“Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.”—Anna Quindlen, Every Last One (via thatkindofwoman)
why is it a problem when people say i don't see race because we're all human or some other sappy line? i'm trying to explain it to my family and i'm confusing myself and them
When people say they are color blind, or that they don’t see race, they are erasing the experiences of people of color. They fail to acknowledge that the way black people and white people experience and navigate our society have never been parallel. Saying you’re color blind erases this history, when history is vital.
“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard," he said. "The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”—Amnesty International sending team to Ferguson. First time it’s deployed inside the US. (via soulsinsolidarity)
the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people
you dont need vaccines, I havent had any and Im still doing great
wow, what a compelling argument. you’ve got me
in other news, i am still alive therefore death must be a myth
I say both: the processes and concepts of mathematics were discovered, but the language that we use to express it was invented.
The structure of mathematics is visible in everything, like the spirals of galaxies down to the complex patterns of molecules. It has always been there, but it just takes time for someone to figure out how to identify it.
And once someone does figure it out, how do they express it to others? By defining symbols for the operations and assigning any reoccurring numbers to a simple letter for reuse later. Soon enough, you’ll have a mathematical language.
This is one of those debates that has been going on for a while and everyone has different opinions. As stated in this Quantum Diaries blog post:
The difference between terrestrial and extra-terrestrial mathematics would tell us the extent to which mathematics is discovered or invented.
“You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.
And at one point you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.
And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.
And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly. Amen.”—Aaron Freeman (via wethinkwedream)
To any followers that outlive me it is your job to make sure this is recited at some sort of memorial in my honor.
Side note: My only issue with this is that a real physicist would use Joules to measure heat not BTUs