Mind wandering frees our mind to make new connections, have fresh ideas, and even solve problems that the focused mind has difficulty doing. Scientists such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton revered the capability of the wandering mind. The researcher Felicity Mellon criticizes the current atmosphere of collaborative research believing it doesn't value the importance of … Continue reading In Defense of Daydreaming
The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection We think that we have a decent understanding of how biology evolves over time. A certain group, a certain population, has a set of traits. With each successive generation, new traits will appear due to random genetic mutations. If these gene mutations result in traits that make the … Continue reading Cultural Evolution
Why I Chose this Book My book choice can feel sporadic sometimes. At one point, I determined that my book selection should be more deliberate. I should read books that align with the goals in my life. One of them is to further my science knowledge and understanding. So, I decided that the next audiobook … Continue reading Review of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye-View of the World by Michael Pollan
Many studies on the brain today rely on mouse and rat models. Many of these studies through fail to translate to humans. This is presumably due to natural structural differences between rodents and humans. Though the human brain shares many similarities with the rodent brain, the human brain is still more complex. Juergen Knoblich, … Continue reading Building Brains from Scratch
In this YouTube video I discuss a paper that investigates if genes for normal intelligence are the same as those for people with "high intelligence." https://youtu.be/7Ycjklr5yZ0 Intelligence is a widely studied and debated subject. It is praised and admired…for the most part We believe that intelligent individuals provide great technological and cultural advancements. We wish … Continue reading Intelligence Genes: Are there Genius Genes?
Michael Levin is a professor and scientist at Tufts University. His research is focused on regenerating limbs as in salamanders. He has so far done so in frogs and has even manipulated the development of frogs so that he can grow extra limbs or organs in odd places. He does so by manipulating bioelectricity in these … Continue reading Regrowing Human Body Parts
For years characteristics that are strongly associated with “blackness” such as thick lips, wide noses, dark skin, and curly or kinky hair were associated with inferiority. These were touted as evidence that these people were closer to lower animals, even considered subhuman, than their often lighter hued counterparts. Today, there seems to be an emerging … Continue reading Why are there different Hair Textures?
Why I Chose this Book I went to my local library one day to do some work. It’s a nice calm environment free from distractions that I find at home. While walking to the back of the library to find more space and avoid the traffic, I noticed a book with an interesting cover accompanied … Continue reading Review of Networking for Nerds by Alaina Levine
There are two tragedies of the well-documented surplus of Ph.D. graduates in the STEM fields. They are almost two sides of the same coin. One, there are not enough STEM jobs available for Ph.D. graduates. Many who have earned their Ph.D.s leave their respective fields because they cannot find suitable jobs. Two, we are potentially … Continue reading Scientific Resources
From the time that non-hominids first evolved into modern humans, we have continuously progressed in many aspects of life. We have increased our amount of knowledge, we have evolved culturally, and we have improved our technology. Unfortunately though, our accumulation of knowledge has often outpaced our application of it. Can you remember instances in which … Continue reading Humanity’s Responsibility