Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This Popular Science Article explains how Chinese researchers added Titanium dioxide to cotton wich actually breaks down stains and sanitizes bacteria when exposed to sunlight!
This would save lots of quarters from the laundry days across the world.
Monday, December 12, 2011
"Cloud seeding, involving the injection of silver iodide particles into the atmosphere, helped clear some of the pollution from Beijing before the 2008 Olympics. But it does not always go so well. This time, cloud seeding is necessary to make actual rain, authorities said."
“Because clouds are boundless, weather control is boundless."
Anyway, it was a great class and a great semester!
Organisms. Social Systems. Ecosystems Crisis of Perception
Solutions require a radical shift of perceptions, thinking, and values. Now we are at that change. Problems cannot be understood in isolation. Systemic problems interconnected and interdependent. Social institutions teach concepts of outdated worldviews. Political leaders not aware of problems or how “solutions” will affect future generations
“A sustainable society is one that satisfies its needs without diminishing he prospects of future generations.” Lester Brown
Changes and revolutionary breaks = “Paradigm Shift”
Social Paradigm: Community which forms a vision of reality, which is the basis of the way the community organizes itself.
Ex Females subsumed by Male concept
Holistic Worldview: Seeing earth/the universe as an integrated whole (sees bike + parts)
Shallow Ecology: anthropocentric (human-centered) Views people above all nature, source of all value ascribes “use” as only value to nature
Deep Ecology: Does not separate people or anything from natural environment. Recognizes all intrinsic value in the web of life. Has a spiritual awareness too?
Dominator System Examples: Patriarchy, Imperialism, Captalism, Racism…Antiecological. New shift could happen if only leaders could be changed/converted
Ecological view considers Bike + parts, natural and social environments, where materials come from, how it’s manufactured, how it affects the natural environment and community
Need balance of self assertiveness and integratedness. See Thinking and Values table pg 10
Atoms, subatomic particle, discovery in quantum physics led to P.shift
PartsàWhole-Wrong. WholeàParts-Yes. Ability to shift attention between systemic levels (properties of levels emergent). Contextual and Environmental thinking. There are no parts, only patterns of inseparable relationships. Properties of parts only understood in context of a larger whole
Ludwig Von Bertalanffy-1940s-Russia: Took 1st crucial step in recognizing that living organisms are open systems that cannot be described by classical thermodynamics. First formulation of comprehensive theoretical framework describing principles of organization of a living system (tektology)
“Visual Perception is the Door to understanding organic form” pg 21
3 Living Systems: Organisms, Part of Organisms, Community of Organisms. All interrelated and inseparable
Holistic: understands bike as a whole (pedalànot a bike)
Ecology: Bike rideràenergy spent Environment Commute Raw Materials etc
Find/Do something we didn’t know we needed
99% of things are made up. “Feeling” objects is an illusion. Atoms repel each other so you never touch, keeps you and objects from merging or going through each other.
Chaotic Pendulum/Oscillations Theory: repeated and somewhat opposing viewpoints we move between culturally
Matter (substance)/Form (pattern, structure, shape, thing) There is a continual flux of matter through a living organism
Cartesian Mechanism 1500-1600s = Man as a machine
Organic, living, spiritual world replaced by machine
Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Rene Decartes, Bacon, Newton, William Harvey, Antoine Lavoisier (1700s) Father of Modern Chemistry
Right genetic variance at the right environmental circumstance. Production: Making more species. Genetic mutation. Genetic Drift. Environmental factors. Random Mating (Dumb and Desperate)
Sunday, December 11, 2011
the minute ch. 5 put this together for me (in the web of life.... ch 5...) - it's all i can think about. Of course there is order after disorder.. but disorder causes development in a self organized system. it's the little spurs that come off the cyclical systems that create the fractal form.....
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Globalization-overarching term for new social structures, technology, economies, and cultures world-wide
The Case Against the Global Economy
The Rise of the Network Society ….facebook etc
For the first time the world is organized around a common set of economic rules stemming from capitalism
Forum 2000- Leaders discuss problems, politics, globalization, ethics
Common characteristic of globalization-Global information/communications network ….the internet!
New technological advances aid in globalization through communicative means, but also through the ability to transfer money faster and easier.
Core economic activities are now global. Innovation is the main source of competition and productivity. Knowledge generation and information processing is largely structured around networks of financial flows.
Experiencing increasing virtuality of finances and products
Markets are now influenced by computer processed/enacted investment strategies
2 trillion dollars exchange a day in global currency markets
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
killing off pink dolphins for cheep goods... how do you explain this one to a 6 year old. I couldn't..... so i said there were a few left. I was hopeful. BOY do i hope they don't go on line and see this. :(
Saturday, November 26, 2011
THE BLUE WHALE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YtC-VagE4Y
Humpback Whales Singing:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgsmuXfjQHw&feature=related
The Sperm Whale (BBC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I_6IpoRI-M
Beluga Enjoys Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_6-IwMPjM
Beluga Birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXBzGf54-Ik
Orca's able to come up on land (well, Sea world)
Apparently the people who were video taping this have not studied at ALL
Orcas do this all of the time in the wild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJVegKZnXc8&feature=related
The Sounds of an Orca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJukamJxgrk&feature=related
Wild Orca Playing with a Human: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=tSLC4RunApw
Dolphins Playing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVgXJ55G6Y
Dolphin looking at themselves in the Mirror
Large Dolphin Pod Playing with a boat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E23lIwcpQbc&feature=related
from How Stuff works - on Dolphins, Belugas
Or just go to this link: http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/28118-assignment-discovery-whales-and-dolphins-video.htm
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Computer chips behave like synapses.
Monday, November 14, 2011
MARS - it is a world of wonders
We're all connected
Owed to the brain
To download and watch more videos visit http://symphonyofscience.com.
It's amazing to consider that I'm holding in my hands
The place where someone once felt, thought, and loved
For centuries, scientists have been battling to understand
What this unappealing object is all about
Here is this mass of jelly
You can hold in the palm of your hands
And it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space
The brain has evolved from the inside out
Its structure reflects all the stages through which it has passed
[Jill Bolte Taylor]
Information in the form of energy
Streams in simultaneously
Through all of our sensory systems
And then it explodes into this enormous collage
Of what this present moment looks like
What it feels like
And what it sounds like
And then it explodes into this enormous collage
And in this moment we are perfect
We are whole and we are beautiful
It appears rather gruesome
Wrinkled like a walnut, and with the consistency of mushroom
What we know is encoded in cells called neurons
And there are something like a hundred trillion neural connections
This intricate and marvelous network of neurons has been called
An enchanted loom
The neurons store sounds too, and snatches of music
Whole orchestras play inside our heads
20 million volumes worth of information
Is inside the heads of every one of us
The brain is a very big place
In a very small space
No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain
We can change ourselves
Think of the possibilities
Think of your brain as a newspaper
Think of all the information it can store
But it doesn't take up too much room
Because it's folded
We see with the eyes
But we see with the brain as well
And seeing with the brain
Is often called imagination
It is the most mysterious part of the human body
And yet it dominates the way we live our adult lives
It is the brain
and other Great nerding to music:
MC Hawkings "We need more science"
and my favorite part of calculus, which i could never do today without hitting the books hard - derivitives
"I will Derive"
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
AHAHHA FOR U SPONGBOB LOVERS THIS IS GREAT...!!!
THE LAST QUOTE OF PATRICK ... NO WONDER I SUCK AT WRITING AND SPEAKING...TO MUCH
"I WOMBO YOU WOMBO, HE SHE ME WOMBO, WOMBO, WOMBOING, WOMBOLOGY, COME SPONGEBOB WE LEARNED THIS INT EH FIRST GRADE..." OH PATRICK
now she sings with niki minaj WATCH SECOND
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This pair of humanoid robotic legs respond to pushes and shoves to regain balance, just as we do. The animal-like carrying version has creepily deer-like front and hind legs and regains its balance as well as being able to travel throughout a variety of different terrain types.
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a heartless robotic killing machine from the future: