Month: September 2016

Aristotle: The Philosopher

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who lived from 384-322 BC. He was the philosopher for a very long time, until other philosophers like Plato and Pythagoras got a slice of the pie.

Aristotle was the son of a physician which set him up to make many scientific observations about everything he did. His students gathered all kinds of scientific information, from Greek constitutions and the histories of science and philosophy to animals and plants.

Aristotle’s central difference with Plato, another famous Greek philosopher, was the Forms. Plato believed that (for example) every chair derived its chairness from one eternal source and that every chair answered to that source. Aristotle, on the other hand, claimed the opposite. Chairness answered to chair, not chair to chairness. I am more inclined to Plato’s way of thinking. An easy was to memorize this is to think Plato=eternal and Aristotle=physical.

Aristotle wrote a treatise on meteorology, which was very odd at times. He looked for natural causes.

Aristotle’s History of Animals categorizes and subdivides different animal species. Aristotle was fascinated by animals. He documented everything from locomotion and digestion to reproduction and hibernation. But the book also has many errors. Continue reading

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DNA

DNA is our identity. It’s our code. It’s why our cells are able to work. It is the foundation for who we are. It’s what makes us who we look like. It’s why you have yellow hair and brown eyes. It’s why you tan more easily than your brother.

DNA is shaped like a ladder. The rails of the ladder are made up by phosphate and sugar. There are four chemicals in the middle that make up the rungs of the ladder:

  1. Adenine
  2. Thymine
  3. Guanine
  4. Cytosine

Adenine is always attached to Thymine and Guanine is always attached to Cytosine. That is the rule. Like this:

dna-ladderThe four letters correspond to the four chemicals.

But you don’t just have a straight ladder lying in the nucleus of all your cells. The ladder is twisted. Continue reading

2nd Liebster Award: 11 More Facts About Me

Here are 11 more facts about me, a requirement for my second Liebster Award (2 in one day!):

  1. I’m a total nature person.
  2. I have a furry black dog that looks like a bear.
  3. My favorite color is yellow.
  4. When my third (and last) fish died, I held a tiny funeral in the backyard. (I was little then.)
  5. I love talking with people.
  6. I’ll sing Christmas songs anytime of the year.
  7. I’m almost six feet tall (taller than anyone in my family!)
  8. I love wearing shorts, even when it’s somewhat cold outside.
  9. I’m a straight-A student.
  10. A Clark’s Nutracker (a kind of jay) has eaten out of my hand in Yellowstone Park.
  11. I learn all I can about horses so that I can have one when I grow up.

Ashley

2nd Liebster Award

Okay, so my sister (Baroque Myriam) nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thanks, sis! Two nominations in one day is kind of astonishing, seeing as I didn’t even know what the award was before 8:30 this morning!

Okay. Here are the rules:

1: Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.

2: Make a blog post outlining 11 facts about you.

3: Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.

4: Prepare 11 questions for those you will nominate.

5: Nominate 5-11 new bloggers (those who have less than 200 followers) by commenting in one of their blog posts.

Answers to Myriam’s questions:

  1. What’s your favorite season? Winter
  2. What’s your favorite book? I have a lot of favorites! One of them is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
  3. Would you rather own your own business or work for someone else? Own my own business.
  4. What is your dream? To have a horse.
  5. Your favorite sport? Skiing. And then volleyball.
  6. Do you like school? Yes.
  7. Favorite animal? Horse!
  8. Do you want to go to college? Absolutely!
  9. Pens or pencils? Pencils any day!
  10. What do you like to do on a rainy day? Read, play games, color, play with my little brother and sister, etc.
  11. Are you creative? Yes.

My questions: Continue reading

The Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow student and blogger, Leona (her blog). With due thanks, I will proceed to relate the rules:

1. Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them (don’t forget to comment on this post so I can check out your answers).
2. Make a blog post outlining 11 facts about you,
3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
4. Prepare 11 questions for those you will nominate.
5. Nominate 11 new bloggers (those who have less than 200 followers) by commenting in one of their blog posts.

Answers to Leona’s questions:

1.What is your favorite mystical creature? (eg dragon, gryffin) The Centaur.

2. Are you more a night owl or early bird? Both.

3. Do you believe in angels? Yes.

4. Singing or dancing? Singing.

5. Do you like chocolate? No.

6. Would you get a tattoo? Never!

7. Barnes and nobles or the mall? Barnes and Nobles.

8. Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes.

9. What is the one thing you absolutely loathe? A spineless person without guts to stand up for what is right.

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself? I don’t have one. I love everything about me, my strengths, my love and friendship with animals, my patience and courage.

11. Do you like antique stuff? Yes, I do.

 

Eleven questions for my nominees: Continue reading