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Science and Democracy

Scientific knowledge is a difficult pursuit, one that excludes some of the human population. Anyone can study basic science and learn its principles, but it is much harder to be able to gain an expertise in a field. Most US citizens have a understanding of science across many fields at a foundational level, but lack advanced knowledge in those fields. Because of this, I believe that science should not be governed by the government or the general population.
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Gender and Science

For many centuries women have been discriminated against in many different ways, but most recently there struggle has come in the workplace. Since the 20th century women have had similar rights to men, though they have been directed towards more feminine professions and lives, such as being a stay at home mom or housewife. But even women that make it in the professional world rarely make it into fields in science such as engineering or physics.
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The twentieth century was filled with many wars and disputes that drastically impacted the world. The social implications are obvious, as we experienced two world wars and a potential third- the cold war- throughout the 1900s. But it takes deeper understanding and thinking to realize that there were many technological and scientific breakthroughs during this time.
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Project Proposal


For my final project I will discuss overpopulation, as it effects science, technology and society. Overpopulation occurs for many reasons, but extremely effects societies. It is very hard to live in an overpopulated society, such as certain regions in India and China. In locations like these people are effected by poverty and overpopulation increases this. The more children people have the harder it is to support a family and the average number of children per couple is much higher among poor people than wealthy or even middle class families. These poor families don’t have a way to support themselves because there are too many mouths to feed with such a small amount of food and money. Overpopulation effects the way the scientific and technological landscapes are formed because new science and technologies must be found to help support all the extra people on our planet as, well as finding ways to cheaply reduce birth rates. The reason overpopulation is starting to take effect on our planet is due to an increasing average life expectancy. People are beginning to live for much longer periods of time due to modern medicine and that includes a much decreased infant mortality rate. These two factors combined have lead to rapid increases in the population, causing overpopulation in many cities across the world. Overpopulation is clearly a very important problem that we need to find a way to deal with humanely because there is a limited amount of space and resources on our planet that can’t support the amount of people living here. My research question on overpopulation is “How has overpopulation affected our society and what are scientific and technological innovations that can help solve this problem?”

Essay format:

Paragraph 1:

Introduction to the topic. Vaguely explain overpopulation and how it effects our society. Vaguely explain how we are trying to fix this issue and ways that we attempted, but failed to solve the problem. Kind of use/write something similar to the first paragraph of the project proposal. Introduce my research question as my thesis and potentially build upon it a little bit

Paragraph 2:

Discuss how overpopulation has effected science tech and society in depth using sources. Write about the factors that helped cause overpopulation, bringing us to the point where we need to make a change. Focus on how overpopulation is forcing us to find new ways to solve this problem maybe think ahead to the future as to what would happen if we do nothing.

Paragraph 3:

Discuss what we are currently doing and have done to help fix the problem of overpopulation. Determine whether each policy move or innovation was helpful or harmful in attempting to control the population.

Paragraph 4:

Discuss what we can or will do in the future to fix overpopulation. Look to the future and challenge the reader to also come up with thoughts about how to solve the problem of overpopulation.

Paragraph 5:

Conclusion. restate research question / thesis. Discuss how it is an intricate issue that requires a lot of time and thought to be put into it because it is effecting the way everyone lives there lives and at the rate the population continues to increase living on earth will be impossible for many people because we don’t have enough land or resources.

world health organization

new yorker/ny times

wall street journal

un website


Overpopulation: The Causes, Effects and Potential Solutions

Overpopulation: Causes, Effects and Solutions


Being a part of a group or clique is something most people experience throughout their lives. These groups can be determined by many things, such as sports team, academic interests, social interests, and mutual hobbies. But to what extent do these groups become exclusive and look intimidating from the outside?  Continue reading

Darwinism’s Effect on Society

The development of Darwinism changed the general thinking of the world, while unlocking the truth behind both Earth and life. Beforehand the western world had a general consensus that God was the creator of life and that we were made in his image. The idea that humans are actually descendants of apes was greatly criticized at first, but the discovery of evolution in both humans and other organisms has been proven. Continue reading


In Mary Shelley’s book Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein uses his knowledge of technology and science to attempt the unthinkable by creating life. By attempting to create life he is not only attempting the impossible, but is also creating danger. In successfully creating his monster, Victor Frankenstein realized that not all science and technology is beneficial.  Continue reading

What is the Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution was the period of time where our thinking as humans changed and we began to modernize as a society. But what was the Scientific Revolution and how did this change of thought come to be? Obviously, this time period holds much relevance to our society today, but it surprisingly holds more than most people expect. Our thinking of the universe and how we inhabit earth drastically changed during the 16th to 18th century. The Scientific Revolution is a label for the period of time where scientific discoveries were made and ways of thinking changed so that the effects continue to be relevant in our society today.

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