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Disproving Science

May 7, 2009

Text message conversation (as if I’d communicate any other way):

Marc: It’s baffling how, according to my neuro/bonding class, we shouldn’t be close friends (because of distance and propinquity)… but we are. We’re defying science
Me: Technology.
Enough said.
Ok I’ll add this little bit. That isn’t your run-of-the-mill community college psych or bio class (It’s taught by her). It’s pretty “neat” (Marc’s word, not mine. I’m not taking the nerd points here.) to see technology’s affect on our social lives manifested.
I’m not getting into all the sciency jargon here, mostly because I don’t know it, but I’ll leave you to your own devices in thinking about how technology just isn’t changing how we communicate, but how it is challenging the science behind everything, and will be forcing a rethinking of, well, everything.
Science is something non-scientists take for granted all the time. It is probably more important than anything else in our lives (especially human bonding), but we, as lay peoples, don’t understand a thing about it. Weird how tech will reshape not just how science is practiced (with all those newfangled superfabulous microscopes and xray machines) but its scholarship and pedagogy as well.
Weirder is that we still haven’t, as a whole, accepted this fact that technology is pushing us into a totally new Age. As if we haven’t seen the impact of technology on business enough already (music industry, publishing industry, journalism industry, movie industry, advertising industry, fill in the blank), we’re still playing dumb to the coming techxaflood.
Maybe I just have a problem seeing things in the macro instead of the micro, but if we’re planning on getting out of this better off than we were going into it, we need to start looking at the big picture. Because even though tweets are only 160 characters, they have a lot bigger impact than their short and sweet existence implies.
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