Rise To The Occasion: Essays On Philosophy And Science

9781441449375: Rise To The Occasion: Essays On Philosophy And Science

Science was invented by humans, evolved from the senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and hear. The sense of sight the first developed in vertebrates 300 million years ago. Touch no doubt followed but so did the others. Animals learned how to use the senses to survive - or they did not. Evolution was a slow process, at least relatively, until some twist in the chromosomes of the great hairy apes brought forth a naked ape with upright posture that threw the hips forward and the shoulders back, and freed the hands. The brain got larger but alas, there was only so much space in the skull so brain cells folded upon themselves resulting in a mess that looks like a wad of used clothes according to a marvelous nature writer. Driven by curiosity and desire to educate, people developed symbols, language, community, and thousands of inventions that make life comfortable and exciting for us all. For a world where we can enhance or destroy our species, we look to science for better choices.

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Naomi is a widow who travels extensively. She participates in the International Interdisciplinary Congress On Women with posters and presentations. She grew up in Minnesota, educated at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, University of Minnesota, Duluth Branch, and recently, Washington State University, Pullman. She edited scientific papers for a contract research firm. She teaches natural science at a National Wildlife Refuge. Nancy's interest in research was sparked in college while documenting information for a Shakespearian scholar. She moved from topic to topic as Shakespeare led her first to Sir James Frazier and Jane Harrison, then to ancient artifacts. Finally reaching the dawn of time, she realized that mythologies are always related to the survival tool of keeping track of time. Whether Homo sapiens were counting the moons through the desperate winter nights or telling time within minutes by the seven stars of the Big Dipper, it was clear that calendars were as responsible for our biological evolution as fire and food sources. Always with an eye toward how the human brain functions, she examined fields as diverse as religion, quantum mechanics, archeology, astrology, chemistry, and social behavior. Michael served in Viet Nam as a US Marine. He started The Salmon River Gazette, internet news of the Pacific Northwest. I am interested in geology, politics, history, geography, travel, and writing. He an excellent story teller always alert to find a new twist in social actions and current events.

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