Viewing the world through the lens of science

Aug 11 2010 Published by under [Etc]

Spider on Eggplant

Spider resting on an eggplant in my garden.

“Fortunate is he, who is able to know the causes of things” ~ Virgil

Welcome to my new blog Everyday Biology!

I'm quite excited to be joining the other science bloggers of the Scientopia blog collective (be sure check out the Scientopia front page if you haven't done so already).

Unlike many of my fellow Scientopia bloggers, most of my daily interactions are with people who do not have a formal background in science. One thing I've noticed is that for many people "science" is something that is separate from their daily lives -  it was a subject they covered in school, and they hear occasional reports about scientific breakthroughs (or "breakthroughs") on the news, but they usually don't view their experiences through the lens of science.

Raptor on Streetlight

Suburban Raptor

I'm just the opposite - I see science everywhere I look and in almost everything I do. Since my own background is in biology, that's the usual frame through which I view the world.

I find it comforting that the universe operates in a predictable fashion, even if we don't yet understand all the details. I find beauty in nature. And I think that a scientific understanding of the world is both personally satisfying and provides practical advantages over a non-scientific worldview.

It's useful to understand which plants should thrive in the local climate, why antibiotics work, which part of a chuck roast is the best eating, or why my friends might appear to have irrational shopping habits. And it's important to be able to sort out the real from the bogus when scientific claims are used to sell quack medications or beauty products or further political agendas.

Products for the lactose intolerant

Modified bacteria produce lactose-digesting enzymes.

I'm planning to use Everyday Biology to take a look at how bioscience applies to daily life -  in health and sickness, at work and at play, at home and out on the town.

I hope you find it as interesting as I do!

On a housekeeping note, my blogroll and layout are still under construction. Don't be surprised if they change over the next few weeks.

Also, if you are interested in the biosciences in pop culture, you might like my Biology in Science Fiction blog.

Images: Eggplant and Raptor ©2010 P. Kolm. Lactaid image by Scott Bauer USDA ARS Photo Library.

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