hedgehog对《The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014》的笔记(21)

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014
  • 书名: The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014
  • 页数: 352
  • 出版社: Mariner Books
  • 出版年: 2014-10-7
  • 第18页
    They never forget that, as with any human enterprise, mistakes are made and opportunities lost. But they also remind us that at its best, the community of science is one that works to correct its errors, that seeks to make the world right and even better.
    2015-01-07 15:21:30 1人推荐 1人喜欢 2回应
  • 第21页
    Somtimes it seems that we're always slightly behind in this game of choice and consequence. We move forward with all the excited cheer of a new technology or biological insight, and then we realize that we've made our move without fully considering nature's countermove.
    2015-01-07 15:23:42 1人推荐 1人喜欢 回应
  • 第4页
    “My feeling is that hybridization is natural,” Mallet says. "It is the result of a mating decision by an individual, and differernt individuals have different desires and interests. You don't want to label a mating decision as unnatural when it's found in the wild."
    有一种不祥的预感……脑洞……
    2015-01-27 16:52:41 回应
  • 第18页
    One of the most remarkable things about us is also one of the easiest to overlook: each time we collide with the real, we deepen our understanding of the world and become more fully a part of it. While we're wrestling with a difficult task, we may be motivated by an anticipation of the ends of our labor, but it's the work itself - the means - that makes us who we are. Computer automation severs the ends from the means. It makes getting what we want easier but it distances us from the work of knowing.
    2015-01-28 15:35:47 回应
  • 第33页
    You can't change your genes. But is we're even half right about all this, you can change the way your gene behave - which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity. That's what we're doing as we move through life. We're constantly trying to hunt down that sweet spot between too much challenges and too little. "That's realy important part of this: to an extent that immunologists and psychologists rarely appreciate, we are architects of our own experience. Your subjective experience carries more power than your objective situation. If you feel like you're alone even when you're in a room filled with the people closest to you, you're going to have problems. If you feel like you're well supported even though there's nobody else in sight; if you carry relationships in your head; if you come at the world with a sense that people care about you, that you're valuable, that you're okay; then your body is going to act as is you're okay - even if you're wrong about all that."
    2015-01-29 15:16:24 回应
  • 第68页
    We are social beings, and only the unluckiest of us live in a vaccum; for most, there are always at least a few people who count on us, adore us, and have a stake in what we decide. Eveyone's autonomy abuts someone else's.
    2015-02-02 15:16:15 回应
  • 第114页
    What is it that drives us to places like these - to the nothingness of the poles, the vast void of outer space? At the edge our world recede, but we can't escape the brittle cold, the throbbing legs, the grating of mechanical parts, the absurdity of these O-rings. But perhaps this is why we strive. Perhaps, in the midst of such immensity, when we are faced with the irreducible fact of us, the firmities of reason and rationality give way. In the muscle of this great paradox, even a scientist is capable of believing in bigger things. The stronger the contradiction, the tauter the bow, the farther we can shoot.
    2015-02-03 14:37:44 回应
  • 第122页
    From this perspecitve, we may link grief with love, full stop. That is to say, grief results from love lost.... We humans, he notes, do not fully understand love, but we do not deny its existance - or its power to shape our emotional responses.
    2015-02-04 14:51:21 回应
  • 第131页
    In fact, a number of scientists say that - of all things - boredom is one of the biggest threats to a manned Mars mission, despite the thrill inherent in visiting another planet.
    2015-02-04 14:52:34 回应
  • 第158页
    A recent study in the Journal of Archaelogical Science concluded that it wasn't humans who deforest Easter Island; rather, it was the rats that came along for the ride and then bred unchecked. The native palms couldn't produce seeds fast enough to keep up with their appetite.
    What a sad story.
    2015-02-05 16:10:06 回应
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