to wartime, the United States felt the need to make significant advances in military technologies. Military based research was proving not to be enough, so the government outsourced their scientific research to universities and otherContinue reading “The Militarization of Science”

Splicing and Dicing

CRISPR, which is more formally called CRISPR-Cas9, is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Inter-spaced Short Palindromic Repeats. I can’t speak to what CRISPR is in terms of the acronym, but it is essentially removing and adding genes to any organisms genome by use of Cas9, which is the enzyme used to cut out the unwantedContinue reading “Splicing and Dicing”

Science in Moderation

Eugenics, a term that was created in 1883 and practiced for many years after, is essentially selective breeding of humans. Back in this time, it was seen as though there were people that were fit to reproduce, as well as people that weren’t fit. Eugenics reinforced that ideal by being widespread through public events, school,Continue reading “Science in Moderation”

Sweeping it Under the Rug

This seemingly sudden interest in geoengineering has been sparked by a series of things. In the video, Clive Hamilton speaks to the history of climate activism, saying that our “Plan A” of reducing carbon emissions hasn’t been working, so the push for geoengineering is “Plan B” to assist in slowing the effects of climate change.Continue reading “Sweeping it Under the Rug”

Undiscovered Discoveries

Climate change is a major issue, and many people brush it off because it’s seen as an issue from the recent past. Based on the findings of scientists John Tyndall and Eunice Foote, the claim that climate change is only a present issue couldn’t be further from the truth. John Tyndall was the scientist thatContinue reading “Undiscovered Discoveries”

The Co-Revolution of Science and Human Culture

            The scientific revolution brought about imagined orders in many ways, but I feel that the most notable aspects are how well they’ve stood the test of time and become so engrained in human culture that they almost seem like natural orders.  The culture that was adopted by the masses during the industrial revolution is an imaginedContinue reading “The Co-Revolution of Science and Human Culture”

Artificial Unification

In essence, widespread cooperation began when similar cultural norms started to form in different areas across the world, most importantly in the areas of money, empires, and religion. In the past, people used trading to acquire the goods they needed because there wasn’t a standardized form of currency. Then the idea of money was introduced,Continue reading “Artificial Unification”

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome?

            About 70,000 years ago, the cognitive revolution was sparked when Homo sapiens started to form more complex societal structures called cultures. Being that humans had such large brains and were at the top of the food chain, they became the first species to come up with religious and spiritual ideas, develop new languages to communicate, in additionContinue reading “Improvise, Adapt, Overcome?”

Is There Such Thing as Too Much Progress?

            The reason that powerful organizations would fear such machines is because these devices could innovate to challenge the technology and ideas currently in place. When speaking of Priestley’s innovations, it was said that, “He was riding the crest of a great dialectical wave… destroying all of the structures in its path.” (Johnson 151). Johnson alsoContinue reading “Is There Such Thing as Too Much Progress?”

A Historical Inquiry to Science

In Steven Johnson’s, The Invention of Air, he explains three fundamental methods in which history plays itself out in science. The “great man” version of history credits historical change solely to the advancements made by important people of a given time period. Then there’s the paradigm shift, which is characterized by a scientific knowledge as we knowContinue reading “A Historical Inquiry to Science”