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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged science

Jul 17 '14
internetkatze:

artisansoulleader:

thepowerofmoonlight:

Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,
The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.
It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…
It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying

My jaw is legit on the floor right about now :D

This is WRONG. COMPLETELY WRONG. I’ve seen this post on my dash at least ten times with no correction so here it is:

This is the evolution of the modern numeral system. PLEASE STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION. The history of Mathematics is awesome and amazing and Arabs made tons and tons of progress and invented many of the concepts we use today, but a numeral system based on angles IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

internetkatze:

artisansoulleader:

thepowerofmoonlight:

Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,

The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.

It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…

It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying

My jaw is legit on the floor right about now :D

This is WRONG. COMPLETELY WRONG. I’ve seen this post on my dash at least ten times with no correction so here it is:

image

This is the evolution of the modern numeral system. PLEASE STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION. The history of Mathematics is awesome and amazing and Arabs made tons and tons of progress and invented many of the concepts we use today, but a numeral system based on angles IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

Jul 9 '14

lostintrafficlights:

wenxuejia:

jtotheizzoe:

The celestial maps of Su Song, Chinese polymath of the Song dynasty, the oldest known star charts in existence, dating from 1092 AD.

Previously: See how the Greeks and the Chinese viewed the same sky

lostintrafficlights

Eeeeeee

Jun 26 '14

(Source: hellascience)

Jun 25 '14

ariaofsorrow:

sixpenceee:

space-transgressor:

mopedsandbullshit:

blacksupervillain:

piccolowasablackman:

sixpenceee:

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck planets, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the ocean oozed out of Earth’s interior layer.

SOURCE

OH MY GODDDDDDD -NERDS OUT-

That’s where the lizard people live

Watch

mind blown

WHAT THE FUCK

I just wanna point something out.

You know how you always see those pictures of the strange types of fish that live in the deep, deep sea?

like this one

or this one

and this one

If any and if possible imagine what the fish look like in the DEEP, DEEP sea. 

I’m smelling a million dollar creepy story. 

ya’ll fuckers bout to unleash pacific rim

Jun 19 '14
lastrealindians:

Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.
Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.
Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.
She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.
READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/

lastrealindians:

Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community

New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition.

Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food.

Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. “That’s where I got the idea of building a solar oven,” the teen says.

She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials.

READ MORE HERE: http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/

Jun 2 '14
May 27 '14

Making History A Mirror: How Does White Supremacy profit from the commonly held belief that there were no People of Color in European History?

medievalpoc:

renegaderoop asked:

You mentioned in response to a post about white people needing to believe that Europe was racially homogeneous, that “the kind of imagined total isolation, feeds into the idea that there are ‘racial achievements’”.

Racial achievements seem to be one way white supremacy profits from this historical amnesia, and is able to set up a racialized society based on this premise.

What are other ways that white supremacy profits from believing there weren’t POCs in Medieval Europe?

[medievalpoc responds]: Readers? What are your thoughts?

It removes the accomplishments and contributions of Black people and especially Black Women to Modern European society and the monarchy and “unsullies” the hands and sexual habits of their ancestors. It removes the Black mother’s and leaves in their places “tragic dark…

tenebrae-caeli-sunt replied to your post: “You mentioned in response to a post about white people needing to believe that Europe was racially homogeneous…”:
If supremacists could prove that POC were not present in Medieval Europe, their justification for segregation and fear of “race mixing” might be substantiated. After all, their *supposedly* pureblooded white ancestors achieved all of this without mixing.

imsfire replied to your post: “You mentioned in response to a post about white people needing to believe that Europe was racially homogeneous…:
Maybe because it supports the notion that there was a “golden”, “pure” age in the not-so-recent past and the “pollution” of immigration is a modern phenomenon? Rather than accept that very many europeans are actually born of century upon century of

imsfire replied to your post: “You mentioned in response to a post about white people needing to believe that Europe was racially homogeneous….:
century upon century of population movement and population mixing and cultural interaction. Much like in apartheid-era SA, where the reality of many “whites” being of mixed racial background had to be denied at all cost?…

thehermesofverses replied to your post: “You mentioned in response to a post about white people needing to believe that Europe was racially homogeneous…”:
There’s the representation issue, which is an indirect and circular thing, but still. If people genuinely believe that POCs were nothing but slaves around that time, therefore stories that seek to go against this are often harder to sell.
residentpyromaniac said:
Maybe emphasizing the idea that segregation is ‘normal’ and trying to get people to believe that cultures interacting is this historically recent thing?
r-stern said:
European morrons shitting about non-European immigration, I guess…
Well, it gives them excuses to cast only white people in period piece movies/tv shows.

soradiesinkh3 reblogged this from medievalpoc and added:

This ties into “racial achievements” but I think that it’s also to hide up “racial failings” that happened in Europe primarily to white people, such as the Black Plague and needing to be taught by non-whites that simple bathing would cut down a lot of their problems.

After all, if there are no non-whites in Europe, then that means “white people figured out their own problems”.

spacedragons said:

Well I’m not sure what racial achievements means but I do know it’s often used as an excuse for movies taking place in historical europe to not have any people of color.

0x23 reblogged this from medievalpoc and added:

My immediate thought is that thinking medieval Europe to have been pure white continues and enforces that white is the norm. Movies (Brave, Frozen, Tangled, Ivanhoe, Excalibur, First Knight and so on) and TV shows (Game of Thrones*, Sword of Truth? I don’t watch much TV) being very white continues to keep coloured people as the ‘other’, which further feeds into systematic racism and discrimination. They’re obviously not the only reason why there is racism and discrimination, but it’d be foolish to think that lack of representation didn’t play a part in it.

*PoC are basically barbarians in GoT, afaik — I dropped the show after the horse people wedding, but you know… prove me wrong?

artinvestigations reblogged this from medievalpoc and added:

It’s not so much a racial supremacist question, but a question of rich, white, heterosexual (at least in public) men profiting from staying rich and powerful. As soon as someone questions them staying in power, they will use anything and everything to stop it. And since this rarely comes from other white men, but mostly from women, POC, LGBTQ and anyone else on the margins, perpetuating stereotypes of the ‘Other (which in no small part relies on arts, whether medieval or not) is the surefire way to raise generations of undereducated bigots who will vote for them or in other ways show their support for who they perceive is ‘their’ man, the only one who looks after their interests.

sonofgloin said:

Well, it could certainly help with believing in some kind of pure, unmixed whiteness malarkey or a master race, or pushing the idea that Christianity is a white religion.


admiralofthehip said:

A historical tradition lends authenticity and legitimacy to ideas. So if there was a perceived historical tradition of Medieval Europe being all white all the time, that lends legitimacy to modern ideas of colonialism/imperialism/racism.


golcate said:

are seen as less civilized, so believing that it was just white people probably helps reinforce that whole idea that white people=civilization and achievements.


tenebrae-caeli-sunt said:

If supremacists could prove that POC were not present in Medieval Europe, their justification for segregation and fear of “race mixing” might be substantiated. After all, their *supposedly* pureblooded white ancestors achieved all of this without mixing.

narciii reblogged this from medievalpoc and added:

For one thing, it provides a handy excuse for the racism of post-Medieval theology and Colonialist structures. “Oh, those poor Europeans, they’d never seen a dark skinned person, it’s not really their fault they treated [dark skinned persons with valuable resources and land] like animals!”

supraliminally reblogged this from medievalpoc and added:

Wow, good question. Thinking about it, I would bet that there are dozens of reasons, but I think a big one is that modern white people like to think of themselves as being more enlightened on issues of race than their ancestors. 

So basically, you have to start with the assumption that all Western societies belong to white people. POC who exist in those societies, regardless of how long they’ve been there, whether or not they speak the language, whether they are culturally assimilated or not or whatever — they are allowed to be members (or guests, really) by white people, who are the legitimate owners of that society. Our ancestors were racist, so they only allowed POC guests to exist as slaves. But today, we are very enlightened and diverse and post-racial, so we generously allow POC to exist in our countries, and not just as slaves, either. Look how far we’ve come!

The idea that POC, either in modern times or in the past, might have as much “ownership” of a nation as a white person doesn’t even enter the equation. Thinking of things in this way allows white supremacists to think of POC as ungrateful and demanding guests: we’ve given them so much already, and they still want more!

shhdontlook said:

it creates a a “racially pure” past to be romanticized, and allows people to claim a purely white heritage.

unlikeboys asked medievalpoc:

Since Europe is traditionally looked to as the ‘standard’ of ‘civilized culture’, wouldn’t painting it as an all white society reinforce the otherness of PoC civilizations? It also reinforces the idea that the most important western contributions to culture must have therefore been white (I am reminded of the Beethoven debacle).

Let’s look at the answers to the question that we’ve constructed today: How does white supremacy profit from the commonly held belief that there were no People of Color in European History?
This is what I’m hearing (agree or not):
  • Removing POC enhances Europe’s Historical reputation as “civilized” and “cultured”; inversely, telling the historical truth would tarnish that reputation
  • It constructs a false idea of “racial purity”, which is romanticized in popular culture
  • It reinforces the “Otherness” of non-European and POC-associated cultures
  • It is used to exclude people of color from modern media, which tends to concentrate itself around European and Eurocentric stories and narratives
  • It creates the concept of default whiteness, in such a way that any people of color present are automatically regarded as “foreigners”, in a way that any similar white European would be regarded as “Native”…and may cast people of color as “ungrateful and demanding guests”
  • It is used to justify discrimination against modern immigrants to European nations who are people of color
  • Using the myth of ancestral racial purity to argue against “Race mixing”, along with assumed racial “Achievements”
  • Continued belief in a historically all-white Europe upholds current sociopolitical structures of colonialism and neo-colonialism, including the institutionalized racism of the United States
  • it raises undereducated bigots
  • it downplays or ignores the contribution of people of color, especially Black women, to social, cultural, and political European Historical life, and thus to our modern society and culture. It also erases the atrocities committed by European and/or white figures perpetrated on people of color as a whole and as individuals.
  • It creates an attitude of “racial ownership” towards aspects of both historical culture and modern culture
  • It hides European problems that were solved by cultural exchange and interactions, and implies that these problems were solved in a cultural vacuum for the purpose of elevating the sense of cultural/racial achievement
A related note: one of the most-cited articles on race and Ancient Rome was written in 1916, and makes the claim that miscegenation, a.k.a. “race mixing” was literally the cause of the collapse of the Roman empire.
It is contemporary with the Eugenicist tome The Passing of the Great Race, a call for immediate implementation of Eugenic programs to “save the white race”, in terms of terrifying ideas involving “racial hygiene”.
These ideas were adopted with open arms by certain contingents of the European population after WW1 , and its author was partially responsible for the infamous American “one drop rule" being passed into law.
The repercussions of this movement and these ideas almost literally destroyed the world.
In contrast, this article written in 1948 on the Hellenistic era concludes that in fact, the attitudes of these ancient civilizations was purposefully altered by translators of the same era in order to serve the same purposes discussed above.
In other words, the translators of the 19th and early 20th century purposefully imposed their own biases on the societies of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Yet more scholarship and research needs to be done on cultural biases from the 19th and early 20th century (and our current society), and how these have influenced and continue to influence what we “know” about History in general, including European History, in art and other disciplines.
Thanks to everyone who participated here.
May 13 '14
thelastdaybreak:

ourtimeorg:

Amazing millennials…
Note: Angela Zhang is Chinese-American

at age 17, i found out that a bird was not a fucking mammal

thelastdaybreak:

ourtimeorg:

Amazing millennials…

Note: Angela Zhang is Chinese-American

at age 17, i found out that a bird was not a fucking mammal

Mar 31 '14
Mar 26 '14

vacationadventuresociety:

j-e-r-a:

microraptoria:

Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.

HIV Has Been Cured in a Child for the First Time

HIV Cure: New Drug ‘Vacc-4x’ May Become First Functional Cure Against the Virus

The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication. I’m absolutely seething that no one is talking about this on the news 24/7, but instead talking about Miley Cyrus or the biggest videos on Vine.

I actually believe that there has been a cure for HIV and other deadly diseases available for AGES but since more money can be made from long-term patients/treatments, they will not become available to the public anytime soon. I’ve read several books on this and I dare say that it isn’t even a theory anymore but a fact. A very fucked up fact.

(Source: imnotjailbait)