Neil Ty The Science Guy

Neil deGrassi Tyson, famed physicist and public speaker recently tweeted his beliefs on non scientific teachings in school. Like many other great scientific minds he found the idea to be entirely backwards, and like many physicists he had quite a way with words.

Edwin Kagin~”Ode To The Butterfly Mind”

The Parliament of Butterflies

Was racked by deep division

Questions of what to teach the young

Demanded their decision.

 

It had been known and taught and thought

Since butterfly life began

That butterflies in glory rose

From their creator’s mighty hand

 

Now some few who this truth mocked

Had attacked faith’s very pillars

“All butterflies,” these scientists claimed,

“Came from caterpillars.”

 

This indecent theory spread

Into butterfly education,

Until this “caterpillar cult”

Threatened creation’s revelation.

 

The faithful sought to restore the truth

About the origins of butterflies;

And to build an absolute moral base,

To stop the metamorphic lies.

 

“Believe you  descended from some worm

And wormlike you will be!”

Reasoned those who’d seen faith’s light

And knew there was nothing left to see.

 

“We see no proof,” some butterflies said

“That we are all come from cocoons–

Unbelievers who would teach this tale

Are all immoral loons.”

 

Some said the metamorphous lie

Was laid  by “the enemy,” they believed,

Set, like candle flames and windshields,

To destroy all who were deceived.

 

The matter was at last resolved –

Both theories must be taught — how fine!

Now all youth can simply decide the truth,

Each in their own simple butterfly mind.

 
 
This poem falls directly upon the main premise of my blog, being that we’re at a crossroads in the decision of which theory to teach our nation’s youth, and although I have some slight qualms with the poem near the end I found the whole piece to be relieving in its sense of objective reasoning and its thorough use of the butterfly metaphor throughout the poem.

Acts2and38~”The Evolution Poem”

Acts2and38~The Evolution Poem

Three monkeys sat on a coconut tree,
Discussing things as they’re said to be.
Said one to the other,
“Now listen you two,
There’s a certain rumor
That can’t be true …
That man descended from our noble race.
The very idea is sure to disgrace.”
“No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
And you’ve never known another monk,
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another.”
“And another thing you will never see …
Is a monk build a fence around a coconut tree;
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all the other monks to taste.”
“Why, if I put a fence around this tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.”
“And here’s something else a monk won’t do …
Go out at night and get on a stew;
Or use a gun or club or knife,
To take some other monkey’s life.”
“Yes, man descended … ornery cuss,
But, brother, … he didn’t descend from us!

I was delighted to read such a comical yet enthralling piece such as this as it truly grasped at the often forgotten end of evolution. Many fundamentalists like to say that we could never have descended from such a brutish and lesser race such as the ape, but I found this to adequately show how maybe we have no right to be offended by our ape ancestors. And in the end being able to accept the path that has lead to us truly allows us to be the amazing species we have become today

Erasmus Darwin~”The Linnet’s Nest”

The busy birds, with nice selection, cull
Soft thistle-down, gray moss, and scatter’d wool;
Far from each prying eye the nest prepare,
Form’d of warm moss, and lined with softest hair.
Week after week, regardless of her food,
Th’ incumbent linnet warms her future brood;
Each spotted egg with ivory bill she turns,
Day after day with fond impatience burns;
Hears the young prisoner chirping in his cell,
And breaks in hemispheres the fragile shell.

I found this poem to be heavily centered towards the thought process of a naturalist, but of one who took careful note of the complex relations held between more developed vertebrates and their young. I also happened to think of this poem as a rather tranquil and relaxing piece as it had a real romantic sense of light-heartedness and warmth for something based off the cold fact of natural selection.

The Scopes Monkey Trial

We’re coming up on the 88th anniversary of the Scopes trial, a court case which accused a Tennessee teacher of violating the Butler act declaring the teaching of any evolutionary sciences in public schools unconstitutional. This was one of the most publicized of any court cases in American history as evolution has stood as a controversy since the origins of the theory. Luckily with the Butler act repealed, evolution is now the main practice throughout the United States as the public taught theory towards abiogenesis.

DNA DAY 2013!!!

DNA DAY 2013!!!

Happy DNA day! This is the 10th celebration of the day in which the Human genome was synthesized, a science which is entirely reliant upon the idea that mutations constantly occur which is a critical part of Evolution. In all the project has resulted in countless medical advancements as well as actually turning a profit off of the initial costs to fund the project.