Adventures in Ethics and Science

The Free-Ride offspring have been wary of extended conversations with me lately (maybe since most of them eventually come around to, “Surely you’d like to help your mother grade these papers!”). However, I was able to extract some pictorial evidence that each of them has been thinking about science.

From the younger Free-Ride offspring, some basic things you ought to know about phases of matter:

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Also worthy of note: vocabulary from the most recent science unit was included with this week’s spelling words. (Hurray for viscosity!)

Sure, we haven’t yet integrated the discussion about intermolecular forces and their connection to phase changes. However, that might have required a larger piece of paper.

From the elder Free-Ride offspring, the workings of the human heart:

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You’ll notice, of course, that the elder offspring includes at the bottom a sketch of a bird:

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I don’t know if this corresponds to an actual kind of bird or a fantastical one. The birders in the audience are invited to weigh in on this question.

As well, near the top of the page, the elder offspring has drawn two humanoid figures, one exhorting us to “have a heart!”:

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It’s a bit hard to see under the legend distinguishing oxygen-rich blood from oxygen-poor blood, but I have confirmation of the other humanoid figure’s utterance:

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“Or I’ll eat yours!”

I am fearful now that, when the Free-Ride offspring start dating, suitors might be at risk of losing their hearts in a rather more life-threatening way than is standard.

Comments

  1. #1 becca
    May 21, 2010

    The sprogs aren’t part Aztec or something?

    Also, that is an awesome bird. But I am confused by mammal hearts (“and the warm blood flows through the large four chambered heart/mammals, mammals…”/singing) and birds. Must be a fantastical bird to have mammalheart.

  2. #2 Jim Thomerson
    May 21, 2010

    As I understand it, and could be wrong. Bird hearts are very much like mammal hearts, except reversed. The left heart is the pulmonary heart rather than the right, as in mammals.

  3. #3 Rick Pikul
    May 22, 2010

    Is Sprog the Elder into Pokemon? Because that looks like one that shows up from time to time on an art site I frequent.

  4. #4 choebacca
    May 28, 2010

    Definitely a Pokemon. Looks like a Pigeot to me.