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Biology in my Daily Life-biology final paper
Jo-Pete Nelson
Biol 100H, Sec 200
Final paper

Biology in my Daily Life

The beautiful thing about the way that biology affects my life 24/7 is that I donít have to think about it for it to work. Iím sure that if it required thought, I would die almost instantly. As I breathe, I donít think about breathing until I canít anymore. Knowing my memory, I would almost certainly forget to take the next breath somewhere along the way. But biology affects me in more complex and simple ways than this obvious knowledge. Many, if not all, of the things we talked about in biology class this past semester have shown how biology affects our daily life.

As I looked back through the weekly papers I wrote over the course of the semester, it was easy to see how biology affects us daily. With paper topics including food poisoning, dinosaur museum trips, diabetes, and allergies, I know that these things will have real applications (except, perhaps the dinosaurs, but that was FUN). Iím not planning on becoming a botanist, or a doctor, or an advisor to the governor. These were all careers that we talked about in class concerning the importance of being educated in biology. Iím probably not even going to take another biology class. Iím a mechanical engineer, and I like those classes, and I look forward to that career. However, biology is still important for me, especially the practical ďbiological momentsĒ we discussed in class so often.

Will I remember 25 years from now what the definition of an organelle is, or what geological factors affect speciation? Almost certainly not. These things are important to study, because they allow a broader understanding of the world around us and within us. I will not remember them, though. On the other hand, I probably will remember things like how to tell if youíre allergic to something. I suffer from food allergies, and this information was very intriguing and useful to me. Iím almost positive that there are other foods that I am allergic to but have not found yet. Periodically, I will now be able to check various foods to see if I have a mild reaction, and eventually I may pin down other foods. I will also remember that grass dies when you pour salt on it. I havenít used this tidbit of information yet, and may not ever, but it could come in handy some day, right?

One part of class that I definitely liked was the section on evolution. Normally, I get annoyed with teachers who teach this subject because they either take the ultra-conservative position that the scriptures tell all, or they take the ultra-liberal stance that science stands supreme. This was the first time that I was able to discuss evolution without having to feel like I was compromising either my scientific reasoning or my religion. Dr. Hessís open-mindedness was extremely refreshing. I was able to learn about the latest theories in the world of evolutionary biology, yet I was also able to understand how this can fit in with my religious beliefs.

The one thing that Iíd be happy to see changed in the class is if Dr. Hess would stop telling us how wonderful the honors section is. Even if it is true that the class is above average, we donít have to be reminded of it ten times in any given lecture. Let us remember the immortal words of Socrates: ďThis man among you, mortals, is wisest who, like Socrates, understands that his wisdom is worthless.Ē Instead of concentrating on what we do know, let us learn new things that we do not know.

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