Sunday, June 21, 2009

More bug Love

Knowledge is one of those untouchable things like love or hate. Yet, it is vital to our growth as individuals. Some of us struggle through school learning only what we need to pass to the next level, learning what we need for a job, learning how to work the remote, learning perhaps the bare essentials to keep us alive. Some of us learn every day and make a point of doing that, looking things up in the dictionary or on the internet, asking questions, taking continuing education courses.

Since I was diagnosed with MS, I have been able to take everything I have learned and continue to learn and apply it to the issues of MS: my knowledge of epidemiology, chemistry, biology, socio-economics, mathematics even, have all been enhanced since my diagnosis. I had always been curious and a life long learner, but for the past 11 years even more so.

As many of you know from reading this blog, or from knowing me personally, I have a fondness for bugs. I love the onset of spring because it means the bugs will come out to do buggy things. The sounds of cicadas on the hottest days of the year are sweeter than the sounds of Mozart, the colours of beetles and butterflies more intense and pleasing than any Van Gogh, and the design and mechanics of how these creatures are and live, more ingenious than anything da Vinci could invent. And I continue to be amazed and amused by what I see and learn.

Some people question why other people study seemingly innocuous subjects. The people who ask those questions haven't learned the basic idea behind science: to learn more about our world and thus, understand it. They also haven't learned how to apply what they have learned to the wider world around us.

About 2 months ago, I attended a lecture about the source of funding for neuro science research. To begin the lecture, the speaker talked of why we do research in the first place. On the most basic level, it's because we want to know things, we are a curious species of animal. But the general public doesn't want to fund research just because one guy or gal is curious about something. The general public wants to fund research for a specific outcome, perhaps to eliminate a disease.

I want that as well. But I really enjoy reading about everything that leads up to that. Like this article I came across yesterday: Insects' Sex Scents Can Save Lives.

Just two days previous I caught two dragonflies in the throes of bug love, in the middle of the biking path I was on. I could have run them over!



Lanette said...

In the Throes of Bug Love. That's a great way to put it!

I also love the sound of Cicadas, but when I lived in PA we would get them so bad you couldn't walk outside without stepping on them as they covered the lawn and trees everywhere. We've not had any in TN since I've lived here for the past 5 years.

Denver Refashionista said...

You and your bug love... I never knew I could find so much porn on an MS blog (LOL).

Herrad said...

Hi Shauna,

Read your post avidly, the photo of the dragon flies is very good.



Diane J Standiford said...

I hear you, I do; my problem comes when research is done that has been done before. "eggs are bad for you," "eggs are good for you," this has been going on since I was a kid. I live with many seniors now and we all have a sifter, but what awaste to see young people grasp tight to every "expert"s words. Now, you into eggs--GO FOR IT, but not with my money. And I must agree with Denver: the porn here is too much for an old mutt like me!

Shauna said...

Thanks for your comments. I'm afraid we've had so much rain in the past few days that I haven't had a chance to go looking for bugs. Maybe next week when I'm off for a couple of days.



I adore how you find the beauty in bugs...actually, you are BOTH adorable! :-)