Next week begins the 2nd year of my Bachelor of Science degree and I must say, I’m excited. You see, this is the first semester of uni I’ll have undertaken so far that is only comprised of biology subjects: last year I took breadth in music and philosophy, as well as the requisite pure chemistry background for 2nd and 3rd year biochemistry, and a geology/cosmology-based subject.
I was going to be taking Communicating Science and Technology as a breadth subject this semester, but it clashed badly with a [...]
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Think back to your high school days: how many of your schoolmates were really passionate about science, be it physics, chemistry or biology? Did anyone really care about those subjects, or did they do them because they were forced to by the school or because they needed them to get a higher Year 12 score? The answer is probably “nobody”. It’s rare to see a lot of kids (in my personal experience) actively excited about doing science at high school, seeing themselves in a career in science after [...]
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Animals and British accents go together like apple and cheese, which is, incidentally, a British snack.
No hat-tip goes to Kylie, but I reckon she’ll have this on her blog before too long. Anyone want to place bets?
In other news, I’ve found a few interesting Australian labs and institutes that I might look into for doing Honours or PhD projects. There’s the Robin lab at the University of Melbourne, which studies the evolution of detoxification genes in insects, the [...]
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My exams are officially over for this year, marking the end of my first year of university! And this time next week I’ll be at TAM Australia in Sydney! That calls from some celebratory music, don’t you think? How about some Röyksopp? Just what the doctor ordered.
That’s one of the greatest music videos of all time, that is.
The following is an essay I recently completed for my first-year philosophy subject, “Philosophy: The Big Questions”. It was restricted to 1500 words, so it’s not detailed as I could have made it. However, it’ll still serve as an introduction to Nozick and Gettier cases in the area of the definition of knowledge.
Traditionally, knowledge has been defined using the necessary and sufficient conditions of the JTB (Justified True Belief) account of knowledge: a proposition is knowledge if and only if it is justified, true and believed by an [...]
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University has sneaked up behind me in the last couple of days and prevented me from blogging properly. It’s truly annoying, because the Discovery Institute has been spewing out all kinds of misconceptions and fallacies lately, misconceptions and fallacies I will not be able to cover. Darn.
Also, my midyear exams are coming up in a couple of weeks, meaning that I will have even less time to blog, instead focusing on studying chemistry, geology, astronomy, music theory… and pretending to study biology. I mean, come on, first-year biology at [...]
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I thought my university timetable was free of clashes, but apparently I was wrong – I had to skip the talk that Jamie Kilstein, the hilarious atheistic political comedian, gave at the University of Melbourne Secular Society last Wednesday because I had a Life, Earth and the Universe lecture at the same time. Not happy.
But luckily for me, and all you people who weren’t at the talk (most of you, I’m guessing), it was recorded! Pure digital goodness, this is. Watch it, you won’t regret it.
If you’re [...]
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Creationists on the University of Melbourne campus! Today! Handing out Ray Comfort’s “Special Edition” of On the Origin of Species!
I first knew something was up when, while waiting for a lecture to start, I saw a student holding a copy of the book. I asked her where she’d got it, and she said that people were handing them out near the university tram stop. Yep, it had to be them – Ray Comfort clones, doing what they do best – spreading ignorance through the medium of semi-persuasive [...]
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It’s currently O-Week (Orientation Week) at my university, and I start classes on Monday. I’ve been doing a lot of timetable planning these past couple of days, removing clashes and making sure I know what prac groups I’m in – and this has lead naturally to me planning my, er, entire Bachelor of Science out. Yeah, technically you’re not supposed to do that yet, but I thought, “What the hell, I know what I want to do – why not structure my course completely now on paper so I don’t [...]
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