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7th-Oct-2008 06:15 pm
steranko
Science doesn't work in my brain. I don't mean this in a George W. Bush sort of way. I believe in science. I'm not threatened by science because its provable theorems contradict and undermine my favorite book. Instead, I plainly and flat out don't get it. This gets further demonstrated to me any time firthofforth provides some details of her job, which requires a working knowledge of scientific principles. When her reports on daily activities drift away from the terror of office politics to anything that involves implementation of her scientific knowledge, I realize just how different the inside of her head is from the inside of my head. The disparity between the two of us is pronounced enough that I refer to the "Science Times" section of the Tuesday New York Times, not dismissively, as the "girl news" section. It's as mysterious to me as the style and fashion section might be to other males who are divvying up the sections of the newspaper.

I'm not sure about the derivation of this personal shortcoming. I've struggled with science since at least high school. In college, I suffered through my two required science courses with such a profound lack of capability that I was jubilant to receive a D+ in my three-credit physics course ("D's make degrees" was the uninspiring battle cry amongst some of my UW-SP classmates). I celebrated that dismal passing grade more than any hard-earned A.

Perhaps my formative exposure to science was suspect. I was born after the space race ended with the snapping of the finish line on the surface of the moon and was into adulthood before the technological era begin bounding ahead with new society-shifting innovations seemingly by the moment. In the eighties, our breakthrough products were more modest. Maybe I was simply looking in the wrong places, but science seemed less inspiring at that point in time. This may be an elaborate rationalization to excuse a unsightly dent in the chassis of my intellect, but I was a whiz at math, so it's not as if that part of my noggin is entirely faulty.

This is, of course, not a huge problem. I can get through my humble existence just fine without grasping the concepts tossed around by the likes of Stephen Hawking. And I can effectively grapple with the work put forth by some inventors. I just may occasionally face certain parts of the natural world with a gaze as foggy as a Carolina morning.
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7th-Oct-2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
So if she's Reed, does that make you Ben, Johnny or Sue? Or does love make you Modulus? Or do you then master the mystic arts like a Waid-Wieringo Doom, so as to "complete" her? (Or compete with her?)
8th-Oct-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Hey soul shear! Your pheaky philms are scaring the crap outta me!!! Freaky ass rage babies...

I'm such a wimp.

P.S. Jelly's post made me laugh out loud.
8th-Oct-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Be of good faith, my friend. Big ol' Japanese monsters will be returning to the Phreaky Philm Phriday agenda soon.

In the meantime...pleasant dreams.

Heh heh heh...
8th-Oct-2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think I have the humanity of Ben or the sensible strength of Sue, but I'm probably closest to Johnny's brattiness. Maybe I should go find one of those "Which Member of the Fantastic Four Are You?" online quizzes.
8th-Oct-2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
You might be Luke Cage, when he was filling in for Ben during one of his human stints. Christmas!
8th-Oct-2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Have you ever tried the Elegant Universe series? I can't promise that it'll make it all clear, but for at least the time while you're watching and a little while afterwards, it does make some pretty heady scientific stuff at least seem to make sense. And it's actually pretty entertaining to boot.
8th-Oct-2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't. Certainly the illusion of thinking things make sense to me is about the height of my aspirations in this field. We may need to check it out. The other person in our house likes science-y stuff, after all.
8th-Oct-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
you give me way too much credit (although I won't deny the glazed-eye response when I talk about work, but I thought that was just because you were a boy). Honesly, I haven't done scientific ANYTHING in years.

Which Fantastic Four Member are You?

Me
You are the Thing!
You are obviously a strong person, or at least that's the face you put on. You can take action when need be and really get things done. However, underneath it all, you just want to be accepted for who you really are. You really are a sensitive person once people get to know you. Sometimes it seems unfair that everone else doesn't have it as hard as you, but you can deal with it, you've got real strength!
8th-Oct-2008 07:18 pm (UTC) - I think I'm this by default...

You are Mr. Fantastic!
You are a fine, upstanding citizen. You might even be a leader if you put your mind to it. You just want what's right for everyone. What's more, you want to work hard and be appreciated for your efforts. You're a real straight arrow. Good Job.

I can't remember the last time I was described using the word "straight." (Actually, I wanted to be Medusa filling in for Sue, only not written by Gerry Conway.) Now if I could only meet a Johnny - but not a flamer.
8th-Oct-2008 07:55 pm (UTC) - I'll take it!
You are the Thing!
You are obviously a strong person, or at least that's the face you put on. You can take action when need be and really get things done. However, underneath it all, you just want to be accepted for who you really are. You really are a sensitive person once people get to know you. Sometimes it seems unfair that everyone else doesn't have it as hard as you, but you can deal with it, you've got real strength!
9th-Oct-2008 12:37 am (UTC)
You are Mr. Fantastic!
You are a fine, upstanding citizen. You might even be a leader if you put your mind to it. You just want what's right for everyone. What's more, you want to work hard and be appreciated for your efforts. You're a real straight arrow. Good Job.
9th-Oct-2008 02:21 am (UTC)
In the next Advocate...

Big Gay Following: Reed Richards
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