Monthly Archives: November 2015

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

I think what Isaac Asimov tries to say with this quote is how science is always a step in front of ethics and moral reasoning. We have all this technology, but we still have to figure out if it is morally acceptable to make use of it or a ethical way of using it. For example, stem cells are a great resource but the ethical way of getting them is not on the same level as how much it is needed.

Also, how some people make use of the technology (science) in an unethical way, i.e. atomic weapons.

The thing is that people, having different opinions and thoughts on what is “good” and “bad”, make the process of scientific progress slower. Scientist can, mostly, agree on a scientific theory or on scientific knowledge; but when non-scientists (“normal people”? whatever) want to make use of the scientific knowledge acquired it takes time and a lot of discussion about¬†whether it is “right” or “wrong”.

KQ: In what way does disagreement promote scientific progress?

I think disagreement is a key element in scientific progress. It helps scientists to reach further and look at things differently. But when the disagreement happens between scientists and “civilians” things might get a little tricky. There’s ethics involved, and that on one side can stop progress or slow it down. Although on the other side, again, it can make scientists look at things differently and hopefully find better ways of making progress.

My original costume wasn’t ready so I had to go as something else. Gratefully I read a comment on Youtube about a very original idea; so of course I borrowed it, making a small change though.

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It being original made me put my art skills into it, but it wasn’t difficult at all.

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I changed the bag with ice for the “chill” into a bucket with candy. I wasn’t very keen on the idea of carrying ice the whole school day. A lot of people got the reference, and some loved it. They also liked the candy.

On Saturday, actual Halloween, I went to a friend’s house and had a small gathering. We spent the evening playing games, listening to music, eating candy and getting to know each other better. At night we tried to get into the only two existing night clubs in this town, without success. Nevertheless, it was still fun. Around 02:00, we were back at the house and then we watched some Netflix. I don’t remember falling asleep, but I remember waking up a few times during the night. At 8 something am I decided to come home.

One thing I missed from previous Halloween celebrations was the decorations. I guess I’ll have to compensate next year then.

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Till’ next Halloween.