Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here's Science

Here's a list of what we're reading (and annotating) in science.
  • Life on Earth, David Attenborough
  • Full House, Stephen Jay Gould
  • Evolution 101, Judith Scotchmoor and 21 other authors (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Flanagan's Version, Dennis Flanagan
  • Why We Get Sick, Nesse & Williams
  • Gus, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman
  • Silent Spring & Environmentalism, Eliza Griswold
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • The Far Side, Gary Larson
Here's a sampling of what we're doing in science.
  • defining, conducting activities, writing, and developing projects on natural selection, adaptation, mutation, evolution, and genetics 
  • conducting experiments on symbiotic relationships
  • visiting the U of M drosophila lab
  • visiting the Food Forest
Here's a First XI of what we're asking in science.
  • What is the difference between evolution and adaptation?
  • What are the means by which natural selection occurs?
  • How do these concepts apply to fields other than science?
  • What is the difference between a mutation and a mutant?
  • What is symbiosis?
  • How does science drive social change?
  • Why do we get sick?
  • What is a hox gene, and why would anyone want a luminescent fruit fly?
  • What was the process by which corn was created in Aztlan?
  • What is the relationship between magic and science?

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