If there’s ever been a YouTube video to aptly describe me, it’s this one…
I.Love.Science. It LITERALLY makes the world go round. (magnetism, the study of the solar system, etc…that shit is all science.)
I want to download this song and replay it all day long. I know the F word is featured prominently in the lyrics, and I couldn’t possibly be forced to care.
Science literacy is of HUGE importance if we as a society wish to continue to thrive and compete with our past selves in a race to not only save the planet from certain disaster, but to improve our own daily lives.
I have heard a nigh infinite number of arguments as to why teaching biology or archeology or chemistry in a Liberal Arts college, to a humanities major is an epic waste of time and resources. Here is the answer I give: if we choose to only educate based solely on the topic of the student’s chosen field, we are minimizing their ability to reason and argue with any sort of accuracy. If a scientist only knows science and no literature, than they are without the the knowledge of the impact of their work in the daily lives of non-scientists and become largely out-of-touch. If historians learn only history, then they’re left as prey and unable to make wise choices when it comes to historiography and the need to amend which was written. If an English major isn’t taught how to reckon the differences between petroleum geologists that are skewing their data and graphs, and those who aren’t, then when they go to vote, buy a car, teach their children, they aren’t allowed all the facts.
Moreover, I realize that college isn’t for everyone. Not everyone is in a position where they require it, and some simply choose not to go. Thankfully, that’s not the only way to be educated. (Though I am all for a heavily-subsidized college education, thus making it more available to the masses.)
There are several documentaries and books and magazines and tv shows that provide an excellent basis of knowledge for anyone willing to watch/read.
This is from The Inexplicable Universe series by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Available on Netflix.
Can you imagine a better narrator for an Allosaurus than Hamlet himself, Kenneth Branaugh? No, I don’t think you can. Also available on Netflix. I will grant you that a documentary on dinosaurs is based on theory and hypothesis rather than hard fact, but the dating and comparisons made to current creatures make it a worthwhile endeavor.
A series I ADORE is “How Stuff Works.” I honestly never thought I’d give a damn about how a vending machine works, or how corn plastic is made, but it’s freaking entertaining and educational. Guess where you can get it? Yup, Netflix.
I also think it’s important to be educated at the very youngest age about two things: One: nutrition is important and can change your life, and Two: sometimes your mom can lie to you with cookies. Sometime cookies can be big, fat, liars. Never trust the man.
Put these delicious and NUTRITIOUS cookies in your face-hole (the biggest one).
Beet and Carrot Breakfast Cookies
beet and carrot breakfast cookies (Gluten Free)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Keywords: bake bread breakfast dessert side snack dairy-free gluten-free soy-free
Ingredients (2 dozen cookies)
- one large carrot or heaping cup of carrot chips
- one medium beet, about 2″-2″
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup salted almonds
- 1 1/2 cup oats
Preheat oven to 350 and line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpats
in a food processor, grind nuts to a fine grind
grind oats into a flour
grate beets and carrot into a medium grate
stir all dry ingredients together
mix together all wet ingredients
mix together and heap one inch apart in one tbsp scoops, flattened a bit on top.
bake for 13 minutes or until set and beginning to brown.