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TheCosmosMadeConscious

Sharing my passion of science. One day I will be a physicist , just let me get the qualifications first…

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January 2016

Is Religion Necessary?

Hello everyone!

Before you attack me,    I just wanted to say that  this is a piece of creative iconoclastic writing I prepared for my English GCSE controlled assessment. I still haven’t received  my grade back.We have a word limit which explains why I haven’t written the usual masses of amounts I do for assignments. Enjoy!

Planet Earth,4.5 billion years old. A planet revolving around a medium sized,yellow dwarf, main sequence star which happens to be situated in an ideal zone  capable of sustaining life at just the right distance for imperative  chemical processes to occur.4.5 billion years of history and if you were to imagine all of the Earth’s time scaled down to only 24 hours humans have only exited for approximately 1 minute , at 04:00 the origin of life appeared,  at 14:08 single celled algae appeared and at 23:00 dinosaurs appeared.Crazy, right? We Homo sapiens really haven’t been here long enough.Today we are 100 years too late  to explore the planet and 100 years too early to explore space by interstellar travel but we were born at just the right time to explore Mathematics and language. Scarily enough,   we know more about outer space than we do about our own oceans here on Earth.

How , you may ask , do we know this? Well it certainly didn’t come from Holy Scripture. In fact many discoverers in science are thanks to the advancement of technology and the will to keep asking questions.

The war on science

For hundreds of years scientists’ ideas have been bashed simply because their ideas went against creationists’ ideas of how the earth was made.The Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin,the idea of an expanding universe by George Lemaitre,  the idea that the Earth isn’t at the centre of the universe by Kepler,  Galileo and Copernicus and the idea that microbial pathogens cause disease by Ignaz Semmelweis were all once that were rejected! Now imagine of they were totally ignored? We certainly wouldn’t have the privileges of medicine(antibiotics), X-rays,  space research aboard the International Space Station and many other things science brings  us.The list goes on.However , what strikes me the most is how oblivious people can be to the importance of science.If teenagers in today’s generation idolised scientists as they do for actors or musicians then we’d probably already be exploring the stars, the nearest being Alpha Centauri which is 4.2 light years away from Earth.

Whilst religion may bring peace,  prosperity,  a sense of love and purpose it can also being disagreements. Metaphorically speaking, if you assume religion is the man and God is the elephant and multiple blind men are surrounding an elephant describing what they sense, they all disagree when explaining how this elephant looks despite it being the same thing yet it is  from different perspectives.This is the analogy of omnism,  the belief in a single transcendent purpose. A commonly discussed topic in my RE GCSE class.

Then we have the philosophical arguments proposed by St. Thomas Aquinas and William Paley.The analogy of a watch is used to explain how the earth must have a designer.A watch is intricate and so is the Earth, the Earth has faults and so does a watch. The only difference is that a watch was designed by a human as opposed to the  Earth (according to this design argument) which was designed by divine intervention, also known as God. It is evident that this argument obviously doesn’t have any statistical data to prove it’s validity and perhaps this is what religious ideologists  were most afraid of. That science would change traditional customs and ways of living.

Nevertheless, many religious figures have contributed immensely to science and this was achieved , not through fancy education or expensive equipment, but through the asking of questions.It is never good to keep silent. Explore the world and keep asking questions.

Morals and standards are constantly changing and according to Google, 20% of the British public believe religion is harmful,  97% of scientists believe humans  have evolved from simpler life forms and 61% of the general  public agree.This is more than half. People’s  views are constantly changing through time and as the Internet takes over , we rely more and more on immediate answers presented to us through our electronic devices.

Regardless, I guess that some could say  ‘science without the religion is lame , religion without science is blind’.
Both Religion and science  offer different views on how to interpret life and the universe itself and some people will benefit more from rational reasoning more than others.The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe (yes that’s right , you read it correctly) and so I believe we need to take advantage of this extraordinary trait and ask questions because  no matter how absurd they sound because in the end Aristotle says ‘no great mind has ever exited without a touch of madness’.

I am certainly not trying to offend anyone , these are just my views  , everyone has different opinions. ☺

*STAY CURIOUS*

-Dalila

My top 7 Science Youtubers!

Hello everyone!

Ahh Youtube.
The wonderful place where students will spend the majority of their time watching videos  when they should be clearly studying….and as a result will start to procrastinate in their bedrooms.
The place where you can go from watching BuzzFeed fashion videos to how to talk to a tree in less than 4 minutes.
OR
if you’re really lucky you will enter the science side of youtube where you will encounter the best Youtubers that  there are.

Here are my 7 favourite science Youtubers:

1. Vsauce (Michael Stevens)

He is honestly one of the best Youtubers there are floating around the depths of the Internet. His videos will literally get you thinking about everything. “Is cereal soup.” “What is the definition  of soup?” “Messages to the future.”   “Why don’t we all have cancer?” “What is the speed of dark?” You get the image. He does videos on many things; Physics,  Psychology,  Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History etc.

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2. AsapSCIENCE

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These guys probably have one of the most entertaining channels. Their animation and ‘Draw My Life’ style  videos explain scientific concepts in a reasonable amount of time  (hence the ‘Asap’ being part of the name *Duuhh  Dalila* ) and are really interesting to watch. Their videos however are more biology-chemistry related and  they also focus on answering  commonly misunderstood myths and science related questions  (e.g. How much water  we should  really drink).

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#MitchellAndGreg

3. Space Time

I literally only discovered this channel during the Christmas holidays and I am so glad I did because their videos explain many  difficult concepts really well such as E=mc^2 and the true nature of matter and mass etc. Their channel is obviously  physics based but I highly recommend it as physics is truly  fascinating!

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4. Veritasium

This channel is also more Physics based however concepts are explained really well.

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5. Minute Physics

Surprise,  surprise!  Another Physics channel (I think you’ve guessed what my favorite science is by now). Similar to AsapSCIENCE,  their videos are animated.

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6. SciShow & SciShow Space

SciShow is the main youtube  channel however they have a separate youtube channel just for space and physics related topics.

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7. It’s Okay To Be Smart

A really odd name for a YouTube channel,  I’m not going to  lie.😂 But the videos are a mix of physics and biological sciences.

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Everyone has different preferences and these are just the top science youtube channels I watch.☺
Feel free to comment which science Youtubers you watch!

Also , Today is a very special persons birthday. Happy Birthday Professor Stephen Hawking. Your work has been a massive part of cosmology as we know it today, so much respect.

*STAY CURIOUS*

-Dalila

The beginning.

Hello fellow science lovers!

My name is Dalila and inevitably , yes I know you’re probably trying to figure out how to pronounce my name correctly at this moment in time so I just wanted to say that it’s an Italian name and I forgive you. It’s pronounced *Dah-Leh-Lah* by the way. Both my parents are Italian but I live in the UK although I can actually speak Italian as it was my first language.I am also learning Spanish at school.

And I’m sorry to say but if you’re not a science a lover then why are you here? Just kidding, everyone’s  welcome , we’re all friends here.☺😚

Ever since I can remember,  I have always questioned how things work , why and how the  universe,  in all its splendid beauty, came about. Moreover , how this resulted in the origin of life appearing on a small planet, 149.6 million km from a medium sized , yellow dwarf , main sequence star  and as a result allowing the  basic chemical compositions ,such as  amino acids and water to form ,  which are essential for life to appear. Inevitably causing our species of Homosapiens to roam about for  a mere 200,000 years  until present day in Earth’s ancient 4.5 billion years of age. Humans haven’t been here very long. If you imagined all of  Earth’s history compressed into 24 hours humans have existed for approximately 1 minute , at 04:00 the origin of life appeared , at 14:08 single celled algae appeared and at 23:00 dinosaurs appeared.
Crazy,  right?

Anyways, I wanted to start this blog as a way to share my love of science with other science lovers.Discussions on anything and everything are welcome here ☺.
I’m not an expert though . I’m just a 15 year old GCSE student currently studying triple sciences at school(and other subjects too of course).However,  I do wish to pursue a career in science when I’m older  as  I’m interested in the Physics , Mathematics and Chemistry fields. My dream would be to become an astronomer. It always has been and although I could change my mind , I highly doubt it. My dad is so happy that his daughter is  doing something he was never able to do in his youth as he never got the chance to do further education.My Mum , however , says she doesn’t mind what I do with my life although she wanted me to become a Doctor and to be honest I think she still does. I used to want to become one but I realised what I truly am passionate about  so I’ll just stick to it.

I’m so glad I’m not the only crazy science lover as my friend Alifia is a massive science lover too even though she’s more into Chemistry  and Biology whilst I’m more passionate for Physics. Hey Alifia I know you’ll read this later ! 😂
It’s so promising  to see teenagers interested in serious issues and topics related to science.

*STAY CURIOUS*😉 🔬🔭📚🌌🌍🌊🌋🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌅🌄🌇🌃🌞🌈💧⚡🌂☔🌞🌝🌙❄*Goes through emojis picking out which ones are related to science because clearly that normal* 😂😚

-Dalila
Pronounced *Dah-Leh-Lah*

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