Why We Need Science in Our Lives – 8 Good Reasons

Why is science so important in our life? Many of you ask yourselves that question each day. Countless of high school students among you like to keep the mantra “Why do we have to study mathematics, physics and other abstract things” thinking you will never need it in your life. The next 8 videos should give you plenty of reasons why.

(1) What a Wonderful World

 

What does this have to do with science? The moments captured, some of the most awesome things that have been shaped on our Earth through millions of years, captured by video. We take these things for granted, we think that capturing parts of our lives and parts of the natural world is nothing special. We like to forget this has been possible only for the last couple of centuries – the oldest surviving video dating back to 1888. This would have not been possible without the advances in video technology and science, that enabled us to make significant changes. Today, we are able to capture these moments in extreme quality, we are able to capture them in slow-motion, we are able to document any part of our life.

 

(2) Brainstem Implants – Hearing Dad for the First Time

I don’t think this one needs much explaining. Through advances in science and technology, once again, we are now able to help children and adults who have been born with disabilities. Little children, that would stay deaf throughout their lives just a few decades ago, will be able to regain this most basic of human senses in the future.

 

(3) Baby Joe Receives Heart Transplant

Did you think the previous one was awesome and heartwarming? What if I told you that we have been able to do heart transplants on people only for the last few decades – the first one was performed in 1967. That involves taking one heart and replacing it with another. How does that not show the benefits of scientific knowledge and research? How many sons and daughters have died throughout history, just because we did not have the proper knowledge and technology? For the past few decades, we have been able to shift the odds in our favor.

 

(4) 3D Printing Enabling People to Walk

Through recent advances and an outburst of popularity in 3D printing technology, the first attempts to enable paraplegics to walk again, have been made. Imagine the joy of Amanda, when she regained one of the most basic abilities that define us as human beings.

 

(5) Thought Control of Robots

Brain-computer interfaces really sound like science fiction. Luckily, we can witness their use for ourselves. The posibilities that they give us are almost limitless, almost science fiction like. No doubt that in the very near future, we will witness an explosion of capabilities and possibilities.

 

(6) Deep Brain Stimulation and Parkinson’s

I will let this one speak for itself. A testament how scientific research helps and easens the most serious of illnesses, as well as improves our quality of life.

 

(7) Getting a Second Chance at Life

 

Heart Stop Beating | Jeremiah Zagar from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

One of the first videos in this post was little Joe who received a heart transplant. What if I told you, that a few years ago doctors reinvented the human heart – making it an artificial turbine that does not have any pulse? Granted, this is very new and experimental technology, but the future holds many great things in store when it comes to human heart transplantation.

 

(8) A Talk by Charlie Chaplin

But all of this technology becomes irrelevant, if we lose our humanity through it.

 

And this was just a very small choice of videos, the tip of an iceberg, there are countless others that show the same thing – endless possibilities of scientific knowledge and research, how they impact our daily lives. This should have been enough reasons to show you why science and technology are important in our lives.

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Sebastijan Veselic

BSc in Psychology, currently doing a MSc in Cognitive science. Pursuing and interested in many academic and scientific disciplines and topics, as well as some less so. These include, but are not limited to, cute cats on the internet.

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