what's a science

Reading online comments and critiques of Bill Nye’s new show, and it’s…excruciating. Turns out, no surprise, Reddit and 4chan hate it, because it’s ‘neomarxist liberal propaganda’ which basically means…it’s science.

What’s particularly difficult to bear is the number of people saying that they agree with Bill’s message, but hate that he didn’t give the ‘other side’ a chance to explain why they feel that way. They basically suggest that Nye failed to use this an opportunity to help people see a different approach and maybe change some minds.

Except that the it doesn’t work that way, you can’t offer up a mountain of evidence to a climate change denier, or an anti-vaxxer…I mean you can, but they can come back with a reddit comment about how when such-and-such research scientist was doing lab work for Stalin, they were studying the blade and are thus absolutely correct. Let alone that the outcome of these kinds of debates is expected to be that ‘facts’ trump all of these disagreements, that clearly the anti-vaxxer and climate denier only needed to be told about a research paper and they’d come around. Even if they don’t the expectation is for what? Nye and everyone to say ‘Dang, well, that is a great opinion and you deserve respect for having it…even if it doesn’t work with mine and which may actually kill people if allowed to prosper.’

God damned idjits.

anonymous asked:

how do different mental illnesses affect the brain?

If you wanted specifics on mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia to that liking, I can do another post later but an over view is this: In your brain you have neurotransmitters that send chemical messages back and forth between neurons. Usually, a chemical imbalance or disruption of your chemical messages causes mental illness. Your brain also has electrical communication and the disruption of your electrical signals can cause tremors, most notably in Parkinson’s disease.

We can go through your brains common chemicals anybody who takes medicine is familiar with. Serotonin is very recognizable - this chemical is in charge of your mood, appetite and sleep. If your serotonin does not stay in the synapse, the receiving neuron has nothing to grab hold to and this causes a serotonin imbalance.

We can also move from the small chemical changes - which create big, big problems for people like us - to your brain regions. For example, the Amygdala which activates our fear? Our fight or flight responses all take place here and it’s what registers painful memories and if you’ve gone over the brain in school you’ll hear the example, “Malcolm touches a hot stove, his brain remembers its hot - he learns to fear the hot stove.” That’s your Amygdala. THAT region of your brain is making the connect to fear an event or action - which we can conclude is also a region probably responsible for anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. This is the region, y'know, people look at when developing new treatments for those disorders.

Of course, mutations within genes and hereditary causes can effect your chances of receiving a mental illness such as depression. There are disorder that you just can’t link to your familial background like PTSD, which is a disorder that is developed. Schizophrenia is a disease you may or may not inherit just like bipolar disorder.

But wow what a mouthful!

edit : hey I mixed up asks love you I’ll fix it

Okay so I was talking with @picnokinesis about the magic copier and how Ford and Fiddleford were both too big to copy themselves but then I thought about them copying a caricature of one of them and wondering if that’ll work? 

THEN I remembered that episode of Spongebob called Franklendoodle where there was a giant pencil and a doodle Spongebob and this bunch of stupid doodles were born xD Enjoy 

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.