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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing
I highly agree with #6, because I see even proper scientists getting really confused about what they consider to be a 'gene', and fuss over the definition of 'junk DNA', when there are better words to explain the various elements found in DNA. You have protein coding DNA, you have RNA coding DNA, and you have a variety of promoters, inhibitors, and enhancers that control the production of all of those, plus other binding spots for proteins of various sorts. Too often people seem to equate "not coding for a protein" as "junk DNA". Which is not just wrong, its didn't pay attention in Bio 101 wrong. Its also how you can have mutations that cause genetic diseases that don't affect the protein sequence at all. You just turn the expression of the gene or what not up or down too much and it produces the same effect. Also, people who confuse bacteria and viruses can just die in a fire. Flagged

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"Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans  I teach Native American Studies and virtually none of my university students has had any education whatsoever in the history of this country's treatment of the 10 million or so people who lived here before Europeans arrived. They generally believe that the continent was more or less wide-open and that the few people who were here aided the Pilgrims with a harvest fest and then after a few skirmishes with settlers complied with their destiny as the vanishing Indian. The Texas State Board of Education wants to reinforce this knowledge gap, forcing Texas high schoolers to learn a sanitized version of U.S. history in the name of being "pro-American." The Texas board recently voted to allow state-defined curriculum for the Advanced Placement History Exam to trump that of the federally-defined curriculum on which the exam will be based in order to sidestep aspects of U.S. history they find distasteful. The board is expected to take a final vote on textbook approval on Friday.

Why Narcissism Is a Profoundly Misunderstood Psychological Disorder Interesting read, though if you're really looking for an understanding of narcissistic personalities I would highly recommend you spend some time reading through Heinz Kohut's in-depth work on narcissism. I would also argue against your statement that, "On their own, psychoanalytic explanations are inadequate and unconvincing." While I wholeheartedly agree with you that current discoveries in neuroscience and neuropsychology can support psychoanalytic conceptualizations, the ideas themselves have been widely validated and accepted within the psychoanalytic community.

This Columbus Day, Seeking the Real History of Native Americans  A Q&A with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. By Mark Trecka CHICAGO -- When Howard Zinn published A People's History of the United States in 1980, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz told Zinn that he had largely failed to include the narratives of Native Americans. Zinn replied that it was up to Dunbar-Ortiz to write that book. After three decades of work, she published An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States with Beacon Press last year, challenging the version of U.S. history most Americans learn in school, a version of history that proceeds from the concepts of Manifest Destiny and the Doctrine of Discovery. Dunbar-Ortiz indicts the U.S. as a country founded on settler colonialism and genocide of Indigenous people, posing the question, "How might acknowledging the reality of U.S. history work to transform society?"

Secrets of the Manhattan Project Leaked 1500 Times During World War II An employee at Oak Ridge wrote a letter to her uncle, telling him the war would be over quickly, when "the product" being produced was finally used. Unfortunately, she dropped the letter on a bus prior to mailing it. She admitted to intelligence agents that, in her position as a confidential secretary, she had "acquired considerable information about the work of the project, but had been very foolish to reveal any of the information to her uncle." She was fired. I was going to make a facetious remark about how they took her out back for the firing (squad), but then I wondered.

Celebrating the Genocide of Native Americans The sad reality about the United States of America is that in a matter of a few hundreds years it managed to rewrite its own history into a mythological fantasy. The concepts of liberty, freedom and free enterprise in the “land of the free, home of the brave” are a mere spin. The US was founded and became prosperous based on two original sins: firstly, on the mass murder of Native Americans and theft of their land by European colonialists; secondly, on slavery. This grim reality is far removed from the fairytale version of a nation that views itself in its collective consciousness as a virtuous universal agent for good and progress. The most recent version of this mythology was expressed by Ronald Reagan when he said that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Columbus and his successors proto-capitalist propensity for greed was foreign to Native Americans.

It Does Something A Lot Weirder And now you all understand why Stephen Hawking is widely acknowledged as a genius. Until his proposal of black hole evaporation by virtual particles, no one had then made such a strong link between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Much however still remains to be done. I'm interested in why the hole preferentially chooses to absorb antiparticles. These Are Words Scholars Should No Longer Use to Describe Slavery and the Civil War Michael Todd Landis, an Assistant Professor of History at Tarleton State University specializing in the intersection of slavery and politics in the 19th century United States, is the author of Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis (Cornell, 2014). Plantation or slave labor camp? Let’s face it: a new generation of scholarship has changed the way we understand American history, particularly slavery, capitalism, and the Civil War. Our language should change as well. The old labels and terms handed down to us from the conservative scholars of the early to mid-twentieth century no longer reflect the best evidence and arguments.

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible Wooo! The other day out walking through the woods behind my house I came upon a paper wasp nest the size of a basketball in a bush. It was crawling with those nasty black wasps that hate people more than a fat kid hates broccoli. Needless to say, I backed away slowly and gave it a wide interdiction zone. Was Moses a Founding Father? Last Tuesday, the Texas State Board of Education held a public hearing to choose which new social studies textbooks will be recommend to school districts in the state. The board was expected to vote to approve the majority of proposed textbooks and smooth the way for what should have been a final procedural vote on Friday. Instead, complaints by right-wing groups torpedoed the adoption process. The board didn’t approve a single textbook and left the door open to 11th-hour political meddling. Because the 15-member board voted not to adopt any books, publishers were forced to ignore historical fact and make last minute changes to their books to cater to the conservative activists.

Can You Refrain From Picturing A Pink Elephant? Terry Pratchett made this joke several times. There's that part in Sourcery when most of the main cast asked a genie to transport them and they ended up travelling in the same lamp one of them were holding in his hand at the same time they were travelling in it. The genie told them not to think about it because doing that will make the universe wise up to the fact that they are violating one of its laws. Of course it's hard not to think about it, as one of them say it's like not thinking of a pink rhino (one of them, having never seen a rhino, had it easier).

South Korea to control history textbooks used in schools Image copyright EPA South Korea's government has announced controversial plans to control the history textbooks used in secondary schools. Currently, secondary schools can choose from textbooks published by eight different publishing companies. 20 Medications That Cause Memory Loss Deane Alban, Waking Times | Prescription drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and cause another 1.5 million people to experience side effects so severe they must be hospitalized. Adverse drug reactions are now the fourth leading cause of death in the US. (1) Every medication carries some risks and memory loss is a very common side effect. The Top 3 Types of Drugs That Cause Memory Loss If you are taking any prescription medication, the odds are that it falls into one of these three categories of drugs known to cause memory loss and other cognitive problems:

Humanism, Doubt, and Optimism Permit us to question—to doubt, that’s all—and not to be sure…. It is our responsibility…to proclaim the value of this freedom, to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed, and to demand this freedom as our duty to all coming generations. —Richard Feynman, 1988 BEFORE I BEGIN I would like to thank the American Humanist Association for this remarkable award. The list of past awardees includes many intellectual heroes of mine, and to join that list is truly one of the greatest honors of my life.