The Tide is Turning

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(via magnius159)

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sexhaver:

this picture is a lot funnier if you imagine this seal’s mouth is the black line between its whiskers instead of the one under them

sexhaver:

this picture is a lot funnier if you imagine this seal’s mouth is the black line between its whiskers instead of the one under them

(Source: pocula, via classicnick)

gcvsa:

stagmachine:

watch this irish man get tragically crushed by adorable sneezing baby seals

DO NOT WORRY, HUMAN, WE WILL KEEP YOU WARM UNTIL YOUR PARENTS RETURN FOR YOU. I HAVE CALLED FOR HELP.

(Source: xtoxictears, via professorwhat)

fyeahhandtattoos:

Jodi Lyford
Chimera Tattoo
Santa Cruz, Ca
jodilyfordtattoo@gmai.com

Chimera is the shit. All of the artists are amazing. 

fyeahhandtattoos:

Jodi Lyford

Chimera Tattoo

Santa Cruz, Ca

jodilyfordtattoo@gmai.com

Chimera is the shit. All of the artists are amazing. 

(via fuckyeahtattoos)

Support Ocean Literacy!

professorwhat:

Hey all!
As you may or may not know, NOSB was a massive formative experience in my high school years, kickstarting my interest in the multidisciplinary field of oceanography. It continues to help me even today, as the competition furnished me with a scholarship and contacts to gain experience in academic research.
I would -greatly appreciate- it if you could donate even a small amount of money to this competition. As little as $10 buys food for a student at a NOSB event.
Please support the promotion of ocean literacy! If you choose to do so, please “Dedicate this Donation” to the Grunion Bowl and Scripps Ranch High School!

Anything we can do to raise consciousness and help end the oppression of women worldwide is a cause I am fully behind. I chose the track ‘Cheerleader’ because I think it speaks to not wanting to be an idle object anymore. It’s about taking control of your own life and not kowtowing to the desires of others.

—Annie Clark (via geometricity)

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biomedicalephemera:

unnaturalist:

There once was an Ichthyosaurus,Who lived when the earth was all porous,Be he fainted with shameWhen he first heard his name,And departed a long time before us.
biomedicalephemera:

Animaux perdus [“Lost Animals” - colloquial term for extinct creatures]
*kercrunch*
Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.


I forgot this post.
*kercrunch*

biomedicalephemera:

unnaturalist:

There once was an Ichthyosaurus,
Who lived when the earth was all porous,
Be he fainted with shame
When he first heard his name,
And departed a long time before us.

biomedicalephemera:

Animaux perdus [“Lost Animals” - colloquial term for extinct creatures]

*kercrunch*

Dictionnaire Pittoresque d’Histoire Naturelle et des Phenomenes de la Nature. F. E. Guerin, 1833.

I forgot this post.

*kercrunch*