Posts tagged science
Thanks for your entry about the climate change trolls I've suffered today. You hit the nail. Cheers.
Science is Beauty
You’re welcome! I just edited ‘your’ to the correct ‘you’re’. I noticed afterwards and its been driving me nuts.
Scienceisbeauty has been getting a lot of flack from climate change trolls who are prepared to vilify and attack anyone who even slightly disagrees with them. Science has to be open to debate, differences of opinion. The moment someone is attacked for not adhering to scientific dogma, it smacks of religion. Scientific thought is based upon hypotheses that are then backed up by scientific experiments; they can be disproved at anytime. As for accusing Scienisbeauty of being a creationist simply for not having the same opinion as you, that is beyond hypocritical. Religious people often attack others who do not agree with them, because they can’t think beyond their own worldview. Science is (or, sadly, ought to be) above that.
The four legged of the Anthropogenic Global Warming table.
Cartoon by Josh
The Loneliest Whale in the World.
In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:
She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She never had one. Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 52hz. You see, that’s precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her. Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.
Just imagine that massive mammal, floating alone and singing—too big to connect with any of the beings it passes, feeling paradoxically small in the vast stretches of empty, open ocean.
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”
“Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars — mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is “mere”. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination — stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part… What is the pattern or the meaning or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?”