Young People Don’t Want to Go for Science
According to the experts, progress in technology and science is only possible if young people show interest in science. Yet young people are mostly afraid of science and technology, avoiding it as a career option.
The question we have to answer is why young people are avoiding a career in science even when they are showing interest and passion in this field. Usually, young people and their parents are choosing careers which are more likely to secure their future. Young people are concerned that if they opt for science, they will have no career options once they become experts in specific fields. We choose our careers based on interests and job opportunities.
Career counseling needs to be initiated as well to motivate young people and remove wrong notions about science as a career option. Attracting young people to scientific research and innovation should be one of the primary goals of the state policy. We should know that this is not an easy task. The first thing young people should know is that science is simple, as Albert Einstein said: “Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.”
Science and Evolution
According to Charles Darwin, evolution occurred about 541 million years ago, after an explosion of multi-cellular life, followed by the age of dinosaurs, from approximately 225 million years to 66 million years ago. The first rat-like mammals evolved during that time as well. After an impact of an asteroid in the Gulf of Mexico, dinosaurs were wiped out, but small mammals managed to survive and diversify into zebras, whales, monkeys and even humans.
Ancient ancestors made a gradual transition from app-like to more human-like creatures around 2 million years ago. Modern humans lived 250 thousand years ago in West Africa, and 50 thousand years ago they migrated around the world. The first pre-literate cave painting we found were made around 32 000 years ago. The last Ice age ended 10 000 years ago, while humans started to cultivate agriculture a few thousand years later.
Is this a theory or science? The general outlines of evolution are documented and proven. However, we tend to have a problem with the theory of evolution since it is opposed to many religions and explains the existence of humans more scientifically than any other religion ever could.
Are we going to believe in science or reject it as just another theory? Many don’t believe in evolution, saying that it can’t be proved and it’s only a man-made theory.
“Baby Brain” is a Real Phenomenon
A new study has confirmed what women knew for a long time; pregnancy can mess with a young mother’s cognitive function.
Researchers from the Deakin University found that cognitive deficiencies like forgetfulness are measurable during pregnancy.
Something called “mumnesia,” baby brain manifests as forgetting where you may put something or losing track of what you are currently doing. Some pregnant women have reported losing track of conversation or difficulties regarding comprehensive reading.
Previous attempts to study the baby brain phenomenon had inconsistent results, where some studies have found minor changes.
The new meta-analysis of 20 different studies examined the effects of pregnancy on cognitive functioning. The study analyzed a total of 1,230 women, including 709 pregnant women, while remaining 521 women were not pregnant. Researchers have found that the overall cognitive functioning was poorer in pregnant women compared to women who were not pregnant.
Authors of the study wrote: “General cognitive functioning, memory, and executive functioning were significantly reduced during the third trimester of pregnancy (compared with control women), but not during the first two trimesters. Longitudinal studies found declines between the first and second trimesters in general cognitive functioning and memory, but not between the second and third trimesters.”
The research has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.