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FOLLOW ALL THE SCIENCE BLOGS! Masterpost: Part 2

[Updated 07/03/2014]

Hello everyone. This has been a little project of mine over the past few days 

I hope you all enjoy this listing, and share it around. Share all the science. :3

Disclaimer:

I will be editing this from time to time and I’ll keep a link to it on my blog so you can find it easily.

This is not meant to be a list of all science blogs on tumblr. Only all the ones I know about (which is still a lot but definitely not all). The blogs listed are all active as well (within the past few weeks).

If you are not on the list and want me to check out your blog, send me a message. I may or may not follow you

I categorized each blog by scientific field: 

Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Engineering/Technology, Environmental Science, General Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Medical, Paleontology, Physics, Psychology and Zoology

The first post got too big, and I’ve had to split it into two posts.

Post #1 Contains the fields of Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Engineering/Technology and Environmental Science.

This post contains General Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Medical, Paleontology, Physics, Psychology and Zoology.

If you’re not happy with the section I put you in, send me a message and I’ll make an edit. I had to make quick decisions on hundreds of blogs, I’m only human.

Its a LONG post, so it might be easier to just search for the field you’re interested in.

With that said, enjoy!

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This is an incredibly strange question. Hmm. The notion that the human body is a depiction of the universe is right—on a grander scale, humans are essentially a collection of atoms that are part of the universe and have manifested into beings with consciousness (this is a whole other study in itself—neuroscience, cognition, etc, etc). 

The thing about “cures” for the human body is different though. We get sick because our biological order has to fight the entropy of the universe. No matter what sentient life forms exist, the battle is always with the idea that energy becomes more disorganized. In our world, on the Earth that we live in, the human-centric, carbon-based, four-limbed chimpanzees that we are, death is inscribed as soon as we are born. Here are some pre-determined factors from the top of my head: free radicals, reactive chemistry, cancer, telomeres, and infections—these are the reasons why we age and get sick. It’s a physical problem.

But I don’t think we can look to the universe as a way of discovering cures. The universe has no business aligning itself with the human culture. We think that because we are a part of it that it has a responsibility or an answer to our growing problems. But we aren’t perfect creatures, nor do we have the privilege to be. We are just the lucky result of atomic configurations. There’s always give and takes, much like for a reaction, there’s always an opposite and equal reaction—if we want to live in a disordered universe, we must succumb to its reality.

The point is, we must look at ourselves to discover the cure for ourselves. The universe is there for us to ponder upon, to ask about our beginnings, and to find the transcendental truths or physical laws that may explain our thirst for knowledge. Sicknesses and disease is a separate thing. It’s a byproduct of reactions. And in order to combat it, we have to look at the reactions itself. 

An interesting question. I had no idea who Ray Kurzweil or Aubrey De Grey are, so I looked them up.

Here are some background info, for those who doesn’t know: Kurzweil believes that we are going to become more and more non-biological to the point where the human consciousness will be uploaded onto the internet, eliminating the need of a physical body, and therefore disease, death of old age, etc. Aubrey De Grey, on the other hand, is a bio-gerontologist–he believes that if one day we are able to identify the components that cause human tissue to age, and if we can target those specific mechanisms, then we can combat aging. Senescence will no longer be a problem. 

My opinion will lean more slightly towards the De Grey’s ideology. If it’s within this century, then I think that we are well on our way to discover the “cure” to aging. The remedy to this “engineering problem” can and may possibly be a simple (eureka) scientific discovery. For Kurzweil, I believe that technology will evolve to an astounding capacity and machines will be able to do incredibly amazing things (as they already are)– but they will never be able to replace natural biology. It’s more likely that we will co-exist with androids that we created and it’s less likely that society will be built upon a virtual reality that can accurately mimic the social conditions of real human beings. 

It’s interesting because for both of the assumptions, I still think that such technological advancement will only be available to the rich and privileged of the world. If you look at how far civilization has come today, and how much we have overlooked in the third world countries, you will realize that humanity as a whole will never exist on “the same level”. Unless the people with the most are willing to provide for people with the least, then no matter how much we’ve uploaded onto the world wide web, or how long we’ve increased our lifespan, humanity will always be as backwards as it was yesterday. In this century, or the next. 

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Aaaand, The Micro and Macro of the Universe (@heythereuniverse) returns!

But not without a brief shout-out to Interstellar, which has become an iconic science fiction movie, perhaps the best of all time, in my heart and, I’m sure, many others out there. Here, presents to us, a story of wondrous exploration, in space and in time, humanity tapped into realms of the scientific unknowns. I saw it three times already and wouldn’t hesitate to see it again!

How many of you saw it and what did you think? Anyone here confused about anything? Comments?