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Science: Open to the General Public?

When speaking in terms of how to “best” govern society, I think we should think holistically about what is in the best interest of democracy as a whole. This translates to a combination scientists, policy-makers, and country citizens alike  to integrate the facilitation of a democratic country that avoids authoritarian tendencies. As of now, science and technology is mandated by the government, but I believe that all policy-makers should be exhaustively informed of the science they have control of, and be made aware of the possible implications of utilizing such technologies. Otherwise, ignorance exists and with inexperience, comes error and problems.

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Women in STEM

I firmly believe that the gender gap between males and females in STEM-related disciplines is mainly caused by societal upbringing, not by biological differences. At the same time however, I think that our world today is coming around to make math, engineering, and science more accesible and welcoming to females through programs and initiatives, much more than even just ten years ago.

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Research Proposal

For my research project, I would like to investigate virtual assistance as an interdisciplinary field of study . More specifically, I would like to examine how such technologies in every day gadgets affect society today, and what course they will lead in the future. I would like to answer the questions, “how did virtual assistance technologies emerge?” and “how do they affect our lives today?” and “how will the presence of virtual assistance technologies shape the future for society?”

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The Two Colby’s

Novelist and Chemist C.P Snow, in his 1959 lecture The Two Cultures, laments the divide between scientists and literary intellectuals. He notes that this breach acts as an obstacle in the way of solving global issues, in part due to the fact that scientists and literary intellectuals alike feel a level of contention towards the other:

 

“Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?”

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Darwin today was not the Darwin yesterday

There is no doubt that the idea of Darwinian Evolution revolutionized modern scientific thinking, with his extensive experience studying wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, and his subsequent conclusions on natural selection and descent with modification. When we think of evolution, we think of the scientist who brought this concept to light in the 19th century, Charles Darwin.

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Shelley’s warnings in Frankenstein

Novelist Mary Shelley wrote her Frankenstein, which soon came to be one of the most well known 19th century Gothic stories of all time. She conveys various messages through her writing, including ones that can be relevant to contemporary society. One would think that the reader would have to look through a new historicist lens, that is, attempt to understand the book intellectually through its cultural context, as well as a timely one. We can try to interpret this novel through the perspective of life in the early 19th century, however perhaps she had a premonition for the future in regards to the development of science, technology, and human conditions. I believe that we should treat Shelley’s novel as a cautionary tale. It should prompt us to ask ourselves if our science and technology today is or is on track to cross lines to the point of human anguish and demise.

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Science Proves That Science is True

The Scientific Revolution refers to the time period of changes and developments in thought, technology, and areas of science such as physics, biology, mathematics, and chemistry that transformed the views on society and nature. The 16th and 17th centuries were right at the time of the Renaissance, where the concept of humanism became a part of the intellectual basis, and can oftentimes be defined as an age of development. These times sparked curiosity and hence discovery bridging modern day knowledge.

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