Science impacts on all of us, although it’s often invisible. We need to be aware of these impacts to see how important it is to understand science!
1. Children – I only have children thanks to reproductive technology. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.
2. Airconditioning – I live in the desert. While people have been living in deserts long before modern technology, it’s not something I really want to experience for myself.
3. Transport – I live a long, long way from anywhere. Thanks to modern transport I can get fresh food, see my parents, and have a break out of a small town.
4. Internet – I’m not an original or even long term user, I can still remember hand writing or typing assignments. I really only got into the internet when I was at home after my daughter was born, but now I couldn’t live comfortably without it. It is my social network, my news, my encyclopaedia, cookbook, and parenting journal. Also part of my social conscience, where I reach out and try to support other people.
5. Food - Fresh fruit and veges all year round, even though there isn’t a farm for about 1000km. Food with the maximum of nutrition because it’s flash frozen as soon as it’s picked. A different meal every night of the week.
6. Equality – I’m definitely not saying this is due to science, there are a lot of people who worked their whole lives and even lost them in the fight for equality. But there are also psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and others who have worked in the background to provide the proof that humans are equal, no matter their colour, gender or socio-economic circumstances. As a woman I have benefited, and it has shaped my life because it led to my decision to work in Aboriginal communities.
7. Telecommunications – My sister lives in Spain, my parents are in Perth and my brother is currently in Brazil. But I can talk to them instantly, and my children can see them on video and talk to them.
8. Anti-biotics and other medical advances – I don’t have to fear mastitis as a potentially deadly disease. Neither is a cut finger or a throat infection. My children will almost certainly survive me.
9. Global Warming – It is scientists from so many fields who discovered and have led the fight against global warming. Meteorologists, glaciologists, anthropologists, palaeontologists, physicists, ecologists, the list goes on. And the impact on my own life is to become a more aware consumer and do little things every day – turn off taps and lights, hang washing on the line, wash in cold water, use leftovers.
10. The sheer joy of discovery – I’m a science teacher, I run a website to help other people learn about science! It’s a love and a passion and makes me who I am. I get New Scientist magazine and read science blogs, follow scientists on Twitter and talk to people about science on Facebook. I read an article a little while ago and it was just magic, did life begin as a chemical soup with pores in rocks as proto cells. To read it was just plain fun, it makes sense and is beautiful. And that’s how science should be.
How does science impact on your life?
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