09 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Biology and Civilization are Analogous

Every breath you draw, every accelerated beat of your heart in the emotional periods of your oratory depend upon highly elaborated physical and chemical reactions and mechanisms which nature has been building up through a million centuries. If one of these mechanisms, which you owe entirely to your animal ancestry, were to be stopped for a single instant, you would fall lifeless on the stage. Not only this, but some of your highest ideals of human fellowship and comradeship were not created i...
Folksonomies: evolution civilization
Folksonomies: evolution civilization
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In that our respiration depends on many biological features and our civilization is built on similar foundations.

05 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 When Metaphors Decieve

Some physiologists will have it that the stomach is a mill; others, that it is a fermenting vat; others, again that it is a stew-pan; but in my view of the matter, it is neither a mill, a fermenting vat nor a stew-pan, but a stomach gentlemen, a stomach.
Folksonomies: metaphor
Folksonomies: metaphor
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A great example concerning human physiology.

28 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 Greed Mutates Science into Pseudoscience

Nature may be as selfishly studied as trade. Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology; psychology, mesmerism (with intent to show where aour spoons are gone); and anatomy and physiology become phrenology and palmistry.
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It transmogrifies astronomy into astrology.

30 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Homeostasis

The constant conditions which are maintained in the body might be termed equilibria. That word, however, has come to have fairly exact meaning as applied to relatively simple physico-chemical states, in closed systems, where known forces are balanced. The coordinated physiological processes which maintain most of the steady states in the organism are so complex and so peculiar to living beings- involving, as they may, the brain and nerves, the heart, lungs, kidneys and spleen, all working coo...
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Origin of the word, meaning the tendency of animal life to maintain an internal equilibrium.