Scipsy

Rio Grande de Buba, Guinea-Bissau (via A.S.I.)

Rio Grande de Buba, Guinea-Bissau (via A.S.I.)

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Anonymous

: I'm a bit of a hypochondriac, so reading your quote from Zimmer about viruses raised a little bit of fear but it raised much more excitement and intrigue. Science > fear

I really want to live in a world where more people feel that Science > Fear.

Just about wherever scientists look—deep within the earth, on grains of sand blown off of the Sahara Desert, under mile-thick layers of Antarctic ice—they find viruses. And when they look in familiar places, they find new ones. In 2009, Dana Willner, a biologist at San Diego State University, led a virus-hunting expedition into the human body. The scientists had ten people cough up sputum and spit it into a cup. Five of the people were sick with cystic fibrosis, and five were healthy. Out of that fluid, Willner and her team fished out fragments of DNA, which they compared to databases of the tens of millions of genes already known to science. Before Willner’s study, the lungs of healthy people were believed to be sterile. But Willner and her colleagues discovered that all their subjects, sick and healthy alike, carried viral menageries in their chests. On average, each person had 174 species of viruses in the lungs. But only 10 percent of those species bore any close kinship to any virus ever found before.
↳ Carl Zimmer - A Planet of Viruses


Theories are nets cast to catch what we call ‘the world’: to rationalize, to explain, and to master it. We endeavour to make the mesh ever finer and finer.
Karl Popper - The logic of scientific discovery.

Theories are nets cast to catch what we call ‘the world’: to rationalize, to explain, and to master it. We endeavour to make the mesh ever finer and finer.

Karl Popper - The logic of scientific discovery.

"What are the practical applications?" Is one of the dumbest questions you could ask.

"What are the practical applications?" Is one of the dumbest questions you could ask.

Those among us who are unwilling to expose their ideas to the hazard of refutation do not take part in the scientific game.
↳ Karl Popper - The Logic of Scientific Discovery, p.280.

I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than know­ledge.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - The limits of science