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I really do believe that at least part of the problem of people distrusting science has to do with how we as scientists portray ourselves.

We have actively created a system where we derive authority from being seen as better/smarter/more competent than everyone else and then when people ask why they should trust us we respond with a very condescending version of ‘because SCIENCE IS FACT’ or something along those lines.

Like, consider how that would feel from the outside? Here are a small group of people who you have never met/interacted with who sequester themselves in impenetrable ~elite institutions that you can’t access and don’t feel party to who then tell you that what they say is fact because they’re smarter and better educated than you. And if you ever try to question them (no matter how reasonable your objections may be/seem to you) they condescendingly pat you on the head and say something like ‘don’t worry we know better. you can’t possibly understand what we do.’

Why the hell would you trust them? 

No one likes being told that they’re not smart enough to understand something, and no one likes feeling excluded from something they’ve essentially been asked to accept sight unseen. 

I don’t really have a solution to this, except some vague notion about working harder to portray scientists as people working a job, rather than geniuses who are above it all. 

And like trying harder to understand where people are coming from when they question science. And remembering that being better educated than most doesn’t make us smarter than most. It just makes us better trained in certain types of thinking.

I just think we need to keep in mind what we are asking of people. Which is to put a whole hell of a lot of faith in us.

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Martha Wayne and the robins though

i have Strongly Considered doing a version of the time travel fic where Martha and Thomas come to the future instead of the reverse, and while Martha is fun Thomas is A GODDAMN NIGHTMARE by which i mean completely fucking hilarious to anyone who is not his mortified son

“No, no, this can’t be your girlfriend, I thought that was your girlfriend. What did I teach you about picking on people your own size? Look, I’m sure she’s very nice but I want grandkids and if you get her pregnant she’ll be more baby than woman. She’ll die. I’m a doctor. Neither of them are your girlfriend? So is this your boyfriend? I’m not mad, I know I just said I want grandkids but this is the future, right? You can have some test tube babies. Science is amazing. Or you can adopt, I don’t mind adoption. You already adopted? What do you mean, ‘technically’, do I have grandkids or not, help me out here, I went through all the trouble of traveling to the cyberpunk future and so far I’m underwhelmed. Hand me a small child so I can feed him candy and teach him old-timey cusses.”

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That man is gay AND european!

Looking for Star Trek blogs

hey so uhhhhhhhhhh

‘f you’re a Trekkie blogger that posts a lots of good Treks (which is to say any and all of them) and has a positive outlook about the shows, especially the new Very Disco, could you possibly hit like or reblog?

My very first fandom love has returned from exile and I need approximately 1701% more Star Trek on my dash because there is still insufficient Star Trek on my dash

I have a real problem with the phrase “Mad Scientist”, it’s just too broad a term. I mean sure, mad science has advanced since its conception in the 1600s, and maybe back then you could have been a mad scientist, although even then the term would have been mad natural philosopher, but these days the mad sciences are pretty specialized, are you a mad physicist? a mad chemist? a mad botonist? a mad taxonomist? a mad entomologist? Every field of mad science has made important contributions to our mad understanding of the universe, but they’re entirely different fields of study and lumping their practitioners into one big mad group just feels reductive and unhelpful because there are mad teenagers out there trying to figure out what to do with their lives and they could be the next generation of mad undergrad and mad grad students, but if we scare them off by presenting mad science as this unapproachable mad monolith then future mad research will be poorer for it :\

Hey so friendly reminder, now that it’s actually getting colder outside, it’s a good idea to check your tire pressure fairly frequently and make sure you’re around 30-33 PSI (or check your manual or car door/trunk for a sticker with your exact PSI recommendation). Some cars have sensors, some don’t, so it’s better to be on the safe side and check it yourself

hey guys do you like time travel, Cold War America and lady scientists because if so, @arsparadoxica has the good good content for you

Me when I realized that the Party is entering high school the same year The Breakfast Club came out and that there’s a character for every high school stereotype portrayed within the cast to have an episode full of John Hughes parallels:

Originally posted by 1980s-90sgifs

the thing about being a young woman is that they will take everything from you. and i mean everything. and they will make it about them. your makeup, your clothes, how much you eat. your attitude, your hairstyle, your gym routine. they will take your driving and your train stations and your video games. your sexuality as sexy, your gender identity as a fetish, your cooking. your tv shows and your high heels and every harmless thing. 

if they cannot eat it, if it does not satisfy them, it will be an immediate shame. they cannot control how much you put food into your body, so it is seen as disgusting. your love of starbucks is your vapid need, your comfortable boots are symbols of your inherent stupidity. your fake nails, your body’s natural cycles, the hair on you. bath bombs, pink, the low singing of women talking about depression. your crazy, your hyper, your laughter, your loud, your excited, your passions. the things which are yours, that do not belong to them, that cannot be taken and devoured like flower petals, cannot be sucked dry until the wilt forms in you. 

do not satisfy them. let them starve. let them shy from the sin of you, the unfettered sinfulness of loving taking up space.

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Can you recommend any books that discusses the idea of "alpha dogs" and how it is incorrect?

I can’t off the top of my head. But here is a brief rundown on the science behind the idea of alpha wolves (and dogs). It’s gonna be long so buckle up!

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@argumate got me watching these videos and this one made me unexpectedly emotional? I don’t even know. Maybe it’s just empathy with all the talk about funding applications

you all know the american high school au isayama’s got going, right?

the one at the end of every volume or whatever, with goth mikasa and jock reiner and whatnot?

so, hange’s a chemistry teacher in that au, therefore let me give you a list of things i swear they would totally do in that au for no particular reason whatsoever

  • doodle over students’ doodles when correcting homework/tests/etc
  • tell extremely bad but also extremely relevant puns
    • ex: “so we’re learning about moles today and i think you guys are really gonna dig it”
  • blow up a piece of glassware in a fume hood because they thought it would be fun to put pure lithium in water
  • set off the fire alarm at least once a year to the point where it becomes a running gag with the staff
  • go on strange tangents after lectures with armin or some other student while passing out homework
    • actually on that note they’d probably also use pop culture analogies that seem arbitrary at first but after a bit of explanation, make perfect sense
  • add a gag answer or two on their students’ finals
  • show the kids their favorite-and-still-somehow-very-relevant childhood movie on the last day of the semester
  • resell food that they have hidden in locked drawers during lunch because let’s be real here american schools suck with their budgets
  • have the entire periodic table memorized just to show off
    • (it’s not that hard to do)
    • they’d probably also have a challenge where they challenge their students to memorize and recite it too and whoever can do it wins mcdonald’s or something
  • explain the nuances of sex ed on a post-lecture tangent because they find out the biology classes are just that bad
  • be that one really cool and fun teacher that like half the students still don’t like because they’re apparently “obnoxious” or something

BDAY PIC FOR THE BELOVED WEN ~*~*~ who is so sweet and wonderful and talented!!!!(&you should commission them) i hope you had a wonderful birthday thank you for being so nice and fun to talk to, who welcomed me into fandom life with open arms <3 have some colored science bfs!

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OMFG THE KOBATOHRU CHILDREN AAAAAAA PLS WE ALL NEED MORE OF THEM IN OUR LIVES

Here’s a young Miho walking together with her working-mom, while working-mom is pointing at some clothes that are on sale.

I also have some sketches of older Miho under the read more

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