“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself” – Friedrich Neitzche
[important]Piano Black is my co-blogger and general minion (yes. I have a FTB Minion). She’s new to blogging and to the atheism, skepticism and freethought malarky that we engage in. She’s currently a high school student and soon to be college student from Texas. She may or may not like ponies.[/important]
It’s a subject that I feel is not talked about enough. As time goes on, women are becoming a force to reckon with in the science world. But where did it all start? And with who? Sadly, I cannot name the great number of women who contributed to science and give the individual homage they deserve. However, I believe this pays homage to the past women, present women, and future women who choose a life of science or anything productive in society. [Read more...]
[important]Piano Black is A Million God’s guest blogger/intern/awesome person and is an 18 year old High School Student stretching her wings in skepticism and atheism while trying to teach people the value of science[/important]
I decided to write about about three very nice people who came into my life, fortunately enough they are here to stay. As a teenager who is trying to figure out who I am and what I am doing on this planet. The people I chose whose life story really jumped out to me was Carl Sagan, Iggy Pop and Marie Curie.
“Sex: n: either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated with reference to the reproduce functions.”
That’s the definition of sex, the cookie cutter dictionary definition. Yes it has to deal with the sperm fertilizing the egg and then the creation of life, yet I feel like it should mean more than that. Sex is the ultimate form of bonding, physically as well as intellectually. However, sex, in my perception, is more of an expression. Often times, because very little in this life is absolute, sex alone cannot manifest into love. Sex can only come from love one person has for another.
That being established, sex is also a part of human nature, and all nature in general. Sex is a beautiful, wonderful thing, but we must know how to appreciate it. I do not believe it should be crushed, or even glamorized. Sex is being. Yes, it’s scientifically, it was used to reproduce, but I believe it is much more than that. It is the bonding of two people, regardless of gender or race, so that they can become one. It is more about giving than receiving, fearlessly. Sex is something that should be taken very seriously. Although it is the pleasure and instant gratification that we get physically,the emotional connection between two people is what’s makes it worthwhile. An idealistic philosophy for an idealistic world. My experience is lacking in this concept, and it is always subjected to change, which is also fine too. I am completely aware that human flesh gets the better of us, and that person we had sex with maybe wasn’t the one for us after all. It is all a part of living and learning. So as I stated before that sex is not something that should be glamorized or more importantly crushed,
I believe it should be talked about with ease and comfort. I also believe that we should discuss sex, scientifically as well as morally to our youngsters. It is very easy to think “oh well, if I tell my child about sex, they’ll want to have it” or even worse “oh, well the school system will explain sex for me”. Parents, adults, anyone who has been on this planet to learn a thing or two, do not rely on these attitudes to go about the topic of sex and the great responsibility of it. The “talk” is important because they should be aware of what everything is, how it works, and what happens if it’s not taken care of. It’s imperative to also teach them the morale behind this wonderful gift we can give to another human, and to let them know the gravity of their consequences good and bad. If our adolescents do know learn from a trusted parent or adult, they are most likely going to find out through other means that are usually not so accurate. Sex is a part of human curiosity, along other various topics of science, it demands to be explored as well as discussed.
Being a teenager, I wonder about my parents a lot. I wonder why they just don’t understand the situation I am in. Sometimes I even wonder if my parents were even kids. I’m sure they were, they just don’t care to tell me their little stories. Often times, I think parents try to create this “ideal” child in their head, and when the child is not even close to the image they tried to project on what would be a blank canvas, they are disappointed. But why is it difficult to see their child as their own person? I think this is the trouble I face a lot with my own parents. [Read more...]
My Mentoree (Piano Black) who blogs here has settled down in writing here. As you may have noticed she is awfully chatty and loves communicating with people who read her work.
She loves hearing feedback from you guys both on here and at the blog email on the left. And she wants to hear more about the ideas people have that can help her bring science to the masses. She would also like you to have her work passed on to anyone who you know who may also have a good idea (or 20) about how to improve science education to both kids and adults. Your feedback is vital to what her project entails and she loves to hear from you.
It is clear that I am still all new to blogging as well as networking but I will figure it out eventually! How to embrace science education? It’s a big job and I simply cannot do this alone. In helping the world progress in the quality of life of each and every human, we must begin with ourselves. It is not a matter of preaching or being dogmatic, it is more about helping our fellow man. I know that renovating our ways in how we convey science and fact by using art, less intimidation and simplification are ways I really think we could progress to something great here.
We must start with our youngsters, to show them the wonders and beauty of science, but I believe it is never too late to start learning. Again, thank you very much for reading my work and also a separate thank you for supporting me. Thank you very much, and happy reading!
Science is everything, art can help us understand that. Avicenna mentioned to me the other week about finding ways to teach science through art, and I thought it was a great idea. Because it caters to a wider number of people, particularly kids. Kids are important because they are our future; our engineers, teachers, musicians, politicians and voters. [Read more...]
A year ago today, I met a guy that I would soon call my best friend. Although we speak anymore (for reasons unknown), I keep him in my thoughts everyday.
Our friendship was, different. I don’t feel a need to talk about his facial features or his stature because I was smitten with his persona alone, everything else was a plus. For one, we never officially kissed, let alone dated, in fact the most physical we had ever gotten was measuring each others hand and hugging. It was something cute, something refreshing. We would spend our school nights talking to each other into the wee hours of the morning, because we usually didn’t see each other at school.
In those conversations, we would naturally let each other into our worlds of privacy, telling each other our hopes, dreams, pet peeves and the most minute details about ourselves in hopes the other person would still want to talk to us afterwards. I’d always find myself hoping to run into him anywhere, since when I did, it felt like the whole world stopped for he was the center of my universe. I didn’t want to cage or to own him, I just wanted to embrace him.
Prior to our meet, I had always equated love with tolerance. For the first time in my young life, I felt jealousy, what being selfless meant, and I knew what it meant to love someone. I felt like Columbus, discovering a whole new world. Along with those feelings, I had also felt scared, and confused, but I knew he was always right there besides me. He was always willing to give me his time and his patience, whether I was angry at the world or living a wonderful life, it was him who was always there for me. No matter how muddy the waters got, he was always there for clarity.He gave me honesty, a new perspective, and a feeling of understanding. I always wonder if I did the same for him. Laying my heart on the line, to love someone is not to expect love in return, it’s the ultimate form of selflessness.
While we are parting ways officially in May, I’m not upset. I know I will see him again, because when you want to see someone again, you always will. I want to thank him for the love, and to show the gratitude and respect I have for him.Thank you my beautiful friend for teaching me what it means to be in love, seeing eternity in his eyes, you were a master. It’s may not be our time now, but maybe there is a plan for us. I love you.
- Piano Black