I can't deny it: I'm skeptical


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This semester has had its ups and downs for me, personally and campus wide. The ritual of attending this science class on Tuesdays and Thursdays took on a therapeutic angle. Whether it's hearing ridiculous statements in other classes or witnessing people abuse the current sad state of science literacy in the country, Hammond 220 on Tuesdays and Thursdays became a source of comfort. Comforting in that I knew I would always be challenged to think rationally and logically while suppressing the power our intuition has over us.

I came into the class with a love for science, although I'm not sure what a "fan" of science means. I wouldn't call myself that. I do not have the math skills to pursue a field in hard sciences, so I am left in my own area of study to apply my love for all the sciences (namely astronomy because I can reference Pink Floyd on a consistent basis).

Being an International Relations major means I come into contact regularly with politics and global issues. There isn't a field that doesn't incorporate science, so on that end I'm fortunate. Often the political arena is filled with legacies of pseudo-science or just a complete lack of understanding and/or appreciation for science itself. It is frustrating when ignorance is at the core of oppressing others, denying them better lives. Deniers, not skeptics. 

I have to say that the class participation was always great through the comment wall or by raising hands. Being 26 means I am a bit older than the average student and hearing what is important to people younger than me is a very interesting thing. When I hear birth dates creeping into the mid-90s, I almost faint, but I was always compelled at the diversity in questions and observations on the topics discussed. 

I remain skeptical. But that's a good thing.

Now here is something nice for finals:
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