Chessboxing For Science

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A New School Of Thought

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Citizen Scientist 2.0

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The Open Science Summit Is Almost Here! (And I Need Your Help!)

“The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning...

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If we could identify a gene for creativity, let's call it the "creativity gene", you would be hard pressed to find very many people who would consider it a "negative gene" or a hazard to possess or carry.  But what if, purely hypothetically, we could identify a gene for Schizophrenia?  Or Bipolar Disorder?  Or Depressive Disorder?  Or ADHD?  Would you select for those traits if you could genetically engineer your offspring at will?  If you wanted to give birth to a creative child, the answer should be yes.
When you think of the ideal creative environment, what comes to mind?  We may imagine a place where you have freedom of expression, a place that encourages breaking convention, somewhere that is abundant in resources that are readily accessible for innovative development of technology, and exposure to many different cultures for inspiration and collaboration.
As Americans, September 11th will always hold a special meaning for us- a day of reflection, grieving, and for some, healing. For other people, though, the day September 11th has additional importance as well, ones which are often brushed aside because of the national recognition of this day. This post is in honor of one of those people.

David Burns was 31 years old when he was taken from this earth suddenly and without warning, from a cerebral aneurysm. He went to work that morning, and died that afternoon. His birthday was September 11th.

David Burns
This week I have heard a lot of scuttle about what the difference is between "hard" and "soft" science, or if the distinction should exist at all. For me, science has been defined by whether or not you use the scientific method- regardless of the discipline- biology, anthropology, psychology, yes, even social science. I mention social science, because social scientists always seem to get shit on by the sciency elite, and I'm hitting my limit of what I can stand to hear without stepping up and saying something.
When we last spoke about sex, we discussed the neurotransmitters involved in pleasure and attraction, namely dopamine and oxytocin. Now let's look a little deeper into the action of those neurotransmitters and how we can manipulate their action- to extend the neurological orgasm for as long as possible.
I found this song in a playlist that an ex had given me; for some reason, I don't ever remember hearing it. Maybe if I had, we'd still be together- who knows? In any case, here it is, Josh Ritter, singing "Stuck to You". He's dreamy, in a real sciency way. *swoon!*

Here are the lyrics: (video follows the lyrics- one live version, the other is the recorded version)

Well there's one thing Mama, I think you should know
That it's not Love, that makes the flowers grow
But a complex electron transfer process known as photosynthesis when chlorophyll reacts with the light of day
Since you're gone, the light has gone away

Oh there's one more thing Mama, I think that you'll find