Time-travel…

so if space-time is a sheet of paper, mass causes the sheet to bend, which in turn bends light and also increases the distance traveled in time along the plane of the bent sheet. so based on wormhole theory, time-travel would be bypassing the curvature of space-time due to mass, and instead going straight ahead on a flat plane of space-time? but that wouldn’t mean you traveled in time before things happened in the present. whatever has to happen on the curved space-time happens, you are just on a separate plane and on a separate time. so 1 year on my time would be 5 years on a normal plane. so I didn’t really travel to the future as much as I reached there “faster” on my personal “time”. I think I am starting to get a hang of this…

Science – Its a way of life

Being a scientist is a way of life. It does not matter if your transcript shows you have science classes, or if you degree says its “Science”. It does not matter if you have a doctorate or a diploma. A scientist is someone who uses the scientific method in his/her life. I don’t think a person can be a successful scientist if he/she does scientific experiments in a lab but does not use the scientific method in private life. It is a way of life – a life of observing, questioning, analyzing, reasoning, and coming with logical answers. One can be an Einstein without the PhD and be a great scientist and remembered forever. One can be a PhD but a creationist – a “scientist” who won’t be known outside of a tiny niche. It is a way of life one has to be willing to live every moment. You cannot turn it on and off. Either you are a scientist, or you are not. There is no in-between. Sure, science does not always provide easy answers. Many things which science shows us logically might make us uncomfortable. It sure makes me uncomfortable many times. But one must have the will power to put aside the discomfort and trust in the power of knowledge rather than seek comfort in blissful ignorance. Scientific facts aren’t eternal, but the scientific method is. Give this way of life a try – a life of infinite discoveries and unlimited knowledge. Science – a way of life for the curious mind.

Scientific misconduct

UntitledThis paper was published today in the journal mBio. Moral of the story – men should stop lying. 228 cases of academic misconduct in the past 18 years is a very low number. As a scientist, I do wish that number was ZERO. And I also accept that vast cases of misconduct is not reported. I think every student who chooses any scientific field as their major in college should take an oath not to lie in their work. And anyone ever caught lying or committing academic misconduct should be barred forever from conducting scientific investigations. Science is built on truth, data, and facts. Even slightly modifying it brings in bias and falsehood, and therefore it is no longer science.

Guns, Moral Theology, and Biology

everyone has an opinion on how to stop, or if we can stop, these mass-murders. some say gun control and some say guns don’t kill, people kill (I have heard it for years but my brain has yet to understand the logic in it). some point to Good and Evil and how we cannot stop Evil because some people are just Evil (but is good and evil as clear as black and white? were the people who spread the Good Words through guns and sword really ‘Good’?) both points are valid. but how about adding a third point – mental illness. why do we stigmatize mental illness and tell the person “oh just stop being crazy” and ridicule them? the brain is just an organ after all. do we tell a person who is having a heart attack that he/she should stop having one and start pumping blood properly? we can talk about guns and moral theology, but let us not forget and trivialize biology.

Genes Now Tell Doctors Secrets They Can’t Utter

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/health/research/with-rise-of-gene-sequencing-ethical-puzzles.html?pagewanted=all

And its only going to get more ethically complicated as we discover more genetic basis for diseases. What about the day you can buy a gene sequencing kit over the counter and know exactly what mutations you are carrying…would you want that red pill or would you like the blue pill and never know?

“Belief” in Science?

It makes me very sad when someone asks me “do you completely/100% believe in science?” I am not sure if it is a failure of our education system, or a desire of students to earn diplomas and degrees but not an ‘education’. How do you have a scientific conversation with people who do not even understand the scientific method? How will a society even appreciate science if the population treats it as another belief system.