A Few Ingredients Is All You Need
I admit it. I eat out at restaurants far more than I should. I like going to a bar, having a couple of drinks, trying new food, and really just hanging out. Perhaps it’s because I’m an ambivert, or whatever fad term people want to use. But it’s hard on my wallet, being a “starving” writer and all. So I do try to cook as much as I can. And honestly, I’m rather impressed with myself.
Self-Care Isn't Shameful; It's Necessary
In this article, I want to spend some time talking about self-care: the process of working to maintain our health, in all forms, including physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual health.
The Economic Value and Social Benefits of Volunteer Work
Volunteer work is generally considered to be any unpaid work. Volunteers help with a variety of social issues, and without them, the world would be much worse off. Volunteers help people and pets in need. They help build homes, provide food, and more. These services add so much economic and social value to society, and yet they're sadly overlooked.
DNA is not a Blueprint
Education is hard. Unfortunately it’s often necessary to simplify a concept for people to understand it when they’re first learning about it. Educators want children to learn concepts about how biological systems work, but some concepts are too complicated to explain in an accurate way. DNA is one of those topics. Sadly, as students learn, their simplified understanding of the topic is rarely corrected.
Folk science and actual science differ considerably in many cases. While they may not have much bearing on every day life, these misconceptions are still troubling and should be corrected by science communicators and educators. While the list is nearly endless, here are just a few science misconceptions.
The Misuse of the word “Myth”
I originally wrote this article for a theme on Medium: reasonable doubt. I had largely forgotten about this piece until the (Un)common knowledge competition was announced. Pretty much everyone knows what a myth is, so it might be odd to have an article on the topic published in FYI and submitted to a challenge about uncommon knowledge. But the reason I'm rewriting this article for the challenge is because the average person's understanding of the term is simply incorrect.
Ah, That's Some Robust Theory You've got there!
Science communication is broken. And I don't just mean when scientists are communicating to the average person. Scientific papers are riddled with poor terminology that illustrate a severe lack of understanding of the mechanisms that underlie scientific inquiry.
A New Age of Puppetry
Puppet shows have always been a way for people to take on different personalities, and speak more comfortably while directing attention towards the puppets and away from themselves. While there are still a number of popular shows featuring puppetry, and a few well known puppeteers, including Jeff Dunham, puppetry isn't as popular as it once was, with one exception.