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lucy brighton

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  1. I picked up Animal Farm from the school library thinking it was some fun book for primary school students. I went through a few pages but didn't find it satisfying for a primary school me and just returned it. At middle school, I picked the same book and read it. This time, I was able to understand the surface-level idea of power and hypocrisy and loved it. I then happened to re-read the book in college and I was able to understand the allegory in it - What ideology did they represent? Who Old major, Snowball, and Napoleon were? What was the need for the allegory? The man and reason behind the work - I was stunned. The sheer audacity to compress decades of important world history, political characters, ideology in 100 odd pages with animals and a farm was flabbergasting. I still read Animal farm often and now I'm more interested in individual interpretations and reception of the classic novel. The Animal farm essay in this page has multiple interpretations that I've been reading and enjoying off late.
  2. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. Knowing this unnecessarily put me into a cycle of thoughts
  3. Ursula K. Le Guin's 'A Wizard of Earthsea'. The book is a mesmerizing journey into an intricate, magical world. It blends evocative storytelling with profound philosophical depths, akin to unfurling a vivid tapestry of pure imagination. The world of Earthsea, with its vivid islands and rich cultures, is a spellbinding backdrop, offering a boundless playground for Le Guin's explorations of power, balance, and self-identity. The novel expertly weaves themes of maturation, fear, and the cost of power into an unforgettable narrative, a testament to Le Guin's mastery of her craft. 'A Wizard of Earthsea' is a magical voyage that held me in its strings until the last page. Lately, I have been studying a lot on child Psychology and that has been helping me in trying to relate and sympathize with my child's thoughts and actions. My studies gradually led me into Swiss Psychologist Jean Piaget's Transductive Reasoning - an erroneous method of thinking where a cause and effect relationship is drawn between two events that are not logically connected. It is super interesting to see how some kids do not overcome this reasoning due to multiple factors, and how sometimes superstitions and other fears imposed my parents affect children's mental outlook. I've been trying my best to create a safe space for my child from my upbringing perspective and reading child Psychology has helped.
  4. Beauty was everything that I saw in Laos. Amazingly beautiful country with some simple yet pristine landscape. An example is the brilliant Kuang Si Waterfall known for its stunning, cascading turquoise blue waters. The vivid blue color of these waterfalls is due to a combination of factors. Mineral Content: The water in these falls comes from limestone hills and mountains. Limestone contains large amounts of calcium carbonate, a mineral which, when mixed with water, can produce bright, turquoise blue colors. This mineral is also responsible for the creation of the tiered pools found at Kuang Si Waterfall. Deposition of Sinter: As the water flows over the limestone, it erodes the rocks, carrying small particles with it. These particles, known as sinter, are then deposited, creating natural terraces and pools. The particles can refract light in such a way as to give the water a striking blue or turquoise appearance. Water Depth and Clarity: The depth and clarity of the water also contribute to its color. Clear water tends to absorb colors in the red part of the light spectrum and reflect colors in the blue part of the spectrum. The deeper and clearer the water, the more blue it appears. Surrounding Vegetation: The green vegetation surrounding the water can also play a role in the color we perceive. The contrast between the blue water and green surroundings can make the water appear more blue to the human eye.
  5. It is human to think and anticipate our future and during that process we let the present slip. JUST TRY TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT!
  6. I'm currently reading a short compilation of free sources on the ecological concept - Climax Community. A climax community is an ecological term used to denote an ecosystem or community of plants, animals, and other living organisms that has achieved equilibrium or become stable. Quite an interesting read. Apart from that, I'm also reading The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder. The book provides a peek into the mysterious and debilitating condition, an unblinking portrayal of one woman's fight against the emotional devastation of borderline personality disorder. Excellent read - highly recommend.
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-58677993
  8. https://www.bartleby.com/concepts This page has detailed concept explainers for STEM subjects. The math concept explainers include Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Advanced Math. Hope this helps!
  9. Such a supremely worrying global occurrence this is. Apart from the forest fires, the unseasonal rains and the subsequent floods are equally worrying. It is perplexing how nation-states end up spending billions and trillions on infrastructure and defense projects for a supposed "better standard of living and security" but end up discounting a basic issue that threatens the very existence of life in the planet.
  10. https://www.um.es/analesdebiologia/numeros/42/PDF/42_2020_19.pdf - is this fine?
  11. As a teacher of earth science, I think there is no real way to predict when global warming started but it is safe to say that the overuse of fossil fuels is one big reason for where we are today. Of course, cutting of trees has had a major impact too.
  12. It depends on what's causing the environment change and who is it good or bad for. Currently, things are not as bad as humans but the environment change has had a disastrous effect on forests, wildlife, and sea creatures. The most problems of environmental change are arising from human activities. These changes might not be affecting humans now but they soon will pose a great threat to the sustenance of life as we know it.
  13. Psychology is the study of how the mind works and what goes on in a person's head. To me, psychology is a personal study offering insight into the human mind as an individual entity. Whereas, Sociology is a study of how we think as a society. It dwells into human relationships, community living etc. Since society is a collection of human minds, I can totally see how sociology is related to psychology.
  14. Check out the youtube channel of It's okay to be smart - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4BNI0-FOK2dMXoFtViWHw. Apart from that checkout sites like https://www.bartleby.com/ that let you read textbooks on STEM subjects.
  15. Even after the mass deforestation and population explosion, I think our environment is still equipped to handle the carbon dioxide that we exhale. It is the carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels and industrial waste that is posing a huge threat to our environment. Looking at the slow rate at which climate change awareness is spreading, I feel it would be too late to save the earth as we know it now.
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