Musin’ with Susan 8/3/21 – Science


I believe science.

I also know science is ever evolving because scientists, doing what scientists do, continue to learn more and more.

I wonder why some people seem to think science is static? Do these people think researchers have no more questions or stop searching for more answers because they got one answer, or that a further question and answer can’t change in some way the information of the former answer?

I also love science.

I didn’t love science as a kid, and I’m not sure why.

When I went into 9th grade, I got a science teacher, Mrs. Barr, who had a reputation for being hard. One of my mother’s friends, who was the study hall “teacher” (do they even still have study hall?!), told me she’d give me a dollar if I made an A the first six weeks. I did.

That dollar from Mrs. Parker is the best dollar I’ve ever gotten, because I ended up loving that class and taking three more years of high school science.

I even started out in college as a biology major and a math minor, which continues to make my friends laugh. (I am so not a math person or really, a science person. I’m a language person through and through.)

As a language person who loves science, I tend to make up “facts.” Like when I’m really bone-deep cold, I like to take a bath to warm up my blood. I do really know intellectually my blood is not changing temperatures. But I’m a language person who makes a story out of pretty much everything I see. And feel, I guess, based on warming my blood in the bathtub.

Okay, so there’s really no point to this “Musin’.” I’m just wandering around with science as a topic.

That’s because I wanted to use the wonderful quote from Bill Nye and the gorgeous picture accompanying it. That’s where this started. Bill Nye said exactly what I know.

So let me end with this: Bill Nye the Science Guy did a much better job with language today than did Susan the Language Person. Susan chattered about science. Bill offered profundity.

I think we can all agree Bill Nye gets the last word:
“Researchers have proven, scientifically, that humans are all one people. The color of our ancestors’ skin and ultimately my skin and your skin is a consequence of ultraviolet light, of latitude and climate. Despite our recent sad conflicts here in the U.S., there really is no such thing as race. We are one species—each of us much, much more alike than different. We all come from Africa. We all are of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.”