Of Two Minds

Using science to kill people

Ok ok.. how about ‘Using science to kill the fewest people while seeking world domination’… hmm… maybe not that either, how about ‘Using science to protect our way of life’

There we go!

Now that you know what we’re talking about you can check out a podcast that I’m particularly interested in called Armed With Science.

Here’s the schtick:

Research and Applications for the Modern Military, is a weekly webcast that discusses various applications of science and technology to military operations, and the cutting-edge scientific research and development sponsored by various defense offices. We will be interviewing scientists, administrators, and operators to educate and inform our listeners about the importance of science and advanced technology to the modern military.

I always consider the usefulness of my research in the real world and what I keep coming back to is military applications… I feel a bit guilty for that. Maybe this podcast will convince me otherwise.

Comments

  1. #1 Katherine
    April 1, 2009

    I found another non-beneficial-to-society real-life application to visual attention research — marketing/advertising.

  2. #2 me
    April 1, 2009

    haha.. oh yeah! That’s one I come up with all the time as well. I was so fixated on bombs I forgot about it ;)

  3. #3 bose headphones
    July 20, 2009

    I like very much the writings and pictures and explanations in your adress so I look forward to see your next writings.

  4. #4 baz
    January 26, 2010

    Anything that can limit wars in any way should be commended, but what would the economies of the countries of weapons manufacture look like?

  5. #5 baz
    January 27, 2010

    Sorry the website in my previous post is incorrect

  6. #6 Russell
    January 29, 2010

    Agree with baz here, or even more practical use science to eliminate war

  7. #7 ashley
    January 30, 2010

    I must admit that I too are all over war, bring on the scientist that can eliminate this scurge

  8. #8 ACS Distance Education
    March 10, 2011

    For some, a stiff drink is a good solution to every problem
    Alcoholism is a primary chronic disease, which is thought to be influenced by genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors. It is often progressive and can be fatal. Alcoholism can be characterised by periods of impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences and distortions in thinking, including denial. It is a chronic, progressive and incurable disease that is characterised by a loss of control over alcohol.
    Alcoholism is thought to be progressive. Its progressive nature follows the following phases –

    • Pre-alcoholic phase – Social to heavy drinking, sometimes in secret.
    • Initial phase – Occasionally relief drinking, increase in alcohol tolerance, memory blackouts, decreased ability to stop drinking, remorse, loss of other interests.
    • Crucial phase – efforts to stop continually fail, work and money troubles, avoidance of family and friends, unreasonable resentments, neglecting food, loss of ordinary will power, decreased alcohol tolerance.
    • Chronic phase – Impaired thinking, unable to initiate action, obsession with drinking, indefinable fears.
    • Another side effect of alcohol abuse is Korsakoff’s Syndrome – Memory loss due to alcohol abuse. The person’s short term memory may be normal, but they may have severe problems recalling a simple story, listing unrelated words etc. This may also be accompanied by neurological problems e.g. uncoordinated movements, loss of feeling in the fingers and toes etc.